Concert archive

Early Summer Baroque - May 2010

St Michael`s Church Aylsham was the setting for an evening of baroque favourites and some less well known gems from our collection, at the invitation of Aylsham Music Society.
It was a pleasure to welocme back old friends of Norwich Baroque, oboists Jeremy Foster and Cathy Wilcock, for concertos by Albinoni and Vivaldi. A large audience expressed their enjoyment of our soloists and the sparkling playing of director, violinist John Crockatt.

Early Summer Baroque

Saturday 1st May 2010 - St Michael`s Church Aylsham, at the invitation of Aylsham Music Society.

Director - John Crockatt
Soloists - Jeremy Foster and Cathy Wilcock


The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Handel
Concerto in 7 parts, no.3 in G major - Mudge
Concerto for Oboe in D minor - Albinoni
Concerto for strings RV152 in G minor - Vivaldi
Chacony - Purcell
Conon and Gigue - Pachelbel
Concerto for 2 oboes RV 534 in C major - Vivaldi
Concerto grosso Op.6 no.11 in A major - Handel

EASTERN DAILY PRESS REVIEW - Performance with dynamism and style

Norwich Baroque presented an evening of superb music in the beautiful medieval church of St Michael`s, Aylsham. The energy and panache of the performers was evident from the exuberant opening chords of the Arrival of the Queen of Sheba to the final Allegro of Handel`s Concerto Grosso Op.6. no.11.

Led by violinist John Crockatt, the musicians delivered a well-balanced programme combining favourites such as Canon in D by Pachelbel with the lesser known Gigue, works by Richard Mudge and a stunning performance of the Concerto for 2 Oboes in C Major by Vivaldi. This was real ensemble playing, with constant eye contact, alertness and synchronicity.The soloists , Jeremy Foster and Cathy Wilcock, delivered subtly intricate and technically excellent work, which thrilled the audience and rightly received thunderous applause.

Earlier, Jeremy Foster had just finished the first movement of Albinoni`s Concerto for oboe when a bell tolled audibly. There was a ripple of laughter through the audience. This summed up the atmosphere of spontaneity and energy evident throughout the evening.

These musicians interpret the music with dynamism, precision and style. They have rapidly built a loyal following, and are a joy both to watch and hear.

Xenia Horne
Thursday 6th May 2010