The Lapwing Festival is a unique event celebrating its second year in 2017. Four outstanding artists will perform in the magical setting of the Coastguard Cottages, Cuckmere Haven. Only 35 tickets are available for each of these incredibly intimate recitals. Profits will be donated to the Cuckmere Haven SOS campaign, which seeks to save the cottages from coastal erosion.
Tickets from £30, Buffet Lunch on Sunday £35. All tickets include drinks and canapés.
ALL TICKETS ARE NOW SOLD OUT APART FROM FRIDAY NIGHT AND OUR BUFFET LUNCH. THESE PLACES ARE VERY LIMITED. NO TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR FOR OTHER PERFORMANCES. PLEASE CONTACT US TO JOIN THE WAITING LIST.
Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) - Once frequently seen and heard on the wing at Cuckmere Haven, Lapwing populations have suffered significant declines in recent years and the bird has now been given Red Status by the RSPB. The Lapwing represents the fragile and ephemeral state of the beauty of this beloved place.
Lapwing call, accompanied by skylarks, bitterns, redshanks, pheasants and sedge warblers (audio by Lawrence Shove)
The Coastguard Cottages, built shortly after the National Coastguard Service was founded in 1822, are an extraordinarily intimate place to experience music. Without electricity, evening performances will be by candlelight, accompanied by the waves and, hopefully, the cry of the Lapwing.
LOCATION: COASTGUARD COTTAGES, CUCKMERE HAVEN, SEAFORD
Option 1. Park at the South Hill Barn Car Park off Chyngton Way. Walk past the gate on the left and it's a ten minute walk to the cottages at the bottom. A good level of fitness is required. There is limited parking at the cottage, and we must be very careful not to mark the grass on the reserve. Please contact us if you have any mobility issues. Disabled guests can be brought to the door of the cottage by vehicle.
Option 2. Park at the Cuckmere Inn at Exceat and walk twenty-thirty minutes along the Cuckmere Valley. Please note you must be on the western side of the Cuckmere River when you begin the walk!
Option 3. Public Transport: Catch a bus to the Cuckmere Inn at Exceat and walk for 30 minutes on the western side of the Cuckmere River to the Coastguard Cottages. A good level of fitness is required. Alternatively, catch the train to Seaford and catch a taxi (about £10) or walk for an hour along the cliff tops. Lifts can also be arranged in advance. There are trains or train-replacement buses running from Seaford to Lewes, Brighton and beyond until late in the evening.
WARNING: SOUTHERN RAIL TRAIN SERVICES MAY BE DISRUPTED, PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY.
How to describe Seckou Keita? Griot, praise singer, composer, djembe master, virtuoso, Kora player, pioneer? The answer is ‘yes’ to all of those. Seckou Keita is a true master of his instrument, a childhood prodigy, born of a line of griots and kings (Keita is the royal lineage, and not traditionally a griot name). Cissokho, his mother’s family name, gave life to his talent. His family includes Solo Cissokho, Seckou’s uncle, who introduced him to the International stage in 1996.
“An absolutely magical sound” Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
Cheng Yu is an internationally renowned pipa and guqin virtuoso, scholar and specialist in Chinese music. She holds degrees in Chinese music from the Xi'an Conservatory of Music, China (BMus.) and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London (MMus, PhD). She performs, records and researches both traditional and contemporary Chinese music, and does cross-cultural music collaborations. She is the founder of the UK Chinese Music Ensemble and London Youlan Qin Society and currently teaches the pipa and guqin at SOAS.
The Spanish cellist has performed as soloist with Orchestras such as the Goldmisths Orchestra, the Loughborough Orchestra, the Alhambra Orchestra and recently toured to China performing the Triple Concerto of Beethoven with the Harbin Symphony, Lanzhou Symphony and the Quingdao Ocean Orchestra. She has performed at the Schlesswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Scottish Cello Festival, the Cheltenham Music Festival and at important venues such as Saint Martin in the Fields (London), Blackheath Halls and Repertorio Español in NYC.
First Prize winner at the 2012 Westfield International Harpsichord Competition, Mr. Prego has been described by the newspaper El Mundo as “…one of the most versatile Spanish musicians in the Classical scene…” He has performed in major cities in the USA, China, Japan, Italy, Spain, Costa Rica, Chile, Holland, Portugal, Italy, Romania, Peru, Bolivia and Canada, including important venues such as the National Gallery of Arts in Washington, D.C., the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, the National Auditorium in Madrid, the Esplanade in Singapore and Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center in New York.
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