Cuckmere Haven to host festival

Lapwing Festival at Cuckmere Haven SUS-160614-153724001
Lapwing Festival at Cuckmere Haven SUS-160614-153724001

The first Lapwing Music Festival will be held at the Cuckmere Haven Coastguard Cottages on August 5-7 this year.

This series of solo recitals is a sister event of Celebrate Cuckmere, a festival from 2011 which brought together professional and amateur visual artists from around the region in exhibitions to reflect on the past, present and future of Cuckmere Haven.

Organiser Anthony Albrecht said: “Currently, government policy is to allow a managed deterioration of flood defences, which will see the Haven return to being a tidal estuary.

“This has also meant that residents of the Coastguard Cottages, most of whom are descendants of the original coastguards, are now fully responsible for the sea defences which prevent their cliff-face from eroding any further.

“The view of the Seven Sisters with these cottages in the foreground is one of the most famous coastal scenes in the world. Profits from this festival will go towards the Cuckmere Haven SOS campaign to help save the cottages.”

Featured artists include Joseph Tawadros, a multi-award winning virtuoso oud player and composer. At 32, Joseph is established as one of the world’s leading oud performers and composers. A virtuoso of diversity and sensitivity, he performs in concert halls worldwide and is known for his brilliant technique, deep musicianship and joyous style of performance.

Also performing will be Liam Byrne, professor of viola da gamba at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, John Crockatt, violinist and a member of the London Haydn Quartet and Anthony himself, a cellist and graduate of The Juilliard School in NYC.

The festival includes local food and wine, nature walks, a buffet lunch on Sunday and the chance to soak up the atmosphere of the historic cottages. Tickets are on sale via

Anthony added: “The lapwing also represents the fragile and ephemeral state of the beauty of this beloved place, having been reduced in numbers such that it is no longer frequently seen at the Haven and has been given Red Status by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.”

The four solo recitals featured in the inaugural Lapwing Music Festival will allow these four musicians to present their own personal reflections on the place and their art. No.5 Coastguard Cottages, built shortly after the National Coastguard Service was founded in 1822, is “an extraordinarily intimate place to experience music.” Without electricity, evening performances will be by candlelight accompanied by the sound of the waves.