Since starting out in the early 1990s after the fall of the Berlin wall, I have been curating projects in the arts. As director of ENSEMBLE ÉMIGRÉ I regularly devise concerts based on my research at the Royal College of Music. I have also curated many projects in the field of historical performance and art song, including a staged production and feature film of the Goethe-Singspiel 'Erwin und Elmire' as well as concerts and recordings featuring the songs of C.P.E Bach, Engel Lund and Robert Kahn. Prior to my musical projects I devised a number of international visual arts exhibitions for ACC Galerie Weimar.
Rediscovering the music of Robert Kahn
Robert Kahn (1865-1951) was a highly successful composer of songs and chamber music who fled to England from Nazi persecution in 1939. So far this project with musicians from the Royal College of Music and ENSEMBLE ÉMIGRÉ, dedicated to reviving and re-evaluating his music, has included concerts at the RCM, the German Embassy London and the Akademie der Künste Berlin as well as a CD production.
This ensemble has grown from Norbert's research at the Royal College of Music. It devises concerts, often with theatrical narration, to explore the theme of Music and Migration.
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REVUE WHAT A LIFE! (2012-14)
A semi staged performance of the chamber revue by Hans Gal, written in 1940 in an internment camp on the Isle of Man. With narration of excerpts from the composer's diary "Music behind Barbed Wire".
Royal College of Music
Festival Verfemte Musik Schwerin, Germany
German Historical Institute, London
Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France
INSIDE LIEDER (2011)
Study Course for Birkbeck, University of London
at Wigmore Hall, in collaboration with Wigmore Hall
Learning and the Austrian Cultural Forum London
ERWIN UND ELMIRE (2010)
Feature Film by Michael Dominski, filmed at historic venues in Weimar, with young singers from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama London. Broadcast on ZDF Theaterkanal.
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ERWIN UND ELMIRE @ Ekhof Festival Gotha (2009)
Full production of the Goethe Singspiel with music by Anna Amalia at the Ekhof Festival Gotha, Germany.
Directed by Christopher Gutmann
Conducted by Peter Tregear
ENGEL LUND'S BOOK OF FOLK SONGS
Concert project and CD production based on a unique collection of Folk Songs in 14 languages arranged by Ferdinand Rauter and published by the Icelandic Singer Engel Lund in 1936.
Recorded at the Royal College of Music Studio
Austrian Embassy London 2008
Icelandic Opera, Reykjavik 2008
Marie Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust 2008
Jewish Museum Vienna 2009
PAUL KLEE - WEIMARER JAHRE 1921-25
Exhibition at ACC Galerie Weimar, Germany, 1992
with support from Paul Klee Foundation, Bern
catalogue by Norbert Meyn