Concert and exhibition to celebrate Orfordness lighthouse history

PUBLISHED: 17:32 06 August 2015

Orfordness lighthouse owner Nicholas Gold and the building which is increasingly at risk from the sea.

Orfordness lighthouse owner Nicholas Gold and the building which is increasingly at risk from the sea.


A three-year commemoration of Orfordness lighthouse reaches its finale next month with a special concert to celebrate the iconic building.

The lighthouse, which is owned by Nicholas Gold and stands on the National Trust-owned shingle spit, is set to fall into the sea with the waves now just metres away.

The concert, as well as a free exhibition in Orford Town Hall and a documentary film about the lighthouse, are part of the £900,000 lottery-funded Touching the Tide programme.

It will take place on September 19 at 7pm at St Bartholomew’s Church, Orford, when five works and arrangements will be heard for the first time.

These will include a work inspired by Orfordness lighthouse from award-winning composer, Jeremy Thurlow; two “sea interludes” by young composers; and arrangements by Thurlow of three of Benjamin Britten’s Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes.

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.

Concert organiser and Orford resident, Liz Ferretti said: “It’s highly unusual for a community to lose its lighthouse in this way.

“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.”

Tickets for the concert Orfordness Lighthouse – A Celebration in Words and Music cost £10 and can be booked via the Aldeburgh Music website

The free exhibition runs from September 11-13, 10am to 4pm, and will chart the history of the lighthouse, the people who worked in it and how the light saved lives, plus show the documentary by film-maker Veronica Worrall.


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