Young Norfolk Arts Festival

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Young Norfolk Arts Festival

 

Creative Multilingualism: A celebration of language, culture and creativity!

Thursday 4 July 7pm

The Assembly House

Free Entry

A very special premiere of a new musical piece, written and performed by students from Catton Grove Primary School, Colman Junior School and City College Norwich. Featuring music, movement, rhythm and words that celebrate the diverse cultural heritage and languages spoken by children and young people in Norfolk, including British Sign Language. Demonstrating how music and song can help to transcend cultural and linguistic barriers.

 

Part of Creative Multilingualism, a programme investigating the interconnection between linguistic diversity and creativity.

www.youngnorfolkarts.org

 

 

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Heritage Open Days 2019

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Tours of The House

Fri 20 Sept, 10am

Sat 21 Sept, 10am

Sun 22 Sept, 10am

 

Brimming with personalities from the past and tangible architectural evidence, enjoy the histories of this remarkable building. Hear about the medieval college, Tudor spoils, Georgian arts, 19th-century dancing, a school and top secret war rooms.

 

Approx. 90 mins.

 


 

Extraordinary Women: Stories from Norwich High School for Girls 1877-1933

Sunday 22nd September, 2pm

 

In celebration of last year’s Heritage Open Day theme we embarked on an exciting community research project. Come and share in some extraordinary stories, some never told before, about the women who attended the school, their lives, the times they lived through and our tales of rediscovery.

 

All events are free entry.

Booking Opens: Monday 29th July

www.heritageopendays.org.uk

 

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Norwich Film Festival

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Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger (PG)

Plus Live Piano accompaniment 

Tuesday 12th November at 7:15pm

 

The Norwich Film Festival is delighted to host one of Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpieces… Set in pre-first world war London the city is being terrorised by a Jack the Ripper-style murderer, ‘The Avenger’, who targets young fair-haired women. A mysterious new lodger (Ivor Novello) arrives at the anonymous boarding house of Mr and Mrs Bunting, and begins to entrance the landlady’s pretty daughter Daisy (June Tripp) – who is being courted by a Scotland Yard detective on the killer’s trail. When the lodger begins behaving strangely, he attracts suspicion. With his mysterious night time excursions, might he not be the killer himself?

Featuring Hitchcock’s first director cameo (as a telephone operator), The Lodger is key to understanding the director’s origins. This film is gruesome yet elegant, urbane yet distinctly Gothic, The Lodger is one of the ultimate Hitchcock films—not to be missed on the big screen!

We are also delighted to include that this silent film screening will feature a live piano accompaniment by leading silent film accompanist and resident BFI Piano Player Stephen Horne.

Running Time: 92 Mins.
Rating: PG
Venue: The Noverre Ballroom, The Assembly House, Norwich.
Tickets will be on sale from September 2019 and will be £10/ £8 (Plus Booking Fee)
Licensed bar from 6:30pm. The film will start promptly at 7:15pm.

The Norwich Film Festival would like to thank the Assembly House Trust for their support.

www.norwichfilmfestival.co.uk

 

By | May 24th, 2019|Event|0 Comments

Norwich Makers Market

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Norwich Makers Market

Monday 26th August, 11am-4pm

 

Norwich Makers Market returns for Bank Holiday Monday.

 

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 gift shopping, even if it’s all for you!

By | May 24th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Exhibition: Lottie Day

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Lottie Day

24th May – 3rd August

 

Former resident of the Noverre Gallery, Norfolk artist Lottie Day presents a collection of original illustrations inspired by the county’s wildlife.

 

Printed by hand in her North Norfolk studio, line drawn illustrations of turnips, swede and spring onions are based on the produce of her father’s allotment.

 

www.lottieday.com

 

By | May 24th, 2019|Exhibition|0 Comments

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