Norwich Baroque musicians celebrate 10th anniversary

Norwich Baroque. Photo: supplied.

Norwich Baroque. Photo: supplied. - Credit: supplied

A Norwich musical ensemble passionate about playing the works of Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and other Baroque composers is celebrating its 10th anniversary year.

Norwich Baroque was formed in 2006 and over the past decade has delighted audiences with its performances of the vast array of music created in the Baroque period from 1600 to 1750.

Over time the musicians have also gone from performing on modern day instruments to playing instruments from the time of the composers to make their performances even more authentic.

Jane Slocombe, from Norwich Baroque, said: 'Today's Norwich Baroque is a period instrument ensemble, using instruments either from the 18th century or replicas. The thrill of creating the sounds that the composers wrote for is huge.'

The group, which was the idea of Keith Hobday and is today directed by violinist Jim O'Toole, has a packed programme of concerts planned for its anniversary year, starting with Duelling Trumpets at Norwich Central Baptist Church on February 13 where musicians Crispian Steele-Perkins and Simon Munday will play natural trumpets.

Some Norwich Baroque highlights this year will include performing with the Norwich Cathedral Choirs a number of times, and also hosting two Best Of The First 10 Years! concerts in July. The first will be on July 22 at St Stephen's Church in Norwich and the second will be on July 23 at Binham Priory.

Mrs Slocombe said: 'As we move into 2016 we count ourselves hugely fortunate and look forward to sharing our love of what we do with as many people as possible.'

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Norwich Baroque is sponsored by Norwich-based SG Wealth Management Ltd.

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