Jayne May-Sysum

Past concerts
21st April 2012 ~ 3pm
Saturday 21 April 2012 at 3pm

An Afternoon of Schubert

Octagaon Concert Series at

Schubert Institute UK (SIUK) present a Schubert Day

12 noon - 1:30pm Two lectures: Paul Reid on Schubert's songs and Crawford Howie on Schubert's "Lazarus". Retiring Collection.

3pm An Afternoon of Schubert
Jayne May-Sysum - Soprano
Jonathan Wortley - Piano
This concert will last an hour and admission will be £3
Charity to be announced

Concert will include:

Lieder and solo piano pieces finishing with Der Hirt auf dem Felsen arranged for voice and solo piano.

Friday 5th October
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In Concert

Geoff Davidson

An evening of wonderful music, including

Bizet, Mozart, Puccini Gershwin
and many others

St. Andrews Church, Holt
Friday 5th October 2012
at 7.30pm

Wine bar
Tickets £10
Available from
Cockertons Estate Agents, Holt
or telephone 01263 822 447

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for Rotary Club of Holt and district
Supporting Rotary charities & St. Andrews development fund

Saturday 5th May 2012

“A Friend for all Seasons”

Binham Memorial Hall
Saturday 5th May 2012 ~ 7pm

Charity Concert given in aid of
Christian Aid West Africa Food Crisis Appeal & Citizens Advice Bureau, Holt

The Friends
Elisabeth Rooke ~ Accompanist
Jayne May-Sysum ~ Soprano

Paul Veitch ~ Voice & Guitar
Mark Fawcett ~ Voice & Guitar
Wyatt Earp ~ Flute

Come and join this circle of friends as they perform a wonderful programme of music.

Tickets £7 available by telephoning
Holt Citizens Advice Bureau 01263 713849
Made in Cley 01263 740134
Or by calling into
Cockerton Estate Agents, Holt

Saturday 19th May 2012 ~ 7.30pm
Saturday 19th May 2012 7.30 - 9.30pm

Haydn’s The Creation

St Peter & St Paul Church, Salle.

The North Norfolk Chorale

The North Norfolk Chorale will be performing Haydn’s ‘The Creation’ at Salle Church, Nr Reepham on Saturday 19th May 2012.  Soloists will be Jayne May-Sysum (soprano) and Gavin Horsley (bass). 
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A concert to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee
40 years of the Bure Valley Male Voice Choir
St Michael’s Church, Aylsham
Saturday, May 26th 2012
Bure Valley Male Voice Choir
(Musical Director Geoff Davidson)
Guest Soprano
Tickets 7.00 in advance (7.50 at the door)
To include wine and light refreshments
Available from Mike Downes (01263 733325), any choir member, Barnwells or at Church Monday sale.

14th July 2012 ~ 6.30pm
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A Picnic Concert
Carl Orff Carmina Burana Georges Bizet March of the Toreadors, from Carmen Giuseppe Verdi Brindisi, from La Traviata Franz Lehar Arias from The Merry Widow Henry Purcell Dido's Lament Georg Friederich Handel Cara speme, questo core

Saturday 14 July 2012, 6.30pm
Auden Theatre, Holt
Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society, The Jiminies choral group Gresham's Prep School, Soloists: Jayne May-Sysum (Soprano), Andres Hernandez-Salazar (Tenor) and Tom Stoddart (Baritone); Lawrence Tao and Michelle Wolfe (Pianoforte)
This performance of Carl Orff's popular Carmina Burana is accompanied by 2 pianos and percussion. It will be sung in Latin - Middle High German - Old French. Since it was written in 1937 Carmina Burana has remained one of the most popular pieces of the classical music repetoire. The opening and closing movement O Fortuna has been used in countless films and has become a symbol of the "epic" song in popular culture.
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The text is based on 24 poems which Carl Orff selected from the mediaeval monastic texts Carmina Burana (Latin for "Songs from Beuern"). Not unlike the Canterbury Tales, the poems cover the somewhat basic themes of love songs, drinking, morals and mockery. It is thought that they were written by clergy and students from across Europe.
As a special summer occasion, weather permitting, this will be a picnic concert and will include an extended interval so that, should they wish, audience and performers may take the opportunity to picnic on the lawns outside the theatre. Ticket holders are asked to bring their own picnics, rugs etc. A bar will be available.
£15, concessions (students and OAP) £12, under 18s free. 

Phone bookings Monday to Friday 12.30pm - 2.00pm during school term time only: 01263 713444

More information and links

15th July 2012 ~ 4pm
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Sunday 15th July ~ Binham Priory ~ 4.00pm

“Rejoice and be glad - great music to restore the soul!”

Jayne will be appearing again with the excellent a capella choir Vocality

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Binham Priory Events

Friday 9th November
~ 7.30pm

3rd Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at The Apex,
Bury St Edmunds.

Friday 9th November.
Show starts at approximately 7.30pm.
Tickets £10

Box Office: 01284 758000


Jayne May-Sysum joins the RAF Honington Band for this very special occasion.

The first part of the evening features favourite music and songs. To round up the evening as is tradition, there will be a Drumhead Service led by the Chaplain of Suffolk Royal British Legion, Rev’d Richard Stretch, with the address given by the Padre from RAF Honington, Rev (FltLt) M Reed.

Festival of Remembrance | What’s on | the apex
Saturday 24th November
~ 7.30pm

North Norfolk Chorale presents Vivaldi, Handel and Elgar

Auden Theatre, Holt Saturday 24th November 2012 ~ 7.30pm

Tickets: £10 in advance or £12 on the night
available from the Box Office or telephone 01692 650803

The choir will be joined by the accomplished and popular soprano, Jayne May-Sysum, and will be accompanied by string quartet and piano. The conductor is Rosemary Kimmins and pianist is Henry Macey.

Saturday 22nd September
~ 7.30pm

Songs from the Shows with the South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band at The Cornhall, Diss, Saturday 22nd September 7.30pm

Quote from EDP

"This mixed ability band has more than 100 members aged between eight and 23. Formed by Mike Booty – still chairman and musical director – in 1974, the band has raised thousands of pounds for charities and gives around 30 concerts a year.

This concert sees the welcome return of guest vocalist Jayne May-Sysum."
Tickets: tiers £9 / level £7. Box office 11am-4pm, Monday-Saturday, 01379 652241 or email
Saturday 20th October 2012 ~ 7.30pm

Jazz at The Auden ~ Saturday 20th October 2012 ~ 7.30pm
Jayne May-Sysum and The John Whitehead Trio

Concert  in aid of the local education charity:
English Banana Trust - helping people all over the world to find routes out of poverty by learning English.


An evening not to be  missed! Fly Me to the Moon, All of Me, Taking a Chance on Love ..... All the best Jazz Standards. Jayne May-Sysum returns for another evening at The Auden. She will be performing with the fabulous  John Whitehead Trio. Come and join them for an evening of great music.  Tickets £15. Available from the Auden Theatre Box Office

01263 713444 / email: boxoffice@greshams.com

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27th March
7 ~ 8.30pm
Music for Holy Week ~ All Saint's Church, Upper Sheringham

Fauré Requiem with North Norfolk Chorale.

Conductor ~ Rosemary Kimmins

FAURE’s REQUIEM — North Norfolk Chorale
18th April
2013 ~ 1pm
Recital Programme ~ Schubert, Fauré, Mozart, Rossini & Britten
Jayne May- Sysum ~ Soprano
Jonathan Wortley ~ Accompanist
1pm ~ Thursday 18th April - St Michael's Church, Aylsham
Tickets £7 (For enquiries, please telephone 01263 768441)
Refreshments available prior to concert from 12.15pm
10th May
2013 ~ 7.30pm

“The Virgin, the Shepherd and the Red Cockatoo”
Songs by Britten, Purcell and Schubert

Friday 10th May, 7.30pm ~ Auden Theatre, Holt
Tickets: £14, £12 concessions (OAPs & students)
Available from the Box Office 01263 713444 /
Jayne May-Sysum soprano
Geoff Davidson piano
Lynne Roberts horn
Chris Knights clarinet
18th May
2013 ~ 7.30pm
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19th May
2013 ~ 3.30pm
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Touching the Earth
The voices of the Sangha Singers from four Triratna Buddhist centres accompanied by Bodhivajra's piano takes us back to the time of the Buddha's enlightenment. Written by Bodhivajra for choir and piano, with text derived from the Mahavastu and Lalitavistara Sutra, and conducted by Arthasiddhi. Plus songs from Jayne May-Sysum, and instrumental music.

Sunday May 19th at 3.30 Anteros Arts Foundation, Fye Bridge St, NR3 1LJ (formerly the King of Hearts)

Tickets £6 in advance from Norwich Buddhist Centre.

This event is a forerunner of Buddha Day, a celebration of Enlightenment, which happens the following weekend at the Norwich Buddhist Centre.
12th June
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15th June
I have to admit that our next concert is one of the concerts I am most excited about this year. Of course, each concert becomes a favourite as we get to it, but this is something new and different.
The idea was born a couple of years ago and has been lying quietly dormant, but meeting Norwich-born musicologist, Simon Heighes, last year, was the little boost needed to bring it back to life.
For the first time we will have “live programme notes” to present the music and its background to you in a new and innovative way. In Simon we have the ideal person to put the music into context; historically, socially, artistically and geographically. He has an intimate knowledge of Britain in the 17th/18th centuries and is guaranteed to be full of the sort of nuggets of knowledge you just don’t find in books. Our tour will head down south to Bideford, dawdle in Bath, potter to Newcastle, take an excursion to Scotland, of course call in to East Anglia, visit Oxford and certainly go to the capital at some point. As we travel we will play the music arising from the area and Simon will keep you informed and entertained with tales of the main movers and shakers, the honey-pots to which musicians, artists and philosophers of the time were drawn, the social scene of the day and will give us all a taste of what was such a vibrant and colourful world.
We are also happy to be welcoming back our friend, the ever-popular soprano, Jayne May-Sysum, to bring alive William Hayes’s incredible “Chloe’s dream” (not for the faint hearted I am told), and a “Lover’s message” by Thomas Erskine, the mischievous Earl of Kelly. There will even be the first performance in modern times of music specially edited for the concert by Simon!
Don’t miss this one…..
Tickets are on sale from Prelude Records: 01603-628319 £14 (£12) and £5 for those 18 and under
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8th June
North Norfolk Chorale
St Peter & St Paul Church, Salle

Schubert – Tantum Ergo D962
Schubert – Mass in F
Mozart – Vesperae solennes de confessore (Vespers) K 339
The conductor is
Rosemary Kimmins
Soprano –
Jayne May-Sysum
Alto –
Freya Jacklin
Tenor –
William Knight
Bass –
Dhilan Gnanadurai

There will be a guest orchestra
Tickets will be priced at £12 in advance and £15 on the door.
For advance ticket sales, write to Mr G C Talford, Sen-Rab, Whimpwell Street, Happisburgh, NORWICH NR12 0QD, enclosing a stamped, self addressed envelope and a cheque to the value of the tickets required, made payable to ‘North Norfolk Chorale’ (Card payments cannot be accepted). You can alternatively ring Mr Talford on 01692 650803.
19th July
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14th July

Sunday, 14 July, 4.00 pm
A Tea Concert with
a capella singing of the highest quality
With guest soloist Jayne May-Sysum
Followed by tea in the Priory
Retiring collection

6th July
7.30pm -
Gates at 4.30pm
Music for a Summer Evening at How Hill House 1044671_523515981049409_951632124_n

Only a few days to go!
Saturday July 6th is getting ever closer!!

Our inaugural open air music evening
' Music for a Summer Evening' is now only a few days away. The Norwich Pops Orchestra are busy tuning their instruments and we are delighted to announce that the guest soloist for the evening is Jayne May-Sysum. It will be an exciting programme including such favourites as Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man and the Dambusters March.

If you have not got your
tickets yet, please call 01692 67855. We will also be selling tickets on the gate too. Gates open at 4.30pm and the concert starts promptly at 7.30pm. Bring a picnic, some bubbly and enjoy superb light classical music in a stunning setting.
31st August
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Sunday 6th October

South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band - Songs from the Shows

A mixture of popular music from the West End shows, performed by the SNYSB and special guest vocalist, Jayne May-Sysum.

Tickets from £7.00 - Diss Corn Hall: South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band - Songs from the Shows.
Saturday 23rd November 2013
7.30 - 9.30pm

Auden Theatre Holt

Auden Theatre, Holt in a concert with the North Norfolk Chorale.

The concert is A Celebration of English Music, with Michael Brunson introducing the programme.

Click here for more info
Saturday 14th December 2013

Cromer & Sheringham Choral Society

Cromer Parish Church, Cromer - more info

Mozart Requiem

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Requiem

Johann Sebastian Bach Sleepers, Wake!

from Cantata No 140, 'Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme' BWV 140

John Rutter Sans Day Carol
Audience Carol Of the Father's Heart Begotten
Audience Carol God rest you merry, gentlemen
Saturday 25th January 2014
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Photograph of Simon Heighes and Jayne May-Sysum at Norwich Central Baptist Church June 15th 2013 following the concert with Norwich Baroque: A VIRTUAL TOUR OF BAROQUE BRITAIN
Jayne is thrilled at the prospect of working again with the wonderful Norwich Baroque Orchestra on Saturday 25th January 2014.

It will also be another opportunity to work with the immensely talented and engaging musicologist, Simon Heighes.

The concert will be a feast of musical delights and is guaranteed to dispel any feelings of post Christmas doldrums!

Booking from
Prelude Records
01603 628319
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Hello Everyone!

Just letting you know of my next concert coming up in a couple of weeks. It will be at the stunning Binham Priory as part of their Summer Series on Saturday 16th August at 7.30pm. Tickets are £15 and are available by contacting Maureen Frost 01328 830362, davidfrost226@btinternet.com

This will be a concert of voice and harp. Please do take a look at the link pasted below to see a little more about the programme and, in particular, about the wonderful harpist, Brian Davis. I am thrilled at the prospect of this concert and hope you make it.

Jayne x

Binham Priory Concerts 2014

16th August
2014 ~ 7.30pm

Jayne May-Sysum, Soprano

Brian Davis, harp

Schubert, Strauss, Fauré, C G Hambly

The harp and voice are two immensely expressive instruments and the marriage of song and harp is a wonderful joining of musical voices. Jayne and Brian have worked together on numerous occasions and their chosen programme for Binham will show the diversity of music composed for this delightful combination.
Jayne studied with the renowned soprano, April Cantelo and has appeared in major concert venues across the country and was selected to take part in the BBC Radio 2 Kiri Prize.

Brian Davis studied for five years with the Russian harpist, Maria Kochinska, and since then his playing has taken him across Britain and to many tours in Ireland, France and Germany. Brian has worked alongside many instrumentalists, singers and orchestras including the Philharmonia and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
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27th September
2014 ~ 7.30pm
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24th October
2014 ~ 7.o0pm
(doors at 6.00pm)
'Break into Song', St Andrews Hall, Norwich more info

Featuring award winning Leanne Jones, from the hit West End production 'Hairspray' ....
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...and the wonderful Norfolk-based soprano Jayne May-Sysum
Songs from the West End - from Hairspray to Les Miserables, Chess and Phantom of the opera, as well as some beautiful light classical music too - all staged in the wonderful St Andrews Hall, Norwich.
The evening also features:
  • The Norwich Pops Orchestra
  • The Poringland Singers
Tickets: £20 (£25 on the door), no concs.
Tickets now also available from
St Georges Music Shop, Norwich.
All proceeds to Break Charity, changing young lives and Upper Sheringham All Saints Church Roof Appeal
To find out more about this event please 'like' our
facebook page and event
For more information please email
sarah.bunn@break-charity.org  or phone 01603 670109
- See more at:
Break charity

Autumn Concert to be held at the Auden Theatre, Gresham’s School, Holt 
22nd November commencing at 7:30pm.

A Night on Broadway
Songs and Choruses  from Gershwin to Sondheim.
Join us for an evening of music from some of the most memorable Broadway Shows hosted by Michael Brunson which will include :

Showboat choral suite

Rogers and Hammerstein on Broadway

Medley from Les Miserables

Ascot Gavotte from My Fair Lady

Let’s Do It from Midnight in Paris

Over the Rainbow from Wizard of Oz

and, of course, There’s No Business Like Show Business from Annie Get Your Gun.

” In 1943, a new musical was presented on Broadway that changed the musical theatre forever. It was “Oklahoma !”, the first of nine musicals written by the brilliant Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. From “The King and I”  to “Carousel”, from “The Sound of Music” to “South Pacific” , their shows are known and loved throughout the world. From these shows have come a variety of song classics, songs of every style and emotion, songs that will last forever. “.

So goes the dialogue from the Rodgers and Hammerstein medley. Come and join us for an evening’s entertainment where you will hear and enjoy a range of  Broadway’s most famous and well-known songs.

Jayne May-Sysum (Soprano) and Daniel Bartlette (Tenor) will be singing with the choir as well as performing solo works from the shows.

The  accompanists will be:

Nathan Waring – Piano

Keith Hobday – Violin

Justin Myers – Bass

Tickets will be priced at £12 in advance and £15 at the door, and are available now from The Auden Theatre Box Office, which is open Monday to Friday from 12.30 – 2.00pm. Please ring 01263 713444 or email
Alternatively, you can ring North Norfolk Chorale on 01603 783841.
The Auden Theatre has easy, level access, and has designated parking for disabled persons.
Refreshments will be available at the theatre bar before the performance and during the interval.
It will also be possible to pre-order drinks for the interval.
For more information on The Auden Theatre, please click

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1st April
2015 ~ 7pm

Wednesday 1st April, 7pm ~ St Nicholas’ Church, North Walsham

Soloists ~ Jayne May-Sysum and Daniel Bartlette.

This performance will be part of the Holy Week celebrations at St Nicholas and, therefore, there will be no admission charge, but there will be a retiring collection.
All are most welcome to attend.

11th April
2015 ~ 7.30pm

Saturday 11th April 2015 at 7.30pm in St Michael’s Church, Aylsham

A paean in praise of the fair sex.

Music to include:
Ethel Smythe’s  ‘March of the Women’.
A medley entitled ‘Sad, Bad and a Tad Mad!
Who is Sylvia?
Women! Women! Women! from The Merry Widow.
Girl from Ipanema.
Selections from Bizet’s ‘Carmen’.
Crombie MacNeill’s ‘Ave Maria’.
Salute to Ginger Rogers.
Ain’t She Sweet.
Stabat Mater (Pergolesi).
Barcarolle from ‘Tales of Hoffman’
And. of course, There Is Nothin’ Like A Dame!

With guest soprano, the wonderful Jayne May Sysum singing Madame Butterfly and Evita.

Tickets on sale from Monday 23rd March.
£7.50 (including a glass of wine).

Available from:
Caryl (01263 732808) or
Barnwells, Market Place, Aylsham

17th April
2015 ~ 7pm

St Nicholas Church, Blakeney
‘A Grand Celebration of Music’
Friday 17th April ~ 7pm

An informal evening of music and song to celebrate the arrival of the new Yamaha Concert Grand Piano!

Wine, soft drinks and canapés available. Retiring Collection in aid of the Blakeney Church Roof Appeal.

19th April
31st April
2015 ~ 3pm

St Andrew’s Church, Letheringsett

The following two concerts, on 19th April & 31st May, are part of the series of concerts at St Andrew’s Church, Letheringsett. Jayne will be singing as Guest Soloist in both concerts.
All concerts in the series start at 3pm and are followed by Afternoon Tea

Tickets are available by telephoning 01263 712722 / 07939 607048
You are kindly requested to purchase tickets in advance. Thank you


Sunday 19th April ~ Cantilena Choir
The excellent North Norfolk based choir Cantilena, directed by Rosemary Kimmins, will be presenting a varied programme of music, embracing the classical through to lighter repertoire.
Mozart, Elgar, Arlen and many more.
Tickets (including Afternoon Tea) ~ £7
(Concessions for the Under 14s of just £3)


Sunday 31st May
St Andrew’s Church , Letheringsett is delighted to welcome the outstanding ensemble

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"Musical treat was pure gold" - Eastern Daily Press.

"Hexachordia gave us a really great Shakespearian Banquet of music and words"
Sarah Walker CBE, The August Music Festival, St Lawence Jewry Church, London.

Hexachordia is a trio of musicians formed to make music from the pre-baroque era accessible to a wide audience. By combining music with the spoken word, every concert programme tells a story. Do not miss this opportunity to hear them locally!

Tickets (including Afternoon Tea) ~ £8
(Concessions for the Under 14s of just £3)

13th June
2015 ~ 7.30pm
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Saturday 13th June 2015 7:30pm ~
St Peter & St Paul Church, Salle

Music by Patrick Hawes, John Rutter, John Ireland and Karl Jenkins

North Norfolk Chorale is delighted to be able to announce that composer Patrick Hawes will be at Salle Church on the 13th June and will conduct his own pieces. Other works will be conducted by the Chorale’s Musical Director, Rosemary Kimmins.

Soloists ~ Jayne May-Sysum & Daniel Bartlette

Tickets £13 in advance / £15 on the door. Available online at
north-norfolk-chorale.co.uk or by telephoning 01603 279541.
18th June
2015 ~ 1pm

The Aylsham Music Society ~ St Michael’s Church, Aylsham

1pm Thursday 18th June
Jayne May-Sysum ~ Soprano
Geoff Davidson ~ Accompanist
‘Light and Shade in Opera, Song and Musical Theatre’
Entrance to concerts is £8.00 (children free).
Refreshments available (cost £4.00) from 12.15pm to 12.40 pm.

10th July
2015 ~ 7.30pm

Friday 10th July ~ All Saints’ Church, Mundesley ~ 7.30pm

Ticket information available from;
info@southreppschorale.org.uk / Telephone 01263 834411

Southrepps Chorale
Directed by Stephen Richards

Soprano Soloist ~ Jayne May-Sysum
Organist ~ David Ballard

Concert includes
Fauré Requiem
Première performance of Geoff Cummings-Knight composition
Invocation: The Nightingale

15th August
2015 ~ 7.30pm
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