Chamber Orchestra Anglia’s 10th anniversary tour is visiting Norwich’s most inspiring buildings

Some of Norwich's landmark venues have been transformed into concert halls as an orchestra marks its 10th anniversary with a tour of some of the city's most inspiring buildings.

Chamber Orchestra Anglia set itself the challenge of reflecting the Norwich 12 group of buildings in music, performing a different concert at each venue including The Forum, The Assembly House and St James' Mill.

Now half-way through its Norwich 12 series, the orchestra's artistic director Sharon Choa said the concerts to date have been well received, and she hoped even more people would join them for the next six concerts which include a Shakespeare-related programme, and concert inspired by a Joseph Stannard painting, and a special appearance by The English Patient author Michael Ondaatje.

TV personality and orchestra patron Griff Rhys Jones has also pledged his support, having been involved in one of the shows and due to appear in another later this year. He has also donated �1,000 to the orchestra and is encouraging others to give financial support to the group.

He said: 'I had a ball at the recent concert and as well as granting my time and support as patron I just want to make sure that these events continue and I am putting up �1,000 so that others can match this investment in good music in East Anglia.'


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The orchestra kick-started its celebrations at The Forum, almost a decade to the day the orchestra performed its first ever concert there, and the Norwich 12 series has so far included Aviva's Marble Hall, The Guildhall, St Andrew's Hall, the Assembly House and St James' Mill.

Dr Choa said it had been challenging and exciting working with the different places and turning them into concert venues.

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'This series of concerts is not just about music-making but about trying to connect the community and these special venues. We are doing this series in partnership with Norwich HEART (Heritage, Economic and Regeneration Trust), and it is our wish for more and more people in the community to understand what these 12 buildings are about,' she said, adding that before each concert audience-members can have a tour of the venue.

The remaining six concerts of Chamber Orchestra Anglia's Norwich 12 series are:

• City Hall's Council Chamber on May 25 at 7.30pm, featuring the music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.

• The Cathedral of St John the Baptist on June 22 at 7.30pm, with readings by author Michael Ondaatje and violin soloist Victoria Goldsmith performing the music of Bach.

• Norwich Cathedral on July 20 at 7.30pm, which will include a Shakespeare-related programme to tie with the cathedral's Shakespeare festival.

• Norwich Castle on August 18, where the orchestra will recreate music from a Joseph Stannard painting at the castle.

• The Great Hospital in Bishopgate in September, with the exact date still to be confirmed.

• Dragon Hall on October 11, when a Medieval instrument instrument called a carynx will feature in the programme and Griff Rhys Jones will also be taking part.

• For more information about the concerts, ticket prices and how to book, visit www.chamberorchestraanglia.co.uk

• Dr Choa also said people who join the orchestra's friends scheme are welcome to suggest music they would like the orchestra to play in the different venues.

• Are you involved in a new heritage project in the city? Call reporter Emma Knights on 01603 772428 or email emma.knights@archant.co.uk

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