William Alwyn Festival 2013
The Festival runs from Thursday 10th October to Sunday 13th October 2013.
Tickets will be available through the following outlets:
Southwold Tourist Information Centre – Tel: 01502 724729
Woodbridge Violins – Tel: 01394 383150
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-five years of his life living in the Suffolk village of Blythburgh. Ten Alwyn works will be featured this year which include the sublime Harp Concerto – Lyra Angelica, the engaging Fantasy Waltzes for piano solo, the atmospheric song-cycle Seascapes and the first concert performance in over seventy-five years of the String Quartet no. 11 in B minor. Alongside these works will be music from the standard repertoire, Bliss, Britten, Holst and by several contemporary composers including Gordon Crosse, Peter Dickinson, Anthony Gilbert, John Joubert, Malcolm Lipkin, David Matthews, Elis Pehkonen and Christopher Wright. This year’s festival will feature no less than eleven world premieres!
In addition to his music for the concert hall Alwyn was a highly respected and successful film composer of some two hundred scores which includes music for documentaries as well as for feature films. One of these, the classic The Rocking Horse Winner (1949) after a short story by D. H. Lawrence starring John Mills, Valerie Hobson and John Howard Davies will be screened at the Electric Picture Palace in Southwold. To accompany the feature film there will be a rare screening of the documentary East Anglian Holiday (1954) with a music score by Doreen Carwithen, Alwyn’s second wife.
Amongst the critically acclaimed artists appearing this year include the cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, recorder player John Turner, who will be giving a special concert to celebrate his 70th birthday, pianist Mark Bebbington, Cavaleri Quartet, London Soloists Ensemble, Philippa Davies (flute), Fenella Humphreys (violin), Suzanne Willison-Kawalec (harp), Sarah-Jane Bradley (viola), Lorraine McAslan (violin) and the Prometheus Orchestra under the direction of Edmond Fivet (CBE).