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ARTSeast November 2016

Unique Exhibition of Unseen Work by Norwich School of Painters at Mandell's

Interview: Felicity Kendall


Local Arts Scene: Aylsham

Visual Arts

eatre & Film

Tickets and a meal Music

Eating Out

What’s On

Diss Auction Rooms

“Art every Friday” Viewing: Every Thursday 2-8pm 4 separate auctions every Friday from 9.30am

Diss Auction Rooms, Roydon Road, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4LN 01379 650 306

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The Visual Arts Guide 2017

The Visual Arts Guide 2017 is an ideal opportunity for art galleries, artists, workshops, exhibition promoters etc to advertise themselves to art lovers, collectors and fellow artists across Norfolk & Suffolk. The guide will be distributed free to art galleries, art centres, art & music shops, theatres, hotels & restaurants, coffee shops, tourist information centres and other public venues across Norfolk & Suffolk throughout the year. A digital version will also be available on our website at If you would like to be included in the 2017 guide just contact Gary on 01379 773347 or email


Bringing you closer to the arts

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Theatre & Film

What’s On


18 Theatre & Film News


19 Eastern Angles/King’s Lynn

31 Cinema City - French Film Festival

Editor’s Letter

Cover Story 7

Mandell’s Gallery

Visual Arts

Corn Exchange

Blackthorpe Barn

33 East Anglian Enchanted Ball

20 Theatre Royal Norwich 21 Jack & The Beanstalk Competition

Local Arts Scene

22-23 Coffee & a Chat – Felicity Kendall

34 Aylsham Pictures

8-9 Visual Arts News

35 Aylsham Introduction

10 Artists On View

36 Keys Auctioneers

11 Artist Profile – Stephen Mole 13 Art Fair East 14 Masters of Japanese Photography 15 Framlingham’s Big Pencils




37 Norfolk Photography Group

24 Music News

38 Broadland Framers/Aylsham Heritage

25 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Concert


26 Seth Lakeman

39 Spotlight on Vivienne Head

27 Glenn Tilbrook Competition

40 Win a meal at Aylsham Lodge

Arts Council

Food & Drink

Towards the Back

16-17 The Drill House, Great Yarmouth

28 The Mulberry Thetford



The Last Photo – Kevin Elsby

42 Directory 43 Subscription/Competition Winners

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Editor’s Letter

Publishers Gary Enderby & Sarah Veness

Welcome to the November issue of

Norwich Theatre Royal this month. It promises to

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be a fantastic show and one to catch if you can. Our local arts scene feature focuses on the lovely

With the evenings growing darker, there's lots of

market town of Aylsham. Home to Keys Fine Art

time to enjoy the many excellent shows, gigs and

Auctioneers, it's also home to the prestigious

festivals our region has to offer from the French

Norfolk Photography Group and nearby Blickling

Film Festival at Cinema City Norwich to the Royal

Hall has a wealth of concerts, theatre

Philharmonic Orchestra's concert at The Marina

productions and exhibitions to appeal to lovers

Theatre in Lowestoft.

of the arts.

On the cover this month we look at the exciting

Competitions this month include the chance to

exhibition of unseen works by the Norwich

win a family ticket to see Jack & the Beanstalk at

School Painters at Mandell's Gallery. It's a

Norwich Theatre Royal, gig tickets to watch Glenn

one-off opportunity to see works from a private

Tilbrook at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds and the

collection as the gallery celebrates its

chance to win a meal for four at Aylsham Lodge.

50th anniversary.

So light the fire, grab your hot chocolate and

For our coffee and chat feature we caught up

enjoy this month's issue‌.

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Rare glimpse of Norwich School masterpieces as Mandell’s marks 50 years John Allen and Rachel Allen, gallery manager

An important collection of work by the Norwich School of

to pay tribute to Geoffrey’s

Painters is going on public display for the first time ever this

pursuit of the Norwich School.

month, as Mandell’s Gallery celebrates its Golden anniversary.

'From November 5th - 26th we are devoting our Contemporary

Norwich Art devotee Geoffrey Allen, founder of the gallery in Elm

Gallery at Mandell’s to the

Hill, Norwich. Geoffrey died in 2005. The gallery has been run

Geoffrey Allen Collection’, says

by his son John and now grand-daughter Rachel is taking over. 'Father had a fascination for Norwich School landscapes that

George Vincent

The paintings, more than 50, are from the private collection of

Rachel. 'These are the family’s personal Norwich School paintings so they aren’t for sale.

just ran away with him. He was such an avid collector it became

There were still more stored in the loft.' Today, Mandell’s is known for being much more eclectic, reflecting the taste and style of the following generations of art enthusiasts – John with his preference for

Cover image: Painting by Eloise Harriet Stannard from The Geoffrey Allen Collection

Norwich School work for sale.' The Norwich School Paintings on display include works by such artists as Thomas Lound,

John Thirtle

a passion,' recalls John. 'He probably had 200 paintings hung in the family home, three deep with frames touching each other.

Though for enthusiasts, our Window Gallery will have some

Henry Bright, Miles Edmund Cotman, John Joseph Cotman, John Thirtle, Eloise Harriet Stannard, Alfred Stannard and James Stark.

contemporary art and Rachel

The works of contemporary, landscape and wildlife Norfolk artist,

whose eye is drawn to shapes and

Colin Burns will also be on exhibition and sale in the

colours and abstract works.

Reception Gallery.

Both John and Rachel are

delighted to have the opportunity November 2016 | 7

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Visual Arts News Celebrating Cambridge A new exhibition ‘Cambridge Envisaged’ runs at the Michaelhouse Centre, Cambridge from November 7th-19th. Featuring stunning works by Peter Corr, Paul Janssens and Caroline Forward, this exhibition showcases diverse perspectives on Cambridge, its architecture, history and its street life. Peter Corr says about his series of richly textured and glazed abstract paintings: 'I wanted to reflect something of the spirit of thinking,

Patrick George 1923-2016: A Retrospective Exhibition

order, imagination, reason and invention that permeates the fabric of this special city.' Paul Janssen’s multi-layered paintings capture the movement that is ever present in the city and market, and portray a sense of authenticity, change and history through his use of wood, old maps, postcards, and found materials from the market to build up the vibrant complexity of his paintings. Caroline Forward’s oil paintings explore the interplay of stained glass colour and light with stonework and architecture, and the harmony, solidity and stillness of geometric structure and small architectural motifs. Admission is free and all art is available for sale.

Cobbold and Judd Fine Art are delighted to announce a retrospective exhibition of the work of Patrick George at The Minories Ballroom in Colchester from November 26thDecember 3rd. There is no doubt that Patrick George was one of the very great painters of the last 50 years, and he was recognised as such by his fellow artists. He is best known for the magical series of landscapes of Suffolk which he painted after he moved there in 1961. These are lyrical paintings of a rare talent, working in the footsteps of Constable and Gainsborough. As he grew older he produced some of his best work, shimmering paintings of a flickering radiance, authority and intensity, every slight touch painted with great care. There are magnificent examples of these in the exhibition, as well as three of his penetrating and perceptive portraits.

Following Inspirations: Rebecca Douglass Whatley This extensive solo exhibition will fill the Apex Gallery, Bury St. Edmunds from November 29th until January 8th 2017. It is an overview of 50 years of creativity, in all sorts of media. Growing up in rural Virginia, Rebecca was inspired by the woods and fields. Frequent visits to the museums and galleries in Washington DC stimulated an interest in many forms of art and artists, as well as ethnographic arts and crafts. Those interests have continued, and, as a small holder and nature enthusiast in Norfolk, her work reflects the woods, land and animals she has worked with. There will be large abstract, and naturalistic, landscape paintings, portraits, which are often telling stories, weavings, also telling stories, though some are simple colour symphonies. There are sculptures in clay, bronze, and needle felted wool from her farm. The prints and pyrography celebrate local places, and fens and woodland. Much of the artwork will be for sale. All are welcome to  a "meet the artist" session from 2pm- 7pm on December 3rd.

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Wartime Watercolours Julian Cory-Wright’s Wartime Watercolours will be on view at Norwich Cathedral from November 4th-21st. These will include lino cuts and prints made during the 1930s, landscapes of Brancaster and the North Norfolk Coast and sketches he made whilst training in remote parts of Britain: Northumberland, Salisbury Plain, Yorkshire Moors and the Brecon Beacons. During his training with the Royal Artillery he made quick sketches of soldiers, his fellow officers, military equipment, tanks and weapons, dispatch riders and other military activities. His

Group Exhibition: Walsham-le-willows

last pictures were painted on D-Day +8 of soldiers, laden ships

From November 19th-21st, the Priory Room, next to the

and convoys leaving Tilbury for Normandy, where sadly Julian

church in Walsham-le-willows is home to an exhibition

lost his life on June 26th. Some of the vehicles he painted being

by members of the Walsham Arts & Crafts group. Ten

loaded at Tilbury never made the coast of France on account of

local artists, who live in and around the village, will

stormy weather, but his sketch books got there and back and

show their latest art and craft work. Methods of artwork

contain records of historical significance. Dr Peter Doll, Canon

include Batik, Ceramics, Glass, Metalwork, Hand

Librarian at Norwich Cathedral said: ‘It is a great pleasure to

Spinning and Knitting, Weaving, Paintings in Oil,

welcome the art work of Julian Cory-Wright to the Hostry for the

Watercolour, Oil Pastel, Prints & Cards. Items are for

season of Remembrance. The freshness and spontaneity of his

sale but admission is free with the exhibition open from

work enables us to share his war-time experiences with a

10am-6pm daily. Everyone is welcome. All the

remarkable immediacy and intimacy.’

members are pleased to accept commissions.

In Celebration of Wood The new exhibition, Out of the Wood, at King’s Lynn’s GroundWork Gallery celebrates trees, forests and the art of wood. It takes the visitor on a historical and cultural journey, introduced by a piece of petrified oak from the Jurasssic period, some 140 million years old. This varied show includes the work of more than ten artists who are inspired by the beauty and usefulness of wood and trees. The Woodland Trust is celebrating the 800 year anniversary of the original forest charter which accompanied Magna Carta, with the year 2017 dedicated to trees. GroundWork Gallery has signed up to be a Charter Champion for King’s Lynn, to encourage a greater understanding of the role of trees in the past and future. Out of the Wood - featuring photography, sculpture, painting, prints, wood cuts, engravings and woodturning - runs from November 4th to December 17th. November 2016 | 9



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Artist Profile: Stephen Mole Norfolk is a place of beauty. And nowhere more so is this apparent than in the stunning landscape photography of Norfolk Broads-based photographer Stephen Mole. Just ten years ago Stephen only took photos on holidays and days out. But after taking redundancy from his job in the civil service, he had more time for photography.

'My friend had also been made redundant at the same time,' says Stephen. 'We both decided to buy a nice camera and started taking weekly walks to take photos together.' Bitten by the photography bug, Stephen joined photo-sharing website Flickr. 'I was gobsmacked by how good some people's photos were and it really inspired me to take the best photos I could,' says Stephen. Inspired, Stephen joined a local photography group and was offered the chance to exhibit his photos in a group exhibition at the Castle Mall Shopping Centre in Norwich. 'I was thrilled when I sold my first photo,' says Stephen. 'It was a brilliant feeling.' Since then Stephen's photography has grown from strength to strength. He has held regular exhibitions at

Blickling Hall and his work can be seen on the walls of many Norfolk businesses including The Old Hall, Caister and Quayside Plaza in Great Yarmouth. He is also regularly commissioned to take photographs of holiday cottages for websites. From November 19th to 27th Stephen is holding an exhibition of his work at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden near South Walsham.

'Fairhaven is a magical place and this is my third exhibition there,' says Stephen. 'I have framed photos for sale alongside mounted prints, postcards and calendars.’ Stephen feels blessed to live in such a beautiful part of the country. 'Norfolk is fabulous,' smiles Stephen. 'I love the sand, the beaches, the countryside‌the Broads. It's amazing to be able to work among such stunning countryside.' Stephen believes his love for the countryside is inspired by his father. 'My dad was a draughtsman who painted watercolours in his spare time,' says Stephen. 'My passion for the typical Norfolk landscape comes from his beautifully crafted paintings.'

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Affordable Art for Norwich Fifteen Norfolk artists are taking another step towards fulfilling their

afford has been paying off, with visitor numbers and sales growing

mission of making contemporary art affordable and accessible to

month by month. We wanted to celebrate that with a first

local people by putting 100 pieces of their work up for sale at

anniversary show to say thank you to everyone who has supported

bargain basement prices.

us over the past 12 months and to introduce even more people to

The group, which shares Norwich Art Shop on Upper St Giles in

our artists’ work.’

Norwich’s Lanes, has created 100 mini works of art and is urging the

The new selling show will see Norwich Art Shop’s historic curved

city’s shoppers and visitors to snap them up as an unusual and very

windows packed with more than one hundred 250mm square

special Christmas present for just £25.

frames, each containing a specially created work from one of the

'It was all a bit of a risk when we set this venture up a year ago but we were determined that art doesn’t have to be all about expensive

15-strong co-operative. The show, sponsored by Les Garrigues French Food & Wine, Norwich,

oil paintings of flapping pheasants and boxing hares,' says Tom

launches at 5pm on November 4th when there will be a glass of

Potter, who founded the group.

wine for visitors until 9pm. It will then run right the way through to

'Gradually, our policy of featuring contemporary art that people can

Christmas Eve, opening from 10am until 5pm, Monday to Saturday.

Spring. Spring

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Norwich welcome Prestigious Art Fair Art Fair East, one of the Eastern region's largest and liveliest

buy original and authentic Christmas presents for loved ones.

contemporary visual arts events, is the kind of event rarely

Amongst the international range of exhibitors this year are

seen outside London. It brings together artists, galleries and

dealers in editions by Damien Hirst and Banksy, alongside those

dealers from the UK and overseas, including a large contingent of talented artists from across the east of England, and takes

offering work from the Norwich School of Painters including names such as John Kiki and Bruer Tidman. Gallery specialists

place in the spectacular setting of St. Andrews Hall in the heart of Norwich, from December 2nd-4th.

will be available to advise on collecting contemporary art, from affordable prints by recognised artists and new talent through to serious investments, including original paintings, prints, sculpture, photography and artworks made to commission. Visitors will also be able to meet art experts and many of the artists whose work is on display. The fair was founded and is curated by experienced arts

Tracy Satchwill

professionals Will Teather and Brian Korteling. Will Teather said ‘We have a passion to get people more involved in

Art Fair East showcases a curated selection of quality galleries, dealers and artists and brings a slice of the art-world to both seasoned and new art lovers. The early December slot makes it a prestigious addition to Norwich’s Christmas shopping

art, to value it and cherish it. I

Will Teather

Now established as a regular feature in the annual art calendar,

believe this will be the first time that signed editions of work by the likes of Damien Hirst and Banksy will be available in the region.’

experience and offers visitors a great chance to expand an existing art collection, start their own journey into collecting or

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Masters of Japanese Photography Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts: November 11th 2016 - March 19th 2017 Witnesses to a generation that grew up in the aftermath of the Second World War, their work addresses both their personal experiences and the evolution of their country. From Araki’s exuberant flowers to Hosoe’s lyrical portraits and Kawada’s unsettling skies, these fascinating images encapsulate the natural beauty and complex society of modern Japan. The stunning photographs produced by these artists and their contemporaries were not only immensely influential in their home country, but were also appreciated around the world as they documented the transformation of a post-war industrial society through a relatively modern medium.

Eikoh Hosoe – Ordeal by roses

Nobuyoshi Araki – Colourscapes

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, at the University of East Anglia, Norwich is presenting a new exhibition, Masters of Japanese Photography exploring the work of three of the most prominent Japanese photographers of the second half of the

This will be the first exhibition on contemporary Japanese photography in the east of England offering visitors a unique opportunity to engage with a remarkable generation of photographers who transformed the genre. Masters of Japanese Photography features 65 prints drawn from the artists’ studios as well as from private collections. Dating between the 1960s and the early 2000s, the images represent a survey of themes that have recurred in Japanese art throughout the 20th century, ranging from the depiction of the human body to the enduring presence of nature. 14 |

Kikaji Kawada – The Last Golden Ring Eclipse in Japen

20th century: Nobuyoshi Araki, Eikoh Hosoe and Kikuji Kawada.

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Framlingham's Big Pencils Big Pencils is a Framlingham-based arts initiative founded by Eric Emsley and Spadge Hopkins and is under the banner of FAYAP a registered charity. Eric Emsley is an artist but formerly operated his own companies in the IT sector. Eric has held three exhibitions of his paintings in East Anglia but is now concentrating on assemblage and mixed media for the forthcoming exhibition. Spadge Hopkins is the FAYAP Project

effective exhibition spaces and workshop opportunities and to publicise and promote the talents of these artists.

Manager and also an artist. He recently exhibited sculptures in Ipswich and Cambridge and was co-creator of a permanent piece

The upcoming Big Pencils

commemorating Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd at the Cambridge Corn

exhibition will feature professional and emerging

Exchange unveiled in October.

artists of various ages from our Big Pencils is facilitating the forging of meaningful and sustainable relationships between East Anglian artists and established galleries and organisations such as UCS, Suffolk Open Studios, SuffolkArtlink, Flipside Festival,The Big Draw, PhotoEast, Sir Robert Hitchams school, Framlingham College and Thomas Mills High School. It aims to

area, showcasing painting, sculpture and photography. It will be held at The FAYAP Centre Framlingham on December 27th-29th.

provide a focal point for local artists, provide meeting places, cost-

The Jessica Muir Gallery

Showcasing contemporary art inspired by a love of the British countryside

The Jessica Muir Gallery Hall Street, Long Melford Suffolk CO10 9JR Tel: 01787 310400 Email:

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Arts Council

Regenerating the Drill House, Great Yarmouth

The arts scene in Great Yarmouth received another boost

ways, support the borough’s new cultural strategy, and

recently as Seachange Arts reopened their Drill House venue

provide an excellent facility to place Great Yarmouth on the

as part of the Out There International Festival of Circus and

map for the circus and street arts sector.'

Street Arts this September. With the aid of £1.5m of investment from Arts Council

Creation is at the heart of what the Drill House is about and a growing number of national and international artists are

England, Seachange have begun the development of the Drill

visiting for residencies where they create and develop

House as an international centre for circus and street arts.

new work.

This initial investment has seen the main hall of this Grade II listed building transformed into a fit for purpose creation centre, and a vital community facility.

'Our role is to support, direct and nurture these companies during their residency,' says Mr Mackintosh. 'In return for that support, we ask visiting companies to give something

'The redevelopment will have a massive impact on the way

back to the community by delivering workshops for local

we work and what we’re able to do here,' says Seachange’s

people or master classes for local artists.'

Chief Executive, Joe Mackintosh. 'It will help us develop our programme, engage the local community in a variety of new

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The re-opening of the Drill House has seen Seachange’s circus school, Drillaz return to the venue. The school

Arts Council

introduces young people, aged 8 to 18 years to various circus

the story with ambitious plans afoot to develop outdoor

skills, under the tutelage of Seachange’s resident circus

spaces adjacent to the building, improve public and artists’

company Dizzy O’Dare. Younger children can get an introduction to circus through Circus Play, a new programme designed to introduce them to circus activities through games and fun. Those keen to

facilities and the development of a fabrication workshop where festival décor, costumer and street arts contraptions can be created. 'Our vision is for the Drill House is to be the engine room for

capitalise on the active health benefits can join a new

the development of street arts and circus in Great Yarmouth;

exercise class, Circus Fit.

producing shows for the Out There Festival, creating

You’ll also be able to see performances at the Drill House. Seachange have launched a new cabaret programme which kicked off with a Halloween show and will see three nights of

opportunities for a new generation of circus and street arts performers, and creating physical decor a fabrications that will be seen at events around the country, says Mr Mackintosh.'

alternative Christmas cabaret entertainment in ‘Naughty or

To find out more about Seachange and the Drill House or to

Nice’ from Thursday 15th to Saturday 17th December.

get involved with their projects visit

The recent works to the building are only just the beginning of

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Theatre & Film News A Ghostly Evening in Beccles Strange Fascination Theatre presents 'Ghost Stories' by M.R. James at Beccles Public Hall on December 7th. In these stories, we are given two classic tales of the supernatural, 'A Warning to the Curious' & 'Oh, Whistle and I'll Come To You, My Lad'.  The first sees

Shappi Khorsandi: Oh My Country

Abby, a young woman,

From Morris dancing to Morrissey...Shappi is celebrating the

seeking to complete her

fortieth anniversary of her arrival in Britain with a brand new

late father's work, despite

show at Norwich Playhouse on November 25th. She's

warnings to the contrary,

reclaiming patriotism, sending a love letter to her adopted

whist the second is a stark reminder that even learned

land. Please don’t come if you’re a skinhead (though Terry Molloy

naturally bald folk are welcome). Star of Live At The Apollo,

men of academia do not understand everything they encounter.

Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Friday Night with

Both stories have been adapted for the stage by director Simon

Jonathan Ross, Have I Got News for You and Q.I, she is back

Michael - Morgan, designed by Daisy Plackett and produced by Paul Andrew Goldsmith. The shows star Terry Molloy (Dr. Who's 'Davros' &

Photography Garry withLake a brand new show

for 2016. She has whip-crack jokes

and is effortlessly funny as she handles every subject with a

Mike Tucker in Radio Four's 'The Archers') and promises to be a

razor sharp wit, softened only by her deliciously mischievous

spine tingling addition to your festive calendar.

delivery and endless charm.

Ballet UK present Romeo & Juliet Join Ballet Theatre UK with their passionate and innovative recreation of the world’s greatest love story, Romeo and Juliet at Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds from November 21st-23rd. As the nation celebrates 400 years of William Shakespeare’s legacy Ballet Theatre UK create a new production to tell the tragic tale of star-crossed lovers with astonishing grace and heart-breaking intimacy. During the opulent Capulet’s ball the lovers meet, sparking a fateful series of events. Follow the young couple as they experience the greatest of romances to their tragic final embrace. Stunning costumes and innovative stage sets transport you to Renaissance Verona where the tragic tale unfolds of the Capulet and Montague families. From the balcony scene’s elated pas de deux to the lovers’ heart-breaking ends, Romeo and Juliet promises to be an audience favourite and a highlight on the calendar.

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Magical Family Pantomime

A Tudor Tale for Christmas

From December 9th-31st, West Norfolk’s biggest and best family

Join Eastern Angles for Stoat Hall, another in their series of

pantomime lights up the stage at the King's Lynn Corn Exchange.

festive spoofs.This year the theatre company take on the

Matt Lapinskas will lead the cast of Cinderalla in the role of Prince

Tudors with a witty send-up of the novel Wolf Hall. Sit back and

Charming. Best known for playing Anthony Moon in EastEnders, he

enjoy the antics of Sir Roger De Polfrey, once the reputable

also starred as the Pharaoh in the No1 hit tour of Joseph and his

Duke of Suffolk, and owner of Stoat Hall. Allergic to

Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Returning by popular demand for

responsibility, he tries to live a simple life with his eccentric

his seventh year as Director, and this year playing Ugly Sister

wife Aveline and his three desperate daughters Isobel, Hedwig

Marjorie Hardup, is audience favourite Ian Marr. He will be joined by

and Rosamund.

Steven Kynman (CBeebies’ Robert The Robot) as the second Ugly Sister – Floribunda Hardup in what promises to be a hilarious new double act.

But, with his humble abode falling into disrepair, and the house lying on a busy pilgrimage route, Sir Roger has his work cut out.To make matters worse, the Secret Order of the Stoats

Left at home by the ugliest of sisters, Cinders cannot go to the ball.

have hatched a scurrilous plan and Henry VIII and his

However, with help from her magical Fairy Godmother and the

entourage have just announced a surprise visit! On the other

brilliant buffoonery from Buttons, the most exciting night of her life

hand, could this be an opportunity to marry off one of his

is about to begin...With all the ingredients of a perfect panto, don’t

daughters to the noble King…?

miss this timeless tale of laughter, magic and true love!

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The Commitments

Cast with Roddy Doyle

Norwich Theatre Royal, November 28th - December 3rd

Theatre, including Brian Gilligan who will reprise his starring role

Thirty years after they burst from the pages of Roddy Doyle’s hit

of Deco and Andrew Linnie who will star as Jimmy Rabbitte.

novel,The Commitments are coming to Norwich Theatre Royal this

The show has been adapted for the stage by Booker Prize-winning

winter.The story of the hardest working soul band has also been a

author Roddy Doyle, from his original novel. Directed by C Jay

smash-hit film and a big success in the West End.

Ranger, The Commitments is packed with more than 20 classic

Coronation Street legend Kevin Kennedy aka Curly Watts, play

soul songs performed live on stage including: Night Train, Try A

Jimmy’s Da in the show marking his first on-stage appearance in

Little Tenderness, River Deep, Mountain High, In The Midnight Hour,

the county since playing Captain Hook in the Theatre’s Royal’s

Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Save Me, Mustang Sally, I Heard It

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panto Peter Pan back in 2014. He stars opposite many of the cast

Through The Grapevine, Thin Line Between Love and Hate, Reach

from the record-breaking show’s two year run at London’s Palace

Out, Uptight, Knock On Wood, I Can't Turn You Loose and more!

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Mon 7 – Sat 12 Nov A ROOM WITH A VIEW Felicity Kendal stars in elegant period comedy £8 - £28.50 Sun 13 Nov SIR ROGER MOORE Inside stories from James Bond star £8 - £25

Sun 20 Nov PAM AYRES Popular poetry £7 - £23 Tues 22 – Sat 26 Nov GLYNDEBOURNE Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly – world class opera £7 - £54 Mon 28 Nov – Sat 3 Dec THE COMMITMENTS Feel-good, soul-celebrating musical smash £8 - £44

Mon 14 – Sat 19 Nov BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S Georgia May Foote stars in sparkling drama £8 - £32.50

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Mon 31 Oct – Sat 5 Nov CHICAGO John Partridge, Hayley Tamaddon, Jessie Wallace star in razzle dazzle musical £8 - £42.50

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Wayne Sleep to head Norwich panto cast

Dancer, choreographer, celebrity jungle competitor and stage favourite Wayne Sleep will head the cast of this year’s Norwich Theatre Royal pantomime. The acclaimed performer will play the villain Phineas P Stinkworthy in Jack and the Beanstalk which takes to the Norwich Theatre Royal stage from December 13th to January 15th. And it marks a return to the city’s panto spotlight for Wayne after he previously starred in Goldilocks and the Three Bears back in 1984, and Aladdin in 1987 opposite Bradley Walsh, who was starring in his very first pantomime . Three more top touring performers will also join Wayne and other previously announced stars Richard Gauntlett and Ben Langley in the festive spectacular. Taking on the title role of Jack Trottalot is David Burilin, who returns to the theatre’s pantomime cast after playing Prince Frederick in last year’s production of Snow White. Meanwhile the role of Joleyn Hiccup will be played by Mira Ormala. She will return to the panto cast fresh from a late summer appearance at the Theatre Royal for the National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company. Mira is no stranger to London’s theatre-land with appearances in the likes of Love Never Dies,

You Won’t Succeed On Broadway, Cinderella and The Great British Musicals. Jack and the Beanstalk will also mark the return of David Gant to the panto cast as the Sheriff, Phil Hiccup. He last appeared in Sleeping Beauty in 2011 in the city and is set to bring his stage presence and comic touch to the show.

COMPETITION WIN A FAMILY TICKET We have joined forces with Norwich Theatre Royal to give away a family ticket (two adults and two children) for Jack and the Beanstalk on Wednesday 14th December at 7.30pm. To be in with a chance of winning this prize, just answer the following question: What is the name of the first panto which Wayne Sleep starred in at Norwich Theatre Royal?

A – Snow White B – Goldilocks and the Three Bears C – Aladdin To be in with a chance of winning this great prize, please email your answer to Closing date: November 25th. Tickets cannot be exchanged for seats for another show or a cash alternative. November 2016 | 21

Coffee & aChat

ARTSeast caught up with well-loved actress Felicity Kendall ahead of her stunning performance in A Room With A View in Norwich this month

Felicity shot to fame in the mid-1970s as long-suffering Barbara Good opposite her self-sufficiency obsessed husband Tom in The Good Life. But her eclectic career has seen her starring in both television and stage roles, winning numerous awards along the way. Now, Felicity is starring in a fantastic new production of A Room With a View at Norwich Theatre Royal this month. She takes on the role of prim spinster Charlotte Bartlett who chaperones her pretty but naive younger cousin Lucy on a summer tour of Europe. 'Charlotte Bartlett is a very complicated lady,' says Felicity. 'On the surface she's an obvious spinster - she's not married and she's a chaperone and also rather nervous. But with (director) Adrian Noble’s help we’re finding a much more complicated person who if she lived now would have a very different life. That’s what’s interesting about the play; in the time when this story is set, it was completely different for women. The possibility of how they would live without structure and support of a man in society was completely different to what it is now and that’s what is absolutely fascinating about it. Charlotte’s life is dictated by the time she is living in.' What does Felicity relish most about playing the character? 'The fact that she is on the surface very timid but underneath, in her own way, finally very brave,' says Felicity. 'I think the complexity of this character is what I'm really looking forward to delving into and the different layers.' The play follows the 1985 Merchant-Ivory romantic movie adaptation which starred Helena Bonham-Carter as Lucy and Maggie Smith as Charlotte. But has Felicity avoided re-watching the film version? Felicity with Lauren Coe 22 |

Coffee & a Chat

'Yes, I have,' says Felicity. 'I love the movie. It’s a classic and my great friends Ismail Merchant, who sadly is no longer with us, and James Ivory are people I’ve known since I was 12. I’ve seen it more than once but I have deliberately not gone back to it because that was the translation then and this is what we’re doing now. I’ve spoken to James about it a while back but I won’t be doing that again, not unless he comes to see it of course. But we have to do our own version.' Touring a show has it ups and down but what does Felicity enjoy the most? 'I enjoy doing the change of venue,' she says. 'It’s a challenge when you have different theatres. It’s a very different theatre every week and the audiences are also very different,' says Felicity. 'That bit I find enjoyable. I don’t enjoy being away from home as much as I used to but then the family is much bigger now and it’s a busier time whereas when you’re young there’s nothing to leave when you go on tour.' With a career as wide and varied as Felicity's what are her highlights? 'I’ve had so many it’s difficult to choose one,' she says. 'Each sort of ten years there’s something else. Playing Juliet when I was 18 or 19 was obviously a highlight because everybody wants to have done that. Then The Good Life and going to the National Theatre, working with great living writers – each one was something very special. That’s why I love working with Adrian Noble. The joy of my work now is who I’m working with, not what I’m doing.' And is Norwich a place Felicity is familiar with? 'I love Norwich and I’m really looking forward to going back,' she says. 'It must be ten years or maybe more since I was there. The audiences there are lovely and I love where Norwich is in the world.'

A Room with a View is at Norwich Theatre Royal from November 7th-12th. For more information and tickets go to

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Music News

Festival legend comes to Norwich Owl Sanctuary

Miles and Coltrane @ 90

Cult hero and the stuff of festival legend - Beans on Toast - is back

Miles Davis and John Coltrane were born just four months

with his 8th studio album “A Spanner In The Works” - and will play

apart in 1926. Together, during the 1950s and 60s they

Norwich Owl Sanctuary on December 1st and 4th.  As the new

formed one of the most significant partnerships in jazz. This

album title suggests, Beans has decided to play things quite

special 90th birthday concert, at Cambridge Arts Theatre on

differently this time around, opting to embrace electronics and

November 13th, organised by the multi award-winning

samples in a record that charts new territory for the rebel folk

Cambridge based saxophonist Dan Forshaw, will showcase

singer. Lyrically, the album features all the wit and wisdom we have

some of the seminal recordings in jazz such as Kind of Blue,

come to expect as Beans gives his unique take on the closure of

A Love Supreme and Blue Train. Joining Dan will be members

live music venues, climate change, politics, society, love and more

of his quarter and special guests, renowned UK jazz musician

whilst getting his head around a tumultuous year in the stunningly

Graeme Flowers and celebrated alto saxophonist, Tony Kofi.

poignant new single '2016'.

This is an event no true music fan will want to miss.

Rick Astley announces Thetford Forest gig Rick Astley is the first artist to announce dates for 2017 as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series promoted by the Forestry Commission where acts perform in spectacular woodland locations around the country including Thetford Forest. Soulful-voiced pop icon and multi-million selling artist, Rick Astley has had a lot to celebrate. With his first No 1 album in twenty-nine years, titled ‘50’ the Brit Award winning singer has pulled off one of pop’s most remarkable comebacks. ‘50’ has gone gold and has been well received by fans and critics alike, with singles ‘Keep Singing’ and ‘Angels On My Side’ dominating the airwaves and raking in nearly 1.8m views on VEVO and over 600,000 streams on Spotify. Astley was just twenty-one years old when he unleashed the iconic ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ few debut singles have had the same impact. It became the UK’s biggest selling single of the year, going on to hit No 1 in 16 countries. Holding the distinction of being the first male solo artist to see his first eight singles reach the UK Top Ten, the hits continued with ‘Together Forever’; ‘She Wants To Dance With Me’; ‘Take Me To Your Heart’; ‘Hold Me In Your Arms’ and ‘Cry For Help’. 24 |


An Evening of Classics from the RPO The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra makes its eagerly

best composers from the Romantic era, having composed

anticipated return to the Marina Theatre on Friday November

many well-known masterpieces and concert favourites,

25th. The dynamic conductor Jean-Luc Tingaud takes up the

including The Nutcracker, the 1812 Overture, his Piano Concerto

baton, performing a stunning programme of celebrated

No.1 and Swan Lake; if you’re a fan of any of these works then

orchestral works.

his Fifth Symphony will not disappoint. This magnificent work is

The concert begins with a firm favourite of the repertoire: the triumphant Overture to Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute. This is

full of drama and energy with moments of pure ethereal beauty.

followed by the dazzling Polonaise from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has had a busy season as it

Onegin; a light-hearted movement from a brooding and

celebrates its 70th Anniversary in 2016. As well as a celebratory

dramatic opera. The Orchestra will then be joined by the

anniversary concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall, the RPO has

magnificent Jennifer Pike, performing Bruch’s heart-wrenching

been touring the length of the UK and travelling as far afield as

Violin Concerto, with its expressive and emotional core. This

the USA and Korea, with a tour of China this month. Known as

piece concludes with the fiendish Finale, showcasing Pike’s

the ‘Nation’s Favourite Orchestra’, the RPO performs more

immense virtuosity and providing an energetic and impressive

concerts and to a wider breadth of audiences than any other

finish. Last, but by no means least, is Tchaikovsky’s Symphony

UK ensemble.

No.5. Tchaikovsky has an extraordinary reputation as one of the

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Photo: Matt Austin

Folk Genius comes to Cambridge Award-winning folk-singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist

The last few years have been eventful and busy for Seth. In between

Seth Lakeman will release new album ‘Ballads of the Broken Few’

writing and recording albums he has played to audiences around

in Autumn 2016 and is touring the UK in November & December

the world including two tours of Australia, he has become a dad to

with his band and special guests

twins, played with the BBC Concert

Wildwood Kin. You can catch his tour

Orchestra, presented a show on BBC

at Cambridge Corn Exchange on

Radio 2 and played at a diverse range of

November 30th as part of the

venues including the Royal Albert Hall, the

Cambridge Folk Festival's Beyond the

Minack Theatre, a number of Cathedrals

Festival programme.

and in Trafalgar Square.

Seth has successfully steered English

Seth’s new album ‘Ballads of the Broken

folk music into the mainstream with

Few’ has been produced by Ethan Johns

high-energy performances and a series

who has worked with Kings of Leon , Joe

of best-selling albums over the last 10

Cocker and Laura Marling to name but

years. His previous albums include

a few and will be released through

2014’s Word of Mouth which entered

Cooking Vinyl.

the UK Top 20 album charts on its release, Mercury-nominated ‘Kitty Jay’ and the gold-selling ‘Freedom Fields’.

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Music Icon comes to Bury

Glenn Tilbrook, one of Britain’s most cherished singers,

Armed with ready wit, raucous vibes and a shed load of grin-

guitarists and songwriters, is delighted to be back on tour once

inducing great songs, there are few musicians able to connect

again! There is no denying Glenn has been pretty busy over the last couple of years - such is the continuing work ethic of a fellow who’s never been far from the action since Squeeze made their recording bow with the 'Packet Of Three EP' in 1977.

with their audience on such an immediate and warm level.The ever burgeoning festival circuit is frequently enriched by Tilbrook the troubadour, whether he be leafing through the plentiful back catalogue of Squeeze or dashing off impromptu audience requests ranging from Jimi Hendrix to Tony Orlando & Dawn, and all points in-between.

Following the release of his solo album 'Happy Ending' in 2014, Glenn embarked on the critically acclaimed 'At Odds Couple' UK and US acoustic tours with long-time collaborator Chris Difford. In 2015 Glenn and his Squeeze bandmates wrote, recorded and


released their first album of new material in eighteen years, which was written for the BBC drama of the same name, inspired by the memoirs of friend Danny Baker. It was a glorious musical


return - 'Cradle To The Grave' was met with rave reviews and entered the UK Album Chart at number 12.The band embarked on a sold-out tour across the UK, including a packed out date at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall.

ARTSeast has teamed up with The Apex, Bury St Edmunds to offer one lucky reader the chance to win two tickets to see Glenn Tilbrook on December 13th. To be in with a chance of winning, just email your name, address and

As 2015 drew to a close – without stopping to catch their breath

phone number to

– Glenn and Chris headed to the US for an extensive acoustic tour. 2016 has kicked off no differently – Squeeze were a viral

Closing date: November 25th, usual terms and conditions apply

sensation in January after a castigating performance on BBC 1’s Andrew Marr show. November 2016 | 27

Food & Drink

Food Review: The Mulberry,Thetford When we heard that The Mulberry in Thetford had made it into this year's Michelin Guide, we couldn't wait to try it out for ourselves. The restaurant has been run by owner Karen Connor for the past six years and specialises in Mediterranean fare.

For our main course, my partner chose the fish of the moment which was

Karen greeted us warmly upon arrival and showed us around the

sea bass alongside a fresh crisp glass of Sauvignon blanc and I had

beautiful building.The dining area is split into two rooms which, when

venison cooked medium rare which just melted in my mouth. This was

busy, can be opened into one large room.This allows for an intimate

served on a parsnip purée with a medley of vegetables and fresh

dining experience no matter how many diners there are. There is a

blackberries. Once again the food was cooked to perfection and it was

separate lounge area with large comfy sofas and reading material for the

easy to see why the Michelin reviewer was so impressed. For dessert my

guests to use. Everyone is greeted with a glass of bubbly at the table and

partner had the lemon meringue pannacotta and I had the poached

given the menus to peruse.

pears with almond biscuits. Both were very light which was perfect after

My partner started with the blackened Adriatic prawns whilst I chose the angel hair pasta olio e Aglio. Both starters were beautifully presented and

the full meals we had eaten. The Mulberry is a classy, warm, charming restaurant which I can

the portion size was generous with the quality of the local seasonal

wholeheartedly recommend. Open Tuesday to Saturday, they also offer a

produce shining through.

bespoke function service as required. Allison Marcovitch

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What’s On

The Best of British Crafts Saturday November 12th sees the start of one of the most loved craft events in the country, perfect for unique Christmas gifts, and it’s right on our doorstep at Blackthorpe Barn in Rougham just outside Bury St Edmunds. The medieval barn doors open to the craft event each weekend from 12 November 12th to December 11th to showcase a fascinating mix of the most inspiring and unique crafts. Visitors can meander through the beautiful barn and be captivated by the pure craftsmanship and creative flair oozing from the many different crafts on display. Blackthorpe Barn is just three miles east of Bury St Edmunds, off the A14 at junction 45 (Sat Nav IP30 9HZ).

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What’s On

Sacré Bleu! The French Film Festival 2016 is coming to Cinema City, Norwich

co-wrote the film’s story with French filmmaker Pascale Ferran. This film

this month with four fantastic films to choose from. In its 24th year,

is the first international co-production for Japanese animation house

the Festival celebrates the créme de la créme of contemporary and

Studio Ghibli.

classic French-speaking cinema.

November 10th Chocolat [12] From the circus to the music hall, from anonymity to glory, this is the

November 20th Pépé Le Moko [PG] The notorious Pépé le Moko is a wanted man. In the labyrinthine Casbah of Algiers, Pépé is safe from the clutches of the police. But his

incredible story of Monsieur Chocolat, the first black artist of the stage.

clandestine life is unveiled when Gaby, a Parisian playgirl, compels him

The duo he formed with the white clown Footit met with popular

to risk his life and leave his past behind.

success in Belle Époque Paris, before fame, easy money, gambling and discrimination wore out their friendship and Monsieur Chocolat’s career.

November 24th The White Knights [12] November 17th The Red Turtle [Cert TBC]

In an unnamed African country, the Move For Kids organisation is officially established to rescue orphans and provide them with a new life in France. Led by Jacques, it soon becomes apparent that the

Although there is no dialogue, the big questions the film asks about

organisation’s motives behind saving the orphans are not always

ambition, acceptance and the beauty of companionship ring loud in

altruistic.With the line between humanitarian assistance and human

every frame.A man is shipwrecked on a tropical island inhabited by

trafficking becoming blurred, the stakes get higher. But who is right and

turtles, crabs and birds.When he builds a wooden raft, he is confronted

who is wrong? Written by director Joachim Lafosse, it boasts a standout

by the eponymous turtle. Dutch animator Machel Dudok de Wit

performance by Louise Bourgoin. November 2016 | 31

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What’s On

A Magical Evening

The very first East Anglian Enchanted Ball takes place on Saturday 26th Nov 2016 at 47 St Giles, Norwich. It is an initiative by a group of people longing for more unusual, fun and glamorous events in the local area.There will be live musicians and entertainment including a ceilidh and the fabulous Soluna dance group who are visiting from the evening from Essex. Soluna offer quirky and engaging dance that can't fail to make you smile. In keeping with the 'enchanted ball' theme there will be some ceilidh dancing from Fezziwig with a caller to explain the traditional dances that closely resemble those that the 'fair folk' or fairies love to do and a DJ offering magical dance music to finish off the evening. With guest appearances, live musicians, a small handpicked enchanted market, oracle and many special touches this will be a remarkable and memorable experience. Everyone loves Harry Potter and Hogwarts and in honour of JK Rowling's Enchanted world there will be a 'room of transformation' which is an area of pre-loved and new clothing and accessories for sale that fit in with the theme of the ball and dressing area to try items on. Other acts and attractions include fantastic storyteller Suki Silvertongue,The Oracle who will give psychic readings, a small Enchanted Market stall selling jewellery, headdresses, crowns and masks made by Boudica's Heritage and Hide'n'Teak. who sell lovely laser cut wooden accessories such as fairy doors and hand cut coins turned into gorgeous jewellery.

There are also guest appearances by musicians and solo performers, watch out for mermaids luring the unwary to an uncertain fate and DO NOT drink from any potion bottles left by the magical folk for unsuspecting revellers to sup - you may wake up to find a hundred years have past or be stolen away to party with the fairies forever and a day! For tickets search for The East Anglian Enchanted Ball on Facebook. November 2016 | 33

Local Arts Scene: Aylsham

Photo: Revd. Canon Andrew Beane

Steam Ahead to Aylsham Nestling quietly in the stunning Norfolk countryside is the picturesque

Blickling Hall, just outside the town, is a beautiful Jacobean stately

market town of Aylsham.With Norwich, the Norfolk Broads and the

home and gardens that holds numerous events, music concerts,

lovely North Norfolk coast all within easy reach,Aylsham is in a prime

theatre productions and art exhibitions throughout the year. Blickling

location for both locals and tourists alike.

was once home to the Boleyn Family and it's rumoured that the

It's unspoilt Market Place is run by the National Trust and is home to a

headless ghost of Anne Boleyn still haunts the hall!

twice-weekly thriving market.To find out more about the town and its

Aylsham is home to the prestigious Norfolk Photography Group whose

history, head to the Aylsham Heritage Centre, situated in the old church

members have produced many stunning images from both the local

rooms. You don't have to be a train lover to enjoy the nostalgic Bure Valley Steam Railway that runs between Aylsham and Wroxham. The 18-mile

area and further afield. Keys Fine Art Auctioneers are also based in the town and hold an extensive programme of art and art-related auctions throughout the year.

round trip follows the meandering River Bure through beautiful

Cinema lovers should head to the Aylsham Picture House who hold

countryside offering the chance to hop off at one of the pretty

screenings of a wide range of films at the Town Hall every month.

Broadland Villages

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Local Arts Scene: Aylsham

The Key to a Good Sale One of the longest-established regional auctioneers in East Anglia,

complete auction service which rivals many national concerns. Keys

Keys Fine Art Auctioneers was established in 1953.

Fine Art Auctioneers is part of Arnolds Keys, a group which also

Since then, it has grown from a small livestock market selling mainly poultry to a major auction company with a reputation stretching far beyond East Anglia. Nowadays Keys Fine Art Auctioneers holds over 80 Fine Art, Antique, General, Commercial and Specialist sales covering the whole auction spectrum. Still operating from the same five acre saleground in Aylsham, Keys has a wide-ranging team of experts in many areas, offering a

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incorporates Norfolk’s largest independent property and estate agency firm.This wider expertise allows the firm to offer useful complementary services; for example, a complete probate package including sale of both property and contents. In November, they are holding a three-day Fine Sale including ceramics, glasswares, collectables & militaria, silver, jewellery, clocks & watches, paintings and books.

Photo: Dr Kevin Elsby FRPS

Local Arts Scene: Aylsham

Picture Perfect

Aylsham is home to the prestigious Norfolk Photography Group. The

hundreds of hours over the past few years lying in frozen fields to

club began as the Mundesley Photography Group, and changed its

capture superb images of them.'

name to Norfolk Photography Group to reflect its appeal to photographers across and beyond the county. The club has represented East Anglia, and competed in its own right, in national competitions with several members receiving awards from international exhibitions. Many have awards from the Royal Photo: Dr Kevin Elsby FRPS

Photographic Society and the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain. 'Although we don’t have as many young members as we’d like, we’re not grumpy old folk (usually) and, however seriously people take their photography, they do it because they enjoy it, and are more than happy to pass on their knowledge,' says Chairman Gordon

The group is not just a natural history club though: for example, they

Woolcock. 'Club meetings are an entertainment as well as an

have a monochrome group led by a fellow of the Royal Photographic

education. Although national and international success is a spur for

Society, who gained his fellowship with a panel of monochrome

some, most people join the club with the simple aim of improving

pictures. In case anyone thinks that a huge array of expensive

their photography, and increasing their enjoyment of it.'

equipment is necessary to produce exceptional work, that fellowship

Norfolk provides a wealth of inspiration with its beautiful landscape. 'Snettisham, with its swirling, almost monochrome flocks of thousands of knots; Warham and its chalkhill blue butterflies; and

panel was created using a bridge camera. In photography, as in any art, knowledge, skill, commitment and imagination will always trump expensive equipment.

heathland where, in spring, jewel-like green tiger beetles hatch,

If you think you would enjoy joining the group for any of the types of

scuttle and fly,' says Gordon Woolcock. 'Even farmland can be a

photography mentioned or if you could inspire the group with your

photographically productive habitat: one of our members, who is

knowledge of any other type, please get in touch.

clearly as mad as the March hares he stalks, has spent literally November 2016 | 37

Local Arts Scene: Aylsham

Celebrating Aylsham's Heritage

Located in the old church rooms in the grounds of St Michael's Church, Aylsham Heritage Centre is a resource for the local community to find out more about the heritage of the area. They are also one of the Tourist Information points in the town. Their current exhibition is called “Voices of Aylsham” and focuses on the memories of the people in the town. Listening stations throughout the exhibition enable visitors to listen to these memories and bring the images to life. An extensive collection of archive photographs is also available to view, along with films about the town’s history. Permanent exhibits in the centre document the history of the railways and the wherries in the town and also provide visitors with the opportunity to handle some of the Roman finds from the recent archaeological dig in the town. The centre also hosts many events throughout the year.The first Friday of every month there's a crafty cuppa session where people bring their craft projects to work on with a cup of tea and a good chat. Leading up to Christmas this year, Friday morning sessions are Needle felting, making marzipan fruits and making Christmas door wreaths. All sessions should be booked in advance, and details are available from the website.They are also hosting an annual Breakfast with Santa event on December 4th.This is a really popular event with Christmas crafts, a meeting with Santa and a story too.

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Spotlight on... Jeweller Vivienne Head Q. Please tell us a bit about your background as

I created a silver flower necklace with amethysts, emeralds,

an artist?

rubies and opals, inspired by the 'Cheapside Hoard'. This

Having attended Colchester School of Art, I moved to

was a hoard of jewels which were discovered by builders

London and worked in the Costume Department of

working in Cheapside, London in 1912. The jewels were

Theatrical Costumiers, Nathans (for Films and Television) of

made by Elizabethan

Drury Lane and then Bermans of Leicester Square. I then

and early Stuart

spent the next few years working at London Weekend

Jewellers,and they

Television as a Wardrobe Mistress before moving to Norfolk.

have no idea how or

I have always loved jewellery,and nurtured the idea of one

why they came to be

day being a jeweller, designing and making my own

there, and in such

jewellery in precious metals. By making the move to Norfolk

perfect condition. This

I have been able to realise this dream. I have been a

story just fascinated

Designer Jeweller for the last thirty years and love it as

me! The second piece  I created was for an exhibition by the

much now as I did when I first started.

Norfolk Contemporary Craft Society which was held at Mannington Hall this summer, called 'Inspired by Mannington.' It was a necklace of roses and ivy leaves in silver and gold. I was really pleased with this because of the way it lay round the neck, due to the 'articulated' way I had connected the sections.

Q. Where can people see your work? My work can be seen at a number of galleries in the region including The Gallery in Cromer, The Gallery Norfolk in

Q. What inspires you?

Norwich and The Quay Art Gallery in Wells-next-the-Sea. I

Georg Jensen, the Danish silversmith, is my greatest

also have pieces in the NCCS annual exhibition in The

inspiration. I love his simple, classic, flowing designs. My

Hostry at Norwich Cathedral at the end of November for two

own work is influenced by the classic techniques of

weeks. Each year I open my studio up to the public as part

European jewellery-making, together with designs inspired

of the Norfolk Open Studios programme.

by the natural world and in particular the Norfolk coastline and landscape.

Q Which pieces of work are you most proud of and why? I have two pieces of work of which I'm most proud of.

Q. What makes Aylsham such a special place to live and work? Aylsham is the perfect place to live and work as it is a beautiful small market town with such interesting and friendly inhabitants! November 2016 | 39

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The Last Photo The Stare by Kevin Elsby from Aylsham 'I am a busy family doctor and in my holidays I am a speaker on cruise ships around the world where I give talks on photography and wildlife. This image was taken when I was visiting Indonesia. I could not resist this lady’s intense stare which intrigued me.' Dr Kevin Elsby FRPS

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Artseast November  

Welcome to the November issue of ARTSeast. Inside, we feature the unveiling of previously unseen works by the Norwich School of Painters in...