Snape Maltings Aldeburgh
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Just 5 miles (8 km) from Aldeburgh is Snape Maltings - a group of beautifully restored mid 19th century industrial buildings on the banks of the River Ore. It is part of the delightful little village of Snape and home to the internationally renowned Snape Concert Hall.

Benjamin Britten
When Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears and Eric Crozier founded the Aldeburgh Festival in 1948, it soon outgrew the small local venues and they were looking for a large vacant building suitable for a permanent concert hall.
 
Benjamin Britten had lived in Snape while writing his opera Peter Grimes and knew the Maltings well.
 
When the barley malting industry closed in 1960 the site was sold to a local farmer, George Gooderham, who used the surrounding acreages to grow feed grain, and some of the buildings on the site but not the huge malt house. Britten and Pears purchased the malt house and turned it into an 832-seat concert hall.
 
Britten and Pears were responsible for creating educational and performance opportunities for young and talented musicians. To this end they created the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies.
 
They purchased and renovated more buildings on the Maltings site to provide facilities for their school. As well as the Snape Concert Hall, the ‘creative campus’ now houses several performance spaces, rehearsal rooms, a Recording Studio and the Holst Library.
 
To find out what’s on, go to the Festival Website Web: Aldeburgh Music
 
Music and the Arts is not the only attraction at Snape Maltings. The Gooderham family have restored and developed the remaining buildings into an attractive commercial centre with unusual shops, galleries, restaurants and even self-catering accommodation.
 
History of the Site
Snape’s easy access to the River Alde had made it a busy port for centuries. Thames barges could carry goods direct to London for export to the rest of the world.
 
In the 1800s a Victorian entrepreneur named Newson Garrett saw the opportunities presented by the busy port and built a barley malting business at the port. Malted barley is an important ingredient in the making of beer and his product was much sought after. In the 19th century Snape’s barley malt house was the largest in East Anglia.
 
For over 200 years the Maltings thrived but eventually modernisation and competition forced the closure in 1960. The site was sold and thanks to the vision of two outstanding musicians, their many colleagues and the Gooderham family, Snape and the Maltings are once again thriving.
 
Attractive sculptures decorate the Maltings open spaces and visitors can enjoy relaxing walks along the river bank and the RSPB Wildlife Reserves.
 
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Contact & Further Information
Telephone   +44 (0)1728 688 303
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Getting There
Take the A12 from London around Ipswich to Snape Maltings.  
 
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