Young musicians to mark 170th anniversary of Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital

Young classical musicians from across Norfolk will be taking part in an orchestral gala to raise funds for Norwich’s Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital as part of the celebrations to mark its 170th Anniversary.

The Gala will take place at St Peter Mancroft Church, Hay Hill, Norwich, on Saturday, 6 April at 7.30pm.

Norwich Sinfonietta – formed in 2021 to give young musicians the opportunity to develop their skills and play with a full orchestra – will perform children’s favourites Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and Debussy’s Children’s Corner.

The event will showcase professional sopranos Ella de Jongh and locally based Rebecca Kaznowski who will sing popular opera arias and oratorio, some written for Swedish Opera singer Jenny Lind herself and featuring composers such as Dvorak, Mozart and Mendelssohn.

Actress, Emma Laird Craig, who appears as Sarah Ferguson in the latest series of ‘The Crown’ and is a direct descendent of Jenny Lind, will be the narrator for the concert.

Sinfonietta Musical Director and Conductor, Tadzik Kaznowski, who is based in Carbrooke, said: “We are delighted to be performing this concert to mark the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital’s 170th Anniversary and to help raise money for such a well-deserving cause. And it will be doubly exciting to be able to play music which has been written for Jenny Lind herself.

“Jenny Lind was one of the best known and most popular entertainers of the 19th Century and she gave regular concerts in Norwich with the resulting funds helping to establish our Jenny Lind Children’s hospital. That’s why it’s a real privilege to be following in her footsteps. We hope as many people as possible can come along and enjoy the music.”

John Paul Garside, Charity Director for Norfolk & Norwich Hospitals Charity said: “We are pleased and honoured that this gala event has been organised to celebrate 170 years of specialist care for children at the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital.  Our Charity is aiming to raise £500,000 to provide additional accommodation for parents of children and babies being treated overnight, so that they can stay close to the hospital.  The proceeds of this concert will be used to support that appeal, and we thank everyone who is involved in this wonderful event.”

To buy tickets at £15 per adult, £10 concession and £32 for a family ticket, visit Norwich Sinfonietta’s website.All money raised will go to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals Charity to support even better care for patients of the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital. To find out how to donate please visit their fundraising page

 Notes to editors

For further information contact: Tadzik Kaznowski on [ 07798645401/]

2. Norwich was the second city in the country to have a children’s hospital. The Jenny Lind Infirmary for Sick Children admitted its first inpatients on April 3, 1854, thanks to the generosity and goodwill of the Swedish opera singer, Jenny Lind. Find out more about the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital or contact Karen Hindle, NNUH Head of Communications Projects for assistance.

3Norwich Sinfonietta – Formed in 2021, the Norwich Sinfonietta team believe that providing orchestral opportunities for young musicians, such as concerto workshops, can help to improve the trajectory of the student’s musicianship, professionalism, and branding while giving them an opportunity to play with a full orchestra. It offers opportunities to local and national students at various points throughout the year alongside concerts around East Anglia and other charitable music events. Norwich Sinfonietta is a non-profit organisation and as such, operates purely from funds raised at events, donations, and kind support from other organisations.

4. Order of play:


Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf
Debussy: Children’s Corner (orch. Caplet)

Interval with Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital Charity team and Refreshments

Mendelssohn: Hear ye (From Elijah)
Mozart: Various opera arias including; Dove Sono, Sull’aria and Porgi Amor
Dvorak: Song to the Moon (from Rusalka)
Massenet: Il est doux, Il est bon (from Herodiade)
Donizetti: Al Dolce Guidami (from Anna Bolena)
Bellini: Casta Diva (from Norma)
Offenbach: Baracarolle (from Les Contes d’Hoffmann)

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