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Hansells Making Waves with Norwich Philharmonic

Written by  The All Things Norfolk Team
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Making Waves.  Pictured aboard TS Lord Nelson, home of the Norwich Sea Cadets, are (Left to Right) Caroline Malone, Hansells partners Kathryn Hirst, Hugh Lansdell and Roger Holden, Chrissie Owens, Caroline Dixey, Boris Borren and Geraint Hancock.  Picture Credit Newsmakers Making Waves. Pictured aboard TS Lord Nelson, home of the Norwich Sea Cadets, are (Left to Right) Caroline Malone, Hansells partners Kathryn Hirst, Hugh Lansdell and Roger Holden, Chrissie Owens, Caroline Dixey, Boris Borren and Geraint Hancock. Picture Credit Newsmakers

A Norwich law firm was already an energetic teenager when, in 1841, the city gave birth to a new music society.

During the following 175 years, Hansells and the Norwich Philharmonic have each thrived. Over the generations both have become woven into the fabric of Norfolk life.

This week lawyers, musicians and singers came together at Hansells offices in Cathedral Close to launch Norwich Philharmonic's 2016-17 concert programme. It is the fifth successive year Hansells Solicitors and Financial Advisers have been the highly-acclaimed society’s main sponsors.

One of the country's oldest-established amateur symphony orchestras, paired with a highly-regarded 120-voice choir, the Norwich Philharmonic Society has the provenance, strength in numerical depth and talent to tackle pieces of work so challenging that they are performed only rarely.

That tradition continues this year; the opening concert on 5 November includes Vaughan Williams’ musical masterpiece A Sea Symphony, complemented by En Saga by Sibelius.

“Every year I am really impressed by the complexity of pieces the Norwich Philharmonic chooses to perform,” said Roger Holden, Managing Partner of Hansells Solicitors and Financial Advisers. Hansells has a long-standing and multi-faceted support for the cultural heartbeat of Norwich and Norfolk.

“Nothing daunts the Phil. They are an inspiration and every season they lead us on a journey of delight. I am full of admiration for the ambition, enthusiasm and dedication the musicians and choir members demonstrate year after year.

 “The Norwich Phil always aims high.....and I’ve never known it to miss the target,” said Mr Holden, adding that he had his Hansells colleagues have been privileged to witness excellent execution of some large-scale projects.

“The society has planned a well-thought programme. It promises a richly entertaining repertoire of stirring music, with concerts in November, December, February and March – complemented, of course, by the ever-popular Family Christmas presentation,” he said.

Norwich Philharmonic Society chairman Caroline Dixey is equally delighted by this year’s programme mix of well-known, popular music, combined with some more unusual yet very compelling pieces.

“Our opening concert is ambitious. A Sea Symphony is the most wonderful piece of music for both orchestra and chorus; it is so evocative of the sea,” she said.

“Another piece which is a bit unusual is Korngold’s Violin Concerto in D major, which we are performing on December 10. As a member of the choir I am very much looking forward to that. It is not heard as often as his Hollywood works but it deserves a wider airing – and the Norwich Philharmonic is pleased to do that.”

Other highlights of the season are the every-popular Christmas concert, with its mix of choral and audience participation carols and next April’s trip by the Norwich Philharmonic choir to Germany to sing Haydn’s The Seasons in combination with the society’s partner choir in Koblenz.

Mrs Dixey paid tribute to the support the society is given by Hansells.

“Hansells is wonderfully supportive financially – it enables us to be ambitious in our programming as well as provide generous discounting on the price of tickets, especially for Friends, for students and for season ticket holders,” she said.

“It is more than just money. The people at Hansells are such tremendous supporters. They always bring a good group along to our events. They are tremendous supporters in every sense.

Hansells’ ethos is that in an economic climate where some sources of funding for the arts are drying up, business has an increasingly significant role in underpinning community life.

Its current sponsorships include the Reepham Festival, the Aylsham Show, the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Norfolk Food & Drink Festival and a Norfolk Bowls Association cup competition.

“Hansells is proud to play its part in showcasing the cultural heartbeat of Norwich, Norfolk and East Anglia,” said Roger Holden, Managing Partner of Hansells Solicitors and Financial Advisers. “I am delighted that we can be part of the Norwich Philharmonic success story.

Individual concert tickets are priced from £11- £17, with under 26s £7. Season tickets, offering admission to four concerts for the price of three, cost £33-£51. All are available from Prelude Records in St Giles Street, Norwich, Tel: 01603 628319, or via the Norwich Phil website

Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus programme for 2016-17 (all events are at St Andrew’s Hall, beginning at 7.30pm) –

Saturday 5 November 2016

Sibelius – En Saga; Vaughan Williams – A Sea Symphony

Soloists: Susanna Fairbairn (soprano), Robert Rice (baritone)

Conductors: Matthew Andrews and David Dunnett


Saturday 10 December 2016

Smetana – Sarka; Korngold – Violin Concerto in D major; Dvorak – Symphony  No 5

Soloist: Zoe Beyers, violin (Korngold)

Conductor: Matthew Andrews


Tuesday 20 December 2016

Family Christmas Concert

Including carols for choir and audience

Conductor: David Dunnett


Saturday 4 February 2017 

Rachmaninoff – Caprice Bohémien; Copland – Clarinet Concerto; Shostakovich – Symphony No 12 'The year 1917'

Soloist: Matthew Hunt, clarinet (Copland)

Conductor: Matthew Andrews


Saturday 18 March 2017

Haydn – The Seasons

Soloists: Cecilia Osmond (soprano), Mark Dobell (tenor), Jonathan Brown (bass) 

Conductor: David Dunnett



Ship Shape. Pictured aboard TS Lord Nelson, home of the Norwich Sea Cadets, are (Left to Right) Caroline Malone, Chrissie Owens, Hugh Lansdell (Hansells), Roger Holden (Hansells), Caroline Dixey, Kathryn Hirst (Hansells), Geraint Hancock and Boris Borren.

Picture Credit Newsmakers 

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