We’re filling Norwich’s historic buildings with music

An East Anglian orchestra is holding a series of concerts around historic Norwich.

Chamber Orchestra Anglia's 10th anniversary series comprises 12 concerts in 12 buildings over 12 months, and the second will be at the home of Aviva, Surrey House, Norwich.

The monthly concerts, in collaboration with Norwich Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust (HEART) are taking place in Norwich 12 buildings, a collection of city buildings from Norman, Georgian, Victorian and modern eras.

Norwich 12 is an initiative by Norwich HEART, to develop the city's iconic buildings into a family of heritage attractions, to showcase English urban and cultural development over the last 1,000 years. The orchestra performed last month at The Forum to celebrate its and their birthday, and on December 14 the atrium of the Edwardian Surrey House on Surrey Street will open for the concert – an Italian serenade in celebration of the venue's interior made of Italian marble.

Michael Loveday, chief executive of Norwich HEART, said: 'Last month's concert at The Forum was a fantastic start for the series. This is a great opportunity for people to enjoy good music and a tour of Norwich's most impressive venues, some of which aren't always open to the public.

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'Surrey House is a working building, so allowing the public in, and using the building in such a unique way, is very exciting.'

Norwich 12 buildings are the Castle, Norwich Cathedral, Great Hospital, St Andrew's and Blackfriars Halls, The Guildhall, Dragon Hall, Assembly House, St James Mill, the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Surrey House, City Hall and The Forum.

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Sharon Andrea Choa, founder and artistic director of the orchestra, said: 'We are thrilled to be playing at Surrey House to celebrate its Marble Hall and the beautiful, new atrium. I want to thank Aviva and Norwich HEART, and look forward to a full house.'

Tickets for the December 14 show cost �15, available from Theatre Royal Box Office on 01603 630000 or visit www.chamberorchestraanglia.co.uk.

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