Thursday, 20 October 2011

Chamber Orchestra Anglia 10th Birthday Concert at The Forum Norwich

Chamber Orchestra Anglia (COA) is staging its 10th birthday concert at The Forum in Norwich on Sunday, November 6 at 7pm.

Returning to the venue where the professional orchestra was launched in 2001, COA is presenting a programme of music from medieval to contemporary. The Forum event is the first of a monthly series of 10th anniversary concerts in the Norwich 12 buildings, in association with Norwich HEART (Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust).

The main work on November 6 is Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale. Nigel Rees, presenter of BBC Radio Four’s Quote, Unquote, will take the role of narrator. The evening will be compered by BBC Radio Three presenter Christopher Cook. The Soldier’s Tale was written and first performed in 1918. This Faustian story focuses on a young soldier who gives his fiddle to the Devil in return for riches and luxury and then battles to regain control of his life.

Animations by Virtual Past of the Norwich 12 buildings will also be shown in The Forum’s Fusion Gallery as part of the evening’s celebrations.

Tickets are £12 for the main atrium (cabaret style seating) or £15 on the Pizza Express bridge. A three-course meal at Pizza Express, price £12.95, is available for bridge ticket holders from 6pm. Tickets from the Theatre Royal Box Office, tel. 01603 630000,

Other dates arranged so far are: Aviva Atrium, Surrey Street, December 14, The Guildhall, Caley’s Cocoa CafĂ©, January 14, St Andrew’s Hall, February 3, featuring Griff Rhys Jones and The Assembly House, March 2. For up to date information on the programme see

Sharon Andrea Choa, COA founder and Artistic Director said: “We are very excited to be returning to The Forum to mark our 10th birthday and launch the Norwich 12 series. I would like to thank The Forum, Norwich HEART and all the members of the Norwich 12 for their support. Using music to connect with the community and connect people is always what we aspired to do. This series of concerts will hopefully do just that and more. It is going to be a memorable 12 months.”

Chamber Orchestra Anglia’s key aims are to forge new links and relationships with other art forms and scientific disciplines and present inspiring and accessible classical concerts. The orchestra’s artistic director and principal conductor, Sharon Andrea Choa is Director of Music at UEA and conductor of the UEA Symphony Orchestra. The leader of the orchestra is Simon Smith, an outstanding violinist who has performed extensively as a soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.