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HEAD EAST– Norfolk & Norwich Festival 250

17 days of Music, performance, circus, literature and free outdoor arts from Friday 13 to Sunday 29 May 2022

 

Celebrating 250 years, the Norfolk & Norwich Festival is in fact one of the oldest arts festivals in the world, which seems incredible. In 1772 an event was organised to raise funds for the new Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, the rest as they say is history.

Starting its life as a celebration of orchestral concerts, the first ‘Grand Music Festival’ took place in 1778 at St Andrew’s Hall and Sir Peter Mancroft Church. In 1824 it grew to become the ‘Triennial Norfolk and Norwich Festival’.

In 1958 the programme shifted to include visual arts and theatre for the first time. Shortly after this in 1961 it was given the new name of ‘Norwich Festival of Music and the Arts’ which also saw Jazz incorporated. In 1989 the Festival became an annual event, then moving from October to May in 2002. The much-adored Spiegel tent arrived in 2009, which brings us into 2022 celebrating 250 years.

 

 

Welcome to this year’s smorgasbord of fabulous festival fun, and over 100 events on the streets, in the parks, and at the coast with giant dominoes to topple, exhibitions to see, live music, theatre, cabaret, and circus acts to enjoy, and 18 new commissions, ranging from classical concerts to free street performances.

Things to look out for in this wide-ranging programme, are nine new fanfares, which will pop up across the city of Norwich over the opening weekend, the giant domino topple through Norwich city centre, and a packed programme of international and local artists in the Adnams’ Spiegeltent. For a great read and the complete programme in PDF format click here. Or, go for a tangible souvenir and buy the book.

 

FESTIVAL FOR A FINE CITY

Complementing the programme of activities across the county is a book – Festival for a Fine City, by local historian, Rob Mitchell who has uncovered the Festival’s rich history, beginning with its origins in 1772 as a cathedral service to fundraise for the new Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, before quickly blossoming into an internationally renowned triennial music and arts festival.

To find out more and purchase this wonderful souvenir click here
(Festival for a Fine City, by Rob Mitchell / Book, whilst stocks last)

So – for a feast of fabulous fun here’s just a taste of what’s on!

 

DOMINOES – STATION HOUSE OPERA (LAUNCH EVENT)

Dominoes, takes as its starting point the simplest of ideas… a line of dominoes. Traversing the city, thousands of breezeblocks are used to create a moving sculpture which unfolds over the course of one magical day… the very beginning of Festival 250!

Explore the route during the afternoon and find your favourite spot to watch the topple.

FREE to attend. To find out more click here. Anglia Square to The Forum.
(Norwich City Centre. 18:00. Runs 13 May)

 

FESTIVAL FUTURES EXHIBITION

250 years ago, the good people of Norwich came together to raise much-needed funds for the new Norfolk & Norwich Hospital by staging sermons and then concerts. As part of a new National Lottery Heritage Funded project, in an exhibition curated by volunteers, we’re revealing the origins of Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

FREE. To find out more click here
(Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell. Runs 13 till 28 May)

 

250 FANFARES

With a long history of fanfares at the Festival, we celebrate the opening weekend with specially commissioned pop-up world premieres, performed by musicians from the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Nine composers were commissioned to create these pieces: James Batty, Cameron Biles-Liddell, Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade, Nneka Cummins, Misha Mullov-Abbado, Laurence Osborn, Alexander Paxton, Shruthi Rajasekar, Ayanna Witter-Johnson.

FREE. To find out more, click here. Pop up around the city centre
(Norwich city. Runs 14 & 15 May)

 

LONE TWIN & THE GUILD OF WAYFINDERS – EVERY STEP IS A DIFFERENT HEIGHT

Take a tour through the history of the Guildhall and the storied past of the Festival. Your guides for this journey will be the newly formed Guild of Wayfinders, as they walk you through the unique spaces of the medieval building and 250 years of Festivals past.

To find out more and book tickets click here.
(Norwich Guildhall. Various times. Runs from 14 till 29 May)

 

HERMETO PASCOAL & THE NATIONAL YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA

Join us on opening night with a music legend. In a career spanning six decades, Brazilian Hermeto Pascoal has won worldwide fame as a virtuoso composer and multi-instrumentalist. Hermeto and his band join the ever-inventive National Youth Jazz Orchestra in new commissions and old favourites.

To find out more and book tickets click here.
St. Andrew’s Hall, Norwich. 7.30pm. Runs 13 May)

 

AIR GIANTS – UNFURL

Unfurl is a garden like no other. Nature, art and technology have combined to create something enchanting and spectacular. A dreamscape of interactive gentle giants made from fabric and air, full of light, colour and sound.

FREE. To find out more, click here.
(Festival Gardens, Chapelfield, Norwich. 2pm–5pm & 6pm–9pm. Runs 14 & 15 May)

 

NORWICH CHAMBER MUSIC PRESENTS THE HEATH QUARTET

The multi-award winning Heath Quartet perform Britten’s profoundly beautiful third String Quartet, one of his final works, alongside Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel’s rhapsodic 1834 composition, and Purcell’s exquisitely constructed Fantasias that combine technical mastery and conversational wit.

To find out more and to book tickets, click here
(John Innes Centre, Norwich. 3pm. Runs Sunday 15 May)

 

MOOR MOTHER

Philadelphia based Camae Ayewa AKA Moor Mother is a poet, musician and activist. Having released multiple albums since 2016’s Fetish Bones, she is a serial collaborator with an uncanny ability to take on and successfully inhabit a variety of genres. Her latest work, Black Encyclopedia of the Air, came out in September 2021 to critical acclaim.

To find out more and to book tickets click here.
St. Andrew’s Hall. 8pm. Runs Monday 16 May)

 

FROZEN LIGHT FIRE SONGS

An immersive sensory sound experience for audiences with profound and multiple learning disabilities. From a soulful connection around a campfire, through to the celestial music of the cosmos. An hour of original music interwoven with epic sensory experiences, performed in collaboration with the Thetford Singers and other Norfolk voices.

To find out more click here.
£10, tickets can be purchased via Festival Box Office on 01603 531800 or in person at Norwich Guildhall, Gaol Hill, Norwich, NR2 1JS
(The Garage, Norwich. 11am and 1.30pm. Runs 17 May)

 

POSTERS, PAMPHLETS & OTHER PARAPHERNALIA SHOWCASE

Delving into the different communities and subcultures of Norfolk, a showcase of work from Posters, Pamphlets and Other Paraphernalia’s projects. From 90s football programmes to DIY zines, an array of creative responses that connect, and give voice to those communities will be displayed. Plus, get the chance to talk to those involved.

FREE. Various dates and times. To find out more click here.

 

DANIEL PIORO & ERLAND COOPER

Continuing a rewarding collaborative period, Daniel Pioro and Erland Cooper perform live together for the first time. Reimagining a selection of Cooper’s Orkney repertoire with Studio Collective, a specially selected group of string players from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, they will perform a tone-poem programme
of melody, clouds of sound and ambient drone.

To find out more and to book tickets click here.
St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich. 8pm. Runs 17 May)

 

THE PEOPLE’S CABARET: WORKSHOPS

What is a protest song? Where did it come from? What could it be today? The People’s Cabaret workshops sees artists Luke Styles and Jessica Walker work with participants to explore the history, ideas and uses of protest songs. The first iteration of The People’s Cabaret was presented at the Festival last year. Now working with communities in Diss and Sheringham, Jess and Luke will create new protest songs, in order to create a performance for 2023’s Festival. You could be part of it!

For further info click here and to sign-up for a workshop and perform in N&N Festival 2023, email peoplescabaret@nnfestival.org.uk

Workshops: Tuesday 17 May, 7pm. The Corn Hall, Diss. Wednesday 18 May, 7pm. Sheringham Little Theatre

 

COMMON WEALTH & FUEL – PEACEOPHOBIA

Part car-meet, part theatre show and all staged in a car park, Peaceophobia is a powerful political performance by Bradford born car lovers – an unapologetic response to rising Islamophobia around the world, featuring cinematic lighting, modified cars and an electronic sound score.

To find out more, check times and to book tickets, click here
(Rose Lane Car Park, Norwich. Runs 18 to 21 May)

 

DANIEL PIORO & JAMES MCVINNIE
MYSTERY SONATAS by HEINRICH BIBER

Enter into Heinrich Biber’s experimental musical mind in the Mystery Sonatas for violin and continuo, performed by Daniel Pioro and James McVinnie over three consecutive evenings. Biber melds virtuosity and theatricality with an emotional power that renders an experience as dazzling today as when first heard in the seventeenth century. In the intimate setting of the Octagon Chapel, this work will astonish in the hands of two artists renowned for their uncompromising and daring approach to music-making.

Part 1, The Joyful Mysteries, 8.30pm, Wednesday 18 May
Part 2, The Sorrowful Mysteries, 8.30pm, Thursday 19 May
Part 3, The Glorious Mysteries, 8.30pm, Friday 20 May

To find out more and book tickets click the title links above.
(Octagon Chapel, Norwich. Runs 18 till 20 May)

 

CIRQUE ALFONSE – BARBU

All beards, barrel chests and brazen burlesque, Barbu delves into the origins of Montreal’s 19th century circus, conjuring a strange and wonderful world, where traditional and contemporary circus collide with beautiful irreverence. Bizarre, hilariously quirky and sexy as hell, Cirque Alfonse deliver edge-of-your-seat entertainment set to a rollicking soundtrack from a frenetic electro-folk band.

To find out more, check times and book tickets click here
(Adnams Spiegeltent, Festival Gardens, Chapelfield, Norwich. Runs 18 to 29 May)

 

SO PERCUSSION & CAROLINE SHAW

Sō Percussion and Pulitzer Prize-winner, Caroline Shaw combine forces for a powerful set of songs composed together. Shaw’s faultless ear for melody and harmony, combined with Sō’s rhythmic invention and compositional experimentation, make for a world of sonic richness that feels fresh and unique.

To find out more and to book tickets click here
(St. Andrew’s Hall, Norwich. Runs 18 May)

 

LE GATEAU CHOCOLAT & JONNY WOO
NOW THAT’S WHAT WE CALL MUSICALS

Gateau and Woo are back & ready to party like they’ve never partied before! Hot on the heels of the sold-out hit A Night at the Musicals, get dragged through a catalogue of their favourite musical hits, from Gypsy to Grease, Little Mermaid to The Sound of Music – no musical is safe. Fabulous… glamorous… and extremely camp!

To find out more and to book tickets, click here
(Adnams Spiegeltent, Festival Gardens, Chapelfield. Runs 19 & 20 May)

 

ROB MITCHELL
FESTIVAL FOR A FINE CITY – A HISTORY OF NORFOLK & NORWICH FESTIVAL

From charity fundraiser to modern-day arts celebration, join Rob Mitchell, author of Festival for a Fine City, as he explores Norfolk & Norwich Festival’s 250-year journey and the characters that have helped shape it.

FREE
(Adnams Spiegeltent, Festival Gardens, Chapelfield. 1pm. Friday 20 May)

 

LOST DOG
A TALE OF TWO CITIES

Sure to be one of 2022’s highlights, acclaimed dance-theatre company, Lost Dog radically reimagine Dickens’ classic. The young Lucie Manette is making a documentary, bringing her family together to restage the events of the French Revolution that she was too young to remember. But what they have to say is not what Lucie wants to hear.

To find out more and to book tickets, click here.
(St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich. 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Runs 20 & 21 May)

 

SOUL STEW & NNF PRESENT
CLUB CULTURE WITH JOSSY MITSU

We’re teaming up with Soul Stew for our first Festival club night, with DJ Jossy Mitsu. Birmingham born, London based, Mitsu is co-founder of the acclaimed 6 Figure Gang and holds residencies with two legendary institutions – Rinse FM and London’s Fabric nightclub. One of the fastest-rising talents on the UK dance scene, her sets journey though house, techno, garage, rave and jungle.

To find out more and to book tickets, click here
(Space Studios, Norwich. 10pm. Runs Friday 20 May)

 

STRIJBOS & VAN RIJSWIJK
SIGNAL ON SEA

Dutch sound artists Strijbos & Van Rijswijk will transform Great Yarmouth, from the beach to the city, with sound… and you are in control of your own musical experience. Roaming the beach, listeners are lured by the changing music and landscape, but the pace and the exact manner is up to you.

There will be two site-specific performances to accompany the installation, in which live sopranos provide a captivating transformation of the town and beach around them.

Installation open: Friday 20–Monday 23 May & Wednesday 24–Sunday 29 May, 2pm–8pm
Ticketed performances: Friday 27 May & Saturday 28 May, 8.30pm
FREE & Paid ticketed performances. To find out more and book tickets click here.
(North Beach, Great Yarmouth. Runs from 20 till 29 May)

 

GARDEN PARTY

Turn-up, kick-back and enjoy the Festival’s free fun family weekender featuring a dazzling array of the country’s finest new outdoor shows, make and do sessions, idyllic bar and delicious food offerings. Unwind with family and friends in the relaxed garden atmosphere…where you’ll find a little something for everyone!

Matthew Harrison
Community Chest
A treasure seeking, puzzle solving, interactive experience for all ages.

Joli Vyann
Timeless
A beautiful and mesmerising circus dance piece confined within a capsule.

DARYL BEETON PRODUCTIONS & MIMBRE
Look Mum, No Hands
A tender story about friendship and growing up.

Fatt Projects
Big Gay Disco Bike
Bringing the D I S C O direct to you… because anywhere can be a dance floor!

Theatre Témoin
Flood
A watery acrobatic adventure that makes a splash!

Avant Garde Dance / TONY DIGUN
scrum
An electrifying hip-hop dance theatre performance.

The Clay Connection and Supple Productions
Lives of Clay
Classical Indian dance, live ceramics, original music…and half a ton of clay.

SAY
The Album : Skool Edition
An exciting, fast-paced interactive outdoor dance show.

ALL GARDEN PARTY EVENTS FREE TO ATTEND
(Festival Gardens, Chapelfield & The Forum. 12pm to 5pm. Runs 21 & 22 May)

 

THE BAND STAND IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BBC MUSIC INTRODUCING IN NORFOLK

Begins a 17-day residency in the gardens with the return of the Festival Bar and five evenings of alfresco tunes at The Band Stand. Enjoy a varied programme of music each night as some incredible young music-makers bring you beats to sink your beer to.

FREE to attend. Full line-up to be announced at nnfestival.org.uk
(Festival Gardens, Chapelfield. 7.30pm & 9.30pm daily. Runs 13 till 17 May)

 

DOROTHY’S SHOES PRESENT
RAGROOF TEA DANCE

Trip the light fantastic with vintage tunes, glamorous costumes, glorious dance displays, and Instant Dance Classes. On Saturday, it’s back to ‘The Roaring Twenties’ for a breathless marathon of dance crazes. And on Sunday, it’s ‘Tropicalia’ featuring vintage Latin rhythms inspired by the Brazilian Bombshell Carmen Miranda.

To find out more and to book tickets, click here.
(Adnams Spiegeltent, Festival Gardens, Chapelfield. 12 noon. Runs 21 & 22 May)

 

LOST & FOUND FILMS OF NORFOLK

Artists collaborating with Norfolk 10 – 13 year olds have created The Lost & Found Films of Norfolk – short films that tell the story of imagined fictitious events from the past, present or future of Norfolk. Watch the films and discover Norfolk through the eyes of its youngest inhabitants.

FREE to attend. 12noon-5pm
(The Gallery, The Forum, Norwich. Runs Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 May)

 

BRITTEN SINFONIA WITH PETE LETANKA
SIDE BY SIDE

A musical journey from sea to city featuring local young musicians alongside the world-class players of Britten Sinfonia. Throughout the day, small ensembles will appear across Norfolk in a creative trail of free live performances, culminating with a massed, open-air concert in Festival Gardens, featuring the world premiere of Side by Side, a new work specially composed for the occasion by Pete Letanka.

FREE to attend. To find out more click here.
(Festival Gardens, Chapelfield. 6pm. Runs Saturday 21 May)

 

ARUN GHOSH – THE CANTICLE OF THE SUN

Clarinettist and composer Arun Ghosh presents a spiritual jazz re-imagining of St. Francis of Assisi’s mystical prayer, The Canticle of the Sun. Performed by a contemporary eight-piece ensemble featuring Camilla George and Sarathy Korwar, this is life-affirming new music, in praise of nature and the universe.

To find out more and to book tickets, click here
(St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich. 8pm. Runs Saturday 21 May)

 

GRACE PETRIE

Protest singer Grace Petrie has an army of loyal fans across the alternative, folk, political and comedy scenes. Her new album Connectivity reached the top 40 in the UK album charts in autumn 2021.

To find out more and to book tickets click here.
(Adnams Spiegeltent, Festival Gardens, Chapelfield. 10pm. Runs Saturday 21 May)

 

EXAUDI VOCAL ENSEMBLE
Gesualdo: Cruel Ecstasy

Celebrated for their stunning performances of Gesualdo’s extraordinary late madrigals, Exaudi performs a selection of these uniquely intense and anguished vocal dramas, alongside two premieres by young UK-based composers, Sylvia Lim and Joanna Ward, written in response to Gesualdo’s works.

To find out more and to book tickets, click here
(St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich. 7.30pm. Runs Sunday 22 May)

 

BROADSIDE HACKS

Broadside Hacks is a new collective of musicians steeped in folk clubs, created to explore their own understanding of the tradition. With a rich, wild curiosity for traditional, radical folk music they bring contemporary truths to the ancient melodies and words of the past.

To find out more and to book tickets, click here
(Adnams Spiegeltent, Festival Gardens, Chapelfield. 10pm. Runs Sunday 22 May)

 

FAIRYTALES & NIGHTINGALES

In a fundraiser for Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital, a programme celebrating Jenny Lind, an artist and a humanitarian whose special bond with the people of Norfolk still resonates today. Charting her early life in Sweden and her fascinating circle of musical and artistic friends, we reimagine her career through the music of Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, Robert and Clara Schuman and then follow Jenny on her path to global stardom and her visits to Norwich. The project is devised by acclaimed pianist and conductor Simon Crawford-Phillips who is accompanied by modern-day ‘Swedish Nightingale’ Hanna Husáhr and one of the greatest advocates of an instrumental voice, violist and violinist, Lawrence Power.

To find out more and to book tickets, click here.
(St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich. 7.30pm. Runs Monday 23 May)

 

FIGS IN WIGS – ASTROLOGY BINGO

Join Figs in Wigs for Astrology Bingo – a cosmic game show for astrology lovers, bingo wingers and their sceptic friends. It’s already written in the stars if you will win because instead of numbers, you’ll be playing with your own astrological birth chart. It’s totally out of this world! Collect your astrology chart in the bar from 9pm, ready for the show to begin in the Adnams Spiegeltent at 10pm.

For more information and to book tickets click here
(Adnams Spiegeltent, Festival Gardens, Chapelfield. 10pm. Runs 23 & 24 May)

 

PEGGY SEEGER & CALUM MACCOLL

Peggy Seeger is the undisputed queen of folk and political song. Although in her mid-80s, her verve, vigour and charm remain as strong as ever. Join Peggy and her son for a memorable evening of songs, stories, audience participation and relaxed family banter.

To find out more and to book tickets click here.
(Adnams Spiegeltent, Festival Gardens, Chapelfield. 7.30pm. Runs 24 May)

 

NICK POWER – Between Tiny Cities

Dancers Erak Mith and Aaron Lim use the rituals, movement styles and language of their shared hip-hop culture to reveal the dramatically different worlds that surround them and uncover the choreographic links that unite them. Choreographed by internationally renowned Sydney hip-hop dance artist Nick Power and accompanied by the beats and sound design of Jack Prest.

To find out more, check times and book tickets click here.
(St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich. Runs Tuesday 24 May & Wednesday 25 May)

 

BBC RADIO 3 NEW GENERATION ARTISTS

HELEN CHARLSTON & TOBY CARR – BATTLE CRY

Helen Charlston (mezzo soprano) and Toby Carr (theorbo) will perform works by Monteverdi, Purcell, and Strozzi, alongside Battle Cry, a new song cycle by composer Owain Park and librettist Georgia Way. While we all know the stories of male adventure and war, Battle Cry rebalances this obsession, hearing what so-called ‘abandoned women’ might have to say to us today.

To find out more and book tickets click here
(Octagon Chapel, Norwich. 1pm. Runs 24 May)

ANASTASIA KOBEKINA

BACH CELLO SUITES PART 1, Tuesday 24 May
BACH CELLO SUITES PART 2, Wednesday 25 May

Cellist Anastasia Kobekina is known for her breath-taking musicality and technique. With her extraordinary versatility and infectious personality, she has become acclaimed as one of the most exciting new cellists of her generation. Considered some of Bach’s greatest musical achievements, Anastasia brings her prowess to the technically challenging Cello Suites, played complete over two evenings.

To find out more and book tickets click here
(Octagon Chapel, Norwich. 7pm. Runs 24 & 25 May)

 

ROB LUFT & ELINA DUNI WITH FRED THOMAS – LOST SHIPS

Swiss-Albanian singer Elina Duni and British guitarist Rob Luft’s Lost Ships is an exquisitely beautiful, emotionally complex, words and music masterpiece from two of the most distinctive talents on the European scene.

To find out more and to book tickets, click here.
(Octagon Chapel, Norwich. 10pm. Runs 24 May)

 

CONSONE QUARTET

Winners of the 2016 Royal Overseas League Ensemble Prize, the Consone Quartet have rapidly made a name for themselves as fresh, engaging and vivid interpreters of the Classical and early Romantic music in which they specialise. They will be joined by John Crockatt (viola).

To find out more and to book tickets, click here.
(Octagon Chapel, Norwich. 1pm. Runs 25 May)

 

JOFmakes ART
10 MINUTE DANCE PARTIES

This is an all-ages event that asks you to have as much fun as you can – with one catch: you only have 10 minutes to dance. And dance you will! There will be world record attempts, dance move competitions, dedications, interpretations and ventures into the unknown…

FREE. To find out more, check times, click here.
(Outside The Forum, Norwich. Runs 25 to 28 May)

 

SEAN SHIBE
ELECTRIC COUNTERPOINT

Sean Shibe’s innovative approach to his instrument makes him one of the most versatile guitarists performing today. Returning to the Festival, Shibe presents an all-electric guitar programme including Steve Reich’s mesmeric Electric Counterpoint and his own arrangement of Julia Wolfe’s LAD, ‘a searing siren song of lamentation’ originally written for nine bagpipes.

To find out more and to book tickets, click here.
(Adnams Spiegeltent, Festival Gardens, Chapelfield. 10pm. Runs 25 May)

 

CLAIRE PARSONS CO.
MARMALADE

A delicious, tactile performance about meeting, mixing and blending. The two performers taste and feel in poetic movements and circus actions, while creating an exquisite and visual experience with the audience. A delicious family show mixing fluffy skirts, soft circus and Fellini music!

To find out more and to book tickets, click here
(Adnams Spiegeltent, Festival Gardens, Chapelfield. 11am & 1pm. Runs 25 & 26 May)

 

STEVEN OSBORNE

Winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year in 2013, pianist Steven Osborne is one of Britain’s most treasured musicians. Celebrated for his insightful interpretations, his musicality and technique, tonight he showcases his talents with Schubert’s Sonata in B flat and Debussy’s challenging Études.

To find out more and to book tickets, click here.
(St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich. 7.30pm. Runs 26 May)

 

LEVITATION ORCHESTRA

Founded in 2018 by Axel Kaner-Lidstrom, Levitation Orchestra are an 11-piece jazz ensemble featuring some of London’s most creative and individual young musicians. Their live shows are vibrant and packed full of joyous, infectious energy. Not to be missed!

To find out more and to book tickets, click here.
(Adnams Spiegeltent, Festival Gardens, Chapelfield. 10pm. Runs 26 May

 

AMJAD ALI KHAN, AYAAN ALI BANGASH & AMAAN ALI BANGASH

Amjad Ali Khan is one of the undisputed masters of the music world. Since giving his first performance at the age of six, he has played for audiences worldwide, bringing a new and yet timeless interpretation to the repertoire, whilst being widely credited with reinventing the technique of playing the sarod. Forming a trio with him tonight are his sons, Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash.

To find out more and to book tickets, click here.
(St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich. 8pm. Runs 27 May)

 

WOOM

This four-part concept-choir, who have already amassed a passionate cult fanbase, including past touring partners like King Krule, Whitney and The Big Moon. Their notoriety as a completely immersive, near-transcendental experience is fast becoming the stuff of indie folklore.

To find out more and to book tickets, click here.
(Adnams Spiegeltent, Festival Gardens, Chapelfield. 10pm. Runs 27 May)

 

COMPLINE BY CANDLELIGHT

The Girl Choristers, Lay Clerks and Choral Scholars of Norwich Cathedral Choir sing the ancient monastic office of night prayer in the stunning candlelit surroundings of Norwich Cathedral.

FREE. To find out more click here.
(Norwich Cathedral. 9pm. Runs 27 May)

 

ANNA MEREDITH

A genre-crossing composer and producer whose work straddles contemporary, classical, art pop, electronica and experimental rock, Anna Meredith’s music has been performed everywhere from the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms to Netflix TV series, to sleep-pods in Singapore. Joined by her band of virtuosic musicians, prepare for an exhilarating evening from one of the most innovative minds in British music.

To find out more and to book tickets, click here.
(St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich. 8pm. Runs 28 May)

 

DAT BRASS

Honing a mix of punk jazz, turntablism and electronica that makes up their distinctive sound, dat Brass have built a big reputation as pioneers of one of the freshest sounds London has to offer. High octane and anthemic tunes doused with breathless improvisation.

To find out more and to book tickets, click here.
(Adnams Spiegeltent, Festival Gardens, Chapelfield. 10pm. Runs 28 May)

 

BRITTEN SINFONIA – FIVE TUDOR PORTRAITS

Britten Sinfonia and Norwich Philharmonic Chorus join forces to crown Festival 250 with Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Five Tudor Portraits in the composer’s 150th anniversary year.

Commissioned by the Festival and premiered in St Andrew’s Hall in 1936 in a performance conducted by the composer, Five Tudor Portraits sets words by John Skelton, one-time tutor to Henry VIII. From the unbuttoned Tunning of Elinor Rumming to the mocking Epitaph on John Jayberd of Diss, Vaughan Williams captures the mischief and rhythm of Skelton’s poetry, in a rousing and lively work that is as inventive as it is amusing.

While the very first Norfolk & Norwich Festival was taking place in 1772, a certain 16-year-old was captivating the Continent. Mozart’s Divertimento in D, from the same year, combines exuberance and charm to elevate a traditionally light genre into something much more. Meanwhile Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1, written in 1906, evokes the county’s expansive skies, drawing on folk songs Vaughan Williams himself collected from the King’s Lynn fishing community.

To find out more and to book tickets, click here.
(St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich. 7.30pm. Runs 29 May)

 

 

What a line up!

For the full programme Norfolk & Norwich Festival 250 click here.
For the PDF of the programme click here.

 

And as if this wasn’t enough! Running in parallel to the Festival programme: –

VISUAL ARTS, EXHIBITIONS, INSTALLATIONS AND TALKS programme across Norwich and beyond in King’s Lynn, and Great Yarmouth including artists Ryan Gander and John Virtue, and The GroundWork Gallery and Sainsbury Centre.

To find out more click here

 

And don’t miss …

CITY OF LITERATURE 2022

The National Centre for Writing celebrates an anniversary as part of the festival – 10 years of Norwich being a UNESCO City of Literature.

To find out more click here
(City of Literature 2022, Norwich. Runs from 27 to 29 May)

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