Concert archive

Benefit concert for The King of Hearts Sept. 2009

Directed by Jim O`Toole, Norwich Baroque was delighted to be performing in support of The King of Hearts at a time when its very survival had come into doubt due to financial pressure. It was also an excellent opportunity to thank Alan and Aude Gotto for their support since Norwich Baroque began and indeed for their tireless promotion of baroque music locally.
Every penny of the £1699 raised by our concert went directly to The King of Hearts as the players had donated their services, and all other costs were met through the generosity of supporters. The money will be a drop in the ocean compared to the need, but it is hoped that the extra publicity and interest in The King of Hearts aroused as a result of the event will continue. As described in the press, The King of Hearts is "part of the cultural heart beat of the city" and it cannot be allowed to go under.

Friday 4th September 2009
United Reformed Church, Princes Street, Norwich

Leader - Jim O`Toole
Soloist : Laura Cannell - Recorder

Concerto Grosso Op.6 no.4 - Corelli
Concerto Grosso Op.9 no.1 - Avison
Concerto in F major for soprano recorder - Sammartini
Concerto Polonois - Telemann
String Concerto RV 156 - Vivaldi
Concerto in 7 parts no.2 - Mudge
Concerto Grosso Op.6 no.1 - Handel


Aude Gotto gratefully accepted a cheque towards The King of Heart`s redevelopment costs in the interval of this concert. The Norwich Baroque players gave their talented services to this fundraiser, and a large audience bought tickets to support an arts venue that they treasure.

Lightly-built, lively and confident Jim O`Toole led the orchestra of a dozen strings with Philip Trzebiatowski as continuo cellist and David Morgan as the harpsichord. Laura Cannell was the nimble fingered soloist in a florid recorder concerto.

The programme was a roll call of the great Baroque composers - Handel, of course, with elegant Corelli, vivacious Vivaldi, sprightly Sammartini and Telemann.

Their English provincial followers were represented too, by Charles Avison, a Newcastle man, and Richard Mudge, who was born in Bideford.

His music has probably not been performed in Norwich since the 18th century. But it was delightful, obviously in the tradition of the age, yet with an accent of its own.

The early music movement is always coming up with rediscoveries like this, and live performances reveal their qualities. That is why we applaud ensembles like Norwich Baroque.