Concert archive

Sunday 16th Jan 2011 - Norwich Baroque with Jayne May-Sysum

Following her concert with us last January, we immediately booked Jayne to come return brighten up the start to the new year for 2011. Her performance on this bright winters afternoon didn't disappoint.
Sunday 16th Jan. 2011
United Reformed Church, Princes Street Norwich.

Soloist : Jayne May-Sysum
Director : Jim O`Toole

Programme :

Featuring our soloist:
Lascia ch`io pianga (from Rinaldo) - Handel
Salve Regina - Handel
In Turbato Mare - Vivaldi

Orchestral items:
Concerto Grosso Op.6 no.3 - Corelli
Canon and Gigue - Pachelbel
Concerto a quattro Op.3 no.1 - Hellendaal
Concerto Grosso Op.6 no.9 - Handel


A large Sunday afternoon audience greeted Jayne May-Sysum with a cheer. The soprano responded with a performance that had her listeners asking for more.

With well-founded confidence and an open personality, she has the acting ability to underline with facial expression and body language every emotion she sang about. She made her 18th-century music pulsate with life.

Her programme was cleverly designed to display her many talents. In Handel`s Salve Regina she appeared both prayerful and passionate, while in a famous aria from his opera Rinaldo she was a woman in a tragic situation.

As well as providing sympathetic accompaniment, Norwich Baroque, led by Jim O`Toole, stylishly played pachelbel`s Canon and Concerti Grossi by Corelli, Handel and Pieter Hellendaal.

The work of this little-known Dutch composer attracted particular attention because he was for a time organist at St. Margaret`s, King`s Lynn.

Christopher Smith