Five minutes with . . .
PUBLISHED: 05:43 19 January 2015
Roger Rowe of the Norfolk and Norwich Music Club which promotes an annual series of classical chamber music concerts, and will be hosting a Chamber Music Weekend.
What are you most looking forward to about the Chamber Music Weekend?
Two years ago French pianist Francois-Frederic Guy visited Norwich to perform the complete cycle of Beethoven sonatas. He was such a success that we invited him to return, with colleagues, for a weekend of French music. He will be joined by one of the finest French string quartets, Quatuor Parisii, and the brilliant Albanian violinist Tedi Papavrami. Highlights of their four-concert weekend will be the piano quintet by Cesar Franck and the rarely played, but very beautiful, concerto for piano, violin and string quartet by Ernest Chausson.
What other highlights are coming up this year?
The Chopin piano recital by the legendary Brazilian pianist Christina Ortiz on February 7, and the return visit of the Borodin Quartet from Moscow, celebrating their 70th anniversary year with music by Beethoven and Shostakovich on April 25 and 26.
Who is Norfolk and Norwich Chamber Music for?
The concerts are designed for lovers of classical chamber music – small groups of classical instrumentalists – of the highest international standards.
How often do you have events?
We have 15 concerts each season between September and April- the current season runs to April 26.
Do you have a particular focus on education?
Yes, we organise and fund a primary schools’ music programme with visiting professional musicians. Next month Chetham’s Music School will be bringing a group of its finest musicians to play and work with Norfolk primary schools. In March an ensemble of musicians will be in Norwich for a week, working with pupils from Eaton, Cringleford, Bignold, Tuckswood, West Earlham and Bluebell primary schools, to be followed by a free concert for 300 children at the John Innes Centre.
The Norfolk and Norwich Music Club was founded in 1951 and Benjamin Britten was its president for its first 25 years.
Its Chamber Music Weekend begins on Friday, January 23 with a concert at The Chapel, Park Lane, Norwich, and continues on the Saturday and Sunday at the John Innes Centre. There are further concerts at The Chapel on Monday, January 19 and Monday, April 20. Tickets: Prelude Records, St Giles Street, Norwich, NR2 1JN; 01603 628319; www.norwichchambermusic.co.uk