2017-18 Concerts 2017-18 Concerts

UEA Community Choir Open Rehearsal

Thursday 28 September, 1pm, UEA Square

Open Rehearsal FlyerUnder the direction of UEA’s Director of Music, Stuart Dunlop, members of the university and local community took part in UEA Community Choir’s Open Rehearsal in an exciting start to the season.

Comprising of vocal exercises and sing-a-longs, the event successfully kicked off the second season for the 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 costs just £10 per season to join. No music reading is required.

The open rehearsal 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 Open Rehearsal in the Square

Participants at the Open Rehearsal in the Square.


Lunchtime Concert: William Fergusson

Wednesday 4 October, 1.10pm, Strode Concert Room, UEA Music CentreWilliam Fergusson Lunchtime Concert Flyer

Pianist William Fergusson launched our Autumn 2017 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 including Chapple Trees Revisited, Grainger Pastoral, Berio Wasserklavier & Erdenklavier, Messiaen La Fauvette Passerinette and Scriabin Vers la Flamme this was an exciting start to our new series.


William Fergusson at the Piano

William performing on 4th Oct 2017


Lunchtime Concert: Music Scholarship Holders

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

Music Scholarship Holders Lunchtime Concert FlyerThe second lunchtime concert this season featured performances from UEA Music Scholarship holders, Amelia Louden (piano), Verity Hodgson-Bajoria (violin), Lucy Nichols (soprano) and Izaak Stanley (flute), accompanied by established pianist, William Fergusson.

The programme included Brahm's Rhapsody in G minor op.79 no.2; Nolck's Hungarian Dance op.196 no.5, Haydn's Concerto in G Hob.Vlla.4 First movement Allegro moderato; Menken's Home (Beauty and the Beast); Schonberg's I'd Give My Life For You (Miss Saigon); and Roussel's Joueurs de Flute.


UEA Choir and Symphony Orchestra concert: Dvořák and Elgar

Thursday 23 November, 7.30pm, St Andrew's Hall, Norwich

Dvorak and Elgar Concert FlyerUEA Choir and Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Stuart Dunlop (UEA Director of Music), performed two masterpieces and a world premiere from UEA Music Centre Award holder Caitlin Woods.

Performing to an audience of over 450, the Symphony Orchestra opened the concert with Woods’ Fantasia No. 1. Dvořák’s euphoric Symphony No. 8 in G major Op. 88 completed the first half. The Choir and Orchestra then came together for Elgar’s meditative The Music Makers, Op. 69 and were joined in their performance by ENO regular, mezzo-soprano Samantha Price.



Lunchtime Concert: Music Award Holders

Wednesday 6 December, 1.10pm, Strode Concert Room, UEA Music Centre

The last autumn luchtime concert featured UEA Music Award holders Yan Low (piano), Simon Carter (tenor), Abigail Langley (oboe) and Olivia Jermy (soprano)  accompanied by established pianist, William Fergusson.

The programme included Arnold’s Sonatina for Oboe and Piano Op.28 (I – Leggiero, II – Andante con moto), Britten’s Pan from Six Metamorphoses after Ovid Op.46, Chopin’s Grande Valse Brilliante Op.34 No.3, Chou’s Secret, Stainer’s The Majesty of the Divine Humiliation from The Crucifixion, Mozart’s Deh Vieni Alla Finestra from Don Giovanni, Handel’s Lascia Ch'io Pianga and Menken/Slater’s Beyond my Wildest Dreams from The Little Mermaid.


UEA Chamber Choir Concert: A European Christmas

Sunday 10 December, 6.30pm, St George's Church, Tombland, Norwich


The UEA Chamber Choir presented their autumn concert, 'A European Christmas' to a full house, in the beautiful medieval surroundings of St George's Church in Tombland.

The 30-strong chamber choir, under the direction of UEA Choirmaster, Tom Primrose, toured through five centuries of European Christmas music, from rustic medieval carols and the exquisite polyphony of the renaissance, to intimate and ravishing music of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and thought-provoking contemporary works. 

Highlights from the programme included: Mateo Flecha el Viejo’s, Riu Riu Chiu; Jacob Handl’s, Mirabile mysterium; William Byrd’s Puer Natus est Nobis; Michael Praetorius’, Es ist ein' Ros' entsprunge; Franz Xaver Gruber’s, Stille Nacht; Gustav Holst’s, This have I done for my true love; Francis Poulenc’s, Quatre Motets pour le temps de Noël; and Michael Head’s, The Little Road to Bethlehem.


UEA Choir Christmas Carol Concert

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

Having sold-out in record time, the ever-popular UEA Choir Christmas Carol concert was a resounding success. Under the direction of UEA Choirmaster, Tom Primrose, the 170-strong UEA Choir and 30-strong Chamber Choir, performed a feast of festive favourites in the atmospheric setting of St John the Baptist Roman Catholic Cathedral.

The concert was opened with a rousing rendition of Gaudete! by the UEA Community Choir in their inaugural performance, conducted by Director of Music, Stuart Dunlop. Highlights from UEA Choir included music by Mathias, Rutter and Darke. The Chamber Choir stunned with an impressive performance of Holst’s ‘This Have I Done for my True Love’ and two beautiful lullabies.

Organist William Falconer treated the audience with Christmas favourite ‘Sleigh Ride’, and the numerous opportunities for the audience to join in an array of classic carols with soaring descants made this festive evening truly magical.

It was wonderful to see that the audience enjoyed the Carol Concert as much as we did!




Lunchtime Concert: Music Award Holders

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

The first Lunchtime concert of 2018 featured performances from UEA's Music Award holders, Zachary Starr (French horn), Elanor Cadzow (Bassoon), Lucas Chan (Violin), Abigail Gunn (Flute) and Joanna Boyd (Oboe) accompanied by established pianist, William Fergusson.

The programme included, Debussy's Syrinx, the first two movements of Marcello's Oboe Concerto, Glazunov's Reverie Op. 24, Abbott's Alla Caccia, the first two movements from Wieniawski's Violin Concerto No.2 in D minor Op.22 and Tansman's Sonatina for Bassoon and Piano.


Lunchtime Concert: Ben Johnson (tenor) & Tom Primrose (piano)

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

The second of our Spring 2018 Lunchtime Concerts featured acclaimed tenor Ben Johnson and UEA Choirmaster Tom Primrose performing to a full house. The programme included song cycles by Schumann, Liszt, Warlock and Quilter to texts by Heinrich Heine, John Fletcher, Tennyson, Shelley and Shakespeare.

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 Southrepps Sinfonia as well as joint Artistic Director of the Southrepps Classical Music Festival. He is also a professor of singing at the Royal Academy of Music.

Tom Primrose has won several prizes as an accompanist, has featured a number of times on BBC radio and television and has collaborated with many of the leading singers and instrumentalists of his generation. As a choral conductor he has performed all over Europe and his choirs have been broadcast in the UK and abroad. Tom is also Artistic Co-Director of the Southrepps Classical Music festival.



Ben Johnson & Tom Primrose


UEA Symphony Orchestra Concert: Northern Lights

Friday 9 March, 7.30pm, St Andrew's Hall, Norwich

Under the direction of UEA Director of Music Stuart Dunlop, the 70-strong orchestra performed Tchaikovsky’s Overture-Fantasia Romeo and Juliet, Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor Op. 16 and Sibelius’ Symphony No.1 in E Minor Op. 39 to rapturous applause.

In 2017 UEA received a legacy from the Dutch pianist and composer Dick van der Ven which is intended to encourage music making in the University. This was the first concert to be supported by the legacy and it allowed us to engage the wonderfully talented Anna Geniushene to play Grieg’s equally wonderful concerto.



UEA Chamber Choir Concert: Orpheus Britannicus

Sunday 11 March, 6.30pm, St George's Church, Tombland, Norwich

Under the direction of UEA Choirmaster, Tom Primrose, the 30-strong chamber choir presented their spring concert, 'Orpheus Britannicus' to another full house, in the beautiful medieval surroundings of St George's Church in Tombland. The programme was an exploration of the music of Purcell - Britain’s Orpheus - as well as that of his teachers, contemporaries, and the generation of composers who succeeded him in the early eighteenth century.

Highlights included Boyce 'O where shall wisdom be found?', Blow 'My God, my God, look upon me' and Purcell 'Rejoice in the Lord Alway'.



UEA Choir Concert: Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle

Saturday 28 April, 7.30pm, St Andrew's Hall, Norwich

Under the direction of UEA Choirmaster Tom Primrose, the 160-strong choir performed Rossini's magnificent Petite Messe Solennelle with the wonderfully eccentric original scoring of two pianos and harmonium.

UEA Choir were joined in their performance by award-winning soloists Jenny Stafford (soprano), Clare Presland (mezzo-soprano), Adam Temple-Smith (tenor) and Dan D’Souza (baritone), pianists Peter Foggitt and George Inscoe, and harmoniumist William Falconer.

'full of verve and vigour...the 160 voices of the UEA Choir enjoyed its operatic drama and emotions...everything came together in an enterprising and enjoyable performance' Christopher Smith, EDP


Lunchtime Concert: Music Award Holders and UEA Percussion Ensemble

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

The final Lunchtime concert of 2018 featured performances from UEA Music Award Holders Abigail Langley (Oboe) accompanied by established pianist, William Fergusson, Ivo Garnham (Trumpet) and the UEA Percussion Ensemble. 

The programme included Dimitri Kabalevsky The Galloping Comedians (arr. James L. Moore), Justin Breame Variations on a One Sided Conversation and Internal Angles, Thomas L. Davis Snares, Traps and Other Hunting Devices, Antonín Dvorak ‘Song to the Moon’ from Rusalka, and Dick Van Der Ven Sonata for Oboe and Piano.

Vocal Masterclass with Hannah Francis

Saturday 12 May, 2pm, Strode Concert Room, UEA Music Centre

On Saturday 12 May, UEA Music Centre hosted a vocal Masterclass with former principal soprano at the English National Opera, Hannah Francis. This was a unique opportunity to experience a Masterclass in classical singing given by an outstanding professional singer. Singers were accompanied in the Masterclass by Howard Williams, one of Britain's most experienced conductors and repétiteur.

Hannah’s approach is perceptive, sensitive and creative. Her aim is to free the performer and help them to recognise their true potential. She creates a fun, relaxed and trusting atmosphere, communicating with both participant and audience in a constructive and thoroughly entertaining way. Hannah believes it is very important that people go away feeling enriched and with a desire to continue growing. Dubbed the voice whisperer, Hannah excels at building confidence and trust in her pupils whilst developing sound technique and vocal freedom.

The Masterclass was a resounding success and provided the excellent singers who took part a unique opportunity to work with Hannah.


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