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CARNIVAL TIME Euro travelling man, Tony Cooper, takes off to Cologne, one of his favourite German cities at the start of their carnival season, a festive season like no other.

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simply love Cologne and found myself there at the start of their carnival season - commonly known as the ‘Fifth Season’ - which kicks off on 11th November at 11.11am and finishes on the eve of Ash Wednesday (the beginning of Lent) the following year. The city’s en fête practically every day of the week but the main festivities actually blossom on Rosenmontag (Rose Monday) the pinnacle of the carnival season.

against any other international city I know. It didn’t take me long to find one of the city’s finest restaurants either. Lying in the shadow of Cologne’s imposing Gothic-designed cathedral (Kölner Dom), the restaurant - appropriately named The XII Apostles - proved such a lovely dining experience that I and my travelling companion (whom I affectionately refer to as ‘Miss X’) dined there on several occasions.

I always travel to Cologne by train all the way from Norwich Thorpe Station. It’s a relatively quick and easy journey, too, as Cologne’s only a couple of hours from Brussels on the Thalys (Belgian’s hi-speed train) while the Eurostar service from London St Pancras to Brussels is about a two-and-a-quarter-hour journey.

Cologne, as you would expect, is a city rich in history, heritage and all that goes with it and one of its most popular attractions is its magnificent cathedral - the seat of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Cologne - dedicated to Saint Peter and the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was elevated to a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

A charming city nestling on the banks of the Rhine, Cologne is Germany’s fourth largest city after Berlin, Hamburg and Munich. If you want to enjoy a nice weekend break, think no further, as Cologne, let me tell you, is a perfect destination: safe, sound and full of life! To give you a clue: the city boasts more pubs than any other city in Germany plus Cologne enjoys a vibrant night-life and harbours countless of excellent restaurants to suit all tastes, pockets and desires while the city’s cultural portfolio stands proud

Here you’ll find the shrine of The Three Kings containing the relics of The Magi. Amazing, I hear you say, but it’s true and at carnival time there’s many a trio of young blokes dressed up in the robes and style of the Wise Men. They prove a magnet for tourists wanting that special picture. Miss X got in quick with her camera. As you can imagine the ‘Holy Boys’ are graciously housed. You’ll find them in a large gilded and decorated triple sarcophagus placed above (and behind) the high altar which is considered the

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He remarked that it was the best brew-house in Cologne. Would he say anything else, I wonder? But I wholeheartedly agree with him, it would be hard to beat. Another discovery I made is that the waiters working in these traditional brew-houses are called ‘Köbes’. Nicely turned out they’re dressed in the traditional costume of old brewery workers: a buttoned-up blue-knitted jacket with a double row of black buttons, black trousers and a blue apron with a leather purse hanging from it. They look smart from top to toe! They’re a unique type of German waiter, I feel, and come in all manner of moods and style I steadily observed. Some are cheeky or calm, some austere or taciturn, depending on the night, I suppose. But I think it’s fair to say that the one that Miss X and I encountered perfectly fitted the adjective ‘taciturn’. They buzz about the restaurant like bees round a honey-pot topping up beer-glasses by the dozen while carrying the beer in a ‘Kranz’ (wreath), a round tray holding a dozen glasses with a short pole in the centre acting as a handle. They actually fill the glasses directly from the ten-litre barrels known as ‘Pittermännchen’ which are rather small and generally emptied very quickly to ensure that the beer is always fresh and cool.

Carnival fever! All dressed up, in party mood and ready to go.

high point of Mosan art. This is a regional style of Romanesque art emanating from the valleys of the Meuse and Rhine. The reliquary - the largest in the western world - is a major tourist attraction and thousands of visitors flock to this well-loved cathedral every year to gaze in wonder and behold! I was one of them. If Cologne’s well known for its cultural life and so forth it’s equally well known for its beer, too. But so is Germany overall. There are breweries everywhere. But in Cologne, Kölsch is the brew to go for and, funnily enough, it’s also the name of a local dialect. As such, this has led to a common joke shared among locals of Kölsch being the only language one can drink. Prost!

Miss X and I soon got down to the business of downing a glass or two at Brauerei zur Malzmuehle, a traditional Kölsch brew-house and, like The XII Apostles, situated at Heumarkt (Haymarket), right next to the Maritim Hotel where we stayed in idyllic and luxury surroundings. The hotel - in which we had a deluxe room offering a wonderful panoramic view of the Kölner Dom - had everything you could wish for including a well-kitted out leisure club. That’s a necessity for me while the breakfast table was a feast (and, I mean, a feast) for the eyes. Champagne and Norwegian smoked salmon for breakfast. Not bad, eh! Brauerei zur Malzmuehle, by the way, is the second oldest of its kind in Cologne founded in 1858. It lived up to its reputation. We enjoyed a super night out with good ‘down-to-earth’ food complemented by, of course, good beer. And so did President Clinton by all accounts. He waxed lyrical about the place on his visit while he tucked into a dish of marinated beef served with traditional dumplings washed down, of course, by the local brew. 10 | AUTUMN 2018

And as Kölsch is a top-fermented beer, it means that the yeast rises to the top during the fermentation process. It also has more hops than most German beers therefore it’s less carbonated than some which makes it particularly light, digestible and, from my point of view, more agreeable. Traditionally, Kölsch glasses are long and cylindrical holding 0.2 litres and called ‘Stangen’. Oddly enough, you don’t have to ask the waiter for a refill either. It just happens! If you’ve had enough, you conveniently place a beer-mat over your glass and the waiter picks up on it and in due course brings you the bill. They work out how many glasses you’ve had in such simple fashion by marking the number on a beer-mat. Ours was well marked, let me add.But that equated to a good time, of course - the 11th commandment! Another piece of Cologne’s illustrious history that puts the city firmly on the world map while bearing its namesake is the perfumed water, Eau de Cologne, first created in Cologne during

the 18th century by an Italian merchant who migrated to Germany to make his fortune. Initially it was marketed as a ‘cure-for-all’ before eventually evolving into what we know as ‘cologne’ today. Adding to the city’s glorious history is a host of excellent museums, too. Of particular interest to me was the Schokoladen Museum situated by the banks of the Rhine. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you won’t want to pass it by. At the end of the tour it’s all there packaged and waiting for you! As the Deutsche Bahn Inter-City Express gracefully pulled out of Cologne’s magnificent station I looked back to catch my last glimpse of the Dom. I always do. It’s a timely reminder to return. And, hopefully, I shall return on Rosenmontag (Rose Monday, 4th March) next year. What more can I say apart from Auf wiedersehen!

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The journey to Cologne was as simple as they come. Miss X and I took Greater Anglia’s service to London Liverpool Street. Fares between Norwich and London start from £10 one way booked in advance. For more information and best-value fares offered by Greater Anglia log on to www.greateranglia.co.uk. We then crossed over to St Pancras to catch Eurostar to Brussels travelling the last leg of the journey to Cologne on board the Belgian hi-speed rail service Thalys (www.thalys.com). Eurostar (www.eurostar.com) operates up to nine daily services from London St Pancras International to Brussels (journey time: approx. two hours). OUI.sncf looked after all of the ticketing arrangements. Check out the website at www.OUI.sncf or call 0844 848 5848. Personal callers are welcome at OUI.sncf Travel Centre at 193 Piccadilly, London W1J 9EU. Maritim Hotel Köln: www.maritim.de Brauerei zur Malzmuehle: www.muehlenkoelsch.de

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English National Opera’s 2018-19 season - the first to be wholly curated by Daniel Kramer (ENO’s Artistic Director) and Martyn Brabbins (ENO’s Music Director) - offers five new productions and four revivals alongside collaborations with the Unicorn Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East. ‘The nine operas that we’ll be performing this season,’ explained Daniel Kramer, ‘explore and examine some of the patriarchal structures, relationships and roles of masculinity within our society. From our radical, feminine interpretation of Salome through to The Merry Widow and our female-led retelling of the Jack the Ripper story, I hope that these productions will prompt conversation around what an improved balance of masculine and feminine might look like, what a healthy masculine might encompass and the changes we need to make for this to be possible.’ Martyn Brabbins - who conducted a couple of operas as ENO’s new Music Director last season - said: ‘I’m looking forward to conducting Strauss, Britten and a world première from the British composer, Iain Bell, during this forthcoming season. At ENO we strive to move our audiences by the passion and brilliance of our music-making and through the intensity and commitment of our Orchestra and Chorus. Opera has an unrivalled ability to communicate and it is gratifying to know that our performances are reaching an ever wider and more diverse public.’ But getting the show on the road and the new season off to a cracking start falls to Australian theatre director, Adena Jacobs, who’s making her UK début with a bold and radical feminine approach to Richard Strauss’ Salome (seven performances over September/October) conducted by Martyn Brabbins with stage and lighting design by Marg Horwell and Lucy Carter respectively. Ms Jacobs is well known in Australia as artistic director of Fraught Outfit - a pioneering and forward-thinking Melbourne-based theatre company launched in 2010 - which has grabbed the headlines for its stark re-imaginings of classical and biblical stories from a contemporary feminine perspective.

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‘This production of Salome is mythic, feminine and brutally contemporary,’ said Ms Jacobs. ‘Imagined through Salome’s perspective, Strauss’ opera becomes a fever dream, a dark fantasy and an examination of patriarchal power and control. My approach to the opera is through the lens of trauma: the ways in which cycles of violence have inscribed themselves on to the bodies and psyches of these characters.’ Scottish mezzo-soprano, Allison Cook, makes her ENO début as Salome following her acclaimed performances in such 20th-century roles as the Duchess in Thomas Adès’ Powder Her Face and in

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Britten’s Phaedra. Susan Bickley sings Herodias with English bass, David Soar, as Jokanaan and tenor, Michael Colvin, as Herod. The ensemble of Jews, Nazarenes and soldiers include members of ENO’s award-winning Chorus stepping into principal roles. A special anniversary comes round this year for English National Opera (formerly Sadler’s Wells Opera) as the company notches up its half-century at the London Coliseum, a grand theatre built by Sir Oswald Stoll and designed by Frank Matcham - the largest theatre in the West End. The first production by Sadler’s Wells Opera in its new home was in August 1968 with Sir John Gielgud directing Mozart’s Don Giovanni. This landmark in the company’s illustrious history will be marked by a Gala Evening on Wednesday 10th October in a grand and popular programme featuring excerpts from operas that have played such an important part in shaping ENO’s history including Britten’s Peter Grimes, Handel’s Julius Caesar, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado and Wagner’s Ring Cycle. And some of the singers taking to the Coliseum’s stage on this auspicious occasion include baritones Alan Opie and Andrew Shore, tenors Nicky Spence and Gwyn Hughes Jones, sopranos Susan Bullock and Claire Rutter and mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly as well as ENO Harewood Artists and the award-winning ENO Chorus and Orchestra. All monies raised from the event will go towards the learning and talent development work carried out by ENO. A landmark, too, in the history of opera, jazz and theatre comes with the Gershwin Brothers’ folk-based opera, Porgy and Bess (14 performances over October/November) which will be staged by ENO (in a co-production with the Metropolitan Opera New York and Dutch National Opera) for the very first time. It will be directed by the artistic director of Opera Theatre of St Louis, James Robinson, with John Wilson in the pit leading the ENO Orchestra for the first time. Best known as the head of the John Wilson Orchestra, his performances of Gershwin have been called ‘the greatest show on earth’. American baritone, Eric Greene, sings the role of Porgy (returning to ENO after he appeared in Tansy Davies’ Between Worlds in 2015) while Bess will be sung by Nicole Cabell (BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2005) making her ENO début. Latonia Moore also makes a welcome return visit to St Martin’s Lane after her acclaimed performances in Aida last year singing Serena while Grammy Award-winning baritone, Nmon Ford, sings the role of Crown and Harewood Artist, Nadine Benjamin (who appeared earlier this year at Norwich Theatre Royal with English Touring Opera singing the Countess in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro) makes the first of two ENO appearances this season singing Clara. Marking the end of the First World War, the UK’s first fullystaged production of Britten’s War Requiem, directed by Daniel Kramer (a co-production with National Performing Arts Center, Taiwan - six performances over November/December), features three outstanding soloists: Roderick Williams (Singer of the Year at the 2017 RPS Awards), Emma Bell and David Butt Philip. The combined forces of ENO’s Orchestra, ENO’s Olivier Awardwinning Chorus and the forty-strong Finchley Children’s Music Group will be under the baton of Martyn Brabbins with Turner Prize-winning German photographer, Wolfgang Tillmans, creating the stage design. Operetta returns to the Coliseum with Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow (12 performances over March/April) whose sweet and sugary scenario surrounds Baron Zeta’s attempt to keep his poor province from bankruptcy by marrying off the wealthy widow, Hanna Glawari, to the right man. Sarah Tynan returns to the Coliseum for her second title-role of the season (following Lucia di Lammermoor) as the eponymous widow and will be joined by Andrew Shore, master of the comic-

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buffo role, as Zeta, with former ENO Harewood Artist, Rhian Lois, as his wife, Valencienne. And making his ENO début as Danilo, the romantic hero and suitor to the lovely Hanna, will be the American baritone, Nathan Gunn.

Acclaimed for her opera and operetta performances, particularly at the Komische Oper Berlin, Kristiina Poska also makes her ENO début in the pit while the director, Max Webster (Associate Director at the Old Vic where his credits range from Fanny and Alexander to David Greig’s adaptation of Seuss’ The Lorax) makes his ENO début, too. His extensive experience across comedy, musicals and children’s theatre will all contribute of making this an operetta to remember.

I well remember Sadler’s Wells Opera’s iconic (and brilliant) production of The Merry Widow in the 1970s, directed by Wendy Toye, which received its first performance at the London Coliseum in December 1972 conducted by Charles Mackerras. The touring production (conducted by Clive Timms) stormed Norwich in April 1974 featuring the Australian soprano, June Bronhill, as Hanna Glawari. However, in stark contrast to the frothiness of The Merry Widow comes Iain Bell’s new work dealing with the tearful subject surrounding Jack the Ripper in Jack the Ripper:

The Women of Whitechapel, a co-commission by ENO and Opera North and a co-production with Opera North. The scenario centres upon the women of Whitechapel who were often obscured by the gruesome legend that grew around their murderer and the opera will be directed by Daniel Kramer and conducted by Martyn Brabbins, continuing his reputation as a champion of British contemporary music. www.1Magazine.co.uk

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October/December conducted by Stuart Stratford, Music Director of Scottish Opera. Sarah Tynan (recently acclaimed for her performances in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and Handel’s Partenope) takes on the famously-demanding title-role while American baritone, Lester Lynch, makes his house début as Lucia’s brother Enrico and Mexican tenor, Eleazar Rodrígues (who sang alongside Tynan as Almaviva in The Barber of Seville) returns to the Coliseum stage as her lover Edgardo. Jonathan Miller’s enchanting production of La bohème, set in Paris in the 1930s, also returns to the Coliseum (15 performances over November/December/January/February) with award-winning Welsh soprano, Natalya Romaniw (who owes her name to her Ukranian grandfather who settled in Wales during the Second World War) making her ENO début as Mimí while leading a cast of rising operatic stars. Ms Romaniw received huge acclaim for her recent portrayal of Tatyana in WNO’s stunning production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and, indeed, for the title-role in Janáček’s Jenůfa at Grange Park Opera.

The production will bring together some of Britain’s greatest female singers for a sympathetic exploration of womanhood in London’s East End with the central female roles created by Dame Josephine Barstow, Susan Bullock, Lesley Garrett, Janis Kelly and Marie McLaughlin while Alan Opie will create the role of the Pathologist, fifty years after making his ENO début. Former ENO Harewood Artist, Nicky Spence, sings Sergeant Johnny Strong and Claudia Boyle - returning to the fold following her glowing performances in last season’s production of La traviata - takes on the pivotal role of Mary Kelly.

Jonathan Tetelman sings Rodolfo (also making his ENO début) while baritone, Nicholas Lester, sings Marcello and Nadine Benjamin returns for her second engagement of the season (following singing Clara in Porgy and Bess) to sing Musetta. David Soar also returns (following Salome) to sing Colline. He recently performed the role at the Metropolitan Opera New York earlier this year. British conductor, Alexander Joel, a regular guest conductor at the Royal Opera House, Hamburg Staatsoper and Grand Theatre Geneva, makes his ENO début following a distinguished career on the Continent. Winner of the 2017 Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production, Phelim McDermott’s hit production of Philip Glass’ Akhnaten (a co-production with LA Opera and a collaboration with Improbable) opens ENO’s 2019 spring season with seven performances over February/March. This piece of astonishing theatre

A prolific composer, Mr Bell has mined British historical and literary subjects for his critically-acclaimed operas. His first, A Harlot’s Progress, drew on the paintings of Hogarth, his second, A Christmas Carol, on Dickens and the third, In Parenthesis, on First World War poetry. With Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel (receiving six performances over March/April) Mr Bell and his librettist Emma Jenkins (who wrote the libretto for In Parenthesis) examines the history of those killed by the famous Whitechapel murderer. ‘Both my parents were born in the East End,’ said Mr Bell, ‘and London remains a constant muse in my work. Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel is the third in a triptych of London operas I’ve written following A Harlot’s Progress and A Christmas Carol. In each of these cases I have sought to delve into the London that gave birth to these characters and circumstances. Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel first and foremost afforded me the opportunity to explore the dignity and humanity of the women whose lives he stole whilst cracking opening a window into the life of the Victorian poor, a society with whom we still share uncomfortable parallels. Every street corner, every pub, every alley bears witness to its own Whitechapel.’ David Alden’s magnificent conception of Donizetti’s Scottish tragedy, Lucia di Lammermoor, will be revived for the third time since its initial run in 2008 with nine performances over

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with visuals of unforgettable magnificence features designs by Tom Pye, costumes by Kevin Pollard and lighting by Bruno Poet while the ENO Chorus will be joined by the Gandini Juggling Company, whose troupe of skilful and talented performers will give strong visual support to Glass’ mesmeric music. Counter-tenor, Anthony Roth Costanzo, the man who exists to transform opera according to the critic of The New York Times, once again sings the title-role while ENO Harewood Artist, Katie Stevenson, takes on the role of his wife, Nefertiti, for the first time and Keel Watson sings the role of Aye, returning to the company after his glowing interpretation of Dr Bartolo in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro earlier this year. Rebecca Bottone, James Cleverton and Colin Judson reprise their roles as Tye, Horemhamb and the Priest of Amon respectively while Karen Kamensek, one of the world specialists on the music of Glass, returns to ENO from both Akhnaten (2016) and Satyagraha (2018) further affirming the company’s reputation as an important home for the composer’s work. The life-enhancing achievement of Simon McBurney’s muchloved production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute (a co-production with Dutch National Opera and the International Festival of Lyric Art, Aix-en-Provence) returns for its second revival with nine performances over March/April. ENO’s collaboration with theatrical powerhouse, Complicite, provides an exhilaratinglyinventive journey into the realm of the imagination with a foley artist, projections and spectacular visual effects accompanying some of Mozart’s most sublime music. Lucy Crowe returns to the Coliseum taking on the pivotal role of Pamina which she sung to great acclaim in 2016, Rupert Charlesworth sings Tamino and Thomas Oliemans follows his performance earlier this year as Figaro with another comic baritone role, Papageno. Soprano Julia Bauer makes her house début as the villainous Queen of the Night, having

performed the role on many occasions in her native Germany. The Three Ladies will be performed by former and current ENO Harewood Artists: Eleanor Dennis, Samantha Price and Katie Stevenson. Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, Ben Gernon - one of the youngest conductors to have held a titled position with a BBC orchestra and winner of the Salzburg Festival Young Conductor’s Award - makes his ENO début. Next year ENO will collaborate with the Unicorn Theatre in Dido, a new work inspired by Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and specially aimed at teenage audiences. Directed by Purni Morell it will be conducted by ENO Mackerras Conducting Fellow, Valentina Peleggi. And in July of next year, ENO will also collaborate for the first time with Theatre Royal Stratford East in a presentation of Britten’s Noye’s Fludde directed by Lyndsey Turner bringing together professional performers, children and community groups from across Newham working alongside participants from the ENO Baylis Programme. English National Opera is back where it belongs in the top league (really, though, has it ever been that far away?) with Dr Harry Brünjes, ENO Board Chairman, and a strong and dedicated management team headed by Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Murphy, while a fulfilling and healthy artistic partnership has been kindled between Daniel Kramer and Martyn Brabbins. Bravo! Check out ENO’s full programme, performance schedule and castlists by visiting www.eno.org To encourage younger operagoers to ENO performances, Access All Arias is a scheme to help those under 30 and full-time students to do so - a stalls ticket costs £30, dress circle £20 and upper circle £10 with 50 per cent off programmes. There are 5100 tickets available in the 2018-19 season increased from 4740 last season.

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One of the biggest weekend events in the Eastern region returns to Great Yarmouth between 14th and 16th September. The Out There Festival is the Norfolk seaside gem’s annual international feast of all things circus and street arts, which this year is an integral part of Circus250, the national celebration of the 250th anniversary of the first ever circus. The festival attracts more than 50,000 people to the town from all over the eastern region and beyond, making it one of the biggest weekend events in the region and boosting the local economy. Over the past decade Out There has built a reputation for presenting the weird and wonderful, the outrageous and outstanding, featuring an incredibly cosmopolitan line up of acts from the across the globe.

Now in its 11th year the extravaganza of fun takes place all over the town centre, it’s parks and seafront, bringing a spectacular riot of colour, thrills, spills and fun to delight and entertain all the family. And what’s more it’s all absolutely FREE! This year the festival builds on its international reputation with over 30 companies coming to perform from countries including France, Spain, Slovenia and New Zealand. There’s a tranche of Catalonian and Balearic acts including Barcelona’s amazing

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teeterboard and trampoline exponents, inTarsi. Offbeat mayhem is delivered by France’s Tout en Vrac while Globus Hystericus from Slovenia take us on a thrilling journey through the town’s streets in search of lost treasure. New Zealand’s knockout performer Fraser Hooper brings his comic boxing challenge to take on all comers. This year’s big headline event comes from French street arts titans, Générik Vapeur, who will be returning to Great Yarmouth to collaborate with Britain’s Gorilla Circus. Together they will create a special Circus250 version of their legendary loud and anarchic street show Bivouac, which will also feature 250 local people.

First seen in Great Yarmouth in 2010, Bivouac is still firmly imprinted on the minds of everyone that saw it. Blue men and women marched, ran, gyrated and danced through the streets in a pyrotechnic extravaganza, banging oil drums to the accompaniment of loud music with fire, smoke and general mayhem, leading to a spectacular, anarchic crashing finale. Eight years on it’s set to be even more spectacular and unmissable. ‘The international flavour is part of what makes Out There so vibrant,’ says Chief Executive of SeaChange Arts Joe

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Mackintosh. ‘The name Out There refers to our geographic location, out on the edge of the east coast,’ he continues, ‘but it is also about the approach we take to programming. We always aim to leave audiences with their mouths agape. The memory of something weird and wonderful lingering long after.’ SeaChange and Out There also encourage circus and street arts performers from closer to home. Great Yarmouth’s Dizzy O’Dare will bring their show Phileas Fogg Day 79, an hilarious roam-about the town. The show fuses modern technology with Jules Verne’s classic adventure as Phileas and his French valet Passepartout. encounter problems on the penultimate day of their famous journey. Great Yarmouth born and bred Tom Gaskin has previously starred in shows at the town’s famous Hippodrome but has since relocated to London where he is now making a big name for himself as one of the capitals leading young circus performers – and catwalk models. He is creating his first-ever solo show Filibuster especially for Out There 2018 before touring it extensively. Filibuster combines technical brilliance with comic physicality as a suave idiot who fights off loneliness with clowning, juggling and trickery. Think Bertie Wooster meets Buster Keaton in a Vaudevillian fantasy. Some of the international companies including will be also be spending time in the town, using the world class facilities at The Drill House to create new shows. These include exciting new international collaborations that will go on to tour the world after

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being seen in Great Yarmouth first – many featuring collaborating with local people. Keep an eye on www.seachangearts.co.uk <http://www.seachangearts.co.uk/> for your chance to get involved. Circus250 celebrates the quarter of a millennium since 1768 when the first ever circus was staged in London by showman Philip Astley. In September the national spotlight falls on Great Yarmouth, which together with Norwich, has been designated as one of six UK Cities of Circus by Circus250 bosses. Great Yarmouth based but collaborating internationally, SeaChange are an independent arts development charity dedicated to delivering outstanding Circus and Street Arts events. Their focus on Circus and Street Arts grows naturally from this seaside town’s rich performance heritage and provides us with an accessible medium for all kinds of projects, interventions and activities. They run the Drill House, an international creation centre and the Out There Festival, one of the country’s largest festivals of street arts and circus, regularly attracting audiences of 50,000 people. www.seachangearts.org.uk With so much excitement and free activity, if you can only visit this Norfolk seaside gem once this year this is definitely the weekend for it! Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Arts, Great Yarmouth town centre and seafront, 14- 16 September 2018. Full details at www.seachangearts.co.uk

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WONDERFUL WELLS MALTINGS The brand new £5m arts, heritage and community centre in Wells-next-the-Sea is well worth a visit, as Tony Cooper discovers…

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f you’re keen on the coast, you may well have already come across the wonderful new Wells Maltings building on Staithe Street in Wells-next-the-Sea. An arts, heritage and community centre for all those who live in and visit North Norfolk, this brand-new building first opened its doors in June for a preview season before the launch season proper which will be officially unveiled in September. The Wells Maltings project secured nearly £5m of funding through grants, public donations and Heritage Lottery Fund support and this attractive new place comprises the restoration, repair and extension of the Grade II-listed (former Maltings) building. The new development brings together the past and the present with the original brick-and-flint Maltings building combined with a modern glass, brass and steel extension which creates a bright, airy, contemporary and inviting community space. The site has been transformed into an exciting year-round destination for locals and visitors alike and the multi-faceted new facilities include an interactive heritage and learning centre which focuses on the history of Wells, a state-of-the-art theatre/cinema space, Visitor Information Centre, café/bar, gift shop and a series

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of galleries and community rooms which can be used for all sorts of different events. The first of these - CONNECTION: OPEN 2018 - is the inaugural exhibition in the Handa Gallery upstairs which runs until the end of September. CONNECTION celebrates the best in current East Anglian art with around 250 works chosen from an open submission - all of which are for sale. The exhibition is open daily from 10am to 6pm and entry is free. Featuring two-dimensional work in all media, CONNECTION offers a unique opportunity to view and purchase work by artists at every level of their career ranging from emerging talent to established figures. Taking inspiration from the world-famous Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, this show demonstrates the wealth of talent to be found in the East of England and features a wide variety of paintings, drawings, prints, mixed-media work and wall-mounted textiles. The first prize of £500 was awarded to Elizabeth Monahan for the best artwork in show for ‘Blue’ (watercolour, charcoal and pastel-on-paper 125x100, 2017), while Hannah Hann received a

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the Visitor Information Centre located within the new Wells Maltings building. The Trail takes around an hour to complete and has been curated by well-known Wells residents and art experts, John and Yvonne Millwood. John Millwood explains: ‘The Wells Heritage Art Trail celebrates the life of the Wells people of sea and shore, past and present, with each artwork telling its own story. The Trail begins in Wells Maltings and then runs to the harbour, with two extensions: one out along East Quay and then it jumps a mile along the side of the channel, with two works at the Beach Café and one in the pinewoods. It’s accessible to all.’ The Art Trail is made up of all manner of media, including glass, wood, metal, stone, plaster and rope with each of the 17 artworks having been created specifically for its own particular site to reflect an aspect of heritage in an appropriate setting. Each work has its own information board with more details about the individual artwork in question. The artists involved in the trail are Kate Allsop and the Wells Ceramic Group, Nick Ball, Nigel Barnett, Tony Bellars, Sarah Caputo and Neal French, Mary Crofts, Kaitlin Ferguson, Polly Ionides, Rachael Long, Debbie Lyddon, Florence North Foster, Linda and Frances Pattrick, Andrew Ruffhead, Andrew Schumann, Gordon Senior, Robert Smith with Heather Tamplin and Teucer Wilson.

runner’s-up prize of £250 for ‘Farmland’ (collage, oil, wax, paperon-canvas, 90x90, 2017). Meanwhile, those visiting the exhibition can vote for their favourite artwork in the People’s Choice Award, worth £200 to the artist with the most votes. Hundreds of votes have already been received and if you’d like to add yours, simply complete and return a People’s Choice card (available from Wells Maltings), register your details and you could win a weekend’s use of a Wells beach hut! (Conditions apply). The CONNECTION: OPEN 2018 selectors and organisers comprise Catherine Mason, art historian and author; Veronica Sekules, Groundworks Gallery, King’s Lynn; Tracey Ross, artist and art tutor and Simon Daykin, director, Wells Maltings. Commenting on the project in general, Simon Daykin said: ‘Our vision at Wells Maltings is to connect everyone with the very best in arts and culture, with their local heritage and with each other; we aim to establish and sustain the Maltings as a thriving, welcoming and vibrant hub of cultural and community activity, where people come together to enjoy, create and participate.’ Consequently, the new venue will be home to a year-round programme of film, drama, dance, music, art, heritage, comedy, family activities and more as well as offering a number of rooms for hire. Besides the successful indoor art exhibition, which has been welcoming over 100 people a day, Wells Maltings is also behind the popular Wells Heritage Arts Trail - an exciting sculpture trail located around this popular seaside town which also runs until the end of September. The town’s first-ever outdoor Art Trail, it comprises 17 new open-air works by 26 Norfolk artists (some are collaborations) with the series of fascinating sculptures celebrating the town’s rich and varied history. All the work in the Trail has been created by Norfolk artists specifically for this event and free trail maps are available from 32 | AUTUMN 2018

All of the sculptures are for sale with the exception of those by Florence North Foster, Polly Ionides, Sarah Caputo and Neal French and Teucer Wilson which have been acquired for the new Wells Maltings’ Collection. Two prizes were awarded for work in the Art Trail which were presented at the launch event. The first prize (worth £1,000) was awarded to Rachael Long for her sculpture ‘Lifeboat Horse’ which stands on the edge of the marsh at the Beacon in memory of the old, wooden lifeboat which was stationed in Wells from 1869, those who manned it and the team of heavy horses who pulled it into the sea. Meanwhile, Florence North Foster’s work ‘Sea Creatures’, which can be viewed in the new Wells Maltings building, was highly commended (with a prize of £200) and this lovely fused-glass piece includes all sorts of colourful coastal characters and motifs ranging from windfarms, lobsters and seagulls to crab pots and seals. The new Wells Maltings arts, heritage and community hub will be officially launched on Wednesday 19th September with a ribboncutting ceremony to thank all those involved including the many sponsors and donors. Heritage Lottery Fund support totalled £1.92m while the project was additionally funded through grants from charitable trusts and foundations such as the Garfield Weston Foundation, Clore Duffield Foundation and Foyle Foundation as well as public grants from North Norfolk District Council and Coastal Communities Fund amongst others and also from generous private and public support. Besides a small core team, the new complex is also supported by a number of volunteers who have been recruited to help run the charitable organisation and additional volunteers are always welcome. Director, Simon Daykin, explains: ‘We were delighted with the positive response to our last volunteers’ events and have already filled a number of volunteer posts. However, Wells Maltings is a very active operation and so we need as many as we can support. As a not-for-profit organisation, we will rely on the support of dedicated volunteers to keep this busy community venue going and so we’re currently seeking volunteers in all areas. Everyone

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is welcome, whether they can simply spare a few hours every now and then to wield a paintbrush or do some gardening, for example, in order to keep the venue looking its best or they’re able to commit to regular shifts in the café or bar. We are also looking for volunteers to assist with our outreach programme which brings activities at Wells Maltings into the wider community; events such as outdoor painting sessions or children’s arts and crafts classes.’ All sorts of outreach events have already taken place, such as creative classes and history sessions with pupils at Wells Primary School and Alderman Peel High School; fun ‘Maltings Makers’ sessions on Saturday mornings and during the school holidays and interactive art classes on the beach. And more events are planned over the coming weeks with another series of outreach sessions scheduled during the October halfterm (see the website: www.wellsmaltings.org.uk for details). Meanwhile, the launch season looks set to be another busy period for this exciting new place, with all sorts of events planned at Wells Maltings during September and October. The fascinating new Heritage Centre will be open on Saturday 8th and Saturday 15th September during Heritage Open Days (expect some additional activities during this time), there’ll be poetry readings and discussions on Thursday 4th October for National Poetry Day and everything from stand-up comedy, drama and creativewriting classes in-between. Add in self-made music during the residency and rehearsal of new show, Quiltsong, which will also include an open rehearsal to which everyone is welcome (date to be advised), a medley of mainstream movies plus quirky and eclectic screenings from Screennext-the-Sea (every second and fourth Monday of the month at 7pm) and you’ll see that there’s always something going on. It’s also worth remembering that the facilities at Wells Maltings are also available for hire. The upstairs light-and-airy Clore Community Studio has already www.1Magazine.co.uk

proved popular for Pilates and yoga classes, for example, while the attractive Kiln Room is perfect for a private party. The Clore Community Studio can accommodate up to 100 people, has its own small servery/bar and kitchen and is fully accessible and can be opened up further for larger events while the Kiln Room - the newly-refurbished and preserved space steeped in history and heritage - is suitable for events, meetings and presentations for up to 70 people. The main auditorium is also available for hire. This new theatre/cinema space at the heart of the building can either be used with seats in place (capacity 134) or fully retracted, giving a large open area for events for up to 120 people seated at tables.

Meanwhile, the café/bar area is also open daily for coffee and cake, light lunches and afternoon tea and besides offering technical services and support, Dave Barber, technical manager and Danny Williams, front of house manager, are also happy to help with the catering and other arrangements for private events. Simon Daykins concludes: ‘We have already pledged to give local people and groups fair prices and discounts on hiring the spaces at Wells Maltings and we firmly stand by that decision. We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone to Wells Maltings.’ Wells Maltings is located on Staithe Street, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1AN. Tel: 01328 711378; www.wellsmaltings.org. uk; Facebook: Wells Maltings Trust; Twitter @WellsMaltings 2018 AUTUMN | 33


NORFOLK & NORWICH CHAMBER MUSIC

18 19 Norwich-based arts writer, Tony Cooper, previews the 2018-19 season of Norfolk & Norwich Chamber Music.

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urated by Misha Donat - writer, lecturer and senior music producer for BBC Radio 3 for more than 25 years - the new season of Norfolk & Norwich Chamber Music is framed by Schubert with Sir András Schiff - one of the great pianists of our time - playing three of the composer’s large-scale sonatas in the opening concert (Monday, 8th October,7.30pm) comprising the A minor sonata D.845, mysterious and grandiose by turns, the D major, a more extroverted piece but absolutely brilliant and the serenely-lyrical G major sonata. And in the final concert of the season (Sunday, 28th April, 3.00pm) Roderick Williams, accompanied by Roger Vignoles, will sing Beethoven’s ‘An die ferne Geliebte’ (To the distant beloved), Op.98 as well as Schubert’s well-loved, posthumouslypublished, song-cycle, ‘Schwanengesang’, D.957. No strangers to NNCM, the Takács String Quartet (still fondly remembered for their brilliant and stirring performances of all six Bartók quartets in October 2011) will play Bartók’s first quartet in their concert on Saturday, 10th November, 7.30pm, heard against Haydn’s Quartet in D, Op.20, No.4 and Brahms’ Quartet in A minor, Op.51, No.2. A piano recital (Saturday, 24th November, 7.30pm) by Dénes Várjon, one of the most talented and successful pianists among the younger generation of Hungarian pianists, offers a great chance to hear one of Beethoven’s most ambitious fugues in the ‘Hammerklavier’ sonata with its colossal fugal finale. In fact, the fugue of the ‘Hammerklavier’ is, in part, a homage to JS Bach, whose keyboard partita No.3 in A minor opens the programme. And as a contemplative interlude the programme also includes Brahms’ Six Pieces, Op.118. The brilliant Romanian cellist, Andrei Ioniță, who won first prize in the cello division of the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition and, subsequently, became a Radio 3 ‘New Generation Artist’ makes his NNCM début on Saturday, 8th December, 7.30pm, following his sell-out performance at Norwich Playhouse in May as part of this year’s Norfolk & Norwich Festival. His programme includes Hindemith’s Sonata, Op.25, No.3 and Kodály’s Sonata, Op 8 - perhaps the most spectacular and virtuosic piece for unaccompanied cello written since the suites of JS Bach - while he’ll pay homage to Bach performing the composer’s wonderful Suite No.3 in C.

Schubert and Mozart reigned supreme as composers of fourhand piano music and works by these well-loved composers can be enjoyed in a concert by the duo piano partnership of Simon Crawford-Phillips and Philip Moore on Saturday, 26th January, 7.30pm. The programme includes two wonderful works by Schubert - the Allegro in A minor, D.947 and Rondo in A major, D.951 - composed in the last year of the composer’s short life while Mozart’s F major sonata - an undiscovered masterpiece

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and a work of truly symphonic proportions - will also be heard alongside Schumann’s Six Studies in Canonic Form arranged by Bizet which are more lyrical and poetic than their title suggests. In its formal layout, the Schubert Octet in F, D.803 - being performed by the Philharmonia Chamber Players on Saturday, 9th February, 7.30pm - is modelled on Beethoven’s ever-popular Septet but indelibly stamped by Schubert’s own personality. The programme’s completed by Boccherini’s String Quintet in B flat, Op.39, No.1, Stravinsky’s Three Pieces for Clarinet and Mozart’s masterly Duo in B flat for violin and viola, K.424, which, in essence, is an object lesson in how to write inventively for the most intimate of ensembles. The Endellion String Quartet, now celebrating its 40th anniversary, offers an interesting programme for their visit to NNCM on Saturday, 23rd February, 7.30pm, ranging from Webern’s miniature and highly-concentrated Five Movements, Op.5 to Beethoven’s epic Quartet in B flat, Op.130, with the gigantic fugue which originally formed its finale. Mendelssohn’s D major quartet, Op.44, No.3 - the most dazzling among a string quartet triptych he composed in 1837 - also features in the programme as, too, does Haydn’s Quartet, Op.20, No.5, which also ends with a fugue, albeit on a much smaller scale. An all-Czech evening will light up the stage performed by the globe-trotting Škampa String Quartet (Saturday, 23rd March, 7.30pm) whose concert features composers of three different generations comprising Dvořák’s G major quartet, Op.106, composed in the wake of his three-year stay in America in the 1890s while ‘Meditation’ by his pupil and son-in-law, Josef Suk, is based on an old Czech chorale and Janáček’s Quartet No.2 (‘Intimate Letters’) was inspired by the many love-letters the composer wrote to his muse, Kamila Stösslová, in the late 1920s. The celebrated violinist James Ehnes and pianist Andrew Armstrong will perform the complete cycle of Beethoven violin sonatas over two seasons and in their first concert of the cycle on Sunday, 7th April, 3.00pm, they’ll play Violin Sonata in D, Op.12, No.1, Violin Sonata in A, Op.12, No.2, Violin Sonata in A minor, Op.23 and Violin Sonata in E flat, Op.12, No.3.

More Mozart comes with a performance of two of his C major masterpieces - the ‘Dissonance’ String Quartet and the String Quintet, K.515 - performed by the Heath String Quartet in their chamber-music weekend with their friends - Matthew Hunt (clarinet), Ruth Gibson (viola) and Marie Bitlloch (cello). There’ll be a single concert on Saturday 13th April (7.30pm) followed by two further concerts on Sunday 14th at 11.00am and 3.00pm. Other delights - over what promises a fantastic and entertaining

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weekend of top-class chamber music - include Strauss’ String Sextet from the composer’s late opera, Capriccio, Schoenberg’s ‘Verklärte Nacht’, Op.4, Britten’s String Quartet No.1 in D, Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op.115, Jörg Widmann’s String Quartet No.1 and Beethoven’s String Quartet in E flat, Op.127. And giving youth a platform, there’ll be a free admission foyer concert by Norfolk Young Musicians at the John Innes Centre on Saturday, 22nd September, 2018, from 6.00pm to 6.45pm followed by the AGM and refreshments. The work of the Norfolk Centre for Young Musicians is inspiring to say the least and offers access and excellence for musicians aged from 8 to18 and no child of identified musical excellence is denied access to NCYM because of lack of financial means. The centre is not for the complete beginner but for talented young musicians in the early stages of learning who are able to demonstrate a technical and musical fluency that will be welcomed alongside their more experienced peers. Students work in ensembles with professional musicians to achieve and develop high levels of performance, musicianship and composition in both instrumental and vocal skills. Sessions are held every Saturday during term time from 9.00am to 1.30pm at The Arc, City of Norwich School. Additionally, NCYM offers training placements for Guildhall School students wishing to prepare for careers as musicians working in schools and to lead the way in conservatoire/school partnerships in Europe.

Award-winning baritone, Roddy Williams (photo: Benjamin Ealovega)

The centre is sponsored by the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Norfolk Music Hub with space provided by the City of Norwich School. Additional support comes from Norfolk & Norwich Chamber Music.


Sir András Schiff (piano)

Monday 8th October 2018 (7.30pm). Talk: 6.15pm Schubert: Sonata in A minor, D.845; Sonata in D, D.850; Sonata in G, D.894

Takács String Quartet

Saturday 10th November 2018 (7.30pm). Chat: 6.30pm Edward Dusinberre (first violin), Harumi Rhodes (second violin), Geraldine Walther (viola) and András Fejér (cello) Haydn: Quartet in D, Op.20, No.4; Bartók: Quartet No.1; Brahms: Quartet in A minor, Op.51 No.2

Dénes Várjon (piano)

Saturday 24th November 2018 (7.30pm). Talk: 6.15pm Bach: Partita No.3 in A minor; Brahms: Six Pieces, Op.118; Beethoven: Sonata in B flat, Op.106 (‘Hammerklavier’)

Andrei Ioniţă (cello)

Saturday 8th December 2018 (7.30pm) Sollima: Lamentation; Bach: Suite No.3 in C; Hindemith: Sonata, Op.25, No.3; Kodály: Sonata, Op.8

Simon Crawford-Phillips and Philip Moore (piano duet)

Saturday 26th January 2019 (7.30pm). Talk: 6.15pm Schumann arr. Bizet: Six Studies in Canonic Form; Mozart: Sonata in F, K.497; Bach arr. Kurtá:. Chorale Preludes; Schubert: Allegro in A minor, D.947, Rondo in A major, D.951; Stravinsky arr. Moore: Three Movements from The Firebird

Philharmonia Chamber Players

Saturday 9th February 2019 (7.30pm) Boccherini: String Quintet in B flat, Op.39, No.1; Stravinsky: Three Pieces for Clarinet; Mozart: Duo in B flat for violin and viola, K.424; Schubert: Octet in F, D.803

Endellion String Quartet

Saturday 23rd February 2019 (7.30pm). Chat: 6.30pm Andrew Watkinson (first violin), Ralph de Souza (second violin), Garfield Jackson (viola) and David Waterman (cello) Mendelssohn: Quartet in D, Op.44, No.3; Webern: Five Movements, Op.5; Beethoven. Quartet in B flat, Op.130 & 133

Škampa String Quartet

Saturday 23rd March 2019 (7.30pm) Helena Jiříkovská (first violin), Adéla Štajnochrová (second violin), Martin Stupka (viola) and Lukáš Polák (cello) Suk: Meditation; Janáček: Quartet No.2 (‘Intimate Letters’); Dvořák: Quartet in G, Op.106

James Ehnes (violin), Andrew Armstrong (piano)

Sunday 7th April 2019 (3.00pm). Talk: 1.45pm Beethoven: Violin Sonata in D, Op.12, No.1; Violin Sonata in A, Op.12, No.2; Violin Sonata in A minor, Op.23; Violin Sonata in E flat, Op.12, No.3. The cycle to be completed next season

Heath String Quartet

Saturday 13th April / Sunday 14th April 2019 Oliver Heath (first violin), Sara Wolstenholme (second violin), Gary Pomeroy (viola) and Chris Murray (cello) featuring special guest performers Matthew Hunt (clarinet), Ruth Gibson (viola), Marie Bitlloch (cello) Saturday 7.30pm Strauss: String Sextet from Capriccio; Mozart: String Quintet in C, K.515; Schoenberg. Verklärte Nacht, Op.4 Sunday 11am Britten: String Quartet No.1 in D; Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op.115 Sunday 3pm Jörg Widmann: String Quartet No.1; Mozart: String Quartet in C, K.465 (‘Dissonance’); Beethoven: String Quartet in E flat, Op.127

Roderick Williams (baritone), Roger Vignoles (piano)

Sunday 28th April 2019 (3.00pm). Chat: 2.00pm Beethoven: ‘An die ferne Geliebte’ (To the distant beloved), Op.98; Schubert: ‘Schwanengesang’, D.957 All of N&N Chamber Music concerts take place at the John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park, Colney, Norwich NR4 7UH. Box office: Norwich Theatre Royal. Tel: 01603 598595 On-line booking: www.norwichchambermusic.co.uk/tickets www.norwichchambermusic.co.uk

The globe-trotting Takács String Quartet (photo: Keith Saunders)

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Hungarian-born pianist, Dénes Várjon (photo: Kondella Mis)

The Heath String Quartet (photo: Simon Way)

Roger Vignoles, one of the world’s most distinguished accompanists (photo: Benjamin Ealovega)

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THE GENIUS OF MOZART 1MAGAZINE arts correspondent, Tony Cooper, reports on a rare visit to Norwich of the National Symphony Orchestra (UK)

NSO conductor, Dr Rimma Sushanskaya


The well-loved overture to The Marriage of Figaro will surely set the scene and get the concert off to a fabulous and entertaining start with the concert continuing with the acclaimed British concert pianist John Lenehan the featured soloist in the C major piano concerto, No.21, immortalised in Bo Widerberg’s 1967 film, Elvira Madigan, while the Londonborn soprano Millie Forest will take to the stage to sing Mozart’s jubilant and exhilarating motet, Exultate Jubilate. Completing the programme is one of Mozart’s finest and most popular symphonies - the G minor, No.40. The orchestra’s privileged to have the internationallyacclaimed violinist, Dr Rimma Sushanskaya, as conductor. She was, incidentally, the last pupil of the outstanding Russian violinist David Oistrakh and studied with him at the Moscow Conservatoire. Upon leaving the Soviet Union, Dr Sushanskaya - who has won a host of prestigious prizes and awards - rapidly established herself as a soloist gaining a glowing reputation in the West. The Washington Post described her as ‘one of the greatest violinists alive today’ and commented upon her ‘extraordinary intensity and brilliant virtuosity’. However, over the past few years Dr Sushanskaya has embarked upon a successful conducting career and has conducted in many European capitals including Bulgaria, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, Ukraine and, of course, the United Kingdom as well as in China and Israel. Dr Sushanskaya has also undertaken a host of successful concerts in such prestigious venues as the Gewandhaus (Leipzig), the Philharmonie and Konzerthaus (Berlin), Philharmonic Hall, Kharkov (Ukraine) and the Tonhalle (Zurich). She has also conducted many well-known orchestras, too, such as the Berlin Sinfonietta, Neues Sinfonie Orchester, Berlin; Leipzig Chamber Orchestra; Kharkov Philharmonic, Ukraine; St Petersburg State Orchestra; Russia State Philharmonic of Satu-Mare, Romania and the Orchestra of the Swan, UK. Among the many important orchestral works in Dr Sushanskaya’s repertoire are such delights as Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 (the ‘Choral’ symphony), Rachmaninov’s Symphony No.2 in E minor, Mozart’s Requiem in D minor, Mahler’s Symphony No.4 in G major and Carl Orff’s rousing choral piece, Carmina Burana. And following in the tradition of her own legendary teacher, Dr Sushanskaya is equally anxious to pass on her knowledge and experience to young people. Therefore, in this role, she is a much sought-after professor at the Birmingham Conservatoire and her Virtuoso Violin Festival held every summer in her home town of Stratford-upon-Avon attracts string students of the highest calibre from the UK and farther afield. Dr Sushanskaya - who has developed a close relationship with the National Symphony Orchestra (UK) - recently conducted them at London’s Cadogan Hall to great critical acclaim. And with the calibre and virtuosity of John Lenehan joining the orchestra for a performance of Mozart’s C major piano concerto, you can expect a top-quality performance as this pianist has been praised far and wide especially by The New

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ollowing their victorious concert at Blickling Hall this summer celebrating the centenary of the Royal Air Force, the National Symphony Orchestra (UK) comes to Norwich in November appearing at St Andrew’s Hall on Tuesday 6th (7.30pm) in a programme devoted to the ‘wunderkind’ of Salzburg - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.


York Times for his ‘great flair and virtuosity’ and also The Times whose critic described him as ‘a masterly recitalist’. A globe-trotting performer, Mr Lenehan - who, by the way, is no stranger to Norwich often appearing for the Norfolk & Norwich Music Club - has appeared in concerts ranging from Abu Dhabi to Zurich and from Aberdeen to Zimbabwe. As a soloist he has appeared with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican and the Royal Philharmonic at the Royal Albert Hall.

Nigel Kennedy and Yuja Wang as well as for the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Highlights so far this year have included a recording for Chandos with his long-time collaborator, the violinist Tasmin Little. Performing Mozart’s Exultant Jubilate falls to 24-year-old soprano, Milly Forrest, who recently delivered a wonderful rendering of Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock with the Tyburn Ensemble at the Assembly House, Norwich.

He has also collaborated with many leading instrumentalists and is widely recognised as an outstanding and versatile chamber musician. Spending a considerable amount of time in the recording studio Mr Lenehan has recorded over 70 CDs covering a huge range of musical styles: duo sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms; piano concertos by Michael Nyman and Vaughan Williams; chamber music with the Nash Ensemble; a jazz repertoire with Emma Johnson.

Last year proved momentous for her as she stood in at short notice at London’s Wigmore Hall (the world’s shrine to chamber music) as the singer engaged for the concert had to cancel. With just three days to prepare for her performance, Ms Forrest - who replaced the soprano, Ruby Hughes - performed Purcell’s If music be the food of love which earned her rave reviews with one critic describing her voice as ‘breathtaking’ and a voice that ‘floated heavenwards’.

His four-disc survey of John Ireland’s piano music received great critical acclaim including a Gramophone award while other solo recordings include three discs for Sony Classical of minimalist piano works and a disc of Erik Satie for Classic FM. Over the past few years, though, Mr Lenehan has been drawn towards the jazz genre and particularly early 20th-century styles including ragtime and stride piano. Recently, he has been performing in a two-piano collaboration with the acclaimed jazz improviser, Jason Rebello, who toured the world with Sting and played on the singer’s Grammy award-winning albums: Brand New Day (1999) and Sacred Love (2003).

In fact, there are two settings of Purcell’s famed work and two versions of the first setting. One of the composer’s most popular songs If music be the food of love is set to a text by Colonel H Heveningham whose seat at Heveningham Hall, Suffolk, is not that far away from where Benjamin Britten was born in Lowestoft and also close to Aldeburgh where Britten later lived. And, of course, Purcell was a big influence on the composer who founded the Aldeburgh Festival in 1948.

Mr Lenehan also composes and is published by Faber, Novello and Schotts. His ‘Fantasy’ on Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite was recently recorded by the Budapest Symphony Orchestra while he has written and arranged for a long list of soloists and orchestras including the likes of Nicola Benedetti, Leonidas Kavakos,

A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Ms Forrest - who worked as a cloakroom attendant at the Wigmore to fund her musical education was asked to take the stage by the hall’s artistic director, John Gilhooly - is hoping to make it on the opera stage, a step up, indeed, from the Wigmore Hall’s stage and, hopefully, that ‘bigger stage’ will come her way in the not-too-distant future. But, closer to home, her performance at St Andrew’s Hall is on a relatively big stage and promises great things as Mozart’s lovely motet, Exultant Jubilate - written when the composer was staying in Milan during the production of his opera, Lucio Silla, which received its première in the city’s Teatro Regio Ducal - is such a joyous and uplifting work and seems an ideal piece for Ms Forrest to perform judging by her recent Norwich performance. Originally written for the castrato, Venanzio Rauzzini, who had

Star pianist, John Lenehan.

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sung the part of the primo uomo, Cecilio, in Lucio Silla the previous year, Exultant Jubilate received its first performance at the Theatine Church. Munich, in January 1773 and was well received. Nowadays, it’s usually sung by a soprano as befits this Norwich concert. Since her Wigmore début, Ms Forrest is now undertaking a Master’s Degree at the Royal College of Music and once again working as a cloakroom attendant at the Wigmore to fund her studies and establish herself, hopefully, on the operatic stage. That’s determination and dedication for you.

Though based in London, the NSO performs throughout the United Kingdom, drawing on fine players from all over the country and has performed opera evenings with such acclaimed singers as Dame Kiri Ta Kanawa and Lesley Garrett. The orchestra also regularly tour the UK with the Moscow City Ballet and also enjoys a special relationship with current charttopping vocalists, Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins. And when the New York City Ballet came to London (a few years’ ago now) performing at the famous London Coliseum in St Martin’s Lane, the company chose the NSO as their pit orchestra.

However, under the direction of Justin Pearson, the National Symphony Orchestra is well established and, indeed, determined and is one of the most versatile professional orchestras working in Great Britain today. It has a firmly established national and international reputation with an impressive recording legacy as well as a busy diary of live concert performances. The NSO is admired for both its versatility, its ability to communicate and to connect with audiences with

virtuosity, commitment and passion and makes a valuable contribution to the overall music scene in Great Britain today. For instance, earlier this year the NSO topped the classicalmusic charts for several weeks in a collaboration between Alan Titchmarsh and Debbie Wiseman with the album ‘The Glorious Garden’ which achieved so many sales that it even made it into the pop charts. Last year, the orchestra once again occupied the top spot with a recording of new music in Debbie Wiseman’s work ‘Musical Zodiac’. And the recent release of the film Edie starring Sheila Hancock featured the NSO on its soundtrack. In May of this year, the NSO toured Spain with Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins and a month later they proudly performed at the ceremony marking the handover to the nation of the new DNRC Rehabilitation Centre in Loughborough honoured by the presence of HRH Prince William the Duke of Cambridge and the Prime Minister, Theresa May. In the autumn of this year, the NSO, under the conductor, Anthony Inglis, will take to the high seas returning to Cunard’s RMS Queen Mary II for the latest in a series of annual and invariably soldout ‘Last Night of the Cunard Proms Cruise’ performances. The relationship between the NSO and Cunard flourish and blossoms like no other while the orchestra also enjoys a special and warm relationship with Warner Leisure Hotels performing a series of Prom-style concerts for the company throughout this year. Founded in the 1940s, the NSO immediately became a significant recording orchestra but from the 1980s the reputation and standing of the orchestra surged forwards and now it successfully performs and records for audiences in a dynamic range of genres ranging from film and television scores to performing West End and Broadway musical material.

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As for recording the NSO has recorded more than 40 complete major classic musicals and this significant legacy means that the NSO is one of the most recorded orchestra at EMI Abbey Road Studios. These musicals, marketed mainly in the USA, often have sales of more than 1.5 million discs including their recordings of Phantom of the Opera and West Side Story. In fact, the Leonard Bernstein Estate remarked on their recording of West Side Story ‘that there was no finer recording of it than that laid down by the NSO’. High praise, indeed! The NSO has also performed a number of spectacular televised and recorded concerts under the direction of such distinguished composer/conductors from the world of television and film as Barrington Pheloung, the Oscar-winning composer Anne Dudley and also Ron Goodwin as well as Debbie Wiseman, currently Classic FM’s composer-in-residence. The concert by the NSO in Norwich on Tuesday 6th November promises one to chalk up and one not to be missed! Ticket info: West Gallery £21.50 (reserved); Stalls £18.50 (reserved); North/South aisles £12.50 (unreserved). Concessions for seniors, students and under-18s: £19.50, £16.50 and £10.00 respectively. Box office: Norwich Theatre Royal (01603) 630 000

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Canadian baritone, Gerald Finley

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WAVE THAT FLAG The Last Night of the Proms is upon us celebrating a great British tradition and offering a platform to the patriotic music of the United Kingdom. Proms aficionado, Tony Cooper, reports

The celebrated English conductor, Sir Andrew Davis.

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any people’s perception of the Proms is based on the Last Night and although the Last Night is a concert to chalk up and glorify the whole of the BBC Proms season is something to chalk and glorify, too. It’s nothing but a brilliant festival and not dubbed ‘the world’s greatest classical-music festival’ for nothing. And over the course of this year’s season the Proms will have hosted over 40 world, UK or London premières thus continuing the forward-looking vision of the Proms founder-conductor, Sir Henry Wood, affectionately known as ‘Old Timber’. And receiving the coveted Last Night of the Proms commission this year is the well-known British composer of Polish heritage, Roxanna Panufnik. Her work, ‘Songs of Darkness, Dreams of Light’ will be performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra with the BBC Symphony Chorus and BBC Singers conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, the much-loved and former chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and, of course, a veteran steersman of the Last Night. The popular nautical theme of traditional favourites by Sir Henry Wood and Thomas Arne will be extended this year with Charles Villiers Stanford’s ‘Songs of the Sea’ featuring the brilliant Canadian baritone, Gerald Finley. Another British choral classic, Hubert Parry’s ‘Blest Pair of Sirens’ - honouring the ‘harmonious sisters, Voice and Verse’ - joins ‘Jerusalem’ in the centenary of the composer’s death. There’s also a dash of Broadway in the programme, too, with the touching ‘Soliloquy’ from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ‘Carousel’ in which the wife-battering Billy finds new eloquence while vowing to change his ways with a more mischievous streak unfolding in Darius Milhaud’s delightful and amusing suite ‘Scaramouche’

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featuring the award-winning saxophonist, Jess Gillam, who made her BBC Proms début in two Proms last year, notably the John Williams Prom and BBC Ten Pieces Prom. On an historical note, the repeat of the Elgar march at the Last Night can be traced to the spontaneous audience demand for a double encore after its première at the 1901 Proms while the closing sequence of the second half became fully established in 1954 during Sir Malcolm Sargent’s tenure as chief conductor. Although the Promenaders have made a tradition of singing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ after the end of the Last Night concert this was not actually included in the programme until 2015. However, when the Scottish conductor, James Loughran, conducted the Last Night in the late 1970s and early 1980s he did include the piece within the programme. Tradition is important to the Promenaders and the bust of Sir Henry Wood is always placed centre stage behind the orchestra and adorned with a laurel chaplet by representatives of the Promenaders who often wipe an imaginary bead of sweat from his forehead or make some similar gentle visual joke. Another fine tradition is the conductor’s speech at the Last Night thanking the musicians and audiences while mentioning the main themes of the season and noting the cumulative donation collected for the Promenaders’ musical charities over the season and, indeed, announcing the date of the First Night for the following year. This tradition dates from 1941 when Sir Henry Wood gave the first such speech at the close of that year’s season, the first at the Royal Albert Hall. Wood gave a similar speech at the 1942 Last Night and a pre-recorded version was played at the 1943 Last Night.

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American conductor, Marin Alsop.

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Sir Henry Wood on the rostrum at the Royal Albert Hall.

During his tenure as conductor, Sir Malcolm Sargent established the tone of making the Last Night speech more humorous. Therefore, subsequent conductors have generally continued this time-honoured tradition although one exception was in 1997 when Sir Andrew Davis addressed the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales, Mother Teresa and Sir Georg Solti in 1997. Leonard Slatkin, chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra from 2000 to 2004, expressed a desire to tone down the nationalism of the Last Night and during the seasons from 2002 until 2007 ‘Rule Britannia’ was only heard as part of Henry Wood’s ‘Fantasia on British Sea-Songs’ rather than as a separate item. Maestro Slatkin, an American and the first non-Commonwealth citizen to lead the Last Night, conducted his first in 2001 just days after the 9/11 attacks. The atmosphere of the Albert Hall was more restrained and less festive than normal with a heavily-revised programme in which the finale of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony replaced the ‘Sea Songs’ and Samuel Barber’s ‘Adagio for Strings’ was performed in tribute to the victims of the 9/11 atrocity. Drama occurred on the day of the 2005 Last Night after the Albert Hall management received word of a bomb threat which led to a thorough search of this iconic venue for five hours. The concert, however, took place. And, interestingly, the 2014 Last Night saw an on-line auction in aid of Streetwise Opera of a Vivienne Westwood dress worn for the concert by Norwich-born soprano, Elizabeth Watts, a former chorister at Norwich Cathedral. It was always a British-born conductor who presided over the Last Night but the well-respected Australian conductor, Charles Mackerras, became the first non-British-born conductor to lead the Last Night in 1980 and Leonard Slatkin became the first American conductor to preside over the Last Night in 2001 while Czech conductor, Jiří Bělohlávek, was the first non-native English speaker to conduct the Last Night in 2007 with American

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conductor, Marin Alsop, the Last Night’s first female conductor in 2013. And Ms Alsop (a protégé of Leonard Bernstein) returns to the Royal Albert Hall this season to conduct the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in Bernstein’s ‘Slava!’ a political overture dedicated to the great and distinguished Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and the composer’s Second Symphony (‘The Age of Anxiety’) featuring the outstanding French pianist, JeanYves Thibaudet, with Shostakovich’s fifth symphony in D minor completing a rather attractive programme. Without a shadow of doubt, the Last Night of the Proms (Saturday 8th September, 7.15pm) is an unmissable event. If you cannot get into the Royal Albert Hall see it ‘live’ on BBC TV. The first half’s on BBC2 and the second half, BBC1. Wave that flag! Travel to London and the BBC Proms by train: Greater Anglia run regular services every half hour from Norwich to London Liverpool Street. For the return journey the last two trains leave London Liverpool Street at 22.30 and 23.30 and these trains also serve Ipswich for those travelling back to Suffolk. Regular services from Norwich to London Liverpool Street have fares starting from £10 (one way) but need to be booked in advance. For more information and best-value fares offered by Greater Anglia log on to www.greateranglia.co.uk

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Australian conductor, Sir Charles Mackerras.

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ast Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) is reminding people just how often it requires the support of volunteers whether at its fundraising events, hospices, offices or shops, or even in family homes.

EACH has a family of over 1,300 volunteers who the charity says are at the heart of what it does, helping staff reach more families than they could possibly achieve without their support. Hannah Diaper, EACH Volunteer Services and Development Manager, believes volunteering brings benefits to children, families, staff and volunteers themselves, as well as bringing communities together to support one another. She says: “There’s such a variety of things volunteers do at EACH - there really is something for everyone! Roles vary from events volunteers who sign in participants or marshal run routes, to more regular roles such as gardening at one of our hospices or visiting a family to provide practical support in their own home. There’s also a huge amount of volunteers who help in our shops, steaming clothes, sorting donations, adding items to eBay and helping on the tills. Whatever the role might be, however much time you might have to give, you can make a difference! “Whether someone volunteers in retail, fundraising or care, we simply couldn’t provide the support to children, young people and their families that we do without them. It’s really important for the community to be familiar with the work of a children’s hospice as it’s usually very different to what they might think.

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EACH isn’t just about end-of-life care. Our hospices are often very fun places where young people can live life to their full potential and families can spend quality time together. I think volunteering is a great way for people to share with others what EACH hospices are really like. “The tasks volunteers carry out are generally great fun, provide an opportunity to learn new skills or hone existing ones, allow them to meet new people and to challenge themselves. I think volunteering for EACH is a great way to support your community and with us currently building a new children’s hospice for Norfolk, the nook, it’s an exciting time to get involved!” EACH is keen to continue recruiting a diverse pool of volunteers and would love to hear from you, whether you can spare an hour a day, a day a week or a couple of hours a month, or provide occasional support at a fundraising event near you. The charity is particularly keen to hear from people who may be able to support its public bucket collections over the coming months. All EACH volunteers receive an induction followed by training and support from their allocated supervisor. Volunteers also have access to a library full of resources should they wish to use them. EACH covers the cost of out-of-pocket expenses to enable everyone who wants to volunteer the opportunity to do so and volunteers based at a hospice are entitled to a complimentary lunch. To find out more contact EACH’s Victoria Hughes on 01223 205183 or email volunteerservices@each.org.uk.

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fter 10 years of almost continual success the last three seasons have brought Lowestoft Town FC back to earth with a bump.

However Lowestoft Town FC are bouncing back with renewed vigour following numerous changes during the close season after a very difficult early summer period in 2018. The club is moving forwards into Season 2018-2019 with renewed optimism for the future both on, and off, the pitch. On the pitch, football wise we are now playing in the exciting new Step 3 football league; the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division Central; just one step below the National League Conference North/ South divisions. In addition we have a new management team (experienced former players Jamie Godbold & Andy Reynolds) and an impressive new squad has been assembled, with 21 players signed and committed to the club for season 2018-2019. There are experienced returning players from previous seasons including captain Travis Cole, Adam Smith, Andrew Fisk, Shaun Bammant who have been joined by some of the best young players in the region having been recruited during the summer including Connor Deeks, Henry Pollock, Connor Ingram Ben Fowkes and a selection of players form the Lowestoft Town FC scholarship programme have also been invited to join the first team squad by Jamie and Andy. With the season having kicked off in August “The Trawlerboys” suffered two narrow 0-1 defeats; away to Halesowen Town and at home to St Ives Town, both goals being conceded in the final minutes of the matches, before gaining a much deserved 3-2 victory over Hitchin Town in mid-August to provide a base upon which to build for the remainder of the season. Plus as the season progresses The Trawlerboys will join in the chase for both The Emirates FA Cup and The Buildbase FA Trophy competitions once the preliminary rounds have been completed. And they will also be competing again in the Suffolk Premier Cup having last reached the final in 2016-2017. Football at The Amber Dew Events Stadium will be coming thick and fast during season 2018-2019 as the Lowestoft Town FC Scholarship team will once again be playing in The National League U-19 Alliance (Division C) , usually playing home matches on Wednesday afternoons at The Amber Dew Events Stadium. Additionally we will be fielding a new Lowestoft Town FC “Veterans” team this season in the Norfolk & Suffolk Veterans League (Over 35’s) that will be playing their home fixtures also at The Amber Dew Events Stadium on Sunday afternoons. Lowestoft Town FC have also partnered with local club Waveney FC to allow their Thurlow Nunn Youth League (East) Youth Team to play their midweek home matches at the Amber Dew Events Stadium. Waveney FC first team will also play a number of their Hadley & Ottaway Anglian Combination Premier Division home matches at the stadium when LTFC first team are playing away.

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Off the pitch the club has recently re-appointed Gary Keyzor as Chairman of the board of directors following his stepping down from that role for work related reasons in September 2017. Gary said “I’m thrilled to be back. It’s a new venture, a new league, new management, new sponsors and new board members; there are lots of exciting things beginning to happen at the club”. The football club is run by a board of directors who include Alan Green, Terry Beamish, Terry Lynes and the latest directors joining in the summer; Helen Nixon, Mark Kemp and Colin Easton. Our new proud main partners are Oakes Recruitment and their partner company Nexen Lift Trucks. Oakes Recruitment who will have their logos emblazoned across the front of the home team shirts (with Nexen Lift trucks logos on the away and third choice kits). Oakes Recruitment have also become the clubs first sponsor of the main stand at the Crown Meadow ground. They are joined by continuing sponsors Fosters Solicitors (back of shirt sponsors and Official Legal Partner), Pharos Marine Automatic Power (short sponsors), Amber Dew Events Limited (Stadium sponsors), Team Lauren Lou (away travel kit sponsors), Marmaris Restaurant (U19 Alliance kit sponsors) and Moss & Co (LTFC Veterans sponsors). New events have also been provided within the LTFC clubhouse as LTFC have partnered with local DJ, Paul Hammond of “The Saturday Gig” to provide five themed music nights, Thunderstruck, Night Fever, Spell Bound, Insomnia & Twist and Shout! on a rolling fortnightly basis at the club on Saturday nights. The clubhouse has also seen the installation of brand new light and sound systems. 58 | AUTUMN 2018

Paul has an ambition to raise £250,000 for local mental health charities. With all the changes that have happened over the past three months the air of optimism is once again flooding across the Amber Dew Events Stadium for a return of the successful days of three seasons ago. Everyone involved with the club has such enthusiasm and passion to make this success achievable on the pitch by their efforts off the pitch both this season and in seasons to come. LTFC BACKGROUND / HISTORY After reaching the final of the FA Vase in 2008 where they lost 2–1 to Kirkham & Wesham; the following season they won the Premier Division of the Eastern Counties League again, together with the Suffolk Premier Cup, and were promoted to Division One North of the Isthmian League. They won the league at the first attempt to earn promotion to the Premier Division, also reaching the first round of the FA Cup, losing 1–0 at Wrexham. In their first season in the Premier Division they finished fourth and reached the play-off final, where they lost 4–3 at Tonbridge Angels. In 2011–12 the club reached the play-off final again after finishing third, but lost 2–1 to AFC Hornchurch after extra time. The club also reached the final of the Suffolk Premier Cup, in which they defeated Bury Town 4–2. In 2012–13 Lowestoft reached the playoff final for the third consecutive season after finishing as runnersup, this time losing 2–1 at home to Concord Rangers. After finishing fourth the following season, the club finally earned www.1Magazine.co.uk


promotion to the Football Conference North, winning the play-off final at the fourth attempt after beating AFC Hornchurch 3–0. After finishing mid-table in their first season and winning the Suffolk Premier Cup, beating Whitton United 2–1 after extra time, they were relegated from the renamed National League North at the end of the 2015–16 season, although they retained the Premier Cup with a 3–1 win over Leiston. After a difficult season, just avoiding relegation the club were transferred to the Southern League Premier Division Central at the end of the 2017–18 season as part of the restructuring of the non-League pyramid. Owner Lord Russell Baker said: I can’t believe how fast the first year and season went, many ups and downs, but I’ve personally enjoyed my association with Lowestoft Town Football Club and very much looking forward to the 2nd year of sponsorship. There are some great clubs in the Southern Central Premier League, and therefore some great matches and grounds to visit. Really looking forward to meeting the players and directors of all member clubs this term. On the pitch has been difficult in the last couple of years which naturally reflects in lower crowds, which from a sponsorship point of view isn’t something we wish to see in our 2nd sponsorship season. The new dawn is upon us with Jamie Godbold bringing his wealth of local football knowledge, management style and new exciting young, and experienced, players to the club. So a sense of optimism once again reigning over the Amber Dew Events Stadium this coming season. With visiting clubs such as Kings Lynn, Tamworth, Kettering and AFC Rushden andDiamonds all visiting the Amber Dew Events Stadium this term, we know we can expect some large away following. So if Lowestoft as a Town, and It’s fabulous supporter base, can better the away attendance this season; some of these clubs have large away following, then we should be getting the 800/1000+ gates once again. Attendances ned to increase for the survival of the club which would be fantastic too for Amber Dew Events Ltd and all the other fantastic sponsors of our fine football club this coming season.

So here’s to Lowestoft Town Football Club and all the best for season 2018-19, lets raise the roof and bring success on the field of play, and ultimately off the field of play, once again to the Amber Dew Events Stadium and all who sail in her. I look forward to seeing everyone once again on match days. Up the Blues! Off the field, we welcome our new, and returning, sponsors & partners We’re delighted to welcome both some new, and returning, club sponsors and partners for the 2018-2019 season. Here’s a brief introduction so please try and support our sponsors provide when you are able to do so. Joining us on a new two-year package deal as Main Club Partner are OAKES RECRUITMENT and their associated company NEXEN LIFT TRUCKS. The deal will see the Oakes Recruitment logo on the front of the first team home playing kit and the Nexen Lift Trucks logo on the front of the away (white) and third (yellow) choice shirts. A brand new deal also sees the main grandstand sponsored for the first time and it has been renamed as the OAKES RECRUITMENT STAND. Karen Calver of Oakes Recruitment said: I am so pleased this is happening. We look forward to enjoying a successful partnership with Lowestoft Town FC. Oakes Recruitment wishes all players, coaches, club staff and fellow supporter’s a great year ahead. Pam Oakes, director of Nexen Lift Trucks, said: “Lowestoft Town’s long, proud history continues and all of us at Nexen want to support the clubs success. Nexen’s own Lowestoft story began over 60 years ago and now we export to over 40 countries worldwide, therefore we have some understanding of what it takes to build a winning team right here. I admire Town’s record of achievement, reaching league finals, winning cups and promotions. I want – everyone at Nexen wants – to see more of that in the years ahead.” Returning as Official Legal Partner and first team Back of shirt sponsors are FOSTERS SOLICITORS. Damien Moore, Partner of Fosters Solicitors, Lowestoft commented: “We are delighted to

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renew our 2 year sponsorship deal with Lowestoft Town Football Club. We have been the club’s official legal partner since 2011 and our commercial partnership has gone from strength to strength. Despite the very difficult time the club has experienced off the field, everybody connected to the club is working tirelessly to ensure the club’s long term future. We are so pleased to be an integral part of those plans and I am sure our continued support will provide the club with much needed certainty moving forward. We had no hesitation in pledging our support for another 2 years I am sure all our fellow commercial partner’s will feel the same in the weeks and months to come.” Also returning is PHAROS MARINE AUTOMATIC POWER as first team shorts sponsors again on a new two year sponsorship package. Chris Woolston, Project Manager at Pharos Marine Automatic Power said: I’m so pleased to be able to renew our two year first team shorts partnership with Lowestoft Town FC. We’ve enjoyed our partnership with the club over recent seasons and we are looking forward to another exciting season as the club moves into a new league with Jamie and Andy overseeing the transformation of the playing side over the coming months. It’s a great time to be involved with the club and we’re looking forward to a successful partnership, both on and off the pitch, over the next two seasons, and beyond. Entering the second year of their two year deal as Stadium Naming Partners is AMBER DEW EVENTS LIMITED. Owner Lord Russell Baker said: I can’t believe how fast the first year and season went, many ups and downs, but I’ve personally enjoyed my association with Lowestoft Town Football Club and I’m very much looking forward to the 2nd year of our sponsorship. There are some great clubs in the Evo-Stik Southern League–Premier Division-Central, and therefore some great matches to host and grounds to visit. I‘m really looking forward to meeting the players, supporters and directors of all the member clubs this season. On the pitch has been difficult in the last couple of years which naturally reflects in lower crowds, which from a sponsorship point of view isn’t something we wish to see in our 2nd sponsorship season. The new dawn is however now upon us with Jamie Godbold bringing his wealth of local football knowledge, management style and new exciting young and experienced players to the club. So a sense of optimism is once again reigning over the Amber Dew Events Stadium for the coming season. With clubs such as Kings Lynn, Tamworth, Kettering and AFC Rushden and Diamonds all visiting the Amber Dew Events Stadium this term, we know we can expect some large away followings. So if Lowestoft as a town, and its fabulous supporter base, can better the away attendance this season then we should be getting towards 800-1000+ attendances once again. Attendances need to increase for the survival of the club which would be fantastic too for Amber Dew Events Limited and all the other fantastic sponsors of our fine football club this coming season.

MARMARIS RESTAURANT in Oulton Broad is also continuing into their second year as Main Partner for the LTFC Youth team in The National League U-19 Alliance. Brian Wren said: I’m delighted to be able to directly support the growth of the youth team and am particularly pleased to see that four youth players have been asked by Jamie (Godbold) to join the first team squad for the coming season. Moss & Co are the latest partner to have joined the club this season, again on a two year sponsorship package of LTFC Veterans. Moss & Co run a series of local pub/restaurants including The Jolly Sailors (Pakefield), The Bell Inn (Carlton Colville), The Commodore & The Waveney (Oulton Broad) along with The Village Maid (Lound). We welcome David Moss as our newest partner/sponsor. Mark Kemp, Finance Director at LTFC said he was delighted to see Oakes Recruitment & Nexen Lift Trucks join the club as Main Partners for the next two years and also for the ongoing and continuing support of the clubs other main sponsors and partners from last season, many who have renewed two year deals with the football club. I look forward to a successful season both on, and off, t he pitch over the coming months. For opportunities to support the team by sponsoring and advertising with the club please see our website: http://www. lowestofttownfc.co.uk/ news/lowestoft-town-fcsponsorships-201819season-2329703.html or contact Mark Kemp on 07759 334687 or email finance@ lowestofttownfc.co.uk

So here’s to Lowestoft Town Football Club and all the best for season 2018-19, lets raise the roof and bring success on the field of play, and ultimately off the field of play, once again to the Amber Dew Events Stadium and all who sail in her. I look forward to seeing everyone once again on match days. Up the Trawlerboys! TEAM LAUREN LOU is continuing into the second year of their sponsorship of the LTFC first team away travel kits.Gary Bennett of Team Lauren Lou said: I’m proud to be entering the 2nd year of our five year sponsorship of the first team Travel Kit. I’m looking forward to seeing the team smartly turned out for the new season and wish all at LTFC best wishes for a successful season.

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Lord Russell Baker â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Owner of Amber Dew Events. Photo courtesy of Shirley Whitlow

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Customers will also be able to enjoy a selection of drinks crafted from the local brewing area such as Bure Gold and Wherry Amber Ale, brewed by Woodforde’s in Woodbastwick, both of which boast fresh and zesty notes including grapefruit, passionfruit and orange. The brasserie’s extensive cocktail list will feature drinks inspired by the local area, too, including an Iceni Martini and Felbrigg Gardens with Norfolk’s Boadicea Gin. The Ivy Norwich Brasserie will also feature eye-catching (yet refined) interiors designed by the acclaimed interior-design company, Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, with the brasserie’s signature green colour palette sitting against striking leather banquettes, polished marble floors and bronzed antiques. The kitchen will be overseen by executive chef, Sean Burbidge, whilst Katie Miller - who has over 15 years’ experience within the hospitality sector, ten of which have been in senior management roles for a host of renowned hotels and restaurants across the country - is the Brasserie’s general manager. Sean has worked in a variety of busy kitchens over the years including top

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