Flautist Leila Hooton wins the Norfolk Young Musician 2019

Winners 2019

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


Far From The Home I Love


A Special Concert by

Margaret Fingerhut



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



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

Norfolk Young Musician 2019


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:



Email: astsally215@gmail.com.

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

Assembly House Classical 2019 Season


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.



Tickets £12 in advance / £15 on the door


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


Thursday 10 January, 1pm

Moriarty Wind Quintet


Milhaud; La cheminée du roi René, Op. 205

Debussy; Petit Suite

Reicha; Wind Quintet No 2 Op.88


Thursday 21 February, 1pm

Eusebius Quartet


Works by Haydn & Schumann


Thursday 28 March, 1pm

Rob Burton & Christine Zerafa: BBC Young Musician

Saxophone & Piano


Works by Marcello, Muczynski, and Debussy


Piatti Quartet

Thursday 25th April, 1pm

String Quartet


Mendelssohn: Quartet in A minor

Walton: Quartet in A minor


Ben Baker

Thursday 13th June, 1pm



Bach; Partita No 2 in D minor BWV 1004


Pelleas Ensemble

Thursday 25th July, 1pm


Programme TBA


Lisa Cassidy & Somi Kim Piano

Thursday 12th September, 1pm

Soprano & Piano


‘Echoes from the Red House’

Including works by Bernstein & Britten 



Fitzwilliam Quartet

Thursday 3rd October, 1pm


Bach Art of Fugue No 1

Shostakovich String Quartet No 11

Beethoven String Quartet Op 131



Anna Federova

Thursday 31st October, 1pm



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



Schubert: Four Impromptus, D935 Op Posth

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




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.”



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

Into Opera: Unwrapped for Christmas


Into Opera return to the Assembly House Norwich with some of the UK’s finest singers for an evening of music, conversation, canapés and bubbly – the perfect way to enjoy an evening in the run up to Christmas with friends and loved ones.

This intimate concert offers a unique opportunity to enjoy music performed by a number of singers including the internationally acclaimed Mezzo-Soprano, Yvonne Howard and exceptional British Soprano, Katie Bird. It will be an opportunity to find out what got these successful singers into opera and to hear some of their favourite repertoire from composers including Donizetti, Puccini and Bernstein.

This concert is taking place to raise money to support Into Opera’s future education projects in Norfolk and will also feature a special performance from the Into Opera Youth Company.

Date: Sunday 2nd December
Start Time: 6:30pm for canapés and bubbly, concert begins at 7pm.
End Time: 9:45pm
By | November 19th, 2018|Event, Live Music|0 Comments

Noverre Cinema: Chocolat


On Friday 21st September the ballroom of The Assembly House once again became the Noverre Cinema for a special pop-up event.

As part of the The Assembly House Food Festival, one of Norwich’s long-lost cinemas was revived for a screening of French romantic-comedy ‘Chocolat’.

Following a hugely successful event in 2017, The Assembly House Trust teamed up with Richard Hughes for the chocolate themed event.

By | October 1st, 2018|Event|0 Comments

Exhibition: Assemblies


Exhibition: Assemblies

5th – 20th January 2019

Assemblies is a new photography exhibition showcasing a selection of groups that make use of the spaces at The Assembly House.

The Assembly House Trust is a registered charity supporting arts for public benefit in Norwich and Norfolk.


Through its Community Fund, The Assembly House Trust supports a wide range of clubs and groups by offering high quality facilities at a subsidised rate.

Photographer Katherine Mager has been commissioned to document these groups and spent eight months meeting with and photographing a selection of them.


The series features images of the following community groups: Norwich Flower Club, Norwich in Bloom, Norwich Speakers Club, The Great Hall Theatre Company, Norwich Support OCD, Norwich U3A, Assembly House Classical, Royal Geographical Society, Richard III Society, Noverre Visual Arts Society, Norwich Philharmonic Society, The Norwich Society, Norwich Opera Club, Norfolk Archaeological Trust, Easy Anglia Geological Society.

By | September 25th, 2018|Exhibition|0 Comments

Heritage Open Days 2018: Extraordinary Women

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Norwich High School for Girls Extraordinary Women Project.

Pop-up exhibition and community call out.

The Assembly House Trust have been working in collaboration with The Freelance Creative for a new research project, culminating in an exhibition and drop-in event at Heritage Open Days.

Norwich High School for Girls was founded in 1875 by the Girls Public Day School Trust and was the first one of their schools outside London.

It was a fee-paying independent school created to provide good, affordable education for girls.

Although most the pupils lived with their families within walking distance of the school, some boarded with local families and relatives. Prior to school opening advertisements appeared in the Norfolk Chronicle (13.02 1875 and 20.02.1875) both asking for and offering accommodation for pupils.

When the school first opened, on 22 February 1875 it was situated in Churchman House St Giles and had 61 pupils aged 8+. The headmistress at that time was Ada Benson, she remained head for just 9 months before leaving in November to take up the Headship at school in Oxford High School.

Lucy Bagshot Wills then took over as Headteacher. As the popularity of the school increased the GPDSC purchased some of the Assembly House and the school moved here in 1877. By now the school had over 200 pupils.

In his book Norwich High School 1875-1950 P.R.Bodington said of this move “This change was of the upmost importance, not only because the larger building allowed steady expansion and development, but also because its character and beauty exercised an incalculable influence upon all who taught and studied there”.

In 1877 another important change also took place. The NHSG had always had its own internal exams but now pupils were to be entered for public exams -a move that would mean many would be able to gain entry places at university.

These first exams had to be taken in London and the school would arrange a special trip with the girls, of course, chaperoned.

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To celebrate the exceptional women theme of Heritage open Days 2018 The Assembly House Trust launched a research project with members of the public to discover more about the exceptional women who taught at and attended this remarkable school. A school, it seems from the accounts that fostered lively, intelligent, confident, independent and strong women. unnamed (5)

After a call-out to members of the public, the project unearthed suffragettes, war nurses, academics, missionaries, politicians and artists. Alongside the more famous alumni, like MP Dorothy Jewson, geologist Joyce Lambert and possibly nurse Edith Cavell, researchers found stories of ordinary women in Norwich, who did extraordinary things, concealed by the patriarchal society in which they lived. A society which prevented them from working once they married, suppressed their rights and their voices and passed them on into the obscurity of time.

The work of community researcher Sandi R-Urguhart, Chris Matthews and Anna Duckworth helped present some amazing tales and certainly some extraordinary women.

By | September 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Norwich Print Fair at The Assembly House


Norwich Print Fair

A selection of original prints at The Assembly House

Monday 17th September – Monday 31st December

The Assembly House Trust are teaming up with Norwich Print Fair to display a selection of original prints this winter.

The exhibition will feature one print from each artist taking part in the 2018 Print Fair.

Now celebrating its 23rd year, The Norwich Print Fair has grown to become one of the best loved and largest independent selling shows of its kind in East Anglia.

This September, the Fair once again brings together many of Norfolk and Suffolk’s finest printmakers, displaying a wide variety of hand-made print techniques, all within the unique setting of an historic Norwich church. With a mix of firm favourites and new artists, this year’s show promises to deliver yet another stunning display of original prints.

By | September 4th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments