Preview: Six classical concerts not to miss this week in Norfolk and Suffolk
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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra return to Lowestoft with violinist Jennifer Pike, Glyndebourne is in Norwich and there is a concert of quintessentially English music in Sheringham. SIMON PARKIN picks six classical concerts this week.
• Gala of Classics
Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, November 25, 7.30pm, £37.50-£27.50, under-25s £20, 01502 533200, www.marinatheatre.co.uk
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – resident orchestra at the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft, return under the direction of the vivacious conductor Jean-Luc Tingaud, to perform a selection of classics from some of the great composers, including the Overture to Mozart's The Magic Flute opera, Tchaikovsky's Polonaise from Eugene Onegin and his masterpiece, Symphony No.5. Joining the orchestra for the fiendish Bruch Violin Concerto will be the spectacular violinist Jennifer Pike. The epitome of Romanticism, this piece opens with an impassioned flourish for the solo violin and continues with a dramatic theme. Renowned for her dazzling interpretative flair and exemplary technique, Pike was born to British and Polish parents and first gained international attention in 2002, when aged 12 she became the youngest-ever winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year.
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• Glyndebourne on Tour
Norwich Theatre Royal, until November 26, 7.15pm, £54-£7, 01603 630000, www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk
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Always a much anticipated date on the calendar, Glyndebourne's latest visit includes Jonathan Kent's sleek and suspenseful production of Don Giovanni (Nov 25), last seen on tour in 2010. Mozart's opera swings restlessly between comedy and tragedy to startling effect. Annilese Miskimmon directs Glyndebourne's first ever staging of Madama Butterfly (Nov 26). Derived from a true story of a Japanese geisha married and abandoned by an American sailor, Puccini's popular masterwork unfolds as a disastrous clash of East and West. Meanwhile in new idea of the tour, Paul Rissmann presents Don Giovanni: Behind the Curtain (Nov 24) has been created to provide a behind-the-scenes exploration of what goes into putting an opera on stage, while at the same time demystifying opera itself with an inspirational look at Don Giovanni, culminating in an extended excerpt from Act II.
• In Every Corner Sing
St Peters Church, Sheringham, November 26, 7.30pm, £12 adv/£15 door, under-18s free, 01263 822347, www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com
Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society and string orchestra directed by David Ballard return to St Peter's in Sheringham for this concert of quintessentially English music, accompanied by Norwich-based baritone soloist Dhilan Gnanadurai. A feast of English music the programme features some of our greatest composers of the 19th and 20th centuries. It takes in Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs, Parry Ode at a Solemn Music, 'Blest Pair of Sirens', Gerald Finzi Eclogue for Piano and Strings, Gustav Holst St Paul's Suite, for strings OP 29 No 2, and Stanford Songs of the Fleet Op 117 paired with equally immortal poetry. This will be combined with some of the finest string orchestra music of the 20th century. Born in Sri Lanka, Gnanadurai won a scholarship at the age of 19 and trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama for five years with Rudolf Piernay.
• Autumn Concert 2016
Wymondham Abbey, November 26, 7.30pm, £12, £2 children, 01953 798784, wymondhamsymphonyorchestra.org.uk
Wymondham Symphony Orchestra combine with a variety of musical styles, from suites to symphonies, concertos to rhapsodies, meaning there is usually sure to be something for everyone. Their final concert of 2016 promises pomp and ceremony, fanfares, Russian dances, and seductive melodies abound in Borodin's Overture to his only opera Prince Igor. A Somerset Rhapsody is Holst's first work as a champion of the English folk tradition, quoting three tunes from Cecil Sharp's collection. Later symphonies by Tchaikovsky are better known than No.1, but it shows all the composer's trademarks within an atmospheric Russian style. Mozart's only concerto for clarinet is to be played by local clarinet soloist and teacher Simon Underhill. It is regarded as the best of its class, not just for the sublime music and the interplay of soloist and orchestra, but for the way it brought the clarinet into full public recognition.
• The Music of War
King's Lynn Corn Exchange, November 27, 3.30pm, £16-£8, 01553 764864, www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk
Norfolk Symphony Orchestra present this concert in remembrance of those who died at the Battle of the Somme. The programme features George Butterworth's beautiful Shropshire Lad Rhapsody written a few years before his death at the battle of the Somme. That will be followed by Ravel's piano concerto for the left hand, commissioned by Paul Wittgenstein, an Austrian concert pianist who lost an arm in the First World War. This savage work is played by the renowned one-handed pianist, Nicholas McCarthy. Nielsen's titanic Fourth symphony, the 'Inextinguishable', which was composed against the backdrop of the First World War is among the most dramatic that he wrote, featuring a 'battle' between the orchestra and two sets of timpani. Written between 1912 and 1916 the symphony expresses 'the elemental will to live' and is a very suitable close to this emotional concert.
• Verdi Aida
Ipswich Regent, November 29, 7pm, £37-£27 (£3 off cons), 01473 433100, www.ipwichregent.co.uk
Ellen Kent's company prides itself on bringing top quality opera to regional theatres, but this new spectacular interpretation of the classic opera Aida, starring Olga Perrier, just might be the most ambitious yet. It is a traditional production, boasting an impressive new set built by Set-Up Scenery, who also build sets for the Royal Opera Covent Garden. The splendour of Egypt is set against the grandeur of the Coliseum of Rome with Kent's direction influenced by the ancient Greek dramas of Euripides and symbolising the powerful religious hold of the priests of Egypt. This tragic story of war, jealousy and revenge at whose heart is the doomed love of the beautiful Ethiopian slave girl, Aida, and the Egyptian hero, Radames, is brought to life in a production set against one of the greatest pieces of music Verdi ever wrote, featuring a temple dance, cascades of glittering gold and amazing fire performers.