Community: Great Hall Theatre Company

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The Assembly House Trust is a registered charity, which aims to develop creative arts and support the local community.

Throughout the years The Assembly House has played host to a wide range of art exhibitions, live concerts, lectures and other community activities.

The Assembly House Trust offers subsidised use of The Assembly House for local organisations in need of high quality facilities for events, fundraisers or community outreach.

This year The Assembly House Trust are celebrating the various clubs, groups and societies that call The House their home.

Photographer Katherine Mager has been visiting and documenting the wide range of activities that take place at The Assembly House, made possible by the support of The Assembly House Trust.


Great Hall Theatre Company

Great Hall Theatre Company produces six quality shows a year in the Arena style. The resident Theatre company at the Assembly House, their shows are performed in the stunning Noverre Ballroom.

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“The Great Hall Theatre Company started life as a private theatre club, founded in 1961 by Donald Pyle. The name originates from his own home, the medieval Great Hall in Oak Street Norwich. The ‘club’ first performed in the roundusing members from the Conesford Players.”

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“As the Company’s reputation spread the high standard of their productions drew audiences from a wider public, necessitating greater seating capacity.  In 1964 we set up in the Bakers Arms in Heigham Street, originally as a temporary residence, but it took us until 1974 to find a new home in the Friends Meeting House in Upper Goat Lane. Many people have fond memories of coping with such different venues as The Bakers Arms and the Meeting House.”

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“In order to broaden our appeal further, another move was eventually made in 1988 to St Peter’s Hall in Park Lane where The Company enjoyed their own suite of rehearsal rooms.  2005 saw us move to The Assembly House, in the heart of Norwich city centre, to become the resident theatre company, maintaining our tradition of arena performance.”

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By | July 31st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Butterfly Treasure Hunt in support of The Benjamin Foundation

On Thursday 21st June, The Assembly House Trust were proud to support The Butterfly Treasure Hunt in aid of The Benjamin Foundation. An annual summer fundraising event held in Norwich for the first time with a fun trail around the city.

The Butterfly Treasure Hunt saw teams explore the city solving clues along the way in order to locate our charity butterfly logos and find letters in order to solve an anagram.  The clues were sponsored by a wide range of local businesses and organisations including The Assembly House Trust.

Established in 1994, The Benjamin Foundation are a charity which operates in Norfolk and Suffolk, supporting people through the challenges that life may bring them, including homelessness, childcare, bullying and abuse.

“Thanks so much to The Assembly House Trust for supporting our event.” – Jessica Glover

By | July 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

GoGo Create at The Assembly House

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The Assembly House Trust are extremely pleased to act as a sponsor for the GoGo Create project in Norwich.

The leaping leveret – or young hare – sculptures are decorated by schools and community groups as part of the  project that runs alongside the GoGoHares trail being brought to Norwich and Norfolk by childrens charity Break and Wild in Art in summer 2018 to celebrate Breaks 50th anniversary.

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Although around 150 schools and organisations sign up to design their own leaping leveret, some organisations are unable to get involved. The Assembly House Trust are proud to provide sponsorship to allow everyone to join in.

This year The Trust has provided sponsorship for two organisations to take part, Norwich Millenium Library and Beeston Primary School.

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All of the leverets are displayed in a city trail that runs in parallel with the main GoGoHares trail of larger sculptures designed by artists and sponsored by businesses.

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Schools and organisations that sign up to GoGoCreate are also be given a learning resource pack and have the chance to take part in a writing workshop, and their sculpture will be returned to them at the end of the trail.

For more information visit the GoGoCreate website.

By | July 2nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Keziah Philipps: The Assembly House Arts Prize 2018

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Local artist Keziah Philipps is preparing for her exhibition as winner of The Assembly House Arts Prize for 2018.

Keziah has kindly shared some photos of her new work, a collection of copper etchings, inspired by the landscape of Norfolk.

An exciting new award for emerging artists in Norwich and Norfolk, The Prize includes a cash bursary, access to a Norwich studio space and an exhibition at The Assembly House.

For the inaugural year The Assembly House Trust are working in partnership with Norwich-based art studio Print to the People, who will be offering the winning candidate access to their high-quality printmaking facilities in central Norwich.

Keziah Philipps is a printmaker and animator, after graduating from Kingston University in London, she has returned to her home county.

Keziah’s new collection will be on display at The Assembly House from July 2018.

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By | June 21st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Assembly House Arts Prize: Winner Announced

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The Assembly House Trust are proud to announce local artist Keziah Philipps as the winner of The Assembly House Arts Prize for 2018.

An exciting new award for emerging artists in Norwich and Norfolk, The Prize includes a cash bursary, access to a Norwich studio space and an exhibition at The Assembly House.

For the inaugural year The Assembly House Trust are working in partnership with Norwich-based art studio Print to the People, who will be offering the winning candidate access to their high-quality printmaking facilities in central Norwich.

Keziah Philipps is a printmaker and animator, after graduating from Kingston University in London, she has returned to her home county. Keziah plans to produce a new collection copper etchings, inspired by the landscape of Norfolk.

Sam Leonard, Arts Coordinator at The Assembly House Trust:

“The objective of the prize is to support emerging artists in developing new and innovative work. The judges were very impressed with Keziah’s work and ideas. We’re very excited to see the final exhibition.”

Keziah’s new collection will be on display at The Assembly House from July 2018.

By | March 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Assembly House Classical: Joanna MacGregor

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Classical Music returned to The Assembly House this month with the first in a new series of lunchtime concerts supported by The Assembly House Trust.

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As a young artist, Joanna MacGregor gave a memorable recital at The Assembly House in 1988.

Now one of the UK’s most distinguished pianists, Joanna returned to open the series with a programme, which included one of the most popular of Beethoven’s piano sonatas the Appassionata.

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The event was sold out in advance with many turned away at the door. Joanna’s performance was outstanding and audience feedback was extremely positive.

For more information visit www.assemblyhouseclassical.co.uk

By | January 15th, 2018|Event, Live Music, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Opera Unwrapped for Christmas

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The Assembly House Trust has always been a supporter of classical music in Norwich, this December provided an excellent opportunity to host a truly unique event.

This intimate concert was a unique opportunity to enjoy music from a number of singers including internationally acclaimed Mezzo-Soprano, Yvonne Howard.

Opera Unwrapped took place to raise money for ‘A King’s Ransom’ the children’s opera and education project, which Into Opera are running in Norfolk primary schools. Their project champions the importance of all children having access to the arts and a creative education. It culminates in the professional world premiere of a new opera written for children to sing by one of the UK’s most inspirational classical composers, Patrick Hawes in February 2018 at OPEN Norwich. Audiences attending Opera Unwrapped for Christmas were the first to hear a preview of this opera, which was introduced on the night, by the composer.

Organiser Genevieve Raghu:

“A huge thank you to the Assembly House Trust for their support in enabling Opera Unwrapped for Christmas to take place on Sunday. It was quite an occasion! The Mayor of Norwich and Sheriff both came along and were extremely complimentary. We had a great turn out and the children seemed to thoroughly enjoyed themselves. All the opera singers gave them autographs too which they were over the moon about. It was rather special to see such a range of ages in the room. It was a wonderful occasion, made viable by the Trust.”

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By | December 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Norwich Makers Market: Etsy Made Local

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Norwich Makers Market are teaming up with Etsy for a special Christmas event at The Assembly House.

Illustration, homewares, jewellery, ceramics, clothing, art, design, stationery and vegan delights too. Come along for a host of talented designers, makers and bakers.

Perfect for Christmas shopping, even if it’s all for you!

By | September 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Heritage Open Days: Lectures

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The Assembly House – Glass Plates

As part of Heritage Open Days 2017, The Assembly House Trust provided use of The Music Room for a series of lectures.

An Aerial view of Westlegate and All Saint's Green

Norwich 1945 to 1960: A Journey from Austerity to Prosperity’

Frances and Michael Holmes

Sunday 10th September, 10am

To coincide with the publication of their new book, join Frances and Michael Holmes for a trip down memory lane. They will bring back a time when after years of war the City was rebuilt and regenerated; when City workers made shoes and chocolate and the streets were dominated by bicycles not cars; when children flocked to the City on a Saturday morning to go to the pictures and then on to the Cattle Market; when Teddy boys added colour to the City and youngsters danced the night away at the Samson & Hercules and the Lido. A trip which will take you from the rationing of the post-war years to a time when we ‘never had it so good’.

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Early Photography in Norfolk

John Benjafield

Sunday 10th September, 1pm

Photography was practised by wealthy Norfolk gentlemen amateurs from the early 1840s. They used ‘brass and mahogany’ cameras and used the chemicals necessary to make photographs. In the early 1850s new processes reduced costs allowing tradesmen to displace amateurs. The day of the photograph collector had arrived. This presentation will show images in the care of the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library. Rarely seen in public they are an in important national resource.

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The Assembly House – Glass Plates

‘Treating’ and ‘Cooping’: Elections and Political Strife in Georgian Norwich

Ian Smith

Sunday 10th September, 3pm

Norwich was at times ‘distracted with party rage’ right from the beginning of the Georgian era. At election times citizens were ‘treated’ with beer, bribed with cash, even ‘cooped’ like chickens to ensure they voted for the right party. Violent rioting was often the outcome. This talk will examine the background and the issues at stake during election time in Georgian Norwich

By | September 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Heritage Open Days: Top Secret Camouflage

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As part of Heritage Open Days 2017, The Assembly House Trust supported a special event, encouraging young people to engage with the rich history of the building.

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During the Second World War, The Assembly House played its part in the war effort. In 1940 the building became the Eastern Command Camouflage Office and Camouflage factory, fronted by theatre designer and artist Oliver Messel.

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Families were invited to join Oliver Messel, set decorator extraordinaire on a top-secret mission to disguise buildings and landmarks.

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The event was organised by Roxanne Matthews and was very well attended with great feedback.

 

By | September 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments