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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:

Grimes on the Beach

Alan Oke as Peter Grimes. Photo - Robert Workman

If you're looking for information regarding the performances of Grimes on the Beach (parking, access, seating, timings, food and drink, maps and more), then do please look at our Further Information page:

Further Information for Grimes on the Beach Bookers

Grimes on the Beach

Tim Albery director
Leslie Travers set and costume designer
Lucy Carter lighting designer
Sound Intermedia sound design
Tim Claydon Movement director & First assistant director

Cast includes
Alan Oke (Peter Grimes), Giselle Allen (Ellen Orford), David Kempster (Captain Balstrode) and Gaynor Keeble, Lexi Hutton, Charles Rice, Charmian Bedford, Robert Murray, Henry Waddington, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Christopher Gillett and Stephen Richardson

Steuart Bedford conductor
The Chorus of Opera North and the Chorus of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Benjamin Britten Music
Montagu Slater Words

Britten’s powerful and masterful evocation of the North Sea in all its moods has to audiences all over the world become inextricably linked with the Aldeburgh that was home to Crabbe in the eighteenth century and Britten in the twentieth.

Tim Albery directs an outdoor realisation of Peter Grimes that places the audience directly in its setting – on the beach, watching as dusk fades over the sea taking the audience into the world of Peter Grimes and the local community that has branded him a murderer and hunted him down.

The same musical team as the concerts will perform with the singers amplified and the orchestra recorded from the earlier Festival concerts.

‘In ceaseless motion comes and goes the tide
Flowing it fills the channel broad and wide
Then back to sea with strong majestic sweep
It rolls in ebb yet terrible and deep’
Peter Grimes

‘There are few points within the confines of this planet at which you can stand and know that you’re seeing, hearing and breathing precisely what a composer was trying to capture in a particular piece of music.’
Classic FM magazine on Peter Grimes and Aldeburgh beach

Please note this performance is outdoors, uncovered and most of the audience will be seated on the beach. There will be limited bench seating and spaces for wheelchair users. In the event of severe weather, the performance may have to be postponed to the following evening. Only legless folding camping chairs may be used on the beach. More information will be sent to bookers in advance of the event.

Supported by the Friends of Aldeburgh Music