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We celebrated Midsummer Night’s Eve standing on the balcony of the Maltings, looking out over the marshes of the River Alde towards Iken church and listening to Alisa Wallerstein play Bach Cello Suites in the amazing open space of the concert hall, which I have always thought of as a work (a masterwork) by Philip Dowson, but I see is credited in Pevsner – surely wrongly – to Derek Sugden, the brilliant acoustic engineer, who was a partner of Dowson’s in Arup Associates and worked with him on the project, creating the acoustic by having a high ceiling and hard seats, which are worth it for the quality of the sound:-

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