Sunday 22 May 2011

Kate Symonds-Joy at Norwich Assembly House

Kate Symonds-Joy delights the Norfolk
and Norwich Festival at lunch
On Friday I attended the Royal Academy of Music lunchtime concert at Norwich Assembly House featuring Kate Symonds-Joy and William Vann as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. This event took place in the splendid Music Room.

The programme portrayed women who displayed the qualities of being sad, mad or bad. This consisted of Mad Bess - Henry Purcell, Disprezzata regina - Claudio Monteverdi, Arianna a Naxos - Joseph Haydn, Kdyz mne stara matka zpivat - Antonin Dvorak, Songs my mother taught me - Charles Ives, Sequenza III - Luciano Berio, Je ne t'aime pas - Kurt Weill and Imagine the Duchess's feelings! - Noel Coward.

Kate Symonds-Joy has an amazing powerful voice that truly delightful the audience with the support of pianist William Vann. She sang in Czech for Dvorak's Kdyz mne stara matka zpivat (Songs my mother taught me) while on Berio's Sequenza III she had to express forty four different emotions unaccompanied.

I'm sure we will hear lots more from this mezzo-soprano in the future. Another very enjoyable lunchtime concert at The Assembly House.

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