Norfolk & Norwich Festival
8 - 24 May 2015
Our free Outdoor Proghramme included the gravity-defying fitting, 451 - a fantastic large-scale finale inspired by Ray Bradbury’s classic dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 and the ever-popular Garden Party.
In our classical music programme The Mendelssohn Project explored the musical genius of Felix Mendelssohn with a performance of Elijah with Sir John Tomlinson and the Festival Chorus, a symphonic programme from the Philharmonia and a series of three concerts from Northern Chords which mined the riches of Mendelssohn’s chamber works.
Contemporary music included extraordinary jazz pianists: Abdullah Ibrahim, the Neil Cowley Trio and ECM artist Stefano Bollani, some extraordinary feel-good gigs for all the family include The Hot Sardines and Taraf de Haïdouks at Norwich Theatre Royal. Plus everything from African blues to contemporary British folk to choral house music at The Adnams Spiegeltent Music Club.
Visual arts and film bring included the much anticipated Jeff Koons show at Norwich Castle Museum - which runs to 6 September - and film treats from the intimate sharing of one Polish woman’s home movies, Margarete, to the film and music celebration inspired by the Guinness Book of Records – The Measure of All Things.
As the reputation of Norwich as a UNESCO City of Literature continues to grow Writers’ Centre Norwich presented a weekend-long Literary Festival which includes Neel Mukherjee, Rose Tremain, Andrew O’Hagan and Russian journalist/activist Masha Gessen. And we presented the British Premiere of the theatre production of Eimear McBride’s award-winning novel A Girl is a Half-formed Thing.
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