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Festival: William Alwyn Festival

William Alwyn
William Alwyn

October 11th - 14th 2017

The William Alwyn Festival, now in its seventh year, returns to the rural area of Suffolk, where concerts will take place in Blythburgh and Snape. With the exception of the two Snape events, which take place at the Malting Concert Hall, and film screenings at the Electric Picture Place in Southwold, all other concerts will take place at Holy Trinity Church in Blythburgh.

The William Alwyn Festival (a project of The William Alwyn Foundation) is devoted to celebrating the musical legacy of the British composer William Alwyn (1905-1985) who spent the last 24 years of his life living in the Suffolk village of Blythburgh. This year Alwyn will be represented by two orchestral works alongside chamber and instrumental music. There will also be two works by Doreen Carwithen, a former pupil of Alwyn and later to be become his second wife. Also, given that Alwyn was a highly-respected composer of music for the cinema, there will be two screenings of one of his classic films. Additionally, there will be works from contemporary composers and music from the standard repertoire. There are many excellent B&B’s, hotels etc., in the area from which to choose, so, if you fancy escaping to an idyllic area for some excellent music making in high class performances then this is the place to visit.

For ease of getting to events it is best to travel by car as there are no railway stations located in the above-mentioned towns and villages. Given that the festival is taking place in the early autumn and in the majority of cases in a church, it would be advisable to bring some warm clothing with you and perhaps a cushion to sit on! Refreshments will be provided during the interval of each concert. There is no special dress code but smart/casual is recommended.

For full information, visit the William Alwyn Festival website.

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BlythburghViolin and Piano Recital

Debussy, Rawsthorne, Beach, Alwyn, Francis Brown, Szymanowski
Tasmin Little; John Lenehan

SnapeOrchestral Concert

Glinka, Elgar, Borodin, Alwyn
Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra; John Gibbons; Jamie Walton

BlythburghPiano Recital

Crosse, Alwyn, Ravel, Rachmaninov
Daniel Grimwood, Piano

BlythburghChamber Music Concert

Alwyn, Francis Brown, Beethoven
Eblana String Trio

BlythburghChoral Concert

Roth, Byrd, Sheppard, Matthews D., Rubbra, Rose, Pehkonen, Crosse, Joubert, Rawsthorne, Britten
Jeffrey Skidmore; Ex Cathedra
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