Isn't it a lovely autumn? And so warm too. And my quince tree has produced lots of lovely fragrant quinces for quince pie and membrillo. This is a long update so please feel free to scroll down till you find bits that interest you most.
Thomas Browne Day 19 October
A few short weeks ago I had a bit of a brainwave. I had been looking for the right speaker for the annual Sir Thomas Browne Day talk on Friday 19 October and not really coming up with quite the right people. Those that I had asked were too busy, or have spoken recently and in any case there are not that many people confident about speaking about Browne. But I was at the launch of the Talking Statues project (more about that later) when I realised that Wymondham-based poet George Szirtes had written the monologue for the Browne statue on Hay Hill, which had been subsequently voiced by Adam Buxton. It came to me in a flash that of course, George is just the right person. However, George was not so quick to agree 'I am no Browne expert' he said on the phone. I didn't want to pressurise him so I said 'But you are a literature expert, George, and intelligent, thoughtful and well-read. I don't want a Browne expert who will just tell us about Browne (although they are enjoyable too) but someone who can discuss why Browne is said to have one of the best prose styles of anyone in English literature and maybe why he chose some of the topics that he wrote about'. I know George to have an opinion about many things - not opinionated, but rather that he considers something that has happened or he has seen, thinks about it and then writes about it (often on Facebook). this is very Brownean.
Anyway, by a bit of gentle coaxing and not too much pressure, I persuaded him and how pleased I am that I did. I have just read his first draft and it is as thoughtful, perceptive and intriguing as I hoped. I am not going to give anything away but it will provoke interesting discussion -for the conversation George will be joined by two more left-field requests. My friend and co-conspiritor Lucy Ward of Wavelength Films and write2screen network was equally reluctant initially but she again, has a very incisive and questioning brain (also a lawyer) and, unlike many people has read Browne in the past. I thought she would be a great person to interview George. Eventually she was convinced that intelligent questions were what was needed, not encyclopaedic knowledge of Browne. And then I was put in touch with Anna Wyatt from UEA's School of Literature who has been studying Browne for some years now - she was very willing to come along and she will supply the Browne expertise. So I am really pleased with this line-up, plus we are in the fabulous surroundings of Dragon Hall, now the National Centre for Writing. The talk is next Friday 19 October at 7pm and there will also be a bar run by the Bicycle Shop so it will be a very convivial evening in good company, much better than Friday night TV, so come along - it is a pay-what-you-can on the door kind of event but if you can RSVP via Eventbrite then we can get the right number of seats out.
STOP Press: I am told that we may also get a surprise visitor (but can't talk about that until confirmed)
There are more Sir Thomas Browne Day events too - at 10.30am Friday 19 October Barbara Miller will be conducting a tour of Browne artefacts in St Peter Mancroft Church. Barbara is a fount of knowledge about Browne's life in Norwich, and the objects in the church. The tour is free, just assemble at the church by 10.30 on 19 October.
Later in the morning, I will be out with my good friend Maggie Wheeler cleaning the sculptures on Hay Hill - the brain, eye and seats. It is only right and proper that the stones get a birthday cleanup at least once a year - they get so messy with pigeons, milkshakes and Maccy Ds. And the cleanup will be in preparation for long-time Browne proponent Kevin Faulkner to come along in costume for a recital of one of Browne's works 'Letter to a Friend' from 12.30 to 1.30pm - weather permitting - let's hope this autumn weather carries on! If it does, Kevin will be around in the afternoon to talk to people about Browne.
There will also be a team from Talking Statues Norwich who will be there to tell you all about the trail of statues around Norwich that you can receive a free phone call from by scanning their blue plaque with your smartphone. Through the phone call you can find out what George Szirtes wrote on behalf of Browne - read by comedian Adam Buxton who may just also turn up in person - who knows?
So that's a long post but I want to get a really good turnout for the talk and all these events so make sure you check in when you can. There's more info on www.sirthomasbrowne.org.uk, and just because he is a 17th century man, it doesn't mean he is dull and boring. If he was alive today he would be a blogger I reckon and he was curious about everything around him - a good principle to live by .
Other things on 19 October - well I guess I have to tell you about those too! the Hostry Festival is running the Norfolk Arts Awards ceremony, which sets out t recognise those that excel in or contribute to the arts in Norfolk. I missed my chance at an award last year, pipped by property developers Architekton but lots of my friends will be there this year, hopefully being recognised for their good work - best of luck to them all. The Hostry Festival starts this Saturday 13 and runs through October. It includes Paint Out Norwich this weekend (here some of the county bravest painters get outdoors and paint what they see, there and then. Artist James Colman and his team have developed this event (called plein air painting) over the last few years and have been running Paint-Outs around the county. Find out about it all here www.paintoutnorwich.org and about the Hostry Festival www.hostryfestival.org. Paint Out dates Saturday 13th through Tuesday 16th Octobe with a public ‘paintout‘ on Sunday 21st, and a Private View, Awards & Art sale on Wednesday 17th October, followed by an exhibition at The Hostry until 28 October.
All Mouth No Trousers : The Story of Norfolk's Radical Women
...is Common Lot's latest production. Famed for their award-winning 'Come Yew In' last year and Kett's Rebellion the year before, the Common Lot are at it again. With 5 dates in venues around Norwich from 19-28 October, this is one to catch for sure - it will cheer you up with rumbustuous radical rollicks (I think!)
Norwich Science Festival also launches on 19 October
19-28 October at The Forum
There are many, many fascinating events so I will just point you to their website to find out more. On the weekend on 27/28 October, the giant Guardians of the Gut science installation will be there with an opportunity to see how scientists from the Quadram Institute, members of Norwich Hackspace and artists and constructors Tin House worked together to make this interactive giant pink gut that you can walk through. the installation shows how the 'microbiome' in our digestive system keeps us healthy. The Science Festival has become an amazing event in the city calendar. See www.norwichsciencefestival.co.uk for events and bookings
Academy of St Thomas 45th Anniversary Concert Saturday 13 October 2018
Norwich welcomes new guest conductor and talented soloist Richard Harwood, cello with Benjamin Pope, conductor
Delius The Walk to the Paradise Garden
Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor
Brahms Symphony No.4
Richard Harwood performs concerti and chamber music in concert halls all over the world, he is regularly heard on BBC Radio 3.
The Academy is delighted to introduce Benjamin Pope as its conductor for this concert.
Buy tickets from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/norwich/st-andrews-hall/45th-anniversary-concert
or at St George's Music Shop by telephone or visit Norwich NR3 1AB - Tel 01603 626414
Brook Street Band in King’s Lynn for Festival EXTRA 2018
Sunday 14 October 2018, 7.30pm (doors 7pm)
St. George’s Guildhall (former Arts Centre), King Street, King’s Lynn, PE30 1EU
The renowned King's Lynn Festival has an extra autumn festival this year, in the amazing St George's Guildhall one of the largest surviving medieval guildhall buildings. The Brook Street Band will be playing a varied programme including their signature interpretation of Handel's Trio Sonata Op.5 No. 6 See www.kingslynnfestival.org.uk
Also opening in Kings Lynn at GroundWork Gallery, 17 Purfleet (just opposite the Customs House)
Friday 12 October
A new exhibition opens at the GroundWork Gallery this weekend, the lovely converted carpenters workshop near the river in Kings Lynn, involving a range of artists and styles of work, all with an environmental perspective.
Theories of Earth : Wayne Binitie, Shaun Fraser and Flora Bowden
Glass and bronze sculptures, drawings, sound installations about elemental aspects of the environment
Laura Huston, Femke Lemmens : Colour, form, ceramics and woven textiles using natural materials
Plus jewellery, books and small works by selected artists. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 1am-4pm
The Word Defiant at Blickling Estate
Last chance to catch this installation in the grounds and hall at Blickling - ends 28 October - see Facebook BlicklingEstateNT
Circus Show of Shows - a celebration of 250 years of circus at Time & Tide Museum, Great Yarmouth
Saturday 6 October 2018 – Sunday 3 March 2019
I didn't get to the opening of this exhibition but it is definitely on my list, plus I love Time & Tide
This exhibition details the origins of Circus from the Ancient Greek ‘Hippodromes’ through to the Great Yarmouth ‘Hippodrome’ of modern day, and will feature a series of loans from private lenders and objects drawn from the Norfolk Museum Service collections.
Entry to the exhibition is included with the normal museum admission charge. Find out more here and treat yourself to a day in Yarmouth at this lovely museum.
Elisabeth Frink : Humans and Other Animals at the Sainsbury Centre
13 October 2018 to 24 February 2019
This weekend, Saturday 13 October is the launch of a new exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre. Elisabeth Frink was a major British sculptor till her death 25 years ago, working as a radical and Bohemian woman in the 1950s and then over four decades. here sculptures are striking, sometimes dark. The exhibition, which is the largest and most significant since her death will connect and juxtapose her work with other contemporary masters such as Rodin, Picasso and Bourgeois. Exhibitions at the Sainsbury Centre never disappoint, with the crack exhibitions and curatorial teams always pulling out all of the stops for Norwich. Can't wait to see it. www.scva.ac.uk
Armistice: Legacy of the Great War in Norfolk opens 20 October at Norwich Castle
20 October 2018 to 6 January 2019
As well as announcing their successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £9.2million to turn the Castle Keep back to its former Medieval glory, Norwich Castle is launching their newest exhibition Armistice : Legacy of the Great War in Norfolk.
This major centenary exhibition commemorates the end of the First World War and explores the effect of the War on Norwich and Norfolk, from the physical impact on the county to the stories of communities and individuals whose lives were transformed. The exhibition runs until Sunday 6 January 2019 - see www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk for more
Orla Kiely at East Gallery NUA
East Gallery NUA also has an exhibition coming up - Orla Kiely : A Life in Pattern opens on Tuesday 30 October. Orla Kiely is now a household name as her designs have been applied to everything from bedclothes to mugs, with bold, colourful, geometric but organic repeating patterns being her trademark. See https://www.nua.ac.uk/university-life/east-gallery/exhibitions/for updates on exhibitions
Dyad Creative to curate Cley 19
Franco-British collaborators Hannah Hudson Wallis and Théodora Lecrinier have been chosen by the North Norfolk Exhibition Project to curate the next Cley Contemporary Art Exhibition for 2019. Following in the footsteps of many experienced and renowned curators over the last 19 years, Hannah and Théo are embarking on a new style of working for them. They currently run Dove Street Studios, a venture they set up following graduation from NUA. Founded on a common principle of communication stemming from individual backgrounds of Théo being French and Hannah being deaf, their practice focuses on visual arts and contemporary performance, with an emphasis on the essence of language. In questioning what performance is they explore themes of curation, spatial awareness and audience experience through diverse art projects, and social engagement with the running of creative spaces. It is clear that they will bring a fresh and contemporary style to this wel-respected annual exhibition. Their call for submissions will be out soon so check www.cleycontemporaryart.org
October exhibition calendar - see more at www.artinnorwich.org.uk
6-27th Caputo and French : Mandell’s Gallery, Elm Hill, Norwich
6-31 Harding & Anderson : Bircham Gallery, Holt
12.10-16.12 Theories of Earth : GroundWork Gallery, Kings Lynn
13 NNAC Artist Workshop : Ian McManus 21
13.10-24.02 Elisabeth Frink : Sainsbury Centre UEA Campus
14/15/16 Paint Out Norwich Competition
18-28 Paint Out Norwich Exhibition : Hostry Norwich Cathedral
18.10-01.12 Gary & Jo Hincks : The Corn Hall Diss
20.10-6.1.19 Armistice: Legacy of the Great War in Norfolk : Norwich Castle
25 ncas talk : Roger Malbert : The Forum Norwich
30 Orla Kiely : East Gallery NUA
Audition for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain in Norwich this November!
Sunday 18 November, Booking online at www.nycgb.org.uk from Thursday 27 September
If you’re passionate about singing in choirs and vocal ensembles and want to make music with the best young singers of your age from around the UK, then an audition for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) could be the start of something amazing.
In 2018, NYCGB is holding auditions in Norwich on Sunday 18 November and would love to hear as many talented young singers as possible. So go on: #StartSomethingAmazing!
The audition day is for anyone interested in joining the following NYCGB choirs:
• National Youth Boys’ Choir – for singers in school years 5-10
• National Youth Girls’ Choir – for singers in school years 6-10
• National Youth Training Choir – for singers in school years 9-13
Online booking for auditions: www.nycgb.org.uk from Thursday 27 September
Auditions are £35, or FREE for children in receipt of free school meals.
The National Centre for Writing is on the hunt for the next fiction bestseller
Escalator Talent Development Scheme now open for applications
The National Centre for Writing is on the hunt for ten exciting fiction writers (novel or short story) in the East of England to take part in the talent development scheme.
The successful applicants will receive five sessions of one-to-one mentoring, a writers' retreat in Norwich UNESCO City of Literature, workshops and development sessions, and a showcase event in London.
Application deadline: 5pm on Monday 29 October
Experience J.M. Coetzee's Man Booker Prize-winning novel Life & Times of Michael K
Thursday 18 October, 7pm, National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall, King Street, Norwich NR1 1QE
A live storytelling event with the Booker Prize Foundation - come and experience this interactive way of engaging with literature - fresh from its premiere at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, this event brings Michael K to life through staged readings and film footage. An immersive new way of enjoying books by Story Machine Productions. Offer: £5 tickets for students and under 25s. Book tickets here
Theatre at The Garage Chapelfield, Norwich
Thursday 18 & Friday 19 October, 7.30pm
fEAST Theatre : INTO THIN AIR
It’s 1982. The Falklands War is on the telly, Dexy’s Midnight Runners haunt the airwaves and fifteen-year-old Norfolk schoolgirl Susan Kemp is going off the rails. And then she vanishes... into thin air. Thirty five years later her brothers Pete and Melvin are still living in the shadow of Susan’s disappearance.
Age: 16+ Running Time: 120 minutes Tickets: £15/£10 students and under 25s.
NATIONAL CENTRE FOR WRITING
Programme Assistant, Full time. Permanent £17,403 - £19,368
National Centre for Writing (NCW) is a leading literature organisation committed to developing the artistic and social impact of creative writing, reading and literary translation.
About the role: The role of Programme Assistant will provide high level administrative and organisational support to the Programme Team as it grows and develops its artistic and learning programmes. This role provides an ideal opportunity for someone who is interested in pursuing a career in the arts and literature sector.
About you: You will bring with you a strong interest in literature and in working in artistic and community settings. You will have excellent communication, writing and IT skills and at least one year’s experience of administrative support, preferably in the arts or wider cultural sector.
Recruitment timetable : Closing deadline: 9am Monday 22nd October 2018
Short-list confirmed: 6pm Thursday 25 October 2018
Selection interviews: Tuesday 30 October 2018 at Dragon Hall
When you submit your application, please ensure that you are available to participate between 9.00am – 6.00pm on the selection day.
Send your application form, CV and equal opportunities monitoring form, and personal statement by email to Freya Gallagher Jones, Operations Assistant on Freya@nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk
If you would like to have a confidential discussion about the role with the Programme Director Peggy Hughes please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a convenient time to speak.
Norfolk & Norwich Festival Vacancy
NNFestival are currently recruiting a number of posts throughout the Festival team. These include Production Officer, 2 x Communications and Development Trainees and a Production and Producer Trainee.
This is an exciting time to join. Both the Festival and Festival Bridge are at the start of new four-year National Portfolio Organisation funding agreements with Arts Council England and we are taking this opportunity to refresh our artistic and organisational vision. We are working to build a dynamic festival programme in Norwich and around Norfolk and to extend our reach and influence year-round across East England through projects and initiatives.
Production Officer – full time, permanent
We are recruiting a Production Officer to assist and support the Production and Programme Team to develop and deliver events throughout the year and across the busy May Festival period.
Deadline for applications: 12 noon on Wednesday 31 October
Production and Producer Traineeship - full time, fixed term (6 months)
The Programme and Producer Trainee post is a new role at Norfolk & Norwich Festival. We are looking for someone to support Norfolk & Norwich Festival’s Production and Programme team in the development and delivery of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival and our other initiatives. In addition the trainee will develop skills and knowledge through on-the-job and other training.
Deadline for applications: 12 noon on Monday 5 November
Communications and Development Traineeships – full time, fixed term (1 x 6 months, 1 x 18 months)
We are looking for two Communications and Development Trainees to support Norfolk & Norwich Festival Communications and Development team in their communications, audience development and fundraising across all activities and initiatives. In addition the trainees will develop skills and knowledge through on the job and other training.
Deadline for applications: 12 noon on Monday 5 November
You can download job packs and the relevant forms from our website https://nnfestival.org.uk/about-us/vacancies/
Schubert Ensemble Trust Commission Grant Scheme
As you may know, The Schubert Ensemble gave its final concert after 35 years on Saturday 30th June.
The Schubert Ensemble Trust (Registered Charity No. 1002244) supported the Ensemble in many of its activities, particularly its prolific commissioning of new works. Over its 35-year career, the Ensemble commissioned 50 concert works from many of the UK’s leading composers. The Trust has some funds remaining, which will be used to promote public performances of these works commissioned by the Schubert Ensemble, a full list of which can be found on the Ensemble’s website (details below).
Applications for grants towards performances can be made by ensembles and concert promoters from 1st September 2018.
Details of the scheme are available on a newly launched archive website at www.schubertensemble.com. Please go to the ‘SE Trust’ page https://www.schubertensemble.com/s-e-trust for further information and for a downloadable application form.
For details of the 50 or so works that qualify for a grant please go to the ‘Archive/Commissions’ page https://www.schubertensemble.com/s-e-trust. Most of the works are for various combinations of piano and strings.
If you know anyone who might be interested applying for one of these grants we would be very grateful if you would pass this information on. We will be relying largely on word of mouth to publicise this scheme. For those of you on social media, there are recent posts that can be shared on Facebook and Twitter:http://www.facebook.com/schubertensemble1
Norfolk County Music Festival Events Officer, part-time
We are looking for a highly-organised Events Officer to produce Norfolk County Music Festival, which takes place throughout Norwich, every March.
Norfolk County Music Festival encourages and supports amateur music making and teaching throughout the county and beyond.
The successful candidate will be a freelancer looking to extend their experience of event management and promotion.
The bulk of the work takes place programming the festival between Jan – March (around 40 hours / week). This involves processing entries to the Festival via the website and online booking system, programming the event the timetable (approx. 500 festival entries, around 4000 people) liaising with music / singing teachers (via Facebook, email/phone and MailChimp), drafting programme text for the designer, arranging publication of the printed programme, organising accommodation and chasing payments. The rest of the year (5 hours/ week) involves drafting the syllabus (early programme), updating the website, booking venues, adjudicators and contracts for adjudicators and managing the festival committee meetings.
Salary: £7,980 pa Closing date: 5pm, Tuesday 23rd October. Interviews from 1st November. To apply, please send a recent CV and a covering letter (letter should be no more than 2 pages) which explains how your skills and experience make you suitable for the role, to email@example.com . For an informal conversation about the role please contact Laura Middleton on 07968 316265. http://norfolkmusic.org.uk/
OK, that's all for now. I have probably missed something really obvious but please support music venues, theatre venues, art exhibitions and all the efforts that people make to make Norwich a true city of culture
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