About us

The famous town of Southwold, surrounded by beautiful Suffolk countryside and dramatic seascapes, has long been an inspiration for outstanding music.

The success of one-off concerts in his hometown prompted composer and pianist Nathan Williamson to found the Southwold Concert Series in 2008, with generous support from the Southwold-based design and advertising agency, Spring. Since then, its reputation has quickly grown as both internationally renowned musicians and exciting rising stars have come to perform in Southwold. Audiences are growing as word spreads about the high quality of the music and the friendly and informal atmosphere of the concerts.

The aim is simple: music-making of the highest level ‘in your own backyard’, in the belief that a local, grass-roots connection between artist and audience needs no compromise on quality and enjoyment. The Southwold Concert Series thrives on its roots in the local community and the strong relationship between its organisers and audience.

Programmes are creative and bold, combining the traditional with more progressive repertoire, and young artists developing exciting, original ideas feature prominently. The series immediately established new music as part of its ethos, commissioning or programming several new works within its first few years, including a new opera by the Artistic Director and pieces written specially for their respective performers.
All our concerts are held in St Edmund’s Church, a beautiful, acoustically fine 15th century edifice in the centre of the town, regarded by experts as one of the finest examples of its type.
As you look around our website we hope you will get a feel for this wonderful new series and the music that can be enjoyed in the exquisite town of Southwold. We look forward to welcoming you to one of our events in the near future.

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Saturday 3rd December 2016, 7pm, St Edmund's Church, Southwold:

The Winter Star - by Malcolm Williamson - A short, fully staged opera for children


In December 2016 Southwold Concert Series teamed up with Aldeburgh's Jubilee Opera to present a concert involving more than 50 local children, including members of Southwold Primary School Choir.


Children from Jubilee Opera, Coldfair Green, Yoxford, and Southwold Primary School were represented, performing two concerts, in Southwold and Aldeburgh parish churches.


The performance of The Winter Star was be preceeded by songs and carols for Advent, to celebrate the joy of singing and the coming of Christmas, directed by Dominic Peckham and accompanied by the Jubilee Opera Ensemble.

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