William Alwyn Festival 2015
The Festival runs on 7th October to 10th October 2015.
Tickets will be available through the following outlets:
Southwold Tourist Information Centre – Tel: 01502 724729
Woodbridge Violins – Tel: 01394 383150
Welcome to the fifth William Alwyn Festival, where as in previous years, the focus remains on exploring the diverse musical legacy of British composer William Alwyn. This year Alwyn will be represented by two major orchestral works, Concerti Grossi Nos. 1 & 2, a song cycle, A Leave-Taking, Three Winter Poems for string quartet, Sonata Impromptu for violin and viola, Sonata alla Toccata for piano solo, Ballade and Sonatina No. 2 for viola and piano, and String Quartets Nos. 12 & 13 which date from Alwyn’s formative years as a composer. Also, you will be able to hear Alwyn’s skill as a writer of short descriptive piano pieces, which were selected by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music for their examination syllabus. Alongside these works will be music from the standard repertoire plus music from contemporary composers, several with a Suffolk connection that include Gordon Crosse, Christopher Wright, Symon Clarke, Nathan Williamson, Elis Pehkonen, David Matthews, Joseph Phibbs, Christopher Brown, Sir John Manduell, Jane Wells, James Francis Brown,
Robin Walker and David Ellis. Music by composers from earlier in the 20th century includes Vaughan Williams, Frank Bridge, Alan Rawsthorne, E J Moeran, Rebecca Clarke, Alexander Scriabin, Miklós Rózsa and Benjamin Britten. To mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Jean Sibelius we are featuring a seldom heard work for piano solo, The Trees Op. 75. Also, marking the centenary of the birth of Humphrey Searle, you will have the opportunity to hear an early work for piano solo entitled Vigil Op. 3.
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 both documentaries and feature films. This year at our film matinée at the Electric Picture Palace in Southwold you will be able to see the swashbuckler, The Crimson Pirate made in 1952 starring Burt Lancaster, Nick Cravat, and Eva Bartok accompanied by Alwyn’s romantically rousing score. Before this there will be a rare screening of a short whimsical mystery feature entitled The Stranger Left No Card also made in 1952 starring Alan Badel with a music score arranged by Doreen Carwithen.
We extend a very warm welcome to our critically acclaimed artists appearing this year who are as follows: Sarah-Jane Bradley, Cavaleri String Quartet, James Gilchrist, Clare Hammond, John Lenehan, Prometheus Orchestra (under the direction of Edmond Fivet – CBE), Retorica (Harriet Mackenzie and Philippa Mo), Anna Tilbrook, John Turner, Graham Walker and Nathan Williamson.
On sale throughout the festival will be CD’s of Alwyn’s music along with three major books about the composer. Also on sale are cards and drawings depicting musicians by local Suffolk artist Julie Carpenter who is the festivals Artist in Residence. Additionally there will be a display featuring Ron Fuller’s unique automata. So do please make time to have a look at this display and the sales table at each venue for a CD or book which may have escaped your notice.
I feel sure that you will enjoy the wide variety of works and events presented at this year’s festival and hopefully this will encourage you further to investigate the music of William Alwyn.