Norfolk & Norwich Festival

23 May 2021

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23 May

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Sunday 23 May, 7.00pm

St Andrew’s & Blackfriars’ Hall

This event is Pay What You Want, the prices available to select from are: Free, £7.50, £15, £25, £50
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Haydn Violin Concerto in C Major
Grace Williams Calm Sea in Summer from Sea Sketches
Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A Major

Tomo Keller, violin
James Burke, clarinet


We are thrilled to be performing as part of this year’s Norfolk and Norwich Festival. This concert starts and ends with two hugely popular concertos, featuring soloists from the Academy.

Our leader, Tomo Keller, performs Haydn’s Violin Concerto in C Major – the best-known of three surviving violin concertos Haydn wrote during the period 1765-70 for virtuoso violinist Luigi Tomasini, a violinist who was employed, like the composer, by the Esterházy family. From 1757 Tomasini had led the court orchestra and it is likely that the two musicians collaborated to a certain extent on the concertos.

The two concertos are interspersed by the final movement from Grace Williams’s Sea Sketches.  Written in 1944, Sea Sketches for string orchestra is an evocative description of the moods of the sea and is one of her most popular works.

Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major was also written for a particular musician; Anton Stadler, a virtuoso clarinettist and close friend of Mozart. Mozart achieved an exalted level of perfection unmatched by any other composer, conveying the most profound emotions via the simplest of means. The Clarinet Concerto, performed by the Academy’s Principal, James Burke, is unshowy and features an ease of expression that is a hallmark of all Mozart’s late works.

This concert has been supported using public funding by Arts Council England

Main image: Benjamin Ealovega