Aldeburgh Festival

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Aldeburgh Festival

This years Festival is on from Friday 9th June – Sunday 25th June 2017

The 2017 Aldeburgh Festival celebrates the 50th anniversary of music at Snape Maltings. Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed as it was 50 years ago plus a second Britten opera, with Opera North’s concert stagings of Billy Budd, a work never previously performed at Snape. And another five performances of Britten works that were premiered at Snape.

Other Festival highlights this year include;
– Composers Olga Neuwirth, Jörg Widmann and Bill Fontana – with sound artist Fontana creating a new installation inspired by Snape’s industrial heritage and natural environment.
– An intimate, operatic drinks party at a local house in La Voix Humaine
– Relaxing in a rowing boat at Music on the Meare
– Symphony in a surprising urban setting in Multi-Story Orchestra
– Residencies from the CBSO with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
– Belgian early music ensemble Vox Luminis
– Sitar player Nishat Khan
– The Saint Ephraim Choir of Budapest
– The Belcea Quartet
– Performances from Pierre-Laurent Aimard, BCMG, Steven Isserlis, Piotr Anderszewski, London Sinfonietta, Mark Padmore and many more.

All this plus walks, talks, films, exhibitions, the 30+ non-classical events at The Pumphouse fringe, and
free music every lunchtime on the Bandstand on the Beach.

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Aldeburgh Festival

History of The Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts
The Festival was founded in 1948 by the composer Benjamin Britten, the singer Peter Pears and the writer-producer Eric Crozier. Originally the annual Festival was centred around opera but over the years this has evolved immensely. Today a wide range of music is performed throughout the year under the auspices of Aldeburgh Music.


Initially and almost uniquely at the time, Britten and Pears brought together international stars and emerging talent to the shores of Aldeburgh, including world-renowned figures such as Fischer-Dieskau, Menuhin, Sviatoslav Richter and Rostropovich, and young stars in the making such as Söderström, Perahia and Bream.

At first the Festival used local halls and churches in and around Aldeburgh, but in 1967 Britten and Pears created a permanent home at Snape Maltings, 5 miles from Aldeburgh, by converting a Victorian Maltings into an 832-seat venue. However, Britten’s original vision was not just for an annual Festival and permanent concert hall, but also as a creative hub where established stars, young artists, amateurs and audience members could come to broaden their horizons in an exhilarating creative and natural environment. So Britten and Pears went on to reclaim more buildings on the Snape Maltings site to establish a centre for talented young musicians.

Their creation is a flourishing organisation known today as Aldeburgh Music which has a world-wide reputation as a place where artists at all stages of their career can stretch themselves, explore new ground and perform.

The concert Hall at Snape is a top quality performance centre set in a stunning landscape on the Suffolk coast which is an attraction in itself, and certainly enhances to the enjoyment of the programmes arranged by Aldeburgh Music.

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For Accommodation in and near Aldeburgh please see –
Aldeburgh Accommodation
Hotels in Aldeburgh

For details of the Aldeburgh Food Festival which is held at Snape Maltings every September please see –
Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival

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