The inaugural 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 artists from around the region in exhibitions to reflect on the past, present and future of Cuckmere Haven.
Organiser Anthony Albrecht is concerned about deterioration of flood defences, which he believes will see the Haven return to being a tidal estuary, and says residents of the Coastguard Cottages are now fully responsible for defences which prevent their cliff-face from eroding further. Profits from this festival will go towards the Cuckmere Haven SOS campaign to help save the cottages.
Featured artists include Joseph Tawadros, a virtuoso oud player and composer, 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.
Anthony added: “The first time I visited Cuckmere Haven I knew I had found one of the most beautiful places on earth. While I am usually more struck by vistas that don’t feature signs of humanity, the Cuckmere coastguard cottages, with the Seven Sisters shining in the background, give the place a magical, enchanting aspect that is totally unique.
“Our aim is to give audiences an incredibly intimate and emotional experience inside the oldest of these cottages, allowing them to reflect on the historical importance of the place and hopefully inspire them to support our campaign to save the cottages from coastal erosion.
“All four of the recitals offer world-class music making on a scale which replicates the famous salons and parlours that hosted chamber music in the early 19th century when these cottages were built.
“Only 35 tickets are available for each performance, which include wine and ale from Long Man Brewery. We also hope our audience will join us for Sunday lunch, featuring a buffet of local, organic food.” Tickets from www.lapwingfestival.com