Norwich Baroque began life as the slightly unlikely off-shoot of an orchestra set up to play entirely popular and sometimes downright cheesy music. Geoff Davidson and I started Norwich Pops Orchestra in 2003 and soon found that Baroque concerts were some of the most enjoyable and popular amongst our audience.
Violinist Jane Slocombe was heavily involved with ‘Pops’ from the beginning, spending hours with me sorting out parts, delivering them by hand, helping with setting up venues, and always – ALWAYS the purveyor of a gratefully received bottle of wine after every concert.
In 2006, she and I finally decided to set up a separate orchestra in 2006 called ‘Norwich Baroque Orchestra’, a name that quickly lost its last moniker.
Frankly, although Jane always talked about taking over the reins when I moved away in 2010, she was the driving force behind the ensemble right up until her untimely death in 2021. Her enthusiasm and driving force were unquenchable from the beginning and I could have never envisaged the heights the ensemble has reached thanks to her guidance, skilled administration, kind heartedness, dogged perseverance and sumptuous flapjack.
-Keith Hobday, violin and founder