Summertime in Vienna

Concert begins at 7.30pm with supper available from 6pm.

Tickets £15, available from the Whinburgh Music Festival website or by contacting Liz Cooper on 01362 699195/

The concert, conducted by Dario Salvi, is the second performance of this programme. The first concert will be conducted by Bulgarian conductor Nayden Todorov in early June.

The programme includes some rarities and first live performances as well as very well known and loved classics.

The concert opens with the first performance of Genée’s overture for Nanon, one of his most successful Operettas, together with Der Seekadett, which is also featured in the programme in a ‘Quadrille; composed by Eduard Strauss on themes from the opera.

From Genée we move to Josef Richter and his Lied Ohne Worte (song without words) featuring Paige Galer on French Horn. We then move into more familiar territory with a march by Johann Strauss, jr. dedicated to the Emperor Franz Josef I and a selection from one of the most famous operettas coming from Austria, Millocker’s Gasparone.

We will then cross the border into France for a Can Can by Offenbach – this time it is not the usual ‘Can Can’ from Orpheus in The Underworld but one of his lesser known works.

The first part of the programme will conclude with one of the most famous waltzes by Johann Strauss, Roses from the South.

The second part of the programme opens with the ‘Intermezzo’ from Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffman with its grand introduction and mellow barcarole. We the move back to Austria with a polka from Millocker’s The Beggar Student. Another solo, featuring Amy Robinson on clarinet, this time from Verdi’s La Traviata, will move us again into new territory, this time Northern Italy. Schumann’s Träumerei, with its romantic melodies will lead the way towards the conclusion of the concert with Johann Strauss’ Wine, Women and Song and Bauern Polka.

Valentine’s Ball – SOLD OUT!

Join the Imperial Vienna Orchestra and dance instructor Donna Poole at this Valentine’s Day ball.

This event is now sold out. To be added to a waiting list, please contact Donna directly using the details below.

A Trip to Africa

A Trip to Africa Poster

WORLD PREMIERE of  Franz von Suppé’s Comic Opera in 3 Acts 

“A Trip to Africa is a piquant opera. It is one of Suppé’s operas that is both pretty and rich. It contains refreshing music, rich choruses, fine orchestration and beautiful numbers. There are but few works that can equal it. It is full of spirit and brilliancy!” (New York Times, 1887)

A tale of love, deception and adventure set in  19th century Cairo and along the Nile.

After almost 140 years since its first production, 100 since its last performance, and more than two years of research, A Trip to Africa will delight opera lovers once again, starting in Norwich.

Come and enjoy a newly rediscovered gem of Viennese operetta by one of its masters.

Concert performance conducted by Dario Salvi, music by the Imperial Vienna Orchestra with a cast of soloists. Onstage chorus: the Octagon Singers. In English.


Pictures from Hungary

Pictures from Hungary Concert 9th July 2016

Tickets cost £12.50 (£10 for concessions) and are available from:
Norwich Theatre Royal – 01603 630000
Prelude Records – St. Giles Street, Norwich – 01603 628319
St George’s Music Shop – St George’s Street, Norwich – 01603 626414

Featuring pianist Simon Ireson, who will be performing the piano concerto ‘Ungarische Zigeunerweisen‘ (1892) by Sophie Menter. A student of Franz Liszt, he described Menter as “my only legitimate piano daughter”. Born in Munich in 1846 to her cellist father and singer mother, Sophie quickly became a distinguished pianist. She first performed in public with Weiber’s ‘Kozertstück’ for piano and orchestra at the age of fifteen, and went on to achieve great acclaim for her interpretation of Liszt’s piano music at the Leipzig Gewandhaus. Anton Rubinstein called her “the sole ruler of all piano keys and hearts.” She toured widely and first appeared in England in 1881, returning two years later to receive an honorary membership of the Philharmonic Society. Shortly after, she became professor of piano at the St. Petersburg Conservatory.

Sophie composed various pieces for the piano, whilst describing herself as having a “miserable talent for composing”. Tchaikovsky was well acquainted with Sophie and even dedicated a score to her. He clearly did not entirely agree with Sophie’s opinion of her abilities since he took her two piano “Ungarische Zigeunerweisen”, composed in 1885, and arranged the second piano part for orchestra. He also conducted the premiere of this work in Odessa in 1893 with Sophie as soloist.

The work itself contains a small collection of melodies. It is clearly inspired by Liszt’s ‘Hungarian Fantasy‘ with the opening being remarkably similar. After the initial tidal wave of notes in the first cadenza, the Andante chords present the main theme. After the Allegro variation there is another cadenza before a dance-like tune is played, followed by the orchestra joining in enthusiastically. The Andante theme returns during another cadenza before a beautiful run of arpeggios culminates in cascading scales, which lead to a single note on the piano. From here the running octaves on the piano lead the piece towards the Coda, again returning to the original theme, however now with much more energy. The final few moments recall the opening and the whole work is brought to a resounding close with a rising chromatic scale.

A Viennese Summer Night

A concert of Viennese classics in Swaffham’s most beautiful concert venue.

Featuring well-known classics and absolute rarities such as the Overture from A Trip to Africa by Suppé, music by Richard Genée, the Strauss family and more.

In aid of the Swaffham Community Hospital.

Tickets available from Ceres Bookshop or Just Hair in Swaffham, or from members of the league.

Vienna Matinee

Tickets: £7 | Concessions £6

Featuring Sara Cucchi on French Horn