Aldeburgh FestivalAldeburgh
Snape
Saxmundham
Suffolk IP17 1SP

 

For many overseas visitors the two words ‘Benjamin Britten’ and ‘Aldeburgh’ conjure up just one thing - the ‘Aldeburgh Festival’.

What is it about this internationally famous Arts event that draws thousands of visitors to the small seaside town of Aldeburgh on the East coast of England? It is because the performance venues are unique and the content is always fresh and inspiring, just like the men who founded the inaugural festival in 1948.

Composer Benjamin Britten, singer Peter Pears and librettist Eric Crozier’s original intention was to provide a home for their opera company, the English Opera Group. Music was the main focus but their vision was soon widened to include readings of poetry, literature, drama, lectures and exhibitions of art.

Soon the Festival outgrew its humble venue in the Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall, just a few doors away from Britten’s home and took over other venues in nearby Orford, Blythburgh, Framlingham and the parish church of St Peter & St Paul Aldeburgh.

In the 1960s the Festival gained a permanent concert hall when the Snape Maltings large 19th century malt house was purchase by Britten and Pears. The malt house has extraordinary acoustic properties and makes a unique and much loved concert hall. Most of the building's original character, such as the distinctive square malt house roof-vents, has been retained.

The barley malt house was the first of several buildings that were purchased, restored and turned into facilities for the Britten-Pears Foundation and their music school.

The Festival in the 21st Century
The Festival in the 21st Century The Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts continues to be held annually over sixteen days in June.
 
It is operated by Aldburgh Music which also runs the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme and other musical education opportunities for UK and international artists.
 
The Festival continues to celebrate the musical legacy of Suffolk-born composer, Benjamin Britten and his lifelong partner, singer Peter Pears, who chose Aldeburgh to be their home. It also continues to emphasise the presentation of new music, new interpretations and the rediscovery of forgotten music.
 
The Festival boasts an impressive programme of superb concerts, recitals, master-classes, films, lectures, walks, and free events.
 
To book tickets contact the Box Office (Tel: 01728 687110) or online through the portal on the Festival Website – link below.
 
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Contact & Further Information
Telephone   +44 (0)1728 687100
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Getting There
Detailed ‘Getting There’ information is available at Web: Aldeburgh Festival How to get there
 
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