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AUG 30 - SEPT 1

AUG 30 - SEPT 1, 2019

The Lapwing Festival is a unique event celebrating its fourth year in 2019. Six outstanding artists will perform in the magical setting of the Coastguard Cottages, Cuckmere Haven. Situated in a cosy, acoustic marquee with views of the cottages, the Cuckmere Valley and the cliffs of the Seven Sisters, this is the most beautiful concert venue in the world. Only 60 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: £30, Under 16: £5, Lunch: £35
Book 3 concerts or more for a discount
3 Concerts with Lunch: £115
Festival Pass: £200 (6 concerts and lunch)
All tickets include drinks and canapés.
Lunch Guest Speaker: Nigel Newton

Masayoshi Fujita - mesmering vibraphone from Japan
Fran and Flora - "a string duo bound for glory" (BBC Radio 3)
Sam Lee - a champion of nature and folk song, a 90-minute evening of storytelling
Consone String Quartet - "a bullseye" (The Strad), performing Haydn string quartets
Joseph Tawadros - a virtuoso of the Oud
Festival Finale - Joseph Tawadros joins forces with our festival director, Juilliard-trained cellist Anthony Albrecht, with a few surprises...




Providing delicious local produce

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Hepworth Brewery


Long Man Brewery


Providing our festival marquee

Supported by STC 2019-20

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)



Cuckmere Haven - "A breathtaking scene...", Simon de Bruxelles for The Times, April 2016

The Cuckmere Haven Coastguard Cottages were built shortly after the National Coastguard Service was founded in 1822. The Lapwing Festival is an extraordinarily intimate occasion to experience music performed by world-class musicians. Guests will be seated in a snug acoustic marquee with views of the cottages, the Cuckmere Valley, the Seven Sisters and the sea. Evening performances will be by candlelight, accompanied by the waves and, hopefully, the cry of the Lapwing.

Learn about the Cuckmere Haven
SOS Campaign

Find out more about the Cuckmere Valley



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 marquee, on the left of the track about 100m from the cottages. A good level of fitness is required. There is limited parking at the cottages, 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 marquee by vehicle.

Option 2. Park at the Cuckmere Inn 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 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.


Masayoshi Fujita


Masayoshi Fujita is a Japanese vibraphonist and composer based in Berlin. Masayoshi first learned how to play the drums, followed by extensive vibraphone training to craft and play his own compositions. 

Determined not to stick to traditional vibraphone styles or techniques and theory of composition, he seeks his own sound of vibraphone and new possibility of it. Masayoshi also prepares his instrument with strings of bead, strips of foil and similar objects. The resulting new sounds, akin to distortions, help to expand the vibraphone spectrum without eroding the instrument’s intrinsic character or even abandoning it altogether.

Inspired by the silence and deepness of the fog, the mountains and the gravity within, His music evokes images, atmospheres, sceneries and stories in the listener, the images that have accumulated in himself. At the same time he explores the unexplored beauty of the vibraphone, and pursues the charm of the instrumentation and the music itself. 

Fran and Flora

Strings and Vocals

Described as ‘a string duo bound for glory’ by Max Reinhardt (BBC Radio 3 Late Junction) Fran & Flora (Francesca Ter-Berg and Flora Curzon) are quickly becoming one of the capital's most sought-after bands. A duo with a distinctive improvisatory style and ethereal aesthetic, they draw inspiration for their material from their travels and mentors in eastern Europe and beyond. Their debut album Unfurl(released 15.2.19) is the culmination of three years creative studio work with producer and musician, Sam Beste (Hejira)

The overwhelming response they received from releasing Unfurl has accelerated their growing reputation across the UK, gaining widespread critical acclaim with attention from national radio, magazines, newspapers and many online publications. They have appeared live in session on BBC 4’s Woman's Hour, Radio 3’s In Tune, Cerys Matthews’ 6 Music show, Soho Radio and Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM.

Sam Lee

Collector of Song

Mercury Prize nominated folk singer, song collector, award winning promoter, broadcaster, animateur and naturalist.

As an artist Sam traverses many worlds, challenging and pioneering folk music in as diverse places and ways. Not just an award-winning singer with two highly decorated albums to his name and a sound incomparable to his contemporaries'; his work fostering live music in the UK has been instrumental in the explosion of folk in the last decade.

Sam reinvents not just the way these ancient songs should sound but how they can be sourced, exist and thrive, from conscientiously gathering them in Gypsy Traveller camps to singing them for the Hollywood big screen.

Joseph Tawadros


At 34, Joseph Tawadros is established as one of the world’s leading oud performers and composers. A virtuoso of diversity and sensitivity, Joseph performs in concert halls worldwide and is known for his brilliant technique, deep musicianship and joyous style of performance.

His drive to push musical boundaries has led to many collaborations with significant performers and a solid repertoire of innovative, original music. He has recorded 14 albums, receiving 12 nominations and achieved four ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) Awards –  in 2012, 2013 and 2014 for Best World Music Album – and as a contributor to the Ali’s Wedding soundtrack album in 2017.

Born in Cairo, and a  resident of Sydney since he was 3 years old, Joseph was nominated for Young Australian of the Year in 2014, received the NSW Premier’s medal for Arts and Culture in the same year and was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (AM) for his services to music and composition in 2016.

Consone Quartet

Period Strings

Agata Daraskaite, violin
Magdalena Loth-Hill, violin
Elitsa Bogdanova, viola
George Ross, cello

​“Immaculate.” The Strad

Formed at the Royal College of Music in London, the Consone Quartet is dedicated to exploring Classical and Early Romantic repertoire on period instruments. Winner of the 2016 Royal Over-Seas League Ensemble Prize in London, Consone was also awarded two prizes at the 2015 York Early Music International Young Artists Competition.

The Consone Quartet is rapidly gaining international recognition, performing an acclaimed debut at London’s Wigmore Hall, as well as concerts in France, Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Belgium (AMUZ in Antwerp), Italy, Switzerland and in spring 2018 they toured in South America performing across Bolivia and Peru.

Anthony Albrecht

Cello, Festival Director

Anthony Albrecht is an Australian cellist known for his “dramatic flair” and “fluent and virtuosic” performances (Seen and Heard International, Sydney Morning Herald). Based in London, he is a frequent flyer for work with the Australian Haydn Ensemble, Pinchgut Opera and New Vintage Baroque (NYC).

Passionate about making classical music accessible in the 21st century, he has undertaken a self-managed solo tour of over 80 concerts in regional Australia called ‘Bach to the Bush’. Other recent solo engagements include an appearance in the woods of East Sussex as a guest of Sam Lee’s ‘Singing with Nightingales’ project, a recital at the Handel and Hendrix House in London, a performance of Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D at the Newcastle Music Festival and as concerto soloist with the Adelaide Baroque Orchestra.

He holds a Master of Music from The Juilliard School in New York City, and founded the Lapwing Festival in 2016.

nigel newton

Guest speaker - Nigel Newton
Founder of Bloomsbury Publishing


Our guest speaker for 2019 is Nigel Newton, founder of Bloomsbury Publishing and long term dweller at Cuckmere Haven. Bloomsbury’s authors include Khaled Hosseini, Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje and JK Rowling.

Nigel’s talk will be A Tale of Three Valleys: Yosemite, Napa and Cuckmere, three of the most beautiful and interesting valleys in the world. He has spent time in each, and will reflect on them with particular focus on the Cuckmere Valley as it battles for survival in its present form against the raging elements and the hand of man.



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