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The 2019 Alwyn Music Festival

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Welcome to the new website for the Alwyn Music Festival 2019, the Suffolk coast’s autumn classical music festival.

Between 4th and 12th October we will stage chamber and orchestral concerts at venues across the region, including Southwold’s St Edmund’s Church, Blythburgh’s Holy Trinity Church, The Red House and Jubilee Hall in Aldeburgh, as well as a film matinee at the unique Electric Picture Palace in Southwold.

As always our concerts are tremendously diverse, blending classics of the repertoire with contemporary works. William Alwyn is himself represented by some of his finest orchestral and chamber works, alongside other 20thcentury British composers such as Frank Bridge and Herbert Howells.

We are delighted to welcome the prize-winning Gildas Quartet to give two concerts, including collaborations with pianist Nathan Williamson and clarinettist Jack McNeill, and we continue our strong history of supporting local artists, with performances by the Goldcrest Ensemble, Prometheus Orchestra, and John Jermy, all based in Suffolk and with strong connections to the local musical scene.

Alongside this programme of public events the Gildas Quartet will also bring their fresh, energetic approach to younger members of our community with free concerts in local primary schools.

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

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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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