New orchestra's accent on baroque

A new orchestra for Norwich! The Norwich Baroque Orchestra - born out of a desire to present the baroque repertoire in a true baroque style - gives their inaugural concert on Sunday afternoon (3pm) in the majestic setting of the church of St Peter Mancroft.

A new orchestra for Norwich! The Norwich Baroque Orchestra - born out of a desire to present the baroque repertoire in a true baroque style - gives their inaugural concert on Sunday afternoon (3pm) in the majestic setting of the church of St Peter Mancroft, opposite The Forum.

By utilising an ensemble of just 12 players, their aim is to present programmes based round the music of Bach, Corelli, Albinoni, Vivaldi and Locatelli in an exciting, fresh and vital style with leading players from across the East Anglian region.

And returning to Norwich to take part in this special occasion are two of the city's most successful musicians: Lucy Curnow (violin) and Jeremy Foster (oboe). Lucy will play Bach's Concerto for violin in A minor while Jeremy will perform Albinoni's Concerto for oboe in D minor - two major works of the baroque repertoire. They will then join forces for a performance of Bach's Concerto for oboe and violin.

Lucy is currently working with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London and recently completed her fifth Proms season with them at the Royal Albert Hall. She enjoys returning to her roots in Norwich wherever possible.


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And so does Jeremy. He spends most of his time nowadays freelancing as a professional oboist in the London area and plays with many of the leading orchestras in the UK as well as continuing a varied career as soloist and chamber/orchestral player across Europe and America.

Both of them were also original members of the Mancroft Youth Orchestra who enjoyed giving small concert items within the regular church service. In addition to these two fine soloists, the orchestra will also be joined by the baritone Geoff Davidson, who'll sing three of Handel's most famous and inspiring arias: Where'er You Walk, Silent Worship and Ombra Mai Fu (Largo). Geoff sings regularly in the Monteverdi Choir with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and is one of the region's leading vocal soloists. He now divides his time between composition, conducting, teaching and singing and has recently conducted a sold-out concert of Mozart favourites in Norwich Cathedral with the Norwich Pops Orchestra.

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Tickets £12/£9, concs £10/£7, from Prelude Records, St Giles' Street, 01603 628319, Norwich, or at the door.

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