Curating and staging musical events and activities has always been central to Nathan’s career.
Nathan is director of the Southwold Music Trust, which seeks to make music central to the town of Southwold, on the Suffolk coast. Recent projects have focussed on the fallout of the pandemic and its aftermath, staging concerts to socially distanced audiences in St Edmund’s Church, Southwold, streaming specially tailored music live into local schools and care homes, and taking collections for local musicians.
Other recent projects include include collaborations between local primary schools with Jubilee Opera, and more recently Snappy Operas, a national programme of opera for young performers devised by Mahogany Opera Group.
Beginning in the summer term 2022 the Southwold Music Trust agreed to provide funding to Southwold Primary School to enable them to employ a choir teacher throughout the year, for all children in years 3-6.
Along with its sister organisation, the Southwold Concert Series, the Southwold Music Trust has staged events ranging from contemporary music and semi-staged opera to more light-hearted festive Christmas singalongs. These concerts have often supported local artists, choirs and instrumental ensembles.
Nathan served as Artistic Director of the Alwyn Music Festival for two years (2019 and 2020/2021), staging concerts and other events in various venues on the Suffolk coast. The festival was founded by the William Alwyn Foundation to provide a platform for the music of the composer William Alwyn and his wife, Doreen Carwithen, to support music by living British composers, and to continue Alwyn’s legacy as an educator through the support and encouragement of artists at the outset of their careers.
Since 2016 Nathan has also curated a number of concerts in aid of Wardens Trust, held at their beautiful hall on the Suffolk coast near Thorpness. These events have built awareness of Wardens’ work and raised funds for their ongoing care and activities with disabled people.
From 2006 to 2010 Nathan was director of the Chacombe Music Festival, an annual chamber music and song festival in the Oxfordshire village. Its legacy today is Sophie’s Barn, a haven in the Oxfordshire countryside for creative groups looking for a flexible, welcoming rehearsal space and supportive audience for new ideas.