UEA Symphony Orchestra, Choir & Chamber Choir Concerts 2016-17 UEA Symphony Orchestra, Choir & Chamber Choir Concerts 2016-17

UEA Community Choir launch

Wednesday 28 September, 1pm, UEA Square

Community Choir Launch Flyer 2016Under the direction of UEA’s Director of Music, Stuart Dunlop, over ninety members of the university and local community turned up to launch UEA's new Community Choir.

Comprising of vocal exercises and sing-a-longs to the likes of Stand by Me, the event successfully kicked off the new choir, which was devised for those who wanted to sing in a more informal way whilst having fun and exploring their voice.

UEA Community Choir is audition-free, open to all (staff, students, and members of the community), and free to join. No music reading is required.

The launch event was part of the UEA Faculty of Arts and Humanities ‘I Love Arts and Humanities’ project. A project which has been designed to improve the student experience and showcase what the Faculty of Arts and Humanities has to offer.


Participants at the Launch in the Square.


Lunchtime Concert: William Fergusson

Wednesday 5 October, 1.10pm, Strode Concert Room, UEA Music Centre

Lunchtime Concerts Autumn 2017 FlyerPianist William Fergusson launched our new Lunchtime Concert series and drew in an audience of over sixty people. 

William’s frequent recital appearances include multitudinous concerts in London; The Eaton Concert Series; The Old Granary Young Musicians Concert Series; The John Peel Concert Series; opening the Bildeston Festival; and a number of concert tours.

With a programme of an array of pieces including Mozart's Fantasia & Fugue in C minor, Chopin's Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Howells Sonatina for Piano, Tatum's Sweet Lorraine, Stravinsky's Piano Rag Music, and Kapustin's Variations, Op. 41. this was a flying start to our new series.


Lunchtime Concert: Simon Smith and Sanae Nakajima

Wednesday 2 November, 1.10pm, Strode Concert Room, UEA Music Centre

Lunchtime Concerts Autumn 2017 FlyerOur second Lunchtime Concert saw Simon Smith(violin) and Sanae Nakajima (piano) perform music from Beethoven’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, Debussy’s Sonata, and Kreisler’s Caprice Viennois, and Tambourin Chinois.

Simon Smith has performed as a soloist with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Philharmonia, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and the Orchestra of St John’s Smith Square; recitals have included the Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room.

Sanae Nakajima is a celebrated pianist who has received critical acclaim in every field of piano accomplishment, including solo recitalist, concerto artist and chamber musician. In the UK, she has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at music clubs and festivals, around the country. She has also regularly collaborated with members of major British orchestras, including the Philharmonia and BBC Symphony, and been a member of a number of piano trios.


UEA Choir and Symphony Orchestra concert: Pictures of Russia

Friday 18 November, 7.30pm, St Andrew's Hall, Norwich

Pictures of Russia FlyerUnder the direction of Tom Primrose (Choirmaster) and Stuart Dunlop (Director of Music), the Choir and Symphony Orchestra performed two of Mussorgsky’s grandest visions, Pictures at an Exhibition (arranged by Ravel) and Boris Godunov (Prologue and Coronation Scene only), as well as excerpts from Rachmaninov’s Orthodox masterpiece, Vespers, Op.37.

Performing to an audience of over 550, the Symphony Orchestra opened the concert with their rendition of Pictures at an Exhibition. The Choir then performed unaccompanied in Russian to showcase highlights from Rachmaninov's Vespers, Op.37. The Choir and Orchestra were then joined on stage for the Boris Gundov section by celebrated soloists Keel Watson (Bass), Jonathan McGovern (Baritone), and Benjamin Schilperoort (Bass).





UEA Chamber Choir concert: Music for Advent

Sunday 4 December, 6.30pm, St George's Church, Norwich

Chamber Choir Advent 2016 FlyerThe 34-strong Chamber Choir performed a programme of contrasting music for the season, to an audience of one hundred and fifteen, in the welcoming and atmospheric Church of St George’s, Tombland.

The Chamber Choir were joined in their performance by distinguished baritone Geoff Davidson and organist William Falconer to deliver a programme including Kodaly’s Veni Emmanuel, Charpentier’s Canticum in Nativitate, Acs’ Mass on German Carols, and Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols.

Kodaly's austere eleboration of the stately processional O Come, O Come Emmanuel invokes the prophecy of Christmas, while Charpentier's serenely beautiful Catata on the Birth of Christ tells of the Annunciation to sleeping shepherds on a frosty night long ago. Acs' delightful Mass on German Christmas Carols is a fresh contribution to a long tradition of incorporating national melodies into sacred music and Vaughan Williams' evergreen Fantasia on Christmas Carols takes folk melodies collected by the composer and Cecil Sharp in southern England and weaves from them an essential tapestry of Christmas.


Lunchtime Concert: Frederika Haug and Yuki Matoba

Wednesday 7 December, 1.10pm, Strode Concert Room, UEA Music Centre

Lunchtime Concerts Autumn 2016 FlyerThe final Lunchtime Concert of the autumn semester featured two of our Music Centre Award holders, Frederika Haug (viola) and Yuki Matoba (marimba), accompanied by established pianist, William Fergusson.

With the programme including J Schubert’s Concerto in C major for Viola (First movement, Allegro), F. Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata (First movement, Allegro moderato), A Gomez and M Ride’s Rain Dance, and R Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumble Bee, the musicians performed to an audience of over fifty.


UEA Choir Christmas Carol Concert

Wednesday 14 December, 7.30pm, St John the Baptist Roman Catholic Cathedral, Norwich

Choir Carol Concert 2016 FlyerHaving sold out prior to the concert, the annual Carol Concert was a resounding success and thoroughly enjoyed by all. The 170-strong Choir, under the direction of UEA Choirmaster, Tom Primrose, performed a feast of festive favourites in the atmospheric setting of St John the Baptist Roman Catholic Cathedral.

The programme featured music by Acs, Rutter and Willcocks, with many opportunities for the audience to join the choir in an array of well-loved carols. The concert also featured performances from the UEA Chamber Choir, as well as a solo from organist William Falconer.

"The concert itself included performances by UEA Choir and UEA Chamber Choir and they were SO GOOD. As someone who isn’t blessed with the gift of tuneful singing, hearing choirs perform never ceases to amaze me." - Katie

It was lovely to see that the audience enjoyed the Carol Concert as much as we'd hoped! Why not read Katie's full review of the concert on her blog. 


UEASO and Sacré Théâtre: Campus Concert

Saturday 21 January 2017, 7.00pm, UEA Drama Studio

Sacre Theatre Campus Concert FlyerUEA Symphony Orchestra collaborated with UEA Drama to deliver a special campus-based concert in the UEA Drama Studio.

Featuring performances of Beethoven’s celebrated Symphony No.5 and Debussy and Louÿs' haunting Les Chansons de Bilitis, the concert was a sell out.

UEA Symphony Orchestra were joined in their performance of Les Chansons de Bilitis by the UK’s longest-running permanent French language theatre company, Sacré Théâtre.

A towering victory of will over adversity, Beethoven's Symphony No.5 is the best known in the literature for its unyielding advocacy of the best that we can be; a triumph of the human spirit at clos quarters.

Sensuous and haunting, Louÿs' Sapphic poetry and Debussy's epigrammatic music combine to form a long-lost world, where the young woman Bilitis discovers the pleasures and the sadness of desire.


Lunchtime Concert: Music Centre Award Holders

Wednesday 1 February, 1.10pm, Strode Concert Room, UEA Music Centre

Spring Lunchtime Concerts 2017 FlyerThe first Lunchtime Concert of the Spring 2017 series was kicked off by eight of our talented Music Centre Award Holders who performed to an audience of nearly seventy.

Performers and pieces included:

Lucas Chan (violin): J.S. Bach, Largo from Sonata No.3 in C Major; Sarabande from Partita No.2 in D Minor; Gavotte from Partita No.3 in E Major

Hanna Hawa (Djembe): Improvisational percussion

Poppy Damazer (mezzo-soprano) accompanied by William Fergusson (Piano): Hugo Wolf, In der Frühe; Trad, arranged Fred Weatherly, Danny Boy

Jessica Honey (soprano) accompanied by William Fergusson (piano): Ivor Gurney, Desire in Spring; Henry Purcell, If Music Be The Food Of Love

Highly Strung Quartet: Joshua Ward and Cammeron Meades (Violins), Frederika Haug and Abielle Hallas (Cellos): Dmitri Kabalevsky, Allegro from Sonatina; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, String Quartet in C (1st Movement) K.Nr 157; Trad. arranged AEA Ward, Eventide-Fall (Abide With Me)


Lunchtime Concert: Ben Johnson and Tom Primrose

Wednesday 1 March, 1.10pm, Strode Concert Room, UEA Music Centre

Spring 2017 Lunchtime Concerts FlyerThe second of our Spring 2017 Lunchtime Concerts, saw our highest audience numbers so far. The concert featured acclaimed tenor Ben Johnson and UEA Choirmaster, Tom Primrose (piano), who performed Britten’s Canticle One, pieces by Frank Bridge, and Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder.

Ben Johnson represented England in BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2013 and won the Audience Prize. Johnson is a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, 2008 winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award, 2011 Wigmore Hall Emerging Talent, and a 2013-15 England National Opera Harewood Artist. He is the Founder and Chief Conductor of the Soutrepps Sinfonia as well as joint Artistic Director of the Southrepps Classical Music Festival. He s professor of singing at the Royal Academy of Music in London.


UEA Opera Society: Dido and Aeneas

Friday 10 & Saturday 11 March, 7.30pm, The Garage, Norwich

Dido Opera Society FlyerUEA Opera Society put on two performances of Purcell’s operatic masterpiece, Dido and Aeneas. The sold out performances featured UEA students in the vocal and choral roles, and string accompaniment from members of UEA Symphony Orchestra. Professional musicians provided the harpsichord and cello continuo.

The production was produced by Hannah Francis, former principal at the ENO, conducted by Sarah Rodgers, and designed by the award-winning Lisa Ott, as well as supported by UEA Music Centre.

An epic tale of love and loss. Dido and Aeneas tells the heart-breaking story of a doomed love affair between Dido, the widowed Queen of Carthage and the Trojan Prince Aeneas. Deceived by a cunning Sorceress, Aeneas abandons Dido who boldly embraces her only alternative, dying overwhelmed with grief

The score explores the full scope of human emotion in an intimate drama, culminating in the dramatic climax and haunting beauty of Dido’s famous lament “When I am laid in earth”.


UEA Chamber Choir Spring Concert

Sunday 19 March, 6.45pm, St George's Church, Norwich

Chamber Choir Spring 2017 Concert FlyerUEA Chamber Choir were delighted to return to St George’s Church, Tombland with a programme of English and Russian music, leavened with items for marimba and string quartet.

The concert featured the music of Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, and Kedrov from the contemplative Orthodox tradition. The Scot Judith Weir makes a welcome first appearance in the Choir’s repertoire with music for choir and marimba, before the great English tradition takes over. Gibbons and Bennet were followed by Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices, a piece for troubled times whose melding of austerity and glory has challenged choirs for more than four hundred years.

UEA Chamber Choir were joined in their performance by marimba player, Yuki Matoba, and the Highly Strung Quartet.


UEA Choir and Symphony Orchestra: Verdi Requiem

Friday 24 March, 7.30pm, St Andrew's Hall, Norwich

Verdi Requiem Concert FlyerUEA Choir and Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Tom Primrose (UEA Choirmaster), performed Verdi’s celebrated Requiem, to a sold out audience, on Friday 24 March at 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich.

UEA Choir and Symphony Orchestra were joined in their performance by soloists Emily Garland (Soprano), Claire Barnett-Jones (Mezzo-soprano), Richard Dowling (Tenor), and Keel Watson (Bass).

Verdi's Requiem is amongst the richest and most revered works in the choral repertoire and takes its place in the highest echelons of musical masterpieces. Conceived first as a collaborative project to commemorate Rossini, it became instead Verdi's personal tribute to the writer Alessandro Manzoni, whose ardent support of Italian unification Verdi shared.




Lunchtime Concert: UEA Percussion Ensemble and Howard Winfield

Wednesday 3 May, 1.10, Strode Concert Room, UEA Music Centre

Spring 2017 Lunchtime Concerts FlyerThe final Lunchtime Concert of the 2016/17 series included a performance from the newly established UEA Percussion Ensemble as well as tenor Howard Winfield, one of our Music Centre Award Holders.

The programme included Gerald Finzi's Oh, Fair to See, Op.13, J. S. Bach’s Polonaise (arranged for percussion duet by Garwood Whaley), Quantz’s Allegro from Sonata 6 (arranged for percussion duet by Garwood Whaley), Chris Stock's Cross Fire, and Malcolm Arnold's Concert piece for Percussion and Piano.


Don't worry if you missed any of these, there are plenty more upcoming concerts.