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The Alwyn Music Festival

Welcome to the website for the Alwyn Music Festival, the Suffolk coast’s autumn classical music festival.

The 9th annual Festival has just been completed, running from 4th to 12th October, and we will be turning our attention to the 2020 season shortly.

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Its been a very eventful year for William Alwyn and lovers of his music, with the performance of his epic opera ‘Miss Julie’ by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sakari Oramo at the Barbican Centre on 3rd October receiving thrilling reviews in The Times (5 stars) and The Guardian (4 stars), and a performance of Lyra Angelica at the Royal Festival Hall coming up in November.

The Festival itself, albeit on a smaller scale, was also a tremendous success, with concert-goers enjoying a series of the most diverse and varied programmes in stunning venues, all in the warmth and glow of a beautiful rural autumn setting. Music ranged from the Baroque to the present day, with a strong emphasis on British music of the 20th century.

Some of our artists were also presented a thrilling concert to all the children of Southwold Primary School, who were tremendously enthused and excited to hear such energetic and wonderful music in their school.

Thank you to everyone who attended, our volunteers, supporters and tireless workers behind the scenes, and above all the fabulous artists who made this year’s festival such a thrilling occasion.

We very much look forward to welcoming you to the beautiful surrounds of Suffolk next autumn.

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It always frustrates me to hear people say that they don't go to concerts because they don't know enough about classical music. I think my friend Olli Mustonen had the answer to that: 'It's like saying that you won't walk in the forest because you don't know enough about botany.'

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Who was William Alwyn?

A versatile and highly prolific composer, William Alwyn (1905-1985) produced a substantial body of work for the stage and concert hall as well as over 200 pioneering film scores. He lived in Blythburgh with his wife, the composer Doreen Carwithen, where this annual music festival in his memory is now based.

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