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Students from The Purcell School of Music


Sunday 23rd June - 3pm

 

In June every year students from the Purcell School of Music undertake a small tour of North Norfolk, visiting local primary schools, and giving a series of concerts. We are delighted that in 2024 they are able to join us at The Belfry Centre for Music & Arts for a concert of various pieces performed as Solos and Ensembles.


The Purcell School is Britain’s oldest music school. Situated on the outskirts of London the co -educational boarding and day school is home to around 180 musically talented young people, all of whom are passionate about fulfilling their talent.


The aim is to provide these young musicians, of remarkable ability and promise from all backgrounds, with the best possible teaching and environment in which to fulfil their potential.

 
Huge thanks to Alison Cox from The Purcell School for organising this for us.

 

Students from The Purcell School of Music at Cromer Music Evenings

Ignas Maknickas - Solo Piano


Sunday 26th May - 3pm

 

Chopin, Remesa, Debussy & Schubert

 

In July 2021 Ignas Maknickas received “The Queen’s Award for Excellence” as the highest-scoring graduate of the Royal Academy of Music. In June 2023 he became the winner of Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) Competition. He has also taken First Prize at the XIX Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Youth in Szafarnia, First Prize at the XX Piano Competition “Young Virtuoso” in Zagreb.

2023-24 highlights will include playing Mozart Concerto No.21 with the London Mozart Players, Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra in Indiana and a solo recital at the Wigmore Hall. We are very excited to welcome him to Overstrand as our Countess of Munster Prize Winner. His programme will include Chopin Nocturnes, Remesa ‘Stigmatas’, Debussy Estampes, Chopin Ballade No. 4 in F-minor and Schubert Piano Sonata in B-flat, D. 960.

 

 
Ignas Maknickas - Solo Piano at Cromer Music Evenings

Musicians Company Artist


Sunday 28th April - 3.00pm

 

To be confirmed — more details to follow


The Musicians Company operate a wonderful bursary scheme for Young Musicians who have recently graduated from Music College. At the time of going to print, I was unable to confirm which of the marvellous musicians they sponsor would be coming to play for us in April 2024. However, please be assured that the performers will be of the highest calibre and I will let you know details as soon as I have them.

Musicians Company Artist at Cromer Music Evenings

Flutes & Frets


Sunday 7th April - 3pm

 

Beth Stone - Renaissance, Baroque & Modern Flutes


Daniel Murphy - Lute, Theorbo & Baroque Guitar

 

We are delighted to welcome back Flutes & Frets to The Belfry Centre for a recital that is sponsored by the Phillip & Dorothy Green Young Artists Scheme run by Making Music. Danny (from Overstrand) and Beth and have had a wonderful year, winning competitions all over Europe and appearing in prestigious festivals and concerts. Playing a mixture of instruments this will also be the final concert of our Early Music Festival 2024.


Kindly supported by Making Music’s Phillip & Dorothy Green Young Artist Scheme

 

 
Flutes & Frets at Cromer Music Evenings

The Overstrand Festival of Early Music


April 3rd - April 7th 2024

 

 
We are very excited to announce the inaugural Overstrand Festival of Early Music which will take place between April 3rd-7th 2024. A collaboration between The Belfry Centre for Music & Arts & Cromer Music Evenings, the Festival will include internationally renowned musicians and the launch of the 1st Overstrand International Lute Competition.
 

Highlights will include Norwich Baroque playing Handel, Garth, Mudge and more, an early music folk session with Jim O’Toole & friends, the Bellot Ensemble, Flutes & Frets, a late night candlelit concert, the first ever Overstrand International Lute Competition and 3 semi–staged perfor-mances of Dido & Aeneas at Templewood with Bertie & Eddie Anderson as Directors.

 

More details to follow but make a note in your diary!

 
Tickets will go on sale on Monday 6th November 2023

 

The Overstrand Festival of Early Music at Cromer Music Evenings

Goldmark Trio


Sunday 24th March - 3pm

 

Freya Goldmark - Violin
Fabian van de Geest - French Horn
Joseph Havlat - Piano


Brahms, Ligeti and more

 

We are delighted to welcome the remarkable Goldmark Trio for a concert of chamber music featuring the exquisite combination of Horn, Violin & Piano.


Featuring Brahms’ heart-rending Trio Op.40 composed after the death of his mother, and the ground-breaking Horn Trio by Gyorgy Ligeti, this trio of young players are making waves in the world of chamber music. Freya plays with The Ligeti Quartet, Fabian features regularly in international festivals and with the LSO and ASMF, and Joseph appears all over the world as a soloist and chamber musician.

Goldmark Trio at Cromer Music Evenings

Young Musicians Concert


Sunday 25th February 2024 - 3pm

 

Showcasing the finest young musicians from Norfolk, this concert has become a highlight of the Cromer Music Evenings calendar. It usually features 4-6 young musicians between the ages of 12-18yrs playing a mixture of composers and instruments. Organised by the effervescent Ro Curtis, this concert has estab-lished itself as an important concert opportunity for many up and coming musicians, many of whom have gone on to careers as professional musicians.


Generously supported by Cromer Music Evenings


Organised by Ro Curtis for CME

Young Musicians Concert at Cromer Music Evenings

David Parry & Stanley Butcher: Four Hands on Two Pianos


Sunday 12th November - 3pm

 

Motzart - Schumann - Saint-Saens - Poulenc - Butcher

 

David Parry and Stanley Butcher will form a formidable Piano Duo for our concert in November. David is perhaps more well-known as one of the UK’s leading conductors, particularly in the field of opera, but his superlative piano playing has drawn praise from far and wide. Stanley Butcher is familiar to us from last years Young Musicians Concert and his talent and technique is blossoming with each passing day.


They will perform the exquisite Mozart Sonata for Two Pianos on the new Yamaha Grand Piano (purchased this year) and the old Bechstein Grand Piano (purchased in 1905!) currently housed in The Belfry Centre. Completing the programme will be Schumann’s Andante & Variations for Two Pianos, Saint-Saens - Variations on a Theme of Beethoven, two small works by Pou-lenc, and the performance of a new work by our young pianist/composer Stanley Butcher –Paraphrase on Offenbach’s ‘Robinson Crusoe’.

David Parry & Stanley Butcher: Four Hands on Two Pianos at Cromer Music Evenings

Sasha Savaloni - Classical Guitar & Eleanor Grant and Gus McQuade - Voice, Double Bass and Guitar


Sunday 15th October - 3pm

 

We are very excited to welcome the winners of the Musicians Com-pany ‘New Elizabethan Award’ to kick off our 2023/24 series. This prestigious competition attracts entrants from all over the world, and the winners are always top-class players.

 

The 1st Half will feature Sasha Savaloni one of the top young gui-tarists in the world, winning the Sevilla International Guitar Competition in 2018. In the 2nd Half we will hear the unique combination of Eleanor and Gus in a beautiful programme of songs and music for Voice, Double Bass and Classical Guitar.

Many thanks to the Musicians Company for providing us with these incredible musicians.

Sasha Savaloni - Classical Guitar & Eleanor Grant and Gus McQuade - Voice, Double Bass and Guitar at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 25th June - 3.00pm


Kate & Matt Wadsworth
‘100 Years of Venice’
Baroque Cello & Theorbo

 

Baroque cellist Kate Bennett Wadsworth and lute & theorbo player Matt Wadsworth present a whirlwind passage through time in Venice, a city known in its heyday as the Republic of Music: from the wild, fantastical music of the early 17th century through to Vivaldi's irresistible melodies and rhythmic drive.


Not to be missed!

Sunday 25th June - 3.00pm at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 28th May - 3.00pm


Victoria String Quartet
Puccini - Borodin - Schubert

 

We are very pleased to welcome back the internationally acclaimed Victoria Quartet for a programme of String Quartet masterpieces including the Schubert ‘Rosamunde’ Quartet & Borodin Quartet No.2

With a wealth of chamber music experience, they are a quartet of friends and colleagues who share a passion for chamber music-making at the highest level.

Sunday 28th May - 3.00pm at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 30th April - 3.00pm


Zoe Tweed—French Horn
French Horn & Piano

 

Zoe studied at the Royal Academy of Music, where she is also currently undertaking an intensive postgraduate degree. She is currently on trial for Principal Horn with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and performs with various orchestras across the UK including working as Guest Principal with the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra.

 
She will be the first French Horn player to play a solo recital at The Belfry Centre and we can’t wait.

 

Generously supported by The Countess of Munster Musical Trust.

Sunday 30th April - 3.00pm at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 26th March - 3.00pm


Madeleine Pickering - Violin / Viola
Schumann - Schubert - Faure - Saint-Saens

 

Madeleine Pickering is an outstanding British violinist and violist. She recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, where she won all the major prizes for her instruments. For this recital the first half will be on Viola and the second on Violin, and will include Schuberts’ Arpeggione Sonata and the Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso. Accompanied by Modi Deng on Piano.

 

This recital is kindly supported by Making Music's Philip & Dorothy Green Young Artists scheme.

Sunday 26th March - 3.00pm at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 19th February 2023 - 3.00pm


Young Musicians Concert

 

Showcasing the finest young musicians from Norfolk, this concert has become a highlight of the CME calendar. It usually features 4-6 young musicians between the ages of 12-18yrs playing a mixture of composers and instruments.


Generously supported by Cromer Music Evenings


Organised by Ro Curtis for CME

Sunday 19th February 2023 - 3.00pm at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 20th November 2022 - 3.00pm


Antonina Suhanova - Piano
Mozart - Brahms - Prokofiev

 

Latvian pianist, Antonina made a memorable appearance at The Belfry Centre in 2021 when she accompanied the Cellist Leo Popplewell. Her virtuosic and compelling playing of the enor-mous piano part in the Rachmaninov Cello Sonata really stood out and we hoped she would be able to come back for a solo recital. She is increasingly in demand across the world, so we are very happy she is able to join us again. The programme includes a Mozart Sonata, Brahms 6 Pieces Op.118 and Prokofiev’s immense 6th Piano Sonata.

 
Generously supported by The Musicians Company

Sunday 20th November 2022 - 3.00pm at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 30th October 2022 - 3.00pm


David Wright - Harpsichord

The Goldberg Variations - J.S. Bach

 

The Goldberg Variations are considered by many to be the pinnacle of Bach’s output for keyboard. This mercurial set of Variations was brought back to prominence by Glenn Gould’s extraordinary 1955 recording on the piano.


For this concert we will hear them played on the instrument Bach intended them to be performed on, by the equally extraordinary David Wright. David has toured the world with Red Priest and is recognised as one of the finest harpsichordists in the country.

Sunday 30th October 2022 - 3.00pm at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 28 June 2020 at 3.00pm


Larisa Piano Trio

 

Eliette Harris - Violin
Rosie Spinks - Cello
Jasmin Allpress - Piano

 

The Larisa Piano Trio are an award winning chamber group formed in 2016 at the Royal Northern College of Music and are holders of the prestigious Christopher Rowland Chamber Music Ensemble of the Year Award as well as the RNCM Weil Prize. The trio are passionate about new music, having worked with Michael Finnissy.

Sunday 28 June 2020 at 3.00pm at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 24 May 2020 at 3.00pm


Katherine Bryer — Oboe
Irena Radic — Piano

 

Katherine graduated with first class honours from the undergraduate course at the Royal Academy of Music in 2017 and continued her studies on the Academy’s Masters course. She is the recipient of numerous awards including all three of the Academy Oboe and Cor Anglais prizes and a Star Award from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. We are grateful for the support of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust for this concert.

Sunday 24 May 2020 at 3.00pm at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 26 April 2020 at 3.00pm


Anna Szalucka - Piano

 

Anna is an exciting Polish pianist recognised for her exceptional musicality and intense virtuosity. She is a multiple award winner and has played in many major concert halls including the Wigmore Hall. We are grateful to the Worshipful Company of Musicians for their support for this concert.

Sunday 26 April 2020 at 3.00pm at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 22 March 2020 at 3.00pm


Hannah Perowne - Violin
Costas Fotopoulos — Piano

 

Hannah enjoys a diverse career as an orchestral leader, chamber musician and soloist throughout Europe. She performs regularly in major concert halls including the Musikverein, Vienna and Philharmonie, Berlin. In 2018 she performed as a permanent guest artist with the internationally acclaimed Henschel Quartet. She was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2016.

Sunday 22 March 2020 at 3.00pm at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 23 February 2020 at 3.00pm


Young Musicians' Concert

 

Our annual celebration of the finest and most talented young musicians from around Norfolk, hosted and organised by the effervescent Ro Curtis.

Sunday 23 February 2020 at 3.00pm at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 26 January 2020 at 3.00pm


Charlotte Bowden - Soprano
Michael Musk — Piano

 

Charlotte is currently working towards her Masters of Performance at the Royal College of Music. She is a Britten-Pears Young Artist and she has performed at Snape Maltings, the Oxford Lieder Festival and the London Handel Festival. She is also a Help Musicians UK Ian Fleming Award holder. We are grateful for the support of the Making Music Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artists award for this concert.

Sunday 26 January 2020 at 3.00pm at Cromer Music Evenings

2021-22 Concerts


  • Sunday 17th October - Emanuele Addis (Classical Guitar)
  • Sunday 21st November - Joe Howson (Piano)
  • Sunday 23rd January - Laura Embrey (Violin) & Iain Clarke (Piano)
  • Sunday 20th February - Norfolk Young Musicians’ Concert
  • Sunday 20th March - Larisa Piano Trio (Violin, Cello & Piano)
  • Sunday 17th April - The Tailleferre Ensemble (Oboe, Clarinet & Bassoon)
  • Sunday 15th May - Early Music Concert (featuring musicians from the Royal College of Music)
  • Sunday 19th June - Dominic Degavino (Piano)
  • Saturday 2nd July at 7.30 pm - Benedict Holland (Violin) & Brenda Blewett (Piano)

Sunday 8 December 2019 at 3.00pm


Ariel Lanyi - Piano

 

Born in 1997, Ariel began piano lessons just before his fifth birthday and made his orchestral debut at the age of seven. Since then he has given numerous recitals in cities such as London, Paris, Rome and Prague. He has appeared as a soloist with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. We are grateful for the support of the Worshipful Company for this concert.

Sunday 8 December 2019 at 3.00pm at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 17 November 2019 at 3.00pm


Nelly Rodríguez — Clarinet
Will Fergusson — Piano

 

Nelly has a Masters Degree in Contemporary Music and has taught in many places around the world including the National University of Honduras, Costa Rica, Montenegro and Spain.

Sunday 17 November 2019 at 3.00pm at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 20 October 2019 at 3.00pm


Carlos Bonell - Guitar

 

Carlos has been at the forefront of the Classical Guitar world since he graduated from the Royal College of Music in 1975. He has played in all the major concert halls in the world and appeared with many of the major symphony orchestras. We are grateful for the support of COAST Festival 2019 for this concert.

Sunday 20 October 2019 at 3.00pm at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 16 June 2019 at 3.00pm


Laura Embrey — Violin
Mackenzie Paget — Piano

 

Laura is a violinist studying for her BMus honours degree at the Royal Northern College of Music with Professor Benedict Holland. As a soloist, Laura was a finalist in the RNCM Norman George Scholarship competition, in 2018 and 2016. She was winner of Third Prize in the 2018 D'Addario String Competition in the North London Festival. Laura holds an ABRSM Diploma in Violin Performance and advanced to the Strings Category Auditions in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, 2014.

Sunday 16 June 2019 at 3.00pm at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 19 May 2019 at 3.00pm


Ugnius Pauliukonis — Piano

 

A leading pianist of Lithuania's new generation of musicians, Ugnius has been performing professionally since the age of 6. Prize-winner of multiple piano competitions, including the Royal Northern College of Music Gold Medal and Silver Medal from the Worshipful Musicians Company for excellence in performance. He has performed with Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Kaunas State Symphony, and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

Supported by the Musicians’ Company Yeoman Scheme

Sunday 19 May 2019 at 3.00pm at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 14 April 2019 2018 at 3.00pm


Alix Lagasse — Violin
Maria Tarasewicz — Piano

 

Belgian violinist Alix Lagasse is currently studying on the Artist Diploma Course at the Royal College of Music with Itzhak Rashkovsky as a RCM Music Scholar. She completed her Bachelor of Music (Honours), at the RCM, with Natalia Boyarsky in July 2014. She previously studied at the Fontys University of Music Tilburg in the Netherlands. In July 2016 Alix completed her Masters Degree at the RCM with distinction.

 

Supported by the Musicians’ Company Yeoman Scheme.

Sunday 14 April 2019 2018 at 3.00pm at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 17 March 2019 at 3.00pm


Jamal Aliyev — Cello
Maria Tarasewicz — Piano

 

In 2017 Jamal made his debut at the BBC Proms, won the Arts Club Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award and was selected by YCAT. His debut CD, Russian Masters, was released by Champs Hill records and in 2018 he records for Classic FM & Warner Classics, Jamal studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music. Over the last year he has appeared as soloist with the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic and BBC Concert Orchestras.

 

Supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.

Sunday 17 March 2019 at 3.00pm at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 24 February 2019 at 3.00pm


Young Musicians Concert

 

Following on from previous season's highly successful events we once again look forward to being entertained by some of Norfolk's most talented young, amateur musicians.

Sunday 24 February 2019 at 3.00pm at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 20 January 2019 at 3.00pm


Gamal Khamis — Piano

Sunday 20 January 2019 at 3.00pm at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 9 December 2018 at 3.00pm


Emma Halnan — Flute
Daniel King Smith — Piano

 

In demand flautist Emma Halnan first came to prominence as the woodwind category winner of BBC Young Musician 2010. She has since appeared at major venues worldwide, and has performed concertos with orchestras including the London Mozart Players, the European Union Chamber Orchestra, and the BBC Concert Orchestra. Emma has also been selected as a “Making Music” Philip & Dorothy Green Young Artist 2018-20.

 

Accompaniment and chamber music are a major part of Daniel’s life, having held staff accompanist posts at both Royal College of Music and Royal Academy of Music Junior Departments and at the Purcell School. He regularly accompanies auditions, lessons, master classes and end of year recitals at the London conservatoires as well as being official accompanist for the Countess of Munster Trust.

Sunday 9 December 2018 at 3.00pm at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 18 November 2018 at 3.00pm


Alison Walker — Recorder
Karen Walker —Piano

 

Alison Walker studied recorder and cello at Royal Holloway, University of London and Vienna Conservatoire, graduating with First Class Honours, and postgraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Alison enjoys a varied and stimulating performing career. She has given recorder concerto performances in St John's, Smith Square and St James' Piccadilly, London, Bristol and Norwich Cathedrals, Germany and Austria.


Sunday 21 October 2018 at 3.00pm


VIDA — Guitar Quartet

 

Since forming in 2007, VIDA has performed to critical acclaim in major UK, USA and European venues. They are sought-after festival artists throughout the UK and Europe and in 2011 VIDA made their US debuts in Los Angeles (LMU Guitar Festival) and New York (Baruch Performing Arts Centre). In 2012 VIDA were artists in residence at CSU's Summer Arts program in Monterey Bay CA.

Sunday 21 October 2018 at 3.00pm  at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 27 May 2018


Argenta Piano Trio


Malgorzata Garstka
— piano
Nicolas Dupont — violin
Margarita Balanas — cello

 

The London-based Argenta Piano Trio was formed in 2015. They have all studied at prestigious music conservatoires around the world, and between them have obtained music degrees from CNSM of Paris (FR), the Royal Conservatory of Brussels (BE), the Purcell School of Music (UK) and the Royal Academy of Music (UK).

 

As young, yet established chamber musicians, the members have extensively performed across the UK, Europe and the USA.

 

The trio aims to explore the lesser-known repertoire from their native countries and to work closely with their national composers, in order to contribute to the piano trio repertoire and to build bridges between cultures, countries and people.

In March 2017, the Argenta Trio was selected for a Wigmore Hall recital by the The Musicians’ Company and the Concordia Foundation Artists’ Fund.

Sunday 27 May 2018 at Cromer Music Evenings

Friday 4 May 2018 at 7.30


Victoria Quartet

 

The Victoria String Quartet: Benedict Holland, Catherine Yates, Susie Mészáros and Jennifer Langridge. The Quartet unites some of the most experienced chamber musicians in the UK. All four members have performed together in different ensembles for many years, and between them they can boast an impressive pedigree: The Chilingirian Quartet, The Sorrel Quartet and Psappha Ensemble, naming just a few. They are thrilled to join together in this new formation to explore and perform the rich and varied string quartet repertoire. The Victoria String Quartet is based in Manchester and all four of its members teach at the Royal Northern College of Music and give masterclasses both in the UK and internationally.

Friday 4 May 2018 at 7.30 at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 15 April 2018 at 3.00pm


Vickers Bovey Guitar Duo


Daniel Bovey
— classical guitar
Julian Vickers — classical guitar

 

Julian and Dan first met studying at Birmingham Conservatoire where they both received First Class Honours and the Principal’s Prize, continuing their studies with a joint Masters at the Royal Academy of Music, London, graduating with Distinction and the Performance Diploma in July 2016.

 

Winners of multiple awards, the duo have recently been selected for the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Maisie Lewis Prize, the Tillett Trust Young Artist Platform, which saw them make their Wigmore Hall debut in February 2017. They were awarded the 2016 Royal Academy of Music’s Club Prize, the most prestigious competition at the Academy.

Sunday 15 April 2018 at 3.00pm at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 25 March 2018 at 3.00pm


London Metropolitan Brass


Emily Mitchell
— trumpet
Stuart Beard — tuba
Tom Freeman-Attwood — trumpet
Ben Hulme — horn
Benny Vernon — trombone

 

London Metropolitan Brass were formed in 2016, with current students at the Royal Academy of Music, selected to represent the Academy in this newly-formed quintet. In 2017, the quintet won the Worshipful Company of Musicians Brass Ensembles Prize and are quickly become a well established chamber ensemble.

Sunday 25 March 2018 at 3.00pm at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 25 February 2018 at 3.00pm


Young Musicians Concert

 

Following on from last season's highly successful event we once again look forward to being entertained by some of Norfolk's most talented young, amateur musicians.


Sunday 26 November 2017 at 3.00pm


Matilda Lloyd — Trumpet
John Reid — Piano

 

Matilda is in her final year reading Music at Trinity College, Cambridge and has been awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music. She made her BBC Proms solo debut in July 2016 with the BBC Philharmonic. She won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Brass Final in 2014 and was the Principal Trumpet of the EUYO in 2016. She is a Making Music uk’s Phillip And Dorothy Green Young Artist.

 

John is a principal of the Aurora Orchestra, with whom he has appeared at the major London concert venues, including the Proms and in Shanghai, Brazil and at the Melbourne Festival. He studied at Clare College, Cambridge and at the Royal Academy of Music and is now an Associate of the RAM, teaching at both the RAM and at Goldsmiths College.


Sunday 22 October 2017 at 3.00pm


Dinara Klinton — Piano

 

Dinara was born in Ukraine and has recently completed the Artist Diploma in Performance course at the Royal College of Music. She is the first recipient of the prestigious Benjamin Britten Fellowship, generously supported by the Philip Loubser Foundation. Prior to this she was awarded a Master of Performance degree with distinction at the RCM where she was under the tutelage of Dina Parakhina. Upon graduating from the Moscow Central Music School, where she studied with Valery Pyasetsky, she went on to her Graduate Diploma with Honors at the Moscow State Conservatory, where she worked with Eliso Virsaladze. Since 2014 Dinara is a City Music Foundation artist.

Sunday 22 October 2017 at 3.00pm at Cromer Music Evenings

Friday 30 June 2017 at 7.00 pm


Evie Anderson (Mezzo Soprano)

Simon Brown (Piano)

 

Evie Anderson was brought up in Norfolk, beginning her musical studies locally before gaining a scholarship to The Purcell School. A music graduate of the University of Birmingham she continued her training at the Birmingham Conservatoire and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

 

Simon Brown was the director of music at King's College School in Cambridge from1999 and the director of King's Voices from 2001 to 2013. He spent 12 years as Head of Academic & Choral Music at the Purcell School. As well as being an excellent piano teacher and accompanist, he also enjoys plays many instruments including recorder, viola, clarinet and harp and is a keen composer.

Friday 30 June 2017 at 7.00 pm at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 21 May 2017


Laura Snowden - Guitar

 

Laura began her studies at the Yehudi Menuhin School where guitar tuition was made possible by a donation from The Rolling Stones, she went on to study at the Royal College of Music, winning the Guitar prize in her first year and the Ivor Mairants Guitar Award in 2014. She was hand picked by Julian Bream to give a recital at the Wigmore Hall in 2015.

 

Laura is a winner of the Tillett Trust, St John's Smith Square, International Guitar Foundation and Making Music Philip & Dorothy Green young artist scheme, which is supporting this concert. 

Sunday 21 May 2017 at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 23 April 2017


The Magnard Trio

 

Catriona McDermid (Bassoon), Mana Shibata (Oboe) and Suling King (Piano)

 

Catriona graduated from Oxford University with a first class degree in music and is currently studying to complete her Masters degree at the Royal College of Music. She is supported by the Countess of Munster Trust.

 

Mana is a Japanese oboist. After studying at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, she enjoys a varied career as a performer and teacher.

 

Suling specialised in piano at the Purcell School of Music with James Gibb and studied with Tessa Nicholson at the Royal Academy of Music. She also gained a Bachelor of Music from King's College London.

This concert was supported by the Countess of Munster Trust Recital Scheme.

Sunday 23 April 2017 at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 26 March 2017


Hannah Watson – Piano

 

Hannah Watson started at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, then studied Modern Languages at Cambridge before pursuing music full time. She performs solo, chamber and song recitals at St Martin in the Fields, the Barbican, Cardiff's St David's Hall and the Royal Festival Hall and is completing an Artist Diploma at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Sunday 26 March 2017 at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 19 February 2017


Young Musicians Concert

 

Following the success of last year's concert this event once again brought together some of Norfolk's most talented young musicians. Please note that these are all young, amateur performers.

Sunday 19 February 2017 at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 23 October 2016


Bertie and the Bandits

 

Bertie Anderson-Haggart (Viola/Guitar)

Evie Anderson (Cello/Piano)

Anne-Marie Kirby (Violin)

Rhiannon Lock (Cello)

Emma Price (Flute/Accordian)

 

A concert of songs inspired by Poppyland with new musical arrangements of poems and tales collected before the First World war by Christobel “Kit” Hood from the men and women who lived and worked on the land. Kit Hood recorded the words as remembered by the folk of Sidestrand and neighbouring parishes, which now have they been set to music by her great great niece Bertie Anderson-Haggart.

Sunday 23 October 2016 at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 5th June 2016


A Garland for Nepal - Norfolk Composers Group Concert

 
Cromer Music Evenings welcomes members of the Norfolk Composers Group to bring a mixture of original and familiar music to our regular audience. From a wide variety of styles and concepts, they will be choosing a selection of recent compositions loosely themed around folk and fun, and to include each composer’s arrangement of the Nepalese National Anthem. Members of the group include Geoff Cummings-Knight, Andrew Lowe Watson, David Morgan, Pat Hanchett and Michael Finnissy.


Sunday 29th May 2016


Ferio Saxophone Quartet

 

The ever-effervescent saxophonist Huw Wiggin returns once again to Templewood with his friends in his award winning quartet which has already been showered with critical praise from around the world. On Alto sax, Ellie Mcmurray; on Tenor Jose Manuel Banuls; and on Baritone sax Shevaughan Beere. All four are graduates of the Royal College of Music coming together in 2012 to perform and develop old music, new music, jazz, popular and almost anything else into passionate foot stomping rhythms.

 

This springtime concert is guaranteed to rejuvenate flagging hearts and bodies.

Sunday 29th May 2016 at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 24th April 2016


Jane Lindsay - Cello
Jennifer Hughes - Piano


We are delighted to welcome the return of this dazzling pair who mesmerised our audience last April with their sensitive performances of Rachmaninov, Debussy and Ravel. Jane began her musical career at Chethams School of Music, winning prize after prize and later performing under the baton of some of our greatest living conductors playing with the London Symphony, the Philharmonic and the BBC Symphony orchestras. Jennifer has also achieved a fine reputation as accompanist to song performances and accompanying many of the fastest rising instrumentalists of her generation.

Sunday 24th April 2016 at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 20th March 2016


Luba Tunnicliffe - Viola
Hannah Watson - Piano

 
Luba Tunnicliffe (viola) and Hannah Watson (piano) were both scholarship students at the Guildhall School. Luba won the school’s Max and Peggy Morgan Award in 2012, and was the viola soloist in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the GSMD Chamber Orchestra in 2014. Hannah has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in major London venues.

 
Together, Luba and Hannah have performed recitals at various venues including the Royal Festival Hall as part of the Martin Music Scholarship Fund Series.

 
This concert is supported by the Countess of Munster Trust Recital Scheme.

Sunday 20th March 2016 at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 21st February 2016


Young Musicians Concert


An opportunity to hear outstanding performances from some of Norfolk's most talented amateur young musicians. More details will be announced on the CME website www.cromermusicevenings.org.uk and at all earlier concerts.

Sunday 21st February 2016 at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 22nd November 2015


David Keating - Guitar


Irish guitarist David Keating was recently awarded a First Class Honours degree in classical guitar performance at the Royal Northern College of Music where he studied with Craig Ogden. He previously studied in Dublin with John Feeley and under Jerry Creedon at Cork School of Music, where David now teaches classical guitar. He has won many important prizes in Ireland and attended master classes with some of the world’s greatest guitarists, including John Williams.

 

He has performed extensively across Ireland and the UK as a soloist and is also a keen chamber music performer with the Diversus Guitar Ensemble. David gratefully acknowledges support from Music Network Ireland.

Sunday 22nd November 2015 at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 25 October 2015


Jinah Shim - Piano

 
Jinah Shim is a postgraduate at the Guildhall School of Music in London, studying with Martin Roscoe. Jinah began piano aged five and during junior school competed in the National Piano Festival winning the European Piano Teacher’s Association competition. At fourteen she was the youngest finalist of the Glasgow International Piano Competition, going on to study at the Birmingham Conservatoire, since when she won Chandos Young Musician of the Year and was the first Guildhall winner of the 2011 Enescu scholarship and in 2015 lst and 2nd prizes at Christopher Duke Piano Competition and Brighton’s Springboard Concerto competition. Jinah also performs in concertos and chamber groups in Birmingham, London and France. She is grateful for the support of Making Music’s Philip and Dorothy Green Award, and the Skinner’s Company Young Musicians Trust. 

Sunday 25 October 2015 at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 22nd February 2015


Young Musicians Concert


Following the success of last year's concert this event once again promises the opportunity to see more outstanding performances from some of Norfolk's most talented young musicians. Please note that these are all young, amateur performers. 

Sunday 22nd February 2015  at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 24th May 2015


Alexander Soares - Piano


London based pianist Alexander Soares has performed in leading venues across the UK including the Royal Festival Hall, Barbican, Wigmore Hall and Bridgewater Hall. He has also performed extensively across France and Spain. He graduated from Clare College, Cambridge and is currently finishing his doctoral studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Alexander is supported by Making Music's Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists scheme. 

Sunday 24th May 2015 at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 26th April 2015


Jane Lindsay - Cello
Jennifer Hughes - Piano


Jane Lindsay is a keen chamber and orchestral musician and has been principal cellist of the Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra, the RCM Opera Orchestra, the Orpheus Sinfonia and the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and has performed with the London Symphony, the BBC Symphony and the Philharmonic Orchestras. Jane plays on an English instrument made in 1746 by Peter Walmsley.

 

Jane is supported by the Countess of Munster Trust Recital Scheme.

 

Jennifer Hughes is much in demand as an instrumental duo partner and song recital pianist, and has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Bridgewater Hall and St. James Piccadilly..


Sunday 29th March 2015


Duncan Honeybourne — Piano


Since his debut as soloist at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, in 1998 Duncan Honeybourne has established a career as recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber music player and teacher. He has appeared at many major concert halls and at leading festivals. One of his generation's leading exponents of 20th century English piano music.

Sunday 29th March 2015  at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 2nd November 2014


Manus Noble — Guitar


Manus Noble is one of the most exciting and innovative of today's generation of young guitarists, and his varied and eclectic concerts are in high demand. A warm and engaging performer, Manus has given critically acclaimed recitals in the UK and abroad, including at the Purcell Room, Sage Gateshead, Cadogan Hall, Kings Place, Bridgewater Hall and Wigmore Hall. He also composes original works that challenge preconceptions of what is possible on the guitar.

 

Manus is supported by Making Music's Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists scheme. 

Sunday 2nd November 2014 at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 12th October 2014


Huw Wiggin — Saxophone
James Sherlock — Piano

 

Leading UK saxophonist Huw Wiggin and pianist James Sherlock have performed as a duo and as soloists in the USA, China, Malaysia and throughout the UK, and in major London venues including the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room. The duo offer a diverse range of repertoires from original compositions to contemporary works.

 

Huw is the winner of this years Gold Medal in the annual Royal Overseas League Music Competition and James won the accompanists award in the same competition.

Sunday 12th October 2014 at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 27th April 2014


Kausikan Rajeshjukmar - Piano

 
Since Kausikan arrived as a last minute surprise replacement last season, he has been extremely busy. Just two weeks after thrilling us with his first performance of Schumann's Carnaval, he won the annual Royal College of Music Schumann Prize with the same piece. Kausikan was born in London in 1990 and began playing when 7 years old and despite offers of scholarships to the top music colleges, preferred to read music at Cambridge University, graduating with First Class Honours.

 

He has already been awarded numerous prizes and is in great demand performing at home and abroad and as all who have heard him play will know, he has a glittering future ahead of him. 

Sunday 27th April 2014 at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 30th March 2014


Bogdan Vacarescu - Violin
Heidi Parsons - Cello


Born in Romania, Bogdan began violin aged 4 winning his first award at 5 years old, later graduating from the Bucharest University of music in 2000 and from the Royal Academy of Music in 2003, since when he has performed classical music as a soloist around the world. In 2007 he founded the East European group Paprika performing at major international festivals. Heidi enjoys an incredibly varied career which takes her all over the world. She is cellist of the Galos Piano Trio and regularly performs with them both at home and abroad. Heidi's recent engagements have included performances at the RFH, Purcell Room and live on BBC Radio 3, and in venues as far afield as China, Brazil and Africa. She is also a founding member of the innovative education group 'Painting Music', which focusses on introducing music to children with autism. 

Sunday 30th March 2014 at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 17th November 2013


Albany Piano Trio


PIPPA HARRISON - PIANO
GEMMA SHARPLES - VIOLIN
VERITY EVANSON - CELLO


Formed in 2010, the Albany Piano Trio is an exciting new ensemble with a special interest in performing compositions by female composers. They have recently been chosen for the Richard Carne Junior Fellowship at the Royal College of Music where they look forward to collaborating with new composers. The trio had a busy summer coaching at the Belle Serre cello course in the south of France and as Musicians in Residence at Abbeyfield House, Kew and performing recitals in the Harrogate International Festival and around the UK as part of Live Music Now. The Albany Piano Trio is especially delighted to have been selected for the Making Music Concert Promoters' Network Guide for 2013/14 and is generously supported by Francis and Caron Fernandes. 

Sunday 17th November 2013  at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 13th October 2013


Manon Fischer-Dieskau - Piano

Sunday 13th October 2013 at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 26th May 2013


Huw Wiggin — Saxophone
Tim Abel — Piano

Sunday 26th May 2013 at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 28th April 2013


Kausikan Rajeshkumar — Piano

Sunday 28th April 2013 at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 24th March 2013


Rosanna Ter-Berg — Flute
Leo Nicholson — Piano


Rosanna has performed at some of the UK’s most prestigious concert halls and is a 2012 Making Music Young Concert Artist award winner. She studied at Trinity Laban, Leeds University and Strasbourg Conservatoire. She is collaborating with a number of composers who have been inspired to write for her including Thomas Oehler, Andrew Gorman and Laura Harrison. Leo studied at the Purcell, the Junior Royal Northern College of Music, and with Douglas Finch and the late Yonty Solomon at Trinity Laban. 

Sunday 24th March 2013 at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 24th February 2013


Young Musicians Concert


Sunday 25th November 2012


Bogdan Vacarescu — Violin
Heidi Parsons — Cello


Born in Bucharest, Bogdan graduated from the Bucharest University of Music in 2000, and from the London Royal Academy Of Music in 2003. He has performed classical music internationally and in 2007 was a founder member of the group Paprika, which has performed in popular London clubs and internationally at major festivals. Heidi completed both her bachelors and postgraduate degrees at the Royal Academy of Music where she was awarded the Suggia scholarship and a Leverhulme orchestral fellowship. She is currently enjoying an exciting career as a cellist in London, performing at venues as diverse as the streets of Covent Garden to the Purcell Room and the Royal Festival Hall. 

Sunday 25th November 2012 at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 28th October 2012 in conjunction with COAST


John Paul Ekins — Piano


Increasingly in demand as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician, John Paul graduated from the Royal College of Music with First Class Honours, and in the same year was awarded the James Anthony Horne Scholarship. He was the only successful pianist in Making Music's Young Concert Artists auditions 2012, and as such is a Recommended Artist under Making Music's Philip & Dorothy Green Award scheme for 2012.

Sunday 28th October 2012 in conjunction with COAST at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 27 May 2012


Huw Wiggin — saxophone
James Sherlock — piano


Saxophonist Huw is rapidly becoming recognised as a soloist and chamber musician in both the UK and abroad. A graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, he furthered his studies in Germany before beginning his Masters at the Royal College of Music in September 2011. He made his Purcell Room debut last year to great critical acclaim. He lives and works in London, combining teaching with solo and group recitals. He is a Making Music Young Artist Award Winner for 2011

Sunday 27 May 2012 at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 29 April 2012


James Sherlock — piano


Winner of the 2010 Royal Overseas League Piano Competition James is an active recitalist and chamber musician, and has given recitals at the Edinburgh Fringe, Leeds International, and St. Martin in the Fields festivals, to name but a few. Upon graduating from Trinity College, Cambridge, he was a winner of BBC Fame Academy — The Next Generation (now BBC Performing Arts Trust). James is a Making Music Young Artist Award Winner for 2011.

Sunday 29 April 2012 at Cromer Music Evenings

Sunday 18 March 2012


Tanya Sweiry — violin
Manon Ablett — piano


Tanya is the winner of the 2011 Music for Alice Bursary. The American-British violinist graduated with a first class honours from the Royal Academy of Music and has performed in major festivals and recital series all over the country as well as the Krakow Autumn Festival, Poland. She has also performed as a soloist with the North London Symphony Orchestra and Southbank Sinfonia.

Sunday 18 March 2012 at Cromer Music Evenings

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