Iconic Norwich building will be brought alive in promenade performance from city choir
Norfolk’s award winning internationally renowned Voice Project Choir will perform three Christmas concerts in one of Norwich’s best known and iconic buildings.
The Voice Project Choir
Lost and Found
Promenade performance from 100+ voice choir around iconic Norwich landmark and architectural gem
Saturday 6th December 5pm, 7pm, 9pm
Norwich City Hall, St. Peters Street, Norwich, NR2 1NH
‘Lost & Found’ will see the choir’s 100+ voices joined by Human Music (an ensemble of singers and composers drawn from across the country) and brilliant London based multi instrumentalist Adrian Lever for promenade performances that will animate the extraordinary building. The concerts will explore little known and seldom seen areas of City Hall and feature music and songs specially written for the event and take place on 6 December at 5pm, 7pm and 9pm. Actor/compere Simon Floyd will on hand to provide appropriate links.
The concerts are the final part of the innovative choir’s 2014 trilogy exploring the themes of memory and imagination. Earlier in the year they took their show Souvenir to Holkham Hall in May (as part of Norfolk & Norwich Festival) and in July Things We’ve Forgotten to the Undercroft beneath the War Memorial at Norwich Market. Lost & Found will feature Orlando Gough’s musical setting of the Norwich Patriotic Society Manifesto from 1795 and Karen Wimhurst and Jonathan Baker has set new music the words of poets Tom Warner, Esther Morgan and George Szirtes.
Created by singers Sian Croose and Jonathan Baker in 2008, the Voice Project Choir has involved hundreds of singers in performances of great new vocal music as well as running workshops designed to build vocal confidence and explore a wide variety of uplifting and inspiring vocal music. The choir is one of the best known in the East of England and beyond. It has appeared at international jazz festivals in London, Gateshead and Normandy, been featured on BBC Radio 3, on television via BBC 1 and peak time national TV in France. It has just been awarded an EDP People’s Choice Award in the Norfolk Arts Awards for the second year running and is commissioned annually by Norfolk & Norwich Festival to create new work. It is a true community choir, welcoming participants of all abilities, ages, and backgrounds.
Norwich City Hall was opened on 29 October 1938 by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. Designed by architects Charles Holloway James and Stephen Rowland it is considered to be an exemplary building of its period, an Art Deco public building of national significance.It was completed to the highest standards of architectural integrity and individual craftsmanship, even the bricks were specially made, each one being two inches longer than usual to better reflect the proportions of the finished building. It has the largest clock bell in the UK, with the deepest tone in East Anglia and its balcony is the longest (at 365 ft) in the country. Norfolk wildlife and the city’s coat of arms are depicted on the ceiling of the stairwell leading to the first floor.
Sian Croose said ‘I have long been an admirer of this wonderful and much loved building. From the magnificent bronze doors, the lions and the fantastic interior fittings it is so inspirational. We are really thrilled to have the opportunity to create a performance specially for it.’
Brenda Arthur, leader of Norwich City Council, said ‘I’m so pleased that the that the Voice Project Choir will be using Norwich’s iconic City Hall as the venue for its three Christmas concerts. When most people think of City Hall they naturally call to mind committee rooms, meetings and the various council business that’s carried out on a day-to-day basis within the council’s headquarters. So it will be wonderful for people to see one of the city’s famous public buildings put to such a creative use when it opens its doors and welcomes in such a fantastic contemporary choir.’
For more information and to buy tickets visit www.voiceproject.co.uk or contact [email protected]
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