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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.

COVID-19 UPDATE:

POSTPONED TO 07 – 09 OCTOBER 2021

The 2020 Alwyn Music Festival was due to take place this October, featuring performances from the Meraki Duo, Gildas Quartet, tenor James Gilchrist, the Rossetti Ensemble, and Southwold-based pianist and director of the festival, Nathan Williamson.

As a result of the current uncertainty, the decision has been made to postpone the festival to October 2021. Although sad that it will not be taking place this year, the festival looks forward to welcoming audiences back next year.

Events in 2021 will be held in Southwold and Blythburgh churches, the Red House Aldeburgh and Southwold’s Electric Picture Palace.

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Alwyn finished his 4th in 1959, it forms the epilogue to his cycle of 4 symphonies - motto theme from No 1 comes back at the end of the 4th. Launched by John Barbirolli & @the_halle at 1959 @bbcproms. There are 3 movts - the central Scherzo is the longest. @WilliamAlwyn1

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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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