Concerts 2015-2016

Our 2015-2016 season is a very special one. The Norwich Phil is celebrating its 175th Anniversary. To mark this important milestone, we have chosen some exceptional programmes which we hope you will enjoy. More details about individual concerts will be available here soon.

Saturday 7th November 2015, 7.30pm
St Andrew's Hall

ELGAR Dream of Gerontius

Diana Moore mezzo-soprano, Robert Murray tenor, Adam Green baritone
Norwich Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra
conducted by David Dunnettt

Saturday 5th December 2015, 7.30pm
St Andrew's Hall

DUKAS The Sorcerer's Apprentice
CANTELOUBE Songs of the Auvergne
RAVEL Pavane pour une infante défunte
RACHMANINOV Symphonic Dances

Alison Roddy, soprano (Canteloube)
Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra
conducted by Matthew Andrews

Tuesday 22nd December 2015, 7.30pm
St Andrew's Hall

Norwich Philharmonic Choir and guests
conducted by David Dunnett

Saturday 6th February 2016, 7.30pm
St Andrew's Hall

BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No 5 in E flat 'Emperor'
WALTON Symphony No 1

Mihkel Poll, piano (Beethoven)
Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra
conducted byMatthew Andrews

Saturday 19th March 2016, 7.30pm
St Andrew's Hall

175th Birthday Concert
A night of Orchestral and popular Classics

Orff: O Fortuna (Carmina Burana)
Dvořák: Slow mvt from Symphony No. 9 (New World)
Verdi:Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves(Nabucco)
Khachaturian: Adagio from Spartacus
Borodin: Polovtsian dances from Prince Igor (with chorus)
Rossini:Overture William Tell
Handel:Hallelujah Chorus (The Messiah)
Faure : Pavane (with choir)
Tchaikovsky:1812 Overture (choral version with cannons)

Norwich Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra
conducted by David Dunnett and Matthew Andrews


In 2016 the Norwich Philharmonic Society, one of the oldest music societies in the country, celebrates a remarkable landmark, its 175th anniversary, so we have a very special season lined up.

With the Phil Chorus joined by three outstanding soloists, the season opens with Elgar's timeless masterpiece, The Dream of Gerontius, a much-loved favourite of Norwich performers and audiences alike and a piece closely associated with the Phil.

Indeed we thought it fitting to feature a number of major British works in our anniversary season: in February, the orchestra perform the hauntingly beautiful Norfolk Rhapsody by Vaughan Williams - despite its local connections, surprisingly never before performed by the Phil - and afterwards they tackle William Walton's thrilling First Symphony.

The December concert has a French theme for the first half, with Alison Roddy the soloist in the delightful and popular Songs of the Auvergne by Canteloube and the orchestra playing Dukas' vivacious Sorcerer's Apprentice and the gossamer-like Pavane pour une infante défunte by Ravel. The second half is unmistakbly Russian though, with Rachmaninov's spectacular Symphonic Dances showing off the orchestra to dazzling effect.

The season also features some real box office favourites. The wonderful pianist Mihkel Poll returns as soloist in Beethoven's Emperor Concerto for the February concert, and for our 175th Birthday Concert in March 2016, the orchestra and chorus combine for a whole evening of classical pops. The programme includes favourites such as the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messsiah, the Adagio from Khatchaturian's ballet Spartacus (familiar to TV audiences as the theme from The Onedin Line), the Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor by Borodin (the chorus singing the melody made famous as Stranger in Paradise), and ends with the rarely performed choral version of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture - complete with cannon effects. Sparks are sure to fly at such a finale!