This Saturday, 21st May, an epic constellation of musicians and singers will join as one to bring the rarely performed Mahler Symphony of a Thousand to Norfolk. A visual feast will be on stage; multiple choirs, 8 soloists and a vast orchestra totaling 500 performing to an audience of over 2000.
Two years in the making, the Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra, in its 175th anniversary year, is without doubt certain to create a storm. The vast orchestra includes; 4 keyboard instruments – an organ, a grand piano, a celeste and a harmonium – as well 4 harps, 8 horns, quintuple woodwind, an off-stage brass group and 2 mandolins. There will be 8 solo singers – 3 sopranos, 2 altos, 1 tenor, 1 baritone and 1 bass. Whether you know your way around a classical concert or not, it's going to be difficult not to be blown away by such a sight. And then there is the music....
By all accounts this performance will raise the roof of the 24 metres wide by 23 metres deep stage. And we are in no doubt it will leave audience members breathless from the sheer volume of people on stage and the music they are making.
We expect this to be an inspirational memory making event, a musical extravaganza to make the hairs prickle on the back of your neck, a rousing captivating spectacular you will forever wish you had seen if you don't.
Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra
Academy of St Thomas
Norwich Philharmonic Chorus
Kings Lynn Festival Chorus
Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society
Norwich Cathedral Choir
Matthew Andrews conductor
Kirstin Sharpin soprano
Katherine Broderick soprano
Catherine May soprano
Anne Marie Gibbons alto
Anna Burford alto
Peter Wedd tenor
James Harrison baritone
Richard Wiegold bass
Performance runs: c. 90 minutes (no interval). No latecomers will be admitted.
There will be a Feast on the Street for great food and drink available before the concert so you can make a night of it!
Return bus tickets are available for £6. Buses will depart from outside Norwich Theatre Royal at 6.30pm. Read more.
Ample free parking is available at the Showground (Gate E).