Welcome Reception and Concert

Thursday 7th October 2021 - Reception 6:00pm, Concert 7:00pm

After a year of isolation for so many of us, what better place to launch the return of our festival than in the homely surrounds of Benjamin Britten’s Red House in Aldeburgh. Inspirational recorder player John Turner curates this programme of works by British composers, including two pieces by Peter Hope, who celebrated his 90th birthday last year, and a world premiere by Scottish composer and leading expert on historical Scottish music, John Purser.

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The Meraki Duo – flute and guitar

Friday 8th October 2021 - 10:30am

The Meraki Duo perform a programme of fresh and vibrant sounds ranging from Dvorak to the present day. As well as performing as a duo they also present works for solo flute by William Alwyn and Lloyd Moore, and selections from William Walton’s masterpiece for solo guitar, the Bagatelles.

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Special Concert in Southwold Primary School (private event)

Friday 8th October 2021 - 2:00pm

During the pandemic Southwold-based pianist Nathan Williamson and other local musicians staged a number of special online concerts for the children of Southwold Primary School. Now a certain degree of normality has returned to our classrooms, the Alwyn Festival is delighted to help contribute to live music in local schools by supporting this special concert by the Gildas Quartet during their visit to Southwold.

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Film matinee: I See a Dark Stranger (1946)

Friday 8th October 2021 - 3:00pm

Southwold’s 'small but perfectly formed' Electric Picture Palace is the perfect setting for the 1946 film 'I See a Dark Stranger'. Directed by Frank Launder, starring Deborah Kerr, Raymond Huntley and Trevor Howard, and with music by William Alwyn.

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The Gildas Quartet

Friday 8th October 2021 - 7:30pm

The Gildas Quartet present typically vibrant, colourful programme of works by Haydn, Alwyn and Peter Dickinson, concluding with Dvořák's sparkling Piano Quintet in A major with pianist Nathan Williamson.

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Women Composers of British Song

Saturday 9th October 2021 - 10:30am

Tenor James Gilchrist and pianist Nathan Williamson perform songs by four leading 20th century women composers - Doreen Carwithen, Rebecca Clarke, Elizabeth Maconchy and Madeleine Dring.

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Saturday 9th October 2021 - 4:00pm

Russian virtuoso pianist Alexander Karpeyev leads an ensemble of two pianos and percussion in a concert including the world premiere of a specially commissioned piece by Elis Pehkonen commemorating the tragic links forged between the Kennedy dynasty and Blythburgh during the Second World War.

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The Rossetti Ensemble

Saturday 9th October 2021 - 7:30pm

The members of the Rossetti Ensemble have become well-known to Alwyn Music Festival audiences over the years, and we are delighted to welcome them back with one of their trademark innovative programmes: Bridge, Brahms, Britten, Carwithen, Pärt, and a new work by Nathan Williamson

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