CITY OF STRANGERS

Friends Meeting House, Norwich | 2012
A mixture of the ethereal, the spiritual and the theatrical in the choir's regular rehearsal space - our 'home'

City of Strangers celebrated Norwich’s unique position as a medieval city established with considerable support from immigrant workers or ‘strangers’, many of whom arrived as refugees escaping religious or political persecution.

 

Norwich can lay just claim to be one of the earliest multicultural cities in Britain. The first big influx of ‘strangers’ arrived in the city in 1565 from the Spanish Netherlands as asylum seeking political refugees. They were welcomed as a valuable addition to the  city's population and a considerable boost to the burgeoning textile trade. At one point they accounted for over a third of Norwich’s population.