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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:

Aldeburgh Music Today

The place where Britten’s vision comes alive

Inspired by Britten’s vision for a place where creation, interpretation and appreciation are given equal emphasis, Aldeburgh Music today has evolved into a year-round performance centre with a world-class programme of music and the arts in which international stars work with, and alongside, talented young musicians and groups from the local community. Focused around its creative campus at Snape and its historical base in Aldeburgh, its work is informed and inspired by its unique location and breathtaking natural environment.

The annual Aldeburgh Festival in June is now the centrepiece of a full year of activity, with the Snape Proms season of concerts running throughout August and Autumn-Winter and Spring seasons packed with events that range from a cross-arts weekend to lunchtime chamber concerts and from the premieres of major new works to early music, orchestral concerts, dance, poetry, visual art exhibitions and opera.

Aldeburgh Music has a proud reputation as a centre where talent is nurtured in a range of programmes:

The Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme bridging the gap between conservatoires and professional life, goes from strength to strength and has played a vital role in the development of the Aldeburgh World Orchestra.

Group A, an unauditioned vocal and performance group of 14-18 year olds, meet regularly throughout the year

Aldeburgh Young Musicians, for exceptionally talented 8-18 year olds, is shaping the musicians of tomorrow – pushing the boundaries of what young musicians can achieve.

Aldeburgh Residencies and the Jerwood Opera Writing Programme provide emerging and established professionals with the opportunity to explore new creative territory.

Recently, A Celebration of Schools’ Music celebrated its 25th anniversary, as more than 1500 pupils from schools all around the county came to perform over the course of a week at the Concert Hall.

At the forefront of contemporary classical music, Aldeburgh Music now pioneers some of the UK’s most innovative collaborations between classical and electronic artists too, through the Faster Than Sound series.

And with SNAP: Art at the Aldeburgh Festival running annually from 2011, featuring artists including Sarah Lucas, Abigail Lane, Brian Eno, Ryan Gander, Maggi Hambling and Gavin Turk, Britten’s strong association with the visual arts and artists, such as Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, is brought back to the fore.

To find out more about all the work we do, head over to our main website:

Aldeburgh Music website