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Farm From The Home I Love: City of Sanctuary Concert

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A Special Concert by

Margaret Fingerhut

Piano 

Sunday 17th March, 3pm

The Assembly House

Acclaimed international pianist Margaret Fingerhut performed a very special concert in The Music Room to raise awareness of refugee needs as well as to collect funds for City of Sanctuary refugee groups.

Organiser David Huband reports:

‘The concert went extremely well. Margaret Fingerhut found the audience warm and attentive, the piano excellent, and the venue elegant.  Which indeed it is.
Margaret spoke movingly between the pieces she played of the reason she had chosen them, which was that all of the composers had worked, for one reason or another, away from home. The theme ‘Far from the home I love’ which linked them was therefore particularly appropriate for a concert whose financial purpose was to raise money to help refugees.
Margaret was enthusiastically applauded at the end, and came back to play an encore.
It was altogether a wonderful experience.  Superb playing, in a perfect setting.  The staff at the Assembly House could not have been more helpful.

The event raised over £1800, which is an excellent result, thanks very largely to the Trust enabling the use of the Music Room and piano; we are enormously grateful.

Once again, our sincere thanks for the help we received from the Trust..”

By | March 28th, 2019|Live Music|0 Comments

24 Piano Preludes: From Bach to Gershwin

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24 Piano Preludes From Bach to Gershwin

Sunday 24 March 2019

Jonathan Wortley – Piano

Music Room, Assembly House, Norwich 2.30 pm

All proceeds to the Michael Badminton Young Musicians Trust

With grateful thanks for the generous support of The Assembly House Trust for this event.

Programme notes

At least 17 composers have written sets of 24 or 25 preludes, usually in all the different keys. This programme was inspired by a CD issued a couple of years ago by the pianist Dominic John, with 24 preludes in all the keys, each by a different composer (in fact 25 preludes because he started and finished with ones in C major.)
I thought this was a great idea for a recital, and I decided to draw only on music I already had, which in some cases I had never performed or even looked at. I have covered all the keys, but only managed 19 different composers, but there is still a huge variety, and some composers I hope some of you will never have heard of! Anyway there are some who deserve more than one example.

Having chosen the pieces, the next challenge was to decide on the order. Should I follow Bach in his “48” and start at C, major and minor, and go up a semitone each time, or should I use the circle of fifths like Chopin, in which case after C major go to the relative minor (a) and then to G major and so on, or should I just try to try to find some similarity or contrast between successive preludes. An impossible task, so in the end I settled on the order above, a sort of hybrid between the approaches of Bach and Chopin.

Jonathan Wortley was born in West Runton, and attended Gresham’s School, where he met his wife Sally, a ‘cellist, on a music course held there one vacation. He read Natural Sciences then Law at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where aged 20 he performed Prokofiev’s 1st Piano Concerto in a May Week concert. He attended the College of Law in London, but spent most of his time playing the piano and accompanying students at The Guildhall, where he had lessons with the late Geraldine Peppin. He subsequently had a number of lessons with Hamish Milne.

Jonathan has practised as a solicitor in Norfolk for almost 40 years, but music continues to be an integral part of his life, both as performer, treasurer of the Norwich- based Academy of St Thomas chamber orchestra, and as trustee of a number of musical charities. He performs concerti, solo recitals and chamber music, as well as accompanying. He has worked with a number of professional musicians including the violinists Alan Brind, Jane Faulkner, Hannah Perowne and Andrew Storey, violists Philip Dukes and Gillianne Haddow, ‘cellists Richard May and Martin Storey, clarinettists Lynsey Marsh and Stephen Waters, and singers Mary Nicholls, Evelyn Tubb and Catherine Waters.

The Michael Badminton Young Musicians Trust supports young string players in Norfolk by assisting with the cost of lessons, purchase of instruments and financial help to attend courses and workshops. The Trust also has a number of valuable string instruments for loan. It was established in 1998 by the late Michael Badminton who also bequeathed his piano to the John Innes Centre.

Mike’s legacy for the last 21 years has helped many hundreds of children in Norfolk in various ways, and I think he would be delighted to see the impact it continues to have. The inugural String Day Course in 2000 was conducted
by the internationally renowned Christopher Adey. Subsequent Youth Orchestra, Concerto Days and string workshops were held in association with Norwich School, with former Director of Music, Colin Dowdeswell. Masterclasses have also taken place for violin and cello.

The Trust also promotes the very successful annual Norfolk Young Musician Competition which will be held next year on Sunday 12th January at the John Innes Centre.

If anyone wishes for more information about how to apply to the Trust, to enter the NYM competition or to be added to our email list for notification of all our events, please contact astsally215@gmail.com or visit www.academyofstthomas/trust.

I have been Chairman of the Trust since it was formed in 1998, shortly before Mike, a close friend, passed away in 1999.

Jonathan Wortley

Thanks to the Assembly House Staff, and Chrissie Owens for her help marketing the Trust events.

By | March 26th, 2019|Live Music|0 Comments

Concert: Jonathan Wortley

Jonathan Wortley Piano

Sunday 24 th March 2019, 2.30pm
Jonathan Wortley – piano
24 Preludes from Bach to Gershwin

An hour’s worth of attractive piano music will be intercepted with some fascinating
commentary and be performed without an interval.
Tickets £10 ( cash or cheque) from astsally215@gmail.com or on the door.
‘At least 17 composers have written sets of 24 or 25 preludes, usually in all the different
keys.  This programme was inspired by a CD issued a couple of years ago by the
pianist Dominic John, with 24 preludes in all the keys, each by a different composer (in fact
25 preludes because he started and finished with ones in C major.)  I thought this was a
great idea for a recital, and I decided to draw only on music I already had, which in some
cases I had never performed or even looked at.  I have covered all the keys, but only
managed 19 different composers, but there is still a huge variety, and some composers I
hope some of you will never have heard of!’

Jonathan Wortley was born in West Runton, and attended Gresham’s School, where he
met his wife Sally, a ‘cellist, on a music course held there one vacation.  He read Natural
Sciences then Law at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where aged 20 he performed Prokofiev’s 1 st
Piano Concerto in a May Week concert. He attended the College of Law in London, but
spent most of his time playing the piano and accompanying students at The Guildhall, where
he had lessons with the late Geraldine Peppin. He subsequently had a number of lessons
with Hamish Milne.

Jonathan has practised as a solicitor in Norfolk for almost 40 years, but music continues to
be an integral part of his life, both as performer, treasurer of the Norwich-based chamber
orchestra the Academy of St Thomas, and as trustee of a number of musical charities.  He
performs concerti, solo recitals and chamber music, as well as accompanying.  He has
worked with a number of professional musicians including the violinists Alan Brind, Jane
Faulkner, Hannah Perowne and Andrew Storey, violists Philip Dukes and Gillianne Haddow,
‘cellists Richard May and Martin Storey, clarinettists Lynsey Marsh and Stephen Waters, and
singers Mary Nicholls, Evelyn Tubb and Catherine Waters.
This recital is being performed in aid of the Michael Badminton Young Musicians Trust that
Jonathan has been Chairman of since it was founded in 1998
www.academyofstthomas/trust
Grateful thanks to The Assembly House Trust for their generous support of this recital.

By | March 4th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

STN Trust: An Evening To Bring Freedom

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The Assembly House Trust were delighted to support The St.Thomas Trust and their event ‘An Evening To Bring Freedom’.

Social Action Development Worker Annabeth Taylor reports on the evening:

“With the generous support of The Assembly House Trust, STN Trust was delighted to host ‘An Evening to Bring Freedom’ at The Assembly House on 9th February 2019. 

STN Trust is an agent of change, working to bring freedom to those who are enslaved by their circumstances. We journey with individuals carrying the burdens of slavery, addiction, debt, poverty, violence, crime, an absence of or under-education, supporting them to transform their lives. We also work to raise awareness of modern slavery, both here in Norfolk and beyond, and this was the focus of ‘An Evening to Bring Freedom’.

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‘An Evening to Bring Freedom’ gave us the opportunity to share with our guests our response to the pressing issue of modern slavery, as well as giving a taster of our work in the form of a spoken word film ‘The Face of Freedom’, produced for one of our awareness raising initiatives.

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The evening also included a performance of the song ‘Rise Up’ by Megan Rawling and a prize draw with two pieces of art painted and given specifically for the event and inspired by our work combatting modern slavery, as well as a framed print of a photograph taken on our most recent trip to Kolkata, India during the pilot of ‘Sajil’s Story’, a project raising awareness of modern slavery.

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It was a privilege to be able to host our event at such a beautiful venue, and the staff were incredibly helpful, welcoming and professional.”

www.stntrust.org

By | February 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Supporting Students in Norwich with NUA SU

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The Assembly House Trust is committed to supporting the arts to benefit the city of Norwich.

As part of this remit we have been working alongside Norwich University of the Arts Student Union to help support the welfare of students during their course.

“We recently contacted the Trust to ask for support to host our weekly student yoga sessions as our normal hall was unavailable for a few weeks. As a not-for-profit organisation, we were unable to fund an alternative venue ourselves meaning that we would have to cancel the sessions; doing so would affect our students’ welfare during a difficult time of year. As well as this, we needed a space that was big enough to fit a large groups of students, be comfortable enough to practice yoga and close enough to campus for students to walk to. This was difficult to find at short notice in the city centre but the Trust confirmed use of their Charitable Ballroom which we were very grateful for.

The sessions enabled our students to continue to develop their mindfulness and wellbeing during difficult periods of the term including final year hand-in. Without the support of the Trust our students would not have had access to their usual support resulting in increased stress and anxiety. The feedback from our students has been very positive; they enjoyed the facilities provided by the Trust as well as the opportunity to practice yoga in different surroundings to usual.

Thank you!”

Hannah Linsdell & Hayley Carey

NUA Students Union

By | February 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Flautist Leila Hooton wins the Norfolk Young Musician 2019

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The 26th Norfolk Young Musician Competition took place today at the John Innes Centre, Colney. Promoted by the Michael Badminton Young Musicians Trust, the adjudicator was the internationally renowned British viola player Philip Dukes, Artistic Director of Marlborough College, as well as a soloist and chamber musician in demand throughout the world.

Fourteen competitors took part including a number of string, woodwind and one singer.  Trust chairman Jonathan Wortley commented that the general standard of the musicians was probably higher than ever. Philip Dukes praised all the competitors giving them constructive feedback and encouragement before announcing the winners.

First place and the title of Norfolk Young Musician was awarded to 19 year old flautist Leila Hooton a former pupil of the CNS school now studying at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire of Music. Philip Dukes said “Leila gave a performance of real conviction which bristled with energy”.

Catherine McCardel a 14 year old violinist, a student at Norwich High School won 2nd prize and third prize went to 16 year old Jasmine Smith playing the alto saxophone, a student at Jane Austen College.

The Michael Badminton string prize was awarded to 18 year old Dylan Latham, currently studying at the Royal Northern College of Music, the Norfolk and Norwich Chamber Music prize for the most promising wind player to 16 year old bassoonist Joanna Asher, from the City of Norwich School, and the Jane Roberson prize for voice to 15 year old Charlotte Pollard from Norwich School.

The Michael Badminton Young Musicians Trust is very grateful for the support given by the Assembly House Trust, Norfolk and Norwich Chamber Music and Woodbridge Violins for this event

By | January 16th, 2019|Live Music|0 Comments

Far From The Home I Love

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Far From The Home I Love

 

A Special Concert by

Margaret Fingerhut

Piano

 

Sunday 17th March, 3pm

The Assembly House

 

Acclaimed international pianist Margaret Fingerhut has devised a very special concert that she is performing across the UK to raise awareness of refugee needs as well as to collect funds for City of Sanctuary refugee groups.

 

Tickets: £15

Available through the Theatre Royal Booking Office

Phone: 01603 630000

 

For more information please visit

www.margaretfingerhut.co.uk

www.cityofsanctuary.org/farfromhome

By | January 11th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Norfolk Young Musician 2019

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Norfolk Young Musician 2019

 

The Assembly House Trust is excited to announce that they are supporting the 2019 Norfolk Young Musician Prize.

 

The annual Norfolk Young Musician Competition was founded in 1993 and is now run by the Michael Badminton Young Musicians Trust.

 

Participants are invited up to the age of 21 ( 25 for singers) and must be resident or in full time education in Norfolk.

 

There are three main cash prizes, now supported by The Assembly House Trust and four other donated prizes for instrumental categories.

 

The event, adjudicated by a visiting professional musician, takes place on 13th January at the Johns Innes Conference Centre and is open to the public.

 

The winners are announced at the end of the competition day.

 

For more information visit:

www.academyofstthomas.com/trust

 

Email: astsally215@gmail.com.

By | January 11th, 2019|Live Music|0 Comments

Assembly House Classical 2019 Season

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Assembly House Classical

2019 Lunchtime Series

 

Following on from the success of the 2018 series Assembly House Classical presents a new season of Thursday lunchtime concerts in the Music Room, featuring a mixture of new prize-winning young artists together with established and highly respected groups.

 

www.assemblyhouseclassical.eventbrite.com

Tickets £12 in advance / £15 on the door

 

For more information email: info@assemblyhouseclassical.co.uk / 07786940878

 

Thursday 10 January, 1pm

Moriarty Wind Quintet

Programme:

Milhaud; La cheminée du roi René, Op. 205

Debussy; Petit Suite

Reicha; Wind Quintet No 2 Op.88

 

Thursday 21 February, 1pm

Eusebius Quartet

Programme:

Works by Haydn & Schumann

 

Thursday 28 March, 1pm

Rob Burton & Christine Zerafa: BBC Young Musician

Saxophone & Piano

Programme:

Works by Marcello, Muczynski, and Debussy

 

Piatti Quartet

Thursday 25th April, 1pm

String Quartet

Programme:

Mendelssohn: Quartet in A minor

Walton: Quartet in A minor

 

Ben Baker

Thursday 13th June, 1pm

Violin

Programme:

Bach; Partita No 2 in D minor BWV 1004

 

Pelleas Ensemble

Thursday 25th July, 1pm

Harp/Viola/Flute

Programme TBA

 

Lisa Cassidy & Somi Kim Piano

Thursday 12th September, 1pm

Soprano & Piano

Programme:

‘Echoes from the Red House’

Including works by Bernstein & Britten 

 

 

Fitzwilliam Quartet

Thursday 3rd October, 1pm

Programme:

Bach Art of Fugue No 1

Shostakovich String Quartet No 11

Beethoven String Quartet Op 131

 

 

Anna Federova

Thursday 31st October, 1pm

Piano

Programme:

Takemitsu: “Uninterrupted rest”

Liszt: 3 Petrarch sonnets

Scriabin: 2nd sonata

Tchaikovsky-Pletnev: Concert Suite; The Nutcracker

 

Calver: BBC Young Musician

Thursday 14th November, 1pm

Cello & Piano

Programme TBA

 

Lauren Zhang: BBC Young Musician

Thursday 12th December, 1pm

Piano

Programme:

Schubert: Four Impromptus, D935 Op Posth

Rachmaninov: Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.36 (1913 – original version)

 

www.assemblyhouseclassical.co.uk

 

By | January 11th, 2019|Live Music|0 Comments

Leanda Jaine: Norfolk A to Z

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Leanda Jaine

7th January – 6th April

 

Illustrator and printmaker Leanda Jaine presents a new collection of work continuing with the theme of memory and place.

 

Leanda graduated from Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) in 2014 with a first class honours degree in illustration. After graduating she has produced several large collections including A to Z of Norwich, Suffolk and the biggest and most recent for Midhurst Town Council, West Sussex celebrating the new and old architecture it has to offer.

 

She has recently moved to Cromer where she has renovated and established a print studio and gallery for herself. She lives and works here with her dog, cat and family.

 

“I enjoy incorporating and using the notion of psychogeography in my work. This theory of movement opens up new and exciting perspectives of navigating oneself around an area. By creating A to Z’s of specific locations I like the viewer to look and experience different landscapes than they would normally consider.”

 

www.leandajaine.co.uk

By | January 11th, 2019|Exhibition|0 Comments