Sheriff’s Diary

Sheriff of Norwich Derek James welcomes a choir from Germany to our fine city.

Take an average weekend in Norwich and across the city people will be entertained by men and women, of all ages and all walks of life, who come together with a common love – music.

From solo singers to three-piece groups and from choirs to orchestras, the music ranges from pop and jazz to choral and classical.

As Sheriff, it has been a real pleasure to get out and about and meet some of these musicians who make Norwich a city so rich with talent.

On Saturday, it was an honour to welcome guests from the Choir of the Musik-Institut in our German twin of Koblenz.

They were performing with the brilliant Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus at a packed St Andrew's Hall and gave an uplifting performance of Brahms' German Requiem.

The orchestra and choir, under the direction of conductor David Dunnett, were outstanding and so were the soloists, soprano Sarah-Jane Davies and our very own Norwich-born baritone James Rutherford, inset top left.

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What fantastic voices they have and how talented the Norwich Phil, now celebrating its 170th season, is.

It is events like this which strengthen the bond of friendship between Norwich and Koblenz and the size of the audience illustrates how people love listening to good music.