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ARTSeast March 2016

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Stunning Spring Season at DanceEast

Interview: David Sproxton from Aardman

Tickets and a meal

Local Arts Scene: Aldeburgh

Visual Arts

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Local Arts Scene


24 Music News

32 Aldeburgh Photos

25 Mid-Norfolk Singers 70th Anniversary

33 Aldeburgh Introduction

Cover Story

26 Martin Newell competition

34 Aldeburgh Music


27 Lavenham Sinfonia

36 Aldeburgh Literary Festival / Aldeburgh

Editor’s Letter

DanceEast Spring Season


Visual Arts

Food & Drink

37 Aldeburgh Photography Group

8-9 Visual Arts News

28 Food review: Waffle House, Norwich

38 Spotlight on Caroline Wiseman

10 Artists On View

39 Win a meal at The White Lion Hotel

11 Artist Profile – Fiona Roberts 12 Sainsbury Centre: Giacometti Exhibition

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What’s On Theatre

30 East Anglian Game & Country Fair competition


14 Theatre & Film News 15 Norwich Theatre Royal

31 What’s On Listings

41 Subscription/Competition Winners

40 Directory

16 Cinema City competition

42 The Last Photo

17 Eastern Angles

43 Back Issues

19 Kid’s Corner – The Apex 20-21 The Arts Council 22-23 Coffee & a Chat – David Sproxton (Aardman Animations)

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Welcome Editor’s Letter

ARTSeast ARTSeast Magazine DBH 21-22 Diss Business Park Hopper Way, Diss Norfolk IP22 4GT follow us @artseastmag Publishers Gary Enderby & Sarah Veness

Welcome to the March issue of

Suffolk coastal town of Aldeburgh which is a

ARTSeast Magazine.

jewel in the region's art scene. With galleries, a

Editorial Sarah Veness 01379 773348

world-class music venue and a lovely summer As spring approaches, our part of this lovely

theatre, Aldeburgh is a magical place - and it's

island has never looked more beautiful. And

also home to spectacular fish and chips should

with a bit of sunshine, comes a whole host of

you care to partake!

exciting Easter events for all the family to enjoy.

Thanks to the support we get from many

Our cover this month features DanceEast's new

organisations in the region, we again have

Advertising Gary Enderby 01379 773347 Karen Johnson 01379 773349

Spring Season which is made up of a fantastic

some great prizes to offer to our readers this

mix of unmissable shows.

month including tickets for Cinema City

For our coffee and chat feature, we were

Norwich, tickets to see Martin Newell and the

thrilled to speak to David Sproxton, co-founder

Hosepipe Band as part of Diss Corn Hall on

of Aardman Animations who have given us

tour, family tickets to the East Anglian Game

Shaun the Sheep, Wallace and Gromit and

and Country Fair and a meal for two at The

Chicken Run amongst other fantastic

White Lion Hotel, Aldeburgh.

animations. Aardman are working hand-in-

This month our food and drink section has

hand with Beccles Public Hall & Theatre on

grown to include a food review (and very

their Easter Children's Film Festival which

yummy it was too!) and we're thrilled with the

promises to be a lot of fun.

response we've had so far.

Our local arts scene section focuses on the

So sit back and enjoy our March issue‌..

Printed by: Town & Country Printers

Sarah Veness

Published by Falcon Publications


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Cover Story

Springing Ahead with DanceEast

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Avant Garde Dance - Fagin’s Twist

DanceEast is delighted to announce a fantastic line-up for

Invites Aggiss, Burrows, Fargion and Tanguy in April. If this

spring 2016. Under the artistic directorship of Brendan Keaney,

contemporary work takes your fancy, don’t miss Igor and Moreno,

some of the world’s leading dance artists and organisations

who performed at DanceEast as part of PULSE Festival earlier this

will be performing on Ipswich’s Waterfront at the Jerwood

year and have recently been nominated for a Critics’ Circle

DanceHouse in the New Year.

national dance award for Outstanding Male Performance

After three world premieres in a spectacular autumn season,


there’s yet another from Avant Garde Dance this spring. Following

This March, DanceEast’s annual community District Project will

sell-out performances of The Black Album in 2014, Avant Garde

bring together 150 performers from the Babergh, Mid Suffolk &

Artistic Director, Tony Adigun, returns with his company to present

Forest Heath districts, with dance artists Mary Davies, Lynnette

Fagin’s Twist, an innovative hip hop take on the famous Charles

King and Caroline Mummery, to create and perform Rock Paper

Dickens tale Oliver. Mark Bruce Company also returns, after a sell-

Scissors together at the Jerwood DanceHouse and The Apex in

out performance of Dracula in 2014, with The Odyssey, this piece

Bury St Edmunds.

combines contemporary horror with fantasy in an extraordinary dance theatre production and tickets will sell fast! Two of the UK’s most popular dance companies, that usually play

DanceEast Artistic Director, Brendan Keaney, says:“The only challenge in having a great

much larger venues, are coming to DanceEast for the first time in

autumn programme, and we

spring. Northern Ballet, with their family production of Tortoise and

really did have a spectacular sell-

Hare and Ballet Black with a stunning triple bill by Christopher

out season, is that you have to

Hampson, Arthur Pita and Christopher Marney. The chance to see

follow it with an even better one in

both of these companies up close in the intimate setting of the

2016. I am delighted to report that

Studio theatre at the Jerwood DanceHouse will be a real treat.

I think you will have a happy new

For something a little bit different, local Ipswich girl Flora Wellesley Wesley and her new company Nora, perform Nora

year, as we have some seriously great shows coming up!”

Cover image: The Odyssey

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Visual Arts

Visual Arts News

New Buckenham Easter Exhibition Well known locally for being a well-presented exhibition with excellent quality art work, the Easter Art Exhibition at New

The Secret Life of Ely Cathedral

Buckenham Village Hall runs from the opening night on March 25th (£3.00 admission, including a glass of wine and nibbles) to

Running from April 6th to May 2nd, this fascinating exhibition by the OuseLife group of artists, showcases over 80 specially created art works celebrating the cathedral and the people who care for it. OuseLife has unprecedented access to the people and buildings of the Cathedral and have been able to glimpse behind the scenes, past and present. A new perspective on Cathedral life is revealed through painting, sculpture, textiles, photography, prints, film, willow work and ceramics. The art is available for sale, with commission on sales going to the Cathedral itself. Admission is free to the exhibition which is being held in the Cathedral's South West transept.

the 28th. Artists often return each year with new work, plus there is always a group of new artists waiting in the wings to put forward their work. Exhibiting artists come from all over the county to display their work in a variety of genres including oils, watercolours, acrylics, collages and textiles. All pictures are for sale and there is a selection of unframed studies to buy. The work you see here is by Hazel Rush a botanical artist but for many years she was known for her landscapes. She has just completed a series of paintings for an R H S Exhibition at Malvern where she hopes to compete for a gold medal. Her studies are from the Opium Poppy.

Norwich Artists breaks Sales Record Norwich-based artist Will Teather has broken previous sales records for The Other Art Fair, London’s leading artist fair. The Fair recently confirmed that the artist's painting on a sphere of a bookshop achieved the highest sale price ever recorded at the Fair. It was sold to a private collector who owns works by some the world's leading artists. The sale was the first to go into five figures in the event's history. The artwork forms part of Will Teather's new series of Infinite Perspectives. 'Infinite perspectives is a project that explores new ground in the depiction of space, blurring the boundaries between painting and sculpture,' says Will Teather. 'These are three-dimensional paintings on globes and unusually formed canvases. The paintings employ an innovative type of inverted perspective, that gives a 360 degree view of a space - with both the perspective and the representation slyly shifting, depending on which point you look at them.'

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Inspired by the Sea From March 25th to April 5th, the Garden House Gallery, Cromer is host to Inspired by the Sea - an exhibition by Caper Art and Craft. Norfolk now has more resident artists than Devon and Cornwall combined, (NNC 2015). Many are drawn to the county because of its unique beauty and charm offering rare solitude in an increasingly

Off the Press: The Big Screen This Spring, screen print collective Off The Press are

crowded British Isles. They are inspired by open skies, broad, shallow

working alongside Abbeygate Cinema to bring an

valleys, wide expanses of coastline and sea that provide an exciting

exciting new project to Bury St Edmunds entitled ‘The

and vivid palette with subtle tones and demanding colour values.

Big Screen’. Off The Press approached 19 artists to

Using different mediums the artists involved, some established,

design an art work based upon the film that changed

others new, have been challenged to be ‘Inspired by the Sea”. This

their life, these would then be made into limited edition

event, showing over the Easter holidays, builds on the tremendous

screen prints in their Suffolk based studio. The artists

success of the show last autumn. All of the artists are members of

range from commercial graphic designers and recent

Caper Art & Craft a rapidly growing online community with over 220

university graduates to children’s book illustrators and

entries in its lists, The purpose of the

fine artists. Children’s illustrator Toby Rampton brings to

community is to represent artists, artisans, galleries and related

life a character from the 1973 film American Graffiti,

associations so they and their work can be found easily,

whilst printmaker Jo Stafford visualises the verbal

encouraging sharing, creativity and excellence.

exchange between Peter and Rufio in the hit film Hook. Other timeless classics that have been given a new lease of life include The Shining, Amelie, The Wicker Man and Kes. The only guidelines were that the work had to be A3 and the colours to be used were red and black. The work is being displayed from March 18th at Abbeygate Cinema. Off The Press are comprised of printmaker James Treadaway, textile artist Anna Bird and graphic designer Sam Foley.

Iceni Botanical Artists Iceni Botanical Artists are a group of artists dedicated to the world of the plant kingdom. They all live and work in East Anglia and include several leading artists in this field, several of which are tutors. Their work ranges from loose and free interpretations, to scientifically accurate plant portraits and they all clearly demonstrate their love of colour, diverse shapes and textures and in many instances, an attention to detail. Upcoming exhibitions include one at Blickling Hall from March 9th-20th and a 'Harvest Festival' exhibition at Beckets Gallery, Wymondham from September 12th-18th March 2016 | 9



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Artist Profile: Fiona Roberts

Growing up in the rugged north of England, artist Fiona Roberts learned her trade painting dramatic mountain landscapes. 'When I came to Norwich to do my art degree, I struggled at first with how different the Norfolk landscape was from what I was used to in Cumbria,' says Fiona. Because of this, during her time at Norwich School of Art & Design, Fiona drifted away from landscape painting, instead focusing on sculpture. 'As time passed, and I explored the area, I began to fall in love with the Norfolk landscape,' says Fiona. 'Inspiration came flooding back and I started painting landscapes again.' Fiona is particularly inspired by the North Norfolk coastline, especially the area around Stiffkey, Morston, Cley and Blakeney. 'It's so peaceful and the light is really beautiful,' says Fiona. 'I often take my easel out and paint outside. The big skies mean that you can see the weather and you feel completely part of it.' This immersion in emerging weather has led to Fiona's latest series of paintings entitled Threshholds.

'They're all about the small bit of time before the next bit of weather,' says Fiona. 'It's the light before a storm or the sunshine emerging from behind a raincloud. Fiona works from her studio in Aylsham and uses traditional methods to create contemporary pieces. 'I make my own paint using renaissance recipes, make my own gesso and instead of using modern canvases to paint on, I stretch calico onto boards,' says Fiona. Fiona currently has an exhibition of her work at Theatre Royal, Norwich running until the end of April. 'This is my first exhibition for a while,' says Fiona. 'After focusing on other projects, I'm now hoping to begin exhibiting again across Norfolk and Suffolk. If anyone is interested in exhibiting my work, I'd love to hear from them.'

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Visual Arts

A Celebration of Giacometti

Alberto Giacometti Self-Portrait-1920

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich is

preoccupation with the isolated figure, a motif that dominated

commemorating the 50th anniversary of Alberto Giacometti’s

his work, it will explore a number of key themes which include

death in 1966 with a major

the influence of ancient art on Giacometti’s practice, the context of his contemporaries in post-war Paris and his impact

Giacometti: A Line through

in Britain.

Giacometti is one of the twentieth century’s most significant artists, celebrated as a sculptor, painter and draughtsman. The exhibition will be the most extensive in the UK dedicated to the artist

The exhibition comprises over 150 works with significant loans from around the world including Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Fondation Beyeler, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Fitzwilliam Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and many private collections. These loans will complement the Sainsbury Centre’s own remarkable collection of Giacometti’s works which is the largest in the UK. The Centre is particularly noted for its fine group of drawings acquired by Robert and Lisa Sainsbury.

since 2007. It will focus on his work and influence during the post-war period on both sides of the Channel. Examining his

The exhibition is curated by Calvin Winner and Claudia Milburn and runs from April 23rd until August 29th 2016.

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Theatre & Film News Kite comes to New Wolsey

Smash Comedy at Bury Theatre Royal From March 30th to April 2nd, the Theatre Royal, Bury St Presented by The Wrong Crowd in association with Soho Theatre, Kite comes to the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich from March 29th30th. A lonely girl, recently orphaned, is taken to live in her grandma’s airless flat where the windows are shut tight. Her memories of seagulls, sand dunes and her Mother begin to fade in the silence. One night a handmade kite comes to life and heralds the start of a wild adventure and the chance to find what it seemed was lost forever. Inspired by the world of indoor-kite flying and stories such as The Snowman and The Red Balloon, Kite is a play without words, with originally composed music, dance, puppetry and of course kites.

Edmunds is playing host to Invincible by Torben Betts. With the recession biting hard, Emily and Oliver have decided to downsize and shift their middle-class London lifestyle to a small town in the north of England where they meet new neighbours Dawn and Alan. Over the course of a disastrous evening of olives, anchovies, Karl Marx and abstract art, class and culture collide where the consequences are as tragic as they are hilarious. From the award winning Original Theatre Company comes a brand new production of this smash hit, sell-out comedy.

Cambridge Arts Theatre: Rehearsal for Murder Following the phenomenal decade-long success of The Agatha Christie Theatre Company, Bill Kenwright presents a new production from the the award-winning writing team Levinson and Link, whose work includes the mystery series Murder, She Wrote and Columbo. Playwright Alex Dennison is left heartbroken when his fiancée and leading lady, Monica Welles is found dead from an apparent suicide. On the anniversary of that ill-fated night, Alex assembles the same cast and crew in the same theatre, for a reading of his new play. But as the reading begins, it becomes clear that Alex believes that Monica was murdered and he intends to uncover her killer. The star cast includes leading stage and TV actor Robert Daws, best known for The Royal and Outside Edge, and his wife and co-star from The Royal, Amy Robbins, who also starred in Blood Brothers in the West End.

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Testosterone-Fuelled Tap Takes To The Stage Norwich Theatre Royal, March 24th-26th Some of the globe’s top tappers are joining forces for a high-

previous visit to Norwich Theatre Royal in 2014. He started

octane celebration of the dance form.

learning tap, piano, acrobatics and dance at the age of

The brainchild of Vincent Pausanias who has created dance shows worldwide, Tap Factory mixes a host of musical styles, rhythm and comedy for an all-action performance. Running from March 24th-26th, it will see traditional tap merged with urban percussion, hip hop and humour to showcase the versatility of the dance genre. The show features eight top dancers including top performer

N Jérémie Champagne, who starred in the show on its

seven and has appeared in a number of shows and productions in his native France. Other cast-members include Ivory Coast-born Konan Kouassi who has been a dancer and choreographer for over 20 years, Olympic and multiple World Title gymnast Maciej Labutin, and Michael Newman who has performed in tap shows all over the UK. Also making his Norwich Theatre Royal return in the Tap Factory cast is Lee Meadows, who appeared in a number of the venue’s pantomimes in the ensemble.

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Tues 8 – Sat 12 Mar Matthew Bourne’s SLEEPING BEAUTY Dazzling dance adaptation £8 - £39 Mon 14 – Sat 19 Mar KING CHARLES III Robert Powell stars in unstoppably entertaining play £8 - £29 Sun 20 Mar KEN DODD Legendary stand-up £7 - £23

Mon 21 – Wed 23 Mar ENGLISH TOURING OPERA Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Gluck’s Iphigenie en Tauride £8 - £36 Thur 24 – Sat 26 Mar TAP FACTORY Breathtaking, dynamic world champion dancers £7 - £23.50 Sun 27 March IRELAND’S CALL Irish music and dance £7 - £23.50

Mon 28 March BEAR BEHAVING BADLY CBBC hit show on stage. 5+ £7 - £14

Tues 29 Mar – Sat 2 Apr HAIRSPRAY Claire Sweeney stars in smash hit musical comedy £8 - £45

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

Mon 29 Feb – Sat 5 Mar TOAST Matthew Kelly stars in gritty comic drama £8 - £25

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Coming soon to Cinema City



Cinema City, in the heart of historic Norwich, is a beautiful place to eat dinner or watch a film.


From Friday March 4th

HAIL, CAESAR! The Coen Brothers latest feature Hail Caesar! follows a day in the life of Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin), a


Hollywood fixer for Capitol Pictures in the 1950s, who


cleans up and solves problems for big names and stars in the EDDIE THE EAGLE

industry. But when studio star Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) disappears, Mannix has to deal with more than just the fix.

Ross MacGibbon (The Importance Of Being Earnest with David Suchet, Matthew

From Friday March 11th

Bourne’s Swan Lake). The filmed event from the National Railway


Museum in Yorkshire features the original locomotive from the much-loved 1970 film.

Stop-motion drama, directed and produced by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, Anomalisa focuses on an

From April 1st

inspirational speaker (David Thewlis) who becomes


reinvigorated after meeting a lively woman (Jennifer Jason Leigh) that shakes up his mundane existence.

Directed by Dexter Fletcher and produced by Matthew Vaughn, the story follows Eddie Edwards, the notoriously tenacious

From Friday March 18th

British underdog ski jumper as he charms the world at the


1988 Winter Olympics. Starring Taron Egerton (Kingsman) and Hugh Jackman (X-Men).

Paris, 1920s. Marguerite Dumont is a wealthy woman. A lover of music and opera that follows her passion to sing in front of audiences, but no one tells her how bad she is.


HIGH RISE Life for the residents of a tower block begins to run out of control. Based on the JG Ballard novel from 1975, Ben


Wheatley’s adaptation features Tom Hiddleston in the role of

ARTSeast has teamed up with Cinema City to

Dr Robert Laing.

offer one reader the chance to win two tickets to see Eddie the Eagle on 2nd April.

Easter Monday March 28th

To be in with a chance, email your name,


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York Theatre Royal’s Olivier Award-winning production of Mike Kenny and Damian Cruden’s imaginative stage adaptation is directed for the screen by International Emmy Award winner 16 |

Closing date: March 25th

eatre eatre&&Film Film

Bringing History to Life Eastern Angles are back with a fascinating new production- Somewhere in England - telling the wartime story of what happened when the American GIs arrived in rural East Anglia. In May 1942, the first Eighth U.S. Army Air Force planes arrived. This moment in history, often referred to as ‘the friendly invasion’, had a huge impact on our cultural life. Polly Wiseman’s new play shows a hidden side to this shared history – a tale of segregation, friendships forged and then blown apart, and outsiders learning to live amongst the locals. This theatre production will tour across the East of England and includes site-specific performances at Thorpe Abbotts airfield in Norfolk and Debach Airfield in Suffolk.

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Matthew Bourne's The Car Man (12A) – Saddler's Wells Theatre Sunday 6th March 3pm A sensational new dance event for cinemas from the internationally acclaimed choreographer Matthew Bourne and his Dance Company New Adventures. Runtime 2hrs 15mins incl. 1 interval Tickets: £15.00 Code: SWCarman Simon Rattle - Berlin Philharmonic Saturday 19th March 7.30pm Sir Simon Rattle, leads the Berlin Philharmonic showcasing Beethoven’s masterful brilliance in two tremendously expressive works: the inspired Symphony No. 4 and the impassioned Symphony No. 7. Runtime 2hour 24mins approx including 1 interval Tickets: £12.50 Code: BPhil £10 Boris Gudunov – Royal Opera House Monday 21st March 7.15pm Starring: Bryn Terfel, John Graham-Hall Richard Jones and Antonio Pappano renew their creative collaboration with this new production of Musorgsky’s historical masterpiece, here seen in its compact 1869 first version in seven scenes. Runtime 2hrs 15mins (approx.) No Interval Tickets: £15.00 Code: ROHBoris £12.50

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The Railway Children (U) Recorded Broadcast from York Railway Station Monday 28th March 3pm E. Nesbit’s The Railway Children follows the story of Roberta (Bobbie), Phyllis and Peter, three sheltered siblings who suffer a huge upheaval when their father, who works for the Foreign Office, is taken away from their London home and falsely imprisoned. Runtime Est. 2hr 05mins (including a 15 minute interval) Tickets: £15 Under 15yrs: £12.50 Code: YorkRailway £12.50/£10

Tickets bookable at the Riverside Theatre Box Office on 01394 382174 or online at

Kid's Corner: Review: Sid's Show, The Apex

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Arts Council

Buildings fit for great Art and Culture

The Arts Council invests in a wide range of artists and organisations in the East of England. We do this through regular investment in organisations such as Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Aldeburgh Music and Cambridge Junction. We also support a wide range of arts projects – such as Metal’s Harvest Festival in Peterborough or Frozen Light Theatre’s UK tour of The Forest. As part of our development role, the Arts Council also looks to support the long term resilience and sustainability of arts organisations. One of the ways we do that is by helping them to invest in their buildings through our Small Scale Capital programme. Organisations can apply to us for a wide range of projects through our small scale capital

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programme, from upgrading air conditioning or improving facilities, through to installation of new technology. The ambition is to ensure that building based arts organisations are equipped to support artists and offer audiences great art and culture. We recently invested in three projects in the East of England; DanceEast and New Wolsey Theatre – both based in Ipswich – and the National Skills Academy (Thurrock).

DanceEast We have awarded DanceEast £390,456 for an exciting new project that will see it transform Jerwood House’s entrance area. By removing the foyer staircase, it will open up new space that the team can use to programme new exhibitions and

Arts Council

dance activity for audiences to enjoy. Our funding will also support the installation of new lighting that will enable DanceEast to reduce costs in the long term.

New Wolsey Theatre We have awarded New Wolsey Theatre ÂŁ359,866 to upgrade its aging technical equipment. This will include a new high-speed computer network and the provision of state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment. It will allow New Wolsey to stage more creatively ambitious productions, whilst also expanding its education work and hosting a widening range of touring companies.

National Skills Academy We have awarded ÂŁ250,000 to The National Skills Academy to help develop residential accommodation for the new National College for the Creative and Cultural Industries. Its work will also include the development of workspace for creative businesses and organisations, and the development of a new reception. For more information about our small scale capital programme, please visit:

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Coffee & aChat

As co-founder of Aardman Animations, David Sproxton has delighted an army of fans for the past forty years. Here he talks about animation, their latest project and what they're doing at Beccles Public Hall this Easterâ&#x20AC;Ś.

As schoolboys growing up in Surrey, David Sproxton and Peter Lord loved films. 'We both loved the idea of working in the film business but at the time there weren't many media courses around,' says David. 'Eventually we started working on a series of animations for the BBC series Vision On and realised how much we loved animation.' In 1972, David and Peter registered the name Aardman Animations, after a superhero character in one of their Vision On sequences. It was the start of an amazing journey. Using stop motion animation techniques, Aardman now employs 130 full-time model makers with another 100 employed in a freelance capacity. One such freelance model marker is Jim Parkyn. At the end of this month, he's coming to Beccles Public Hall & Theatre to lead a model-making workshop as part of their Easter Children's Film Festival in association with Aardman. It's a fantastic opportunity to learn from an Aardman expert modelmaker and to make your own Shaun the Sheep to take home!

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'Jim is fantastic at this sort of event and it's

Two years later A Close Shave confirmed Aardman's

guaranteed to be a great day,' says David.

reputation and established Wallace and Gromit as

As part of the Festival, on March 30th-31st and April

household names.

6th-7th, the hall will also be screening Shaun the

Other successful projects include Chicken Run,

Sheep Movie and The Farmer's Llamas, plus a

Aardman's first full-length theatrical feature film to be

selection of Wallace & Gromit animations including A

funded by DreamWorks, and The Curse of the Were-

Grand Day Out & The Wrong Trousers.

Rabbit which won many awards including a BAFTA for

'It's the first time we've worked on a film festival with

Best British Film.

Beccles Public Hall & Theatre but we're all really

'It's great that animation is now being recognised for

looking forward to it,' says David.

awards as back when we released Chicken Run in 2000

Forty years on, Aardman Animations has a wealth of Oscars, BAFTAs and successful short films and movies under their belts. In 1985 Nick Park came on board and Aardman supported him in developing the Oscar-winning The Wrong Trousers which won more than 30 awards and

there wasn't even an animated film category at the Oscars,' says David. Their work undoubtedly deserves recognition as it is intricate, incredibly detailed and immensely timeconsuming. 'When we're shooting a feature film we only expect to

went on to become one of the most successful

actually shoot one to two seconds a day,' says David. 'An

animated films ever made.

animated feature film is roughly a 4-5 year process and involves an army of people.' Aardman are currently working on Nick Park's latest feature film entitled 'Early Man' which is due out in 2018. To find out more about the Easter Children's Film Festival at Beccles Public Hall & Theatre go to

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Music News Jess Glynne to play Newmarket Nights Make sure you’re ‘Right Here’ on August 12th as The Jockey Club Live and Newmarket Racecourses welcome JESS GLYNNE, one of the UK’s hottest chart stars, to the Newmarket Nights stage. First coming into the public consciousness as the vocalist on Clean Bandit’s Grammy Award winning and #1 hit ‘Rather Be’; pop sensation Jess Glynne has since become one of the biggest UK breakthrough acts of recent

Local Talent performs in Bungay Honey & The Bear are a roots-inspired duo from Suffolk. On March

years. Her number-one charting debut album, ‘I Cry When I Laugh‘,

19th, they are bringing their softly interweaving vocal harmonies

has now turned double platinum in the UK, making it the highest

and foot stomping rhythms to the Fisher Theatre, Bungay. Their

selling debut album of the past year. She also became the second

music combines Folk, Americana, Country, Blues and whatever

British female solo artist to have five number-one singles in the

else takes their fancy! The mutli-instrumentalist pair, comprised of

UK. Alongside Jess Glynne, The Corrs, Busted, Will Young, Little Mix

songwriters Jon Hart and Lucy Sampson, have performed at local

and Tears for Fears have been announced for the 2016 season

festivals including Maverick and FolkEast. They are about to start

with more announcements imminent.

recording their debut EP.

Red Priest to perform in East Bergholt On Sunday March 13th, Baroque buccaneers Red Priest perform a fantastic family friendly programme of music from the baroque era, a treasure chest of rediscovered riches and stolen musical jewels! The programme - at St Mary's Church, East Bergholt - will feature music by the original 'red priest' Antonio Vivaldi, including selections from the Four Seasons and the Storm at Sea concerto. This is alongside a host of hits by baroque greats Handel, Bach and Telemann, and a few unsung heroes of the age, all performed by Red Priest's inimitable, high octane style! Swashbuckling recorder maestro Piers Adams leads proceedings, his arsenal of recorders of all shapes and sizes duelling with the strings and harpsichord of his Red Priest cohorts. There is a free car park behind the Red Lion pub in the centre of the village, just a short walk from the church.

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Celebrating in Style

Rosamund Walton

St Matthews 2009

Dominic Bevan

This year marks the 70th anniversary of acclaimed group the

accomplished solo artists and frequently heard at concerts in

Mid-Norfolk Singers. To celebrate this milestone, a series of

the East of England and further afield.

special concerts has been planned. These started in December when the group performed Rossini's Petite Mess Solonelle in the magnificent surroundings of St Andrews Church, Hingham. Their next concert, in St Andrew's Hall in Norwich on April 23rd, promises to be a spectacular evening. They will be performing Haydn's Creation - a large choral work for soloists, choir and orchestra - which tells the fabulous story of the Creation as told in Genesis. For those people that know there are two versions, you will be pleased to hear the group will be singing the English words! Musical director, Duncan Barlow, has been directing the Mid Norfolk Singers for nearly four years during which time they have performed in many different venues in Mid Norfolk and have sung traditional choral favourites such as the Messiah and

To boost the choir's funds the group are also holding a Come and Sing Day in Swaffham on March 12th when they will rehearse and then perform Faures Requiem all on the same day! Their summer concert will take place in Castle Acre Church on July 2nd and promises to provide a joyous programme to celebrate not only  the 70th anniversary but also the Queen's 90th Birthday and other happy occasions! They will sing lighthearted songs from popular culture and are hoping to revisit some of the items sung in past years by the choir. The summer concert has traditionally been partly in aid of a charity and this summer they will be raising funds for Colkirk Pre-School. The final concert of 2016 will be a traditional Christmas Concert of carols and Christmas songs held at Swanton Morley Church on December 10th.

Vivaldi's Gloria right through to a terrific medley of James Bond Themes!

Tickets for St Andrews Hall are available from Prelude Records 01603 628319 and from the Mid Norfolk Singers website

Soloists for the Creation are Rosamund Walton, soprano,

Dominic Bevan, tenor and Andrew Weeks, bass. All three are very March 2016 | 25


The Hosepipe Band with Martin Newell The Song of the Waterlily & Black Shuck Wingfield Barns, April 2nd - 8pm

The Waterlily’s construction and launch, to the day of her proving when she must face a storm in the perilous North Sea…

Bringing together poetry and music in a wonderful

Black Shuck is about the sinister ghostly dog which is said to

collaboration, the acclaimed poet, songwriter and EADT

have haunted East Anglia since Viking times. Following the

columnist Martin Newell will perform two of his poems – the

phantom dog’s tracks through the half-forgotten lanes of North

evocative and award-winning The Song of the Waterlily and his

Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk, the poem seeks to capture some of

epic Black Shuck – accompanied by The Hosepipe Band with

the dark mystery of this largely unsung part of Great Britain.

music they have composed specially.

Tickets may be purchased from the Corn Hall Box Office at:

Part of Diss Corn Hall's 'on tour' programme, the concert is at

DesignerMakers21, 21 St Nicholas Street. Diss. IP22 4LB

the stunning Wingfield Barns venue.

10am-4pm every day except Tuesday & Sunday

The Hosepipe Band’s five piece line-up is:

Tel: 01379 652241 •

Geoff Coombs – mandola, percussion, vocals Simon Haines – concertina, hurdy gurdy, footbass, saw, bandoneon, vocals


Val Woollard – bagpipes, recorder, flute, saxophone, bells, dulcimer Cara Bruns – keyboards, vocals Peter Nice – upright bass, electric guitar, brush, schwirrbogen, vocals

WIN TICKETS ARTSeast has teamed up with Diss Corn Hall to offer one lucky reader the chance to win two

Martin Newell – poet’s voice, upright bass Martin Newell’s now famous quartet, The Song of the Waterlily – describes the building and proving of a traditional Essex deepsea fishing smack,“from tree to sea”.

tickets to this event. To be in with a chance of winning, email your name, address and telephone number to Closing date: March 25th, usual terms and

We follow the story through the eyes of a young shipwright from

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Musical Gems from Lavenham Sinfonia The Lavenham Sinfonia gives vibrant, energetic concerts, with

Kwesi Edman for the delightful Rococo Variations by Tchaikovsky.

brilliant soloists, of great masterworks from our musical

Two instrumental dances from Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene

heritage. This year, there are three fantastic concerts taking

Onegin open the second half, followed by a symphony by the

place in Lavenham Church. On April 24th, the theme of the first concert is Baroque

masterful composer and orchestrator Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov based on melodies from the rich tapestry of Russian folk music.

Resplendence. Water Music, written for outdoor performance to

The final concert takes place on September 18th and looks at

accompany King George II on a trip down the Thames, is one of

Viennese Classics. Beethoven’s first symphony was written in

Handel’s most-loved instrumental works. This first concert opens

the final years of the 18th century, and first performed in 1800,

with a group of its more intimate pieces, featuring the flute and

when the composer was thirty years old. In style it pays homage

strings, and ends with a set of exuberant movements with

to his teachers, especially Haydn, but it is unmistakeably

trumpets, horns and timpani. Bach is represented by two equally

Beethoven, looking forward to the new century. Two of Haydn’s

well-known works: the festive Suite No. 3 in D, and the

well-known masterpieces round out the programme. John

magnificent Brandenburg Concerto No.5, with the Sinfonia

Jermy returns to Lavenham to play Haydn’s trumpet concerto,

joined by solo harpsichordist David Wright, from world-

written for a new kind of trumpet with keyed valves. The ‘London’

renowned baroque ensemble Red Priest. The second concert on June19th focuses on Romantic Russia. The overture to Mikhail Glinka’s 1836 opera A Life For the Tsar

symphony, perhaps the greatest of all Haydn’s symphonies, was written in 1795 for the second of the composer’s trips to England.

fizzes with energy. They are joined by the talented young cellist

SUNDAY 24 APRIL at 7pm in Lavenham Church Handel Water Music J. S. Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 BWV 1050 David Wright harpsichord J. S. Bach Suite No. 3 in D major BWV 1068 Handel Water Music

SUNDAY 19 June at 7pm in Lavenham Church Glinka Overture to A Life For the Tsar Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme Kwesi Edman cello Tchaikovsky Polonaise and Waltz from Eugene Onegin Rimsky-Korsakov Sinfonietta on Russian Themes

SUNDAY 18 September at 7pm in Lavenham Church Beethoven Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21 Joseph Haydn Concerto for Trumpet in E flat major John Jermy trumpet Haydn ‘London’ Symphony No. 104 in D major TICKETS AND RESERVATIONS Tickets are £12 in advance, £14 at the door, and under 18s are free. They are available from: Lavenham Guildhall Shop 01787 247646 Lavenham Tourist Office 01787 248207 Compact Music, North St, Sudbury 01787 881160 Tickets can also be purchased (add 75p for postage) through Eastern Angles. Call the box office (01473 211498) on weekdays between 10am and 2pm or visit March 2016 | 27

Food & Drink

Food Review: Waffle House, Norwich I love a waffle….preferably toasted with maple syrup. But I'm the first to admit I was a little apprehensive at the thought of a savoury waffle as a main course. But when we arrived at The Waffle House on St Giles Street, Norwich, the toppings looked and sounded delicious. Garlic mushrooms with cheese sauce, Greek salad with feta, hummus and avocado, tuna salad and even beef bolognaise…..every option looked amazing. And then I saw the specials board! Fresh, smoked haddock with chorizo, braised cabbage and smoky paprika, free-range chicken and apricot curry and beef in a red wine, thyme and shallot sauce.

The Waffle House opened in Norwich a staggering 38 years ago in 1978. Ever since, it's been perfecting the art of the waffle.The flour used in their waffles is organically grown and stoneground, virtually every ingredient is sourced locally and they even make their own baked beans! In fact, the only thing that isn't made fresh on site is their ice cream! This hard work paid off in 2015 when The Waffle House won The Children's Choice Award at the Norfolk Food and Drink Awards. And its easy to see why. Not only was the food tasty and nutritious, the staff went out of their away to accommodate my children's needs including offering them a choice of large or small

I opted for a wholemeal waffle with potato, cauliflower, spinach

cutlery and the option to have every element of their main course

and puy lentil dhal. Any worry I'd had about ordering a curry on a

and dessert served individually on the plate.

waffle vanished with the first mouthful - it was delicious. My partner had garlic mushrooms with cheese sauce but opted for rice instead of a waffle. He was just as impressed as I was. My son had his waffle with grated cheese (he's fussy!) while my daughter went for a waffle topped with bolognaise and cheese.

For dessert we had pecan nut waffles with butterscotch sauce which was quite possibly the nicest dessert I've ever had! The kids loved their ice cream with a mini waffle on the side. All in all, I will be embracing the waffle as main course from this day on. Sarah Veness

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Easter Special Thursday 24th March – Easter Afternoon Tea with Chocolate Bingo Tea from 3pm Bingo from 4pm £15 per person including bingo books

Friday 25th March – Ribs and Steak Night 2 for 1 on all ribs and steaks between 5pm and 9pm

Saturday 26th March – Come and join us for a Family Ceilidh A fun evening of dancing for all ages to come and enjoy – from 7pm Family tickets £10, Adults £4 and Children £2 Food available to purchase on the night.

Sunday 27th March All you can eat three course lunch time carvery £23 per person, under 12’s half price, includes an Easter egg for all children

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What’s On

Fun day out for all the Family The East Anglian Game & Country Fair will take place on Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th April 2016, at The Norfolk Showground, Norwich. This fantastic event for all the family really does have something for everyone. This year sees lots of new displays including the The Royal Signals White Helmets, a team of 25 serving soldiers from the Royal Corps of Signals. The display is

There is also a fantastic line up of events to watch in the Main and Countryside Arenas. Ring displays include 6 times FITASC Sporting World Champion, European Champion and English Open Champion John Bidwell performing his world famous off the hip trick shooting with an automatic and pump action shotgun, the Dunston Harriers, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Flight of the Falcons, Ferret Racing, Fly Fishing, Sheep Dog and Duck Display, Gun Dog demonstrations and much more. Other Festival areas include the Falconry Village, Forestry Village,

a mixture of unique feats of balance, skill and coordination

the Food Hall with a great new

with high impact speed cross over rides. Action Sports Tour is

line up of cookery workshops

a group of 8 guys that have mixed skill, balance, power and

and demonstrations, the Fine & Country Educational Zone and

aerial styles of Trails Riding, BMX, MTB Dirt Jumping, Free

over 300 shopping stands with a wide variety of products from

running, Scooter Riding, Flatland BMX and Rollerblading.

fashion and footwear to gun makers, eco products, fishing

There are excellent equestrian displays and workshops at the East Anglian Game & Country Fair including Horseboarding Arena demos. Teams take on the clock around a course of gates, set to challenge the best boarders and horse riders, from long straights into sweeping bends and ninety degree turns.

products and home improvements, plus craft halls and gift marquees. The main bar will be serving a great selection of local beers and drinks over the weekend. Children of all ages will be able to take part in countryside activities and meet several animals, including alpacas and enjoy donkey rides. Heart Radio will also be at the show with interactive games, free contests and the big Heart games zone.

Tickets:, 01263 735828


WIN A FAMILY TICKET Norfolk-based New Zealander Richard Savory again brings his highly-celebrated mobile sheep show to the Festival. This event is both educational and entertaining - don't' miss the dancing sheep in the finale! Other animal displays include Jim Greenwood’s Lurcher display which demonstrates that the Lurcher is much more than just a fast dog and Richard Maxwell again showcasing his outstanding Horse Behaviourist skills. 30 |

We have ten family tickets to give away to the East Anglian Game & Country Fair 2016. To win, please email your name, address and telephone number to Closing date: March 25th Usual terms and conditions apply.

What’s On

What’s On – Here’s a quick look at what’s coming up in our region. If you’d

March 18th – Christina Martin 'It'll be Alright' Tour comes to St

like an event, show, exhibition, performing arts class, festival,

Peter's by the Waterfront, Ipswich. Canadian pop / rock artist

talk or anything else arts-related included in our listings section,

supported by guitarist Dale Murray.

please get in touch. Each listing costs just £18 (inc VAT) and you

can pay by cheque to Falcon Publications or by PayPal to If you’d prefer to pay by BACS online, call


01379 773347 for account details. To submit a listing, email details to We need details 4 weeks before the date of the event to guarantee inclusion.

March 25th-28th – Easter Open Pottery. Ceramic bowls / sculptures, creative textiles, horse / animal paintings. 10am4pm. Hudnall House Pottery, Vicarage Road, Hockham, Norfolk, IP24 1PE. 07796 944336,


March 16th-29th – Tracey Ross, Coastal Light Exhibition. Work

March 14th-19th – Hobson's Choice starring Martin Shaw and

explores the beauty of creation, drawing inspiration from the

Christopher Timothy comes to Cambridge Arts Theatre before

huge skies and changing light and atmosphere ofNorth Norfolk.

hitting the West End. 100th anniversary of the first UK

Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Clew Marshes.

performance of this classic comedy. April 7th-10th – Spring Art Show, The Forum. Norwich. Brings March 22nd-23rd – Round and Round the Garden - award-

together more than 40 local artists under one roof. Eclectic mix

winning comedy from Alan Ayckbourn. Brilliant portrayal of the

of styles. Open daily 9-5.

complicated relationships among six intertwined characters. Lowestoft Marina Theatre. March 30th – An Evening with Ian Waite & Camilla Dallerup from Strictly Come Dancing. Dance, singing and stories from the BBC hit show. Cromer Pavilion.

FESTIVALS March 3rd-6th – 15th Aldeburgh Literary Festival. A range of top authors in attendance including Jonathan Dimbleby, David Nicholls, Deborah Moggach and Edmund de Waal.


March 6th-18th – Science Festival at Norwich Cathedral. Two

March 10th – FVK take to the stage at Norwich Arts Centre as

weeks of exciting events for all the family. Exhibitions,

part of a UK headline run. The band, from Beccles, are fresh

experiments, family fun day, talks, workshops.

from a UK and European 17-date tour. March 28th-April 2nd – Norwich Gaming Festival returns for its March 13th – Red Priest, FAMILY CONCERT: 'Pirates of the

3rd year. Week long celebration of all aspects of video games

Baroque'…break-all-rules, rock-chamber concert approach to

and their development. Great day out for all ages.

early music. St Mary's Church, East Bergholt. 4pm. Tickets £14

(Family ticket £16). Tel: 01206 298426,,

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Local Arts Scene: Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh: A Suffolk Gem Beautiful Aldeburgh, on the Suffolk coast, is the perfect mix of quaint seaside and stylish shopping and dining. Famed for being the home of composer Benjamin Britten, it's

displayed on the roof as part of his LAND art installation. Britten's legacy lives on at the renowned Snape Maltings performance venue just outside the town. Each summer Snape is

awash with creative energy. An art-lover's paradise, Aldeburgh has

the venue for the international Aldeburgh Festival which draws

a wealth of world-class galleries and is home to many artists and

crowds from all over the country.

makers. It has also provided inspiration for many artists with its stunning beach and lovely views.

The town has its very own cinema which has been screening films continuously since 1919. The auditorium retains a number of

The town's most famous work of art resides on the beach and was

original features including beautiful art deco lights. The beautiful

created by renowned artist Maggi Hambling. Her 'Scallop'

Moot Hall, a Grade-1 listed timber building on the seafront, is home

sculpture, dedicated to Britten, is made from stainless steel and

to Aldeburgh Museum.

bears the inscription 'I hear those voices that will not be drowned.' The words are taken from Britten's opera Peter Grimes. Aldeburgh's Martello Tower is the northernmost of the 103 English defensive towers built to resist Napoleon's advances. Today, it is looked after by The Landmark Trust and is used as a holiday let.

Theatre lovers flock to Aldeburgh during the summer months to watch plays by Suffolk Summer Theatre which take place in the town and in neighbouring Southwold. The town is renowned for the quality of its fish with people flocking to eat fish and chips from miles around.

From May 2015 for one year, an Antony Gormley statue is being

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Local Arts Scene: Aldeburgh

The Home of Music in Aldeburgh Snape Maltin

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Based at the iconic Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Aldeburgh

The weekend also features Haydn’s meditative instrumental

Music is an international performance centre set in stunning

passion Seven Last Words From the Cross performed by the

landscape on the Suffolk Coast. Their year-round programme

Piatti Quartet, glorious Renaissance choral music from the

of more than 150 events grew out of the Aldeburgh Festival,

Tallis Scholars, Requiems by Fauré and Duruflé from Aldeburgh

founded in 1948 by Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears and Eric

Voices and music by Britten and Lennox Berkeley from the


Berkeley Ensemble and Marian Consort.

This Easter, Aldeburgh Music presents a huge range of music,

On Saturday and Easter Sunday there will be a series of family-

from Holy Week splendour and meditation to an imagined

friendly events. These include Snape Maltings Farmers’ Market

recreation of a very earthly Elizabethan voyage, plus a host of

(Saturday only), Easter egg paining, Easter Egg Hunt (Sunday

family friendly events around the site. Early music ensemble Fretwork premieres a programme developed on an Aldeburgh Residency exploring a little-known facet of Aldeburgh’s seafaring history. In a dramatised

only), storytelling sessions, face painting and pop-up performances from Delta Beltas blues band and Fretwork on Saturday, and Tuba Swingy playing New Orleans swing on Sunday.

performance inspired by Sir Francis Drake’s voyages around the

The renowned Aldeburgh Festival - a 17-day celebration of

world in the Golden Hinde, which was built in Aldeburgh, they

music and arts - takes place from June 10th-26th 2016. This

perform the Elizabethan English music played by the resident

year's Festival centrepiece is a 20-hour marathon of music and

viol consort on board, as well as imagined sounds the

birdsong from sunrise to midnight on June 19th, including a

adventurers might have encountered in the Iberian peninsula,

free dusk concert outdoors at RSPB Minsmere.

the Caribbean, South America and the Philippines. The performance, The World Encompassed, features an appearance by the renowned actor Sam West.

To find out more about the Festival and events throughout the year, go to Tallis Scholars

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Local Arts Scene: Aldeburgh

THE MILL INN Karen, Steve and the team welcome you to The Mill Inn, Aldeburgh. A traditional seafront pub with log fires serving ADNAMS finest ales and wines…great homecooked comfort food, families and dogs very welcome! We offer exclusive use hire and buffet style lunches for walking groups. our amazing hickory smoked ribs cooked in our own American smoking oven!

fabulous rib of beef Sunday roasts succulent 8oz angus steak burgers

…..seasonal fish dishes and much more!!! Bookings or phone 01728 452563

www.estcoastcafeandstore .com At the East Coast Bar, Restaurant & Café you can enjoy a quiet drink, a tasty meal, delicious freshly ground Mozzo coffee, rare teas, yummy cakes and of course the essential - local ice creams. We also stock groceries from in and around Suffolk and a lovingly curated selection of merchandise and gifts. 152 Aldeburgh High Street, Suffolk IP15 5AQ

01728 454524

"Suppliers of fresh local fish, shellfish, crabs and lobsters, caught by our longshore boat 'Enterprise' IH320, and freshly prepared on the premises. "Anything fresher 'aint been caught yet!" Oak smoked fish also available Open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm Tel 01728 454570 Hut 1, Crag Path, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, (opposite The Wentworth Hotel)

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Local Arts Scene: Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh: A Fine Past Housed in one of the most important timber-framed public

fishing trade. Plague, smallpox and pirates took their toll on the

buildings in the country, Aldeburgh Museum is a stunning

people of the town.

feature on the seafront.

But by the 18th century, as sea-bathing became fashionable,

Dating from the first half of the sixteenth century, the Moot Hall

Aldeburgh found favour as a holiday destination for the nobility.

originally contained six small shops on the first floor and a

This interest in Aldeburgh as a seaside destination grew and

spacious meeting chamber upstairs. Aldeburgh Town council

prevails to this day.

still meets here today.

Aldeburgh Museum has information about the town's colourful

Aldeburgh is a Saxon name meaning old defended enclosure.

past in a series of displays including information on

This suggests that when the Saxons came they found the

shipbuilding, trade and fishing and information about the

remains of an old Roman settlement and took over the site for

Aldeburgh witches and the town's Martello Tower.


The museum is open from April, May, September and October

By 1500 Aldeburgh was emerging as a port and the town's

daily from 14.30-17.00 and in June, July and August daily from

prosperity grew. Both the church and the Moot Hall were built

12.00 to 17.00. In 2016 the Museum opens for the season on

in this century. But this growth was damaged by a series of

March 25th (Good Friday). For more information contact

violent and destructive storms in the seventeenth century

Aldeburgh Tourist Information Bureau on 01728 453637.

which lashed the East coast damaging the shipbuilding and

Aldeburgh Literary Festival Since 2002, some of the biggest names in literature have

Acclaimed writer and

made their way to Aldeburgh to take part in this most

potter Edmund De

exciting - yet understated - of literary festivals.

Waal tells the tale of

The Festival, the brainchild of John and Mary James of The Aldeburgh Bookshop, has featured an extraordinary variety of talks and is proud to have played host to two Nobel Prize Winners, two Chancellors of the Exchequer and one Pulitzer Prize Winner among its many other distinguished speakers.

his quest to trace the history of porcelain while acclaimed screenwriter and novelist David Nicholls discusses

In 2016, it is running from March 3rd-6th at Aldeburgh's

his latest brilliant

Jubilee Hall. The intimate atmosphere lends the festival a

novel Us.

very special feel.

Photo: Kristofer Sam uelsson

The 15th Aldeburgh

David Nicholls

This year's programme includes Jonathan Dimbleby

Literary Festival promises to be just

discussing his work The Battle of the Atlantic, Sir Christopher

as memorable as previous years and is well worthy of its

Grayling reflecting on gothic themes in literature, art and

place as one of the most renowned literary events in the

popular culture, through the lens of his friendship with


Angela Carter and Richard Davenport-Hines taking a look at the many facets of economist John Maynard Keynes. 36 |

Local Arts Scene: Aldeburgh

'Old Man in Nepal' by Peter Brown

Capturing the Magic of Life In late 2013 two keen amateur photographers in Aldeburgh decided to try to form a local photography group with the remit to assist others who wished to improve their understanding of the working of digital cameras and how to use them more beneficially. From a small initial number, membership of the Aldeburgh Photography Group has increased to approximately 35 regulars with a meeting held on the third Wednesday of each month in the Community Centre at Aldeburgh, which has the benefits of a quality projector and a good audio system. By dint of hard work by the Programme Secretary a stimulating programme is in place for 2016 offering a mixture of visiting speakers (some of whom are well known professional photographers) or practical sessions handling and using cameras. The Group are blessed with the support of such local

Visitors and prospective new members are welcome to APG meetings. The programme may be seen at

photographic luminaries as Shelley Nott and Hugh de Las

For further information contact APG chairman Peter Brown on

Casas who regularly offer support and practical instruction.

01728 454034.



Local Arts Scene: Aldeburgh

Spotlight on.... Caroline Wiseman from The Lookout, Aldeburgh Q. Please tell us a little bit about your background in the art world? I have been a private dealer in modern and contemporary art for nearly 30 years based in London and for a few years also in New York. I have  always specialised in works by modern masters such as Picasso and Matisse, and important British artists such as Terry Frost, Howard Hodgkin and David Hockney and our USP has been to show them in our home where clients can come, by appointment,  day or evening in a very

that we have extended them to an amazing variety of younger emerging artists. The Lookout is a most exciting place for artists to explore new ideas.

the next few months?

Q.How did the Lookout come about? My partner and I were happily living in London and often came for the weekend to Aldeburgh. One morning in 2010, as I was about to go swimming in the sea, I noticed the South Lookout had a TO LET sign on it.  While I swam I dreamt that the Lookout could be a place of creativity and inspiration for artists and people from all around Suffolk, Britain and indeed the world!  We ended up buying the Lookout as well as the house on the seafront immediately opposite it, where we now live.  We call this house 'The ArtHouse' and, following our tradition, we live among our works by major artists which are Porcelain Cascade

now joined with the brand new works by the emerging artists who have residencies in the Lookout.  All are welcome to visit by appointment and it is a fantastic way for people to buy first class works of art by top artists which have been inspired by Suffolk.

Q. How has it progressed since the idea was conceived? I started off by contacting the Royal Academicians I knew such as Sir Peter Blake, Nigel Hall, Eileen Cooper, Alison Wilding. They were very encouraging and we began our series of artist residencies whereby the artist takes over the

on the last day, the Saturday. The residencies worked so well

Q. Please tell us what events you have coming up over

relaxed way.

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tower for a week and makes brand new work which we reveal

Performance and live art work particularly well in the Lookout, and over Easter Shaun Caton is performing CULT HOUSE. Shaun is one of Britain's most extraordinary performance artists and has created a site specific event which will be captivating for adults and children alike. It is a free event and happens each day over Easter, all are welcome.    Pebble Homage is a participatory art project for all the family  which continues through March until mid May and coincides with Antony Gormley's sculpture on top of Aldeburgh's Martello Tower.  Then throughout the summer and autumn we have a full schedule of exciting arts, performance and poetry events.  Openings are usually on Saturdays although over the summer something will be happing in the Lookout most days.  All are welcome but it is best to look on our website to check details. 

Q. What, in your opinion, makes Aldeburgh so special? Perhaps because of Benjamin Britten, Aldeburgh has a history of artistic and cultural innovation which makes it, in my opinion,  the most exciting seaside town in Britain.

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The Last Photo Iris pseudacorus by Gillian Plummer from Butley, Suffolk This image of an Iris pseudacorus (Yellow Flag) seedpod splitting open was Highly Commended in this years 'International Garden Photographer of the Year Awardsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (Monochrome category). 'I was fascinated by its structure shape and the way the individual flat seed discs were slowly slipping out the pod as part of the dispersal process,' says Gillian. A member of Aldeburgh Photography Group, Gillian's work can be viewed at

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