Page Norfolk & Norwich Novi Sad Association Dedicated to Friendship Editor: G. Piccolo e-mail: No. 152 March 2018 The Paul Cross Memorial Concert 2018 (Wendy Quinn, Social Secretary) 1What a pleasure it is to report on the success of our 19th Paul Cross Memorial Concert held in January in the Music Room at the Assembly House, Norwich. Attended by a most appreciative audience, in the presence of our president, Cllr David Fullman, and our vice president, Cllr John Ward, this year’s concert was not only in memory of Paul Cross, a most inspiring former chairman of our association, but a fitting tribute to Diana Beckley who always held the friendship between our twin cities close to her heart and worked tirelessly to organise the annual concerts. Our guest performers, Milica Stojadinović , prima donna of the Serbian National Theatre and her son Boško Stojadinović, an amazing young pianist, delivered an outstanding programme of operatic arias, Serbian songs and famous piano pieces. Milica’s introduction to a particularly beautiful song, “The Old Romance” by the modern Serbian composer Dušan Trbojević, touched our hearts as the composer had dedicated the song to her son at his birth. We were treated to lyrical and haunting songs by Isidor Bajić and Josif Marinković and Milica certainly brought romance and passion to her performance of wellknown classical arias. As for young Boško, he amazed us all with his talented playing. As the EDP music critic Christopher Smith said in his review, he accompanied the soprano “with sympathy and aplomb” and “his technique and vigour were also admired in demanding pieces by Liszt and 2Rachmaninoff.” The audience certainly loved his playing of Toccata by Khachaturian and Malaguena by Ernesto Lecuona. We were privileged to have such wonderful visitors from Novi Sad. In the four days of their visit, Milica, with her husband Miodrag and Boško, enjoyed extensive sightseeing of our city and plenty of Norfolk and Norwich hospitality. Thanks must go to all the NNNSA committee 3members for their hard work and team work in designing flyers, organising and promoting the concert, and running the raffle. We must, of course, give thanks to everyone who came and supported the twinning concert, or gave donations and raffle prizes, and to all our sponsors. The proceeds from the concert will support a project for 4children with autism at The “Milan Petrović” School in Novi Sad. Boško and Milica Stojadinović, Cllr David Fullman, Cllr John Ward