Friday, 5 April 2013

A Musical Frolic – Chamber Orchestra Anglia at Norwich Castle

Chamber Orchestra Anglia's (COA) wind sextet will bring to life Joseph Stannard’s painting, Thorpe Water Frolic (1824) with music by Rossini, Haydn, Mozart, Moore and Weber in a lunchtime concert at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery on Saturday, April 20, from 12.30pm to 1.30pm.  The concert will be staged in the gallery that features the Stannard painting.

Thorpe Water Frolic Afternoon: Joseph Stannard 1824 - Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

Art historian, Dr Anna Green will tell the story of the painting, including the music played, with reference to contemporary accounts of Thorpe Water Frolic from 28 August 1824, in the Norfolk Chronicle  & Norwich Gazette and the Norwich Mercury.

Commenting on the music played by the band of the 2nd Dragoon Guards at the Thorpe Water Frolic, the Norfolk Chronicle reported: “And certainly it claims to be mentioned that a high zest was imparted to the day’s enjoyment by the correct, delicate, and tasteful manner in which these superior instrumentalists, performed a variety of beautiful airs, including some of the most admired compositions of Haydn, Mozart and Rossini.”

Tickets for the concert are adult £15, young person £12, museum pass holders £13,
t 01603 495897 or available in person at Norwich Castle reception.

Anna Green said: “Since I’ve worked at Norwich Castle Museum, I’ve always wanted to do a concert based on Stannard’s Frolic. It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to do this with such a fabulous ensemble.”

Sharon Choa, Artistic Director, COA said: “COA continues our Norwich 12 concert series in the unusual setting of the Colman Gallery in Norwich Castle with six of our principal wind players. For the first time, we will be able to hear Stannard's great painting, as the artist heard the scene in 1824!"    

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