For 17 days each June the world’s leading musicians converge on the Suffolk coast for the Aldeburgh Festival. Founded by Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears and Eric Crozier in 1948, and now with pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard as its Artistic Director, the Aldeburgh Festival is one of Europe’s leading classical music festivals and much more. The programme includes orchestral and chamber music, opera, the contemporary art show SNAP, walks and talks and a vibrant fringe programme at The Pumphouse. Full programme details will be announced in January 2016. Priority booking from January 2016. General booking from February 2016.
The June Festival has since evolved into a year-round programme, which boasts over 150 events annually, including the Snape Proms in August, as well as seasons in the Autumn and Spring. It is based mainly at the iconic Snape Maltings Concert Hall in Suffolk: an international performance centre. Alongside this commitment to quality performance, Aldeburgh Music run several artist development initiatives, most prominently the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme for the world’s most outstanding emerging musicians. Additionally, Aldeburgh Young Artists supports talented 8-18 year olds; Aldeburgh Residencies and Open Space Residencies provide artists and ensembles the space to retreat and develop new works; and the Jerwood Opera Writing Programme, a unique course for composers and writers. Education also features heavily, from Group A’s children’s choir in Lowestoft to the international mass-participation singing project: Friday Afternoons.