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The new season, 2016

The spring and autumn concerts in our series at Norwich and London have now been arranged. Dates, programmes, and line-ups are on the Diary pages, together with details of concerts at other venues. We are still working on the summer concert in our Norwich–London series, and hope to announce that very soon.

Another event of 2016 will be the release of our ninth CD, Venice to Hamburg. So, watch this website. Our Twitter account and Facebook page will give abbreviated news.

January 2015

Our next event

Laments for Passiontide

Thursday 3 March, 7.30 pm

The Octagon Chapel, Colegate, Norwich NR3 1BN

The lament became an established musical genre and in this concert we present examples of this expressive form over two centuries, from Italy and Austria. Perhaps the first example of the musical lament was Monteverdi’s ‘Lamento d’Arianna’: a five-part madrigal, performed here with soprano and strings and continuo. Monteverdi later adapted the piece for a sacred text: his ‘Pianto della Madonna’. Haydn reworked his ‘Arianna a Naxos’ aria as a Marian lament, ‘Maria quaerit Christum filium’, for soprano and string quartet. In addition we perform passionate works by Monteverdi’s near-contemporary Merula, by Schmelzer (who worked in Vienna) and by Vivaldi (at whose funeral in Vienna Haydn might have sung).
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Keeping in touch

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From the Journal

‘Bach and his rivals’ reviewed in Early Music Today

November 2015 – Reviews

Adrian Horsewood reviewed our CD ‘Bach and his rivals’ for Early Music Today. He gave it five stars out of five.


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