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Festival: William Alwyn Festival

William Alwyn
William Alwyn

October 3th - 6th, 2018

The William Alwyn Festival, now in its eighth year, returns to the rural area of Suffolk, where all concerts will take place in Holy Trinity Church, Blythburgh. Additionally, there will be a film screening at the Electric Picture Place, Southwold and an exhibition and talk by Artist-in-Residence Julie Carpenter; this will take place at CRAFTCO in Southwold.

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 twenty-four years of his life living in the Suffolk village of Blythburgh. This year Alwyn will be represented by eight works the majority of which are written for chamber ensemble. Doreen Carwithen, a former pupil of Alwyn and later to become his second wife will be represented by her second string quartet. Also, given that Alwyn was a highly-respected composer of music for the cinema, there will a screening 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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