Greek virtuoso violinist UK concerto debut in Norwich


The first concert of the AST 2020 season this March in Norwich, welcomes the Greek virtuoso violinist, Simos Papanas, to perform Saint-Saëns’ lyrical Violin Concerto No 3.

Simos, a truly international musician has performed with orchestras all over the world including Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Kammerorchester Basel, the Geneva Camerata, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Athens and Thessaloniki State Orchestras, made recordings as a soloist for Deutsche Grammophon, BIS and Centaur, and performed at numerous festivals from Switzerland to St Petersburg, Toyko to Savannah.

The AST is delighted to host his UK concerto debut here at St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich on Saturday 7th March with Saint Saëns’ Violin Concerto No 3.

The concert begins with Faure’s rich and evocative Pelléas & Mélisande Suite which is derived from incidental music by Gabriel Fauré for Maurice Maeterlinck‘s play of the same name. Many will recognise the familiar Sicilienne played by the flute and harp.

The concert concludes with Dvorák’s rarely heard charming Symphony No 4 in D minor, full of Czech lyricism and rhythms, and a beautiful slow movement influenced by Wagner.

Benjamin Pope returns to conduct the AST for this concert after his magical performance with us of the wonderful music from Swan Lake last October.

Concert: Saturday 7th March, 7.30pm St Andrew’s Hall Norwich

Tickets start from £12 and £5 for students and under 18s from St George’s Music Shop in person or by telephone 01603-626414 and online at