Artistic directing, or curating, is a creative process, facilitating and enhancing the link between artist and audience, and allowing a more direct communication between them.
Such activities have always been central to Nathan’s career. From 2006 to 2010 he was director of Chacombe Music, running an annual chamber music and song festival in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside, initiating new ‘fringe’ concerts in alternative local venues and overseeing a residency programme for young chamber musicians in Sophie’s Barn (which continues to this day as a tributary of Sophie’s Silver Lining Fund – see www.sslf.org.uk)
In 2008 Nathan founded the Southwold Concert Series in his hometown of Southwold, Suffolk, which has staged around 50 concerts to the present day. Highlights include recitals by James Gilchrist, Mark Simpson, David Owen Norris, the Martucci Ensemble, the Sacconi Quartet, and many student artists and ensembles. The annual Christmas Extravaganza packs the local church with up to 300 concert-goers on the first weekend in December. Southwold concerts regularly feature new and unfamiliar music within their programmes, and seek to encourage music-making within the local community by offering a performance platform to local amateur choirs and instrumentalists.
In 2015 these activities were bolstered by the formation of the Southwold Music Trust, which aims to make music and music-making central to Southwold and the surrounding area. It has subsequently subsidised concerts and education projects with school children from across Suffolk and will be supporting events in the 2018 Southwold Arts Festival. The Trust has also supported music in Southwold Primary School and funded a collaboration between the Southwold Concert Series and Jubilee Opera on staging concerts involving school children from across Suffolk.
Since 2016 Nathan has also been invited to curate four concerts in aid of Wardens Trust, held at their beautiful hall on the Suffolk coast near Thorpness. These events have build awareness of Wardens’ work and raised funds for Wardens’ ongoing activities with local disabled people.
Following a year as co-director of the William Alwyn Festival 2018, Nathan was appointed director of the festival for 2019 and 2020.