Suffolk Sketches

Suffolk Sketches (1989) for solo violin
10 mins: Advanced
Written for Beth Spendlove: first performed in Woodbridge, Suffolk, 18 May 1989

Suitable for concert performance, Suffolk Sketches comprises five musical pictures of the county of Suffolk, part of East Anglia. The movements are

  • Framlingham Castle, and a view of Suffolk – the ‘castle on the hill’ which looks out over the town, and beyond to rolling countryside and farmland.
  • Orford Ness – to the far east of the county, a mysterious and unpopulated stretch of shingle isolated by water from the rest of the county – formerly a secret military establishment, now a national nature reserve.
  • Newmarket Races – Newmarket, in the far west of Suffolk, is among the largest racehorse training and breeding centres in the country, and is famed internationally for its race-meetings.
  • Willows reflected in the Stour – the River Stour forms the southern boundary of Suffolk, and passes by Flatford Mill where John Constable painted his picture ‘The Haywain’
  • Felixstowe Holiday – as well as being a large commercial port, the popular seaside resort of Felixstowe provides many activities for holiday makers with its beach, its pier, its seafront promenade and its amusement arcades!

‘considerable appeal for Grade 7 to 8 players’ – Music Teacher magazine

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