Good news for the Harwich Festival of the Arts 2014! A grant of £29,300 has been awarded by Arts Council England, an increase of 25% over last year, and a new grant of £2,000 will be made by the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust.
The increased Arts Council funding will allow the opportunity to showcase a wide variety of events which should have something to interest everybody. There will be what promises to be a spectacular performance of the opera Madame Butterfly and many other musical events, classical, jazz and folk. The bicycle theme running through the Festival should build on the excitement brought to the town by the Women’s Cycle tour earlier in the summer. A whole day entitled the Great Big Celebration of Young Harwich will provide an opportunity for young people in the town to demonstrate their many varied talents.
The grant from the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust is specifically to fund new works composed especially for the Festival. These consist of a song cycle by Toby Young, a composer whose work crosses the boundaries of classical and hip hop. This will be performed by two respected young artists, Susanna Fairbairn, who appeared with great success at last year’s Harwich Festival, and Matthew Schellhorn.
The second new work, Heaven Haven, will feature on the opening night. Composer Greg Rose bills it as a community piece, and everybody present (including dog walkers) is invited to join in creating a crazy, jubilant piece of new music.
Peter Davis, Chairman of the Harwich Festival Trust, says, ‘We are delighted that the Arts Council will support us for another year and that we are attracting other funding as well. It is very encouraging that we can continue to bring high calibre works catering to many different interests to the town with the obvious spin off effects that any financial investment will have.’
For further information contact Peter Davis on 01255 240220 or 07870620273.