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Aldeburgh Music

Aldeburgh Music

Aldeburgh Festival, founded by Britten in 1948, is now part of the year-round programme at Aldeburgh Music. Find out about all our events and our pioneering artist development and education programmes:

Welcome to Aldeburgh Music's
Britten Centenary

Visit one of the world's great musical centres, founded by Britten in 1948

The centenary of Benjamin Britten (1913–1976), born in Lowestoft, Suffolk, will be marked by special events all over the world. If you want to experience the true spirit of one of the greatest musical minds the UK has produced, you need to visit Aldeburgh itself, where he lived and worked for most of his life.

Here on the Suffolk coast you will find the timeless landscape, sea and big skies that inspired so much of Britten’s extraordinary work and continues to inspire artists today.

Here you will also find the beating heart of his wide-ranging legacy – the Festival he founded, the iconic Snape Maltings Concert Hall, the support of young talent and his archive – which come together to create one of the great musical centres of the world.



We are extremely grateful to the following for their generous contribution to our Britten Centenary programme: André and Rosalie Hoffmann, J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust, Sir Siegmund Warburg's Voluntary Settlement, Garfield Weston Foundation, an anonymous trust and the Britten Centenary Circle supporters, as well as those who are supporting specific projects.