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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.
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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 worldwide reputation as a place where artists at all stages of their careers 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 the enjoyment of the programmes arranged by Aldeburgh Music.
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