Small town hosts big names

Suffolk seaside town to host celebrated artists in a unique musical evening

The picturesque town of Southwold, on the Suffolk coast, will play host to an unusual cast of distinguished artists this June in performances of William Walton’s Façade and Constant Lambert’s Concerto for Piano and Nine Instruments.

The actress Claire Bloom, who has worked with Charlie Chaplin and Laurence Olivier in a dazzling career, will be joined by writer and broadcaster Humphrey Burton in taking on the role of ‘Reciter’ in Walton’s Façade.

Leading pianist David Owen Norris will be the soloist in Constant Lambert’s rarely heard Concerto, a work which shares Façade’s strong influence of jazz, conjuring up the atmosphere and spirit of the ‘Roaring 20s’.

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As with the original performance of Façade in 1923, poems by Edith Sitwell are set over a series of jazzy numbers, the results of which created a tremendous ‘succès de scandale’ for Walton at the time.

The Southwold Concert Series Ensemble, formed of outstanding students and young professionals from London, will be conducted by Southwold-based composer Nathan Williamson. The ensemble aims to give young performers the chance to work alongside well-established artists.

“If you took the most wacky idea you had for combining music and words and multiplied it by ten, you’d still get nowhere near Façade,” says Williamson. “It’s a sort of 1920s hip-hop.”

Bloom and Burton will bring a wealth of experience to the reciting roles, both having worked alongside Walton himself. They will introduce the concert with reminiscences about their friendship with the famous composer, providing a fascinating insight into the man behind the music.

The first performance will be taking place in St Edmunds Church and St Edmund’s Hall in Southwold on 29th June, 2013. A second performance will take place in the Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall on Sunday 30th June. Both performances are expected to sell out.

Dates & venues:

  • Saturday 29th June 2013, 7:30pm – Southwold St Edmund’s Church (first half) and St Edmund’s Hall (second half)
  • Sunday 30th June 2013, 7:30pm – Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall

Box office: Halcyon Meldrum

01502 726 161

The Southwold Concert Series is run entirely by volunteers. Founded in 2008 by Nathan Williamson with the generous support of local advertising agency, Spring, it stages several high-quality concerts each year in Southwold and nearby. It also provides education opportunities to local schools. 

Nathan Williamson (b.1978) was brought up in Southwold and, after time away for studies at the Guildhall School of Music, Yale and Oxford Univerisities, returned to the town in 2009. Nathan is an award-winning composer and pianist, writing for musicians from around the world, from full symphony orchestras to smaller ensembles and theatre. As a pianist he has performed at many of Europe’s most prestigious venues as soloist and collaborating with leading instrumentalists and singers. He released his debut CD this year. 

Spring is a marketing communications agency which creates extraordinary ideas that help brands grow. Spring’s clients include Adnams, Bollinger, The Conservative Party, Marriages Millers, EDF Energy, The East of England Co-op and SolarAid. Two Spring clients are officially CoolBrands: not bad for an independent agency headquartered on Southwold beach. 

Spring is Chief Patron of the Southwold Concert Series as part of its corporate social responsibility programme.  

Further information/contact: 

PR and press: Anna Wells 

01502 726 161 

Artistic content: Nathan Williamson 

07719 796 863 

Nathan Williamson took part in the ‘Meet the Artist’ series on this blog earlier this year. Read his interview here