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Tickets are now available for a concert celebrating the iconic Orfordness Lighthouse, on the Suffolk Coast.
The concert, as well as a free exhibition in Orford Town Hall and a documentary film about the lighthouse, are part of Touching the Tide, a programme of more than 30 projects made possible by a grant of £900,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and managed by the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).
The concert on 19th September 2015, St Bartholomew’s Church, Orford, is the finale to a three-year commemoration of Orfordness Lighthouse, which was decommissioned in 2013 by Trinity House. Tickets cost £10 and can be booked via the Aldeburgh Music website (www.aldeburghmusic.co.uk).
Five works and arrangements will be heard for the first time, including a work inspired by Orfordness lighthouse from award-winning composer, Jeremy Thurlow; two ‘sea interludes’ by young composers; and arrangements by Jeremy Thurlow of three of Benjamin Britten’s Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes.
Local children from Aldeburgh and Orford Primary Schools will premiere a lighthouse song-cycle written by them, aided by music educators. There will also be favourite works inspired by nature and the sea from Rameau, Skempton, Elgar and Birtwhistle; readings will include extracts from Patrick Barkham’s Coastlines.
The free exhibition (11th-13th September) will chart the history of the lighthouse, the people who worked in it and how the light saved lives. Alongside the museum’s archives and artefacts will be works by Suffolk artists featuring the lighthouse. There will be an opportunity for children to make their own lighthouse nightlight.
Refreshments will be available.
The exhibition includes a documentary by local film-maker Veronica Worrall. Filmed over three years, it covers history, geography and celebrations, with recollections from local residents and unique footage of lamps and lights inside the lighthouse before the decommissioning.
“It’s highly unusual for a community to lose its lighthouse in this way,” explains concert organiser and Orford resident, Liz Ferretti. “The long-term future of our lighthouse is uncertain, but in the meantime the concert, exhibition and film are a chance for everyone to celebrate the 223-year-history of our much-loved lighthouse, and will ensure that artefacts from it are preserved for the community,” she says.
Orfordness Lighthouse – A Celebration in Words and Music
Venue: St Bartholomew’s Church, Orford, IP12 2LN
Date: Saturday 19th September 2015
Time: 7 pm
Tickets available from Aldeburgh Music (www.aldeburghmusic.co.uk)
Ticket price: £10
Venue: Orford Town Hall, Market Hill, Orford. Free entry.
Date 11th, 12th, 13th September
Times: 10.00am to 4.00pm every day.
Documentary film to be shown during the exhibition
Jeremy Thurlow is a composer, writer and pianist.
His music has been described as ‘seductive, innovative, full of freshness’ by Henri Dutilleux. It has been performed by the BBC Philharmonic, Rolf Hind, the BBC Singers, Endymion, the Aronowitz Ensemble, Matthew Schellhorn, the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, and Lesley-Jane Rogers among many others. In 2007 he won the George Butterworth Award for new composition.
” … Jeremy Thurlow demonstrated real mettle in his piece The Will of the Tones. Single notes and quiet resonances gradually built into a surging, shivering mass, spiced with delicious harmonic jolts …” Geoff Brown, The Times.
Touching the Tide
Touching the Tide is a £900,000 three-year Landscape Partnership Scheme project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund along the Suffolk Coast between Covehithe and Felixstowe, hosted by the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). The scheme is helping to conserve and celebrate the heritage of the coast and increase understanding of coastal change through over thirty different projects.
Tel: (01394) 384948
Project Officer, Kate Osborne: Email
Project Manager, Bill Jenman: bill.jenmansuffolk.gov.uk
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)
Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk @heritagelottery @HLFEoE
The Orfordness lighthouse is now owned by the Orfordness Lighthouse Trust, a registered charity whose aim is to preserve the lighthouse for as long as possible and its legacy after that. The Trust arranges regular visits to the lighthouse, which has dramatic views from the top along the length of Orford Ness and the Suffolk Coast. Forthcoming dates can be found on its website: orfordnesslighthouse.co.uk