With a full programme for 2024 set to be announced in the New Year, Norfolk & Norwich
Festival have announced the first shows to go on sale for next year’s programme. The
Festival will run for 17 days from 10 May – 26 May 2024 with artists from around the world
and across the region presenting a huge variety of work and events in Norwich and across
All the way from South America and created especially for the Festival’s Adnams
Spiegeltent, Circolombia will present the World Premiere of Corazón (‘heart’ in Spanish).
Founded in 2006, Circolombia showcase the talents of young Columbians, and is known for
producing high-energy modern circus shows with a distinctive Latin feel. Having toured
across the world, performing at festivals from Adelaide to Edinburgh, they arrive to headline
the Spiegeltent in Festival Gardens between 15 – 26 May. Corazón will be in keeping with their acclaimed style as a group – a circus concert full of breathless acrobatic feats and
On the opening weekend Aurora Orchestra will return to the Festival for the first time in
seven years with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3. Performed entirely from memory, audiences
will be treated to a delightfully intimate concert on 11 May at Norwich Cathedral.
The Festival welcomes back leading champion of the harpsichord Mahan Esfahani.
Performing with Britten Sinfonia on 25 May, they’ll complete their season-long Bach
collaboration at St Peter Mancroft in Norwich. Alongside the complete cycle of Bach’s
uplifting and era-defining keyboard concertos, they will perform a programme of Bach’s
second orchestral suite, which doubles as a flute concerto, and the baroque concerto the
fifth Brandenburg. They are joined by violinist Jacqueline Shave.
Also on the opening weekend, Ashley Grote will present a unique, meditative performance
on the newly rebuilt Norwich Cathedral organ, on 12 May. Norwich Cathedral has one of the
largest pipe organs in the country, featuring an incredible 5,767 pipes that range from ten
metres to just an inch long. In a programme of Olivier Messiaen, the Cathedral Master of
Music will play three towering works of the organ repertoire, displaying the full range of the
Kenny Anderson (aka King Creosote) will bring his emotive brand of folk-pop to the
Festival for one night on 18 May at Norwich Cathedral. King Creosote has released over 100
records since his debut in the 1990s, and his songs have been covered and performed by
artists including Simple Minds and Patti Smith. His latest album, I DES explores a
kaleidoscopic musical terrain with vibraphones, accordions, e-bows and samplers.
Norwich born, international musician Laura Cannell will present the live version of her
seventh solo album Antiphony of the Trees – a concert focused solely on the recorder and
taking inspiration from the sound of the birdsong which cuts through the crisp air of the fen
valley where she lives. Armed with bass, tenor, alto and double recorders, she will transcribe
birdsong into a minimalist solo chamber music.
Fellow East Anglian and Festival favourite Luke Wright returns with his latest critically
acclaimed show Silver Jubilee. For twenty-five years, Luke has built a reputation for being
one of Britain’s most popular live poets. With sold out shows across the world, he regularly
tours with John Cooper Clarke and The Libertines. Silver Jubilee provides a warm, funny
and honest hour of poems and stand-up with the directness and pathos for which he has
come to be known. The show includes some wild experiments in the form of a nervous kitten
called Sir John Betjeman and a healthy smattering of drum ‘n’ bass.
Full information on all Norfolk & Norwich Festival events at nnfestival.org.uk.