Unmeasured Chamber Concerts

Li Fiori

19 July, 2024
The Norwich Baroque Chamber Players
with soprano Sarahjane Stephen


Unmeasured Chamber Concerts is a new series run by Ensemble Unmeasured, which takes its name from the unmeasured preludes of the 17th century. We believe that music provides a richness of experience that is immeasurable, and we would like to invite you to share it with us.
Concerts take place at the Octagon Chapel at 6:30pm on Friday evenings.

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Upcoming Concerts

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Li Fiori

19 July, 2024

Musical flower gardens of the 17th century

Sarahjane Stephen, soprano
the Norwich Baroque Chamber Players

Music of Kapsberger, Cavalli, Merula, Purcell, and more
Jim O’Toole and Rebecca Harris, violin; Matthew Wadsworth, theorbo; Kate Bennett Wadsworth, bass viol; Sarah Ridy, triple harp

Airs and Divisions

27 September, 2024

Renaissance songs without words

Matthew Wadsworth, lute
Kate Bennett Wadsworth, viol
Sarah Ridy, harp
Music of Dowland, Caccini, Ortiz, and more
Credit: Wellcome Library, London.

Melancholy and Madness

22 November, 2024

The many faces of the Baroque

Rachel Stroud and Magdalena Loth-Hill, violins
Matthew Wadsworth, theorbo
Kate Bennett Wadsworth, cello
John Green, harpsichord
Music of Vivaldi, Leclair, CPE Bach, and more

About Matt

Matthew Wadsworth has earned a reputation as one of the world’s finest lutenists. Working in the UK, Europe and North America as a soloist and chamber musician, he has appeared at most major concert halls and festivals, and can often be heard on radio, both in live performance and recordings. Born in 1974, Matthew studied lute at London’s Royal Academy of Music with Nigel North, after which he spent a year at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague. His CD recordings have all received international critical acclaim, and have been featured as Gramophone Editor’s Choice on several occasions. Along with his wife Kate, Matthew runs the Deux-Elles record label. As well as helping to promote outstanding artists, this has allowed Matthew to pursue his passion for sound engineering and audio excellence.
‘A ringing endorsement of the beauty of the theorbo in a distinguished recital… Wadsworth has an imperious command of some impressive solo material… he glories in the fleeting mysteries of these works, allowing the notes to speak with unequivocal conviction’
Editor’s choice – Gramophone Magazine

About Kate

Kate Bennett Wadsworth is a cellist and gambist devoted to historical performance of all periods, with a special research interest in 19th-century performing practice. She has appeared at festivals across Europe and North America with ensembles such as B’Rock, Tafelmusik, Arion, and the Gabrieli Consort, and given lecture-recitals and masterclasses at the Juilliard School, the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, the Orpheus Insitute, and the Utrecht Early Music Festival. Kate is currently working on an edition of the Schumann Cello Concerto, funded jointly by the Leverhulme Trust and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, to be published by Bärenreiter in 2024. Around Norwich, Kate can be seen playing concerts with Norwich Baroque, which she now co-directs with violinist Jim O’Toole, and working on her laptop at the Bread Source.

“Her sense of musical gesture and line has the strength and grace of a wild animal: Her melodies soar, not like a rocket, but like an eagle, responding to every turn of harmony and thought the way the bird responds to changing currents of air.”

Early Music America

Other Series

Norwich Chapel Concerts
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Assembly House Classical
Features rising stars on the classical music scene in the elegant setting of the Music Room; pairs beautifully with the Assembly House’s afternoon tea
Norwich Chamber Music

International stars of the chamber music scene at the John Innes Centre

Eaton Concert Series
Creatively curated chamber series in a small sunlit church.
Norwich Baroque
Norwich’s own period-instrument orchestra, performing regularly at Norwich Cathedral, the Assembly House, and the Octagon Chapel

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