Review: Paul Cross Memorial Concert, Assembly House, Norwich

The Music Room at Norwich's Assmebly House. Picture: Archant library

The Music Room at Norwich's Assmebly House. Picture: Archant library - Credit: Archant © 2008

Christopher Smith enjoys the latest annual musical celebration of Norwich's links with Novi Sad.

Tribute was paid to the late Diana Beckley, a dedicated stalwart of the twinning link with Novi Sad at the 19th Paul Cross Memorial Concert on Saturday evening at the Assembly House, Norwich. The programme gave a welcome opportunity to listen to music by Serbian composers.

The soloist was Milica Stojadinovic, prima donna of Novi Sad's National Theatre. She expertly conveyed a wide range of meanings in her well-chosen groups of songs with varied tone, facial expression and a few restrained gestures.

In arias by Puccini, on whom she wrote her PhD thesis, Gershwin and Lloyd Webber, she was stylish and powerful, and to Rusalka's beautiful To the Moon by Dvorak she brought a touch of romance. The soprano was accompanied with sympathy and aplomb by her teenage son Bosko. His technique and vigour were also admired in demanding pieces by Liszt and Rachmaninov.

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