Forthcoming concerts

Mahler's Symphony of a Thousand
Gustav Mahler Symphony No 8

Saturday 21 May 2016, 8pm
Royal Norfolk Showground, NR5 0TT
Please note that there is ample free parking at the Showground. Bar, food and hot drinks will be on sale prior to the concert.

The concert will last approx 90 minutes (no interval)
Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus

Academy of St Thomas

Kings Lynn Festival Chorus

Norfolk and Norwich Festival Chorus

Norwich Cathedral Choir

Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society

Matthew Andrews conductor

Kirstin Sharpin soprano

Katherine Broderick soprano

Catherine May soprano

Anne Marie Gibbons alto

Anna Burford alto

Peter Wedd tenor

James Harrison baritone

 Richard Wiegold bass

To celebrate its 175th Anniversary, the massed ranks of the Norwich Philharmonic are joined by eight outstanding soloists and several choirs from across Norfolk (including Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society) for a spectacular staging in the Norfolk Showground Arena of Mahler's epic and rarely-performed Symphony of a Thousand.

The Norfolk Showground Arena will be especially transformed into a huge concert hall to create a powerful musical experience that will live long in the memory.

The ‘Symphony of a Thousand’ is so-called because it is scored for a vast orchestra, multiple choirs, organ, off-stage band and 8 solo singers.  Indeed it is conceived on such a large scale that the Royal Norfolk Showground Arena is the only venue big enough to stage it, the first time an event of this kind has been held there. In addition to the musicians and singers of the Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, the concert will also involve other local orchestras, notably the Academy of St Thomas, and at least four other Norfolk choirs including Norfolk & Norwich Festival Chorus, Norwich Cathedral Choir, Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society, and Kings Lynn Festival Chorus.

This concert takes place as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2016.

Priority booking for Norwich Philharmonic Society Friends and Benefactors and St Andrews Hall season ticket holders from 5th November.
General booking opens 11th November

Tickets: £28, £24, £18, £12 (special bus from the city centre for £6 return bookable with concert tickets)

CONCESSIONS 10% off (excl top price)

UNDER 25s Limited seats at £7.50 (excl top price)

NOTE: Friends of SCCS will receive one complimentary £18 ticket as part of their annual subscription - for further details please contact BIzz Horsley Membership Secretary (via the Contact page) 

From Theatre Royal Box Office, Theatre Street, Norwich NR2 1RL
Tel. 01603 766400

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Summer Royal Gala Concert
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Coronation Mass
George Frideric Handel Coronation Anthems
George Frideric Handel Water Music Suite in F

Sat 16 July 2016, 7.30pm
Auden Theatre, Holt
Harry Castle conductor

Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society & Orchestra

Rosamund Walton soprano

Laurence Blyth alto

Tom Rowarth tenor

Andrew Weeks bass 

We return to the Auden Theatre for another of our popular summer gala concerts with music especially chosen to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen's 90th Birthday year.

Mozart's Mass in C major, K317, was completed in 1779 in Salzburg intended for performance at Easter that year. The popular name, Coronation Mass, may relate to its association with the commemoration of the crowining of a miraculous statue of the Virgin Mary near Salzburg. Others connect it to the coronation of Emperor Leopold ll in Prague in 1791.

Handel was commissioned by King George ll to write new music for his coronation service. He had just a few weeks notice. On the morning of 11 October 1727 George ll was crowned to the accompaniment of Handel's four new anthems. This music has featured in British coronations ever since.

The Suite in F major (HWV 348) is one of three suites which comprise The Water Music which premiered on 17 July 1717 after King George l had requested a concert on the River Thames. It remains a firm favourite to this day.


Tickets £12 (UNDER 18's FREE) available from the Auden Theatre Box Office 01263 713444

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Members' Diary

April 2016
Monday 117.00pmFirst Rehearsal of Summer Term
May 2016
Sunday 110 am to 4 pmChoral Workshop Mahler Auden Theatre
Friday 207 pm to 10 pmDress Rehearsal Norwich Showground
Saturday 218.00pmCONCERT Mahler 8 Norwich Showground
1 pm - 4 pm Rehearsal Norwich Showground
July 2016
Monday 117.00pmRehearsal Auden Theatre
Friday 157.00pmRehearsal Auden Theatre
Saturday 166.30pmCONCERT Auden Theatre
2.30 pm TBC Rehearsal Auden Theatre