Concert archive

03-06-17 - English Summer Baroque

It was a delight to return to the magnificent Wymondham Abbey with resident organist, Rob Goodrich for a programme of English Baroque. Our programme included concertos by Handel and Rev. Mudge - perfect for the historic chamber organ.
It was a treat for us to fill the rest of the programme with music by English contemporaries of Handel and Mudge, including Yorkshire cellist and bassoonist, John Hebden, Newcastle-born Charles Avison, and the organist of both Westminster Abbey and the Chapel Royal, Henry Purcell. Cheekily we also included honorary Englishman, Pieter Hellendaal, as he did in fact live in England for longer than Handel, and for some of that time in Norfolk.


Symphony no.1- William Boyce
“The Cuckoo & the Nightingale”- Georg F. Handel
Fantasy upon one note - Henry Purcell
Concerto in 7 parts no.6 -John Hebden


Concerto in 7 parts Op.9 no.4 - Charles Avison
Concerto Grosso no.4 - Pieter Hellendaal
Keyboard Concerto - Rev. Richard Mudge

Whether or not you came to join us, we recommend a visit to Wymondham Abbey, one of the most imposing and grand religious buildings in East Anglia. There has been a church on the site for well over 1000 years.

In Saxon times, it is thought Wymondham probably had a Minster church serving the town and surrounding communities. After the 1066 Norman Conquest, the land passed to the d’Aubigny family from Normandy. In 1107, William d’Aubigny founded a Benedictine monastery there as a ‘daughter house’ to the great St Alban’s Abbey. It was later enlarged and embellished with a particularly fine angel roof, the installation of the great organ in 1793 and the famous gilded altar screen by Ninian Comper which was added as a First World War memorial .The unusual twin towers are a prominent local landmark.

More recently, in 2015, splendid new rooms were added at the east end to house new displays and to provide modern facilities for worshippers and visitors.

Although the great organ is famous in its own right, we used the smaller chamber organ which resides in the side chapel; a much more suitable partner for our ensemble.

There are few places to beat Wymondham Abbey on a balmy summer's day so go and enjoy all it has to offer.