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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:

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Friday Afternoons

Take part in a UK-wide singing project for schools

Friday Afternoons is a set of 12 songs composed by Benjamin Britten between 1933 and 1935. The simple songs, with witty piano accompaniments, are dedicated to Britten’s schoolmaster brother, Robert, and the boys of Clive House preparatory school, Prestatyn – a school in which choir practice and singing lessons regularly took place on a Friday afternoon.

Based on this song cycle, and forming part of Aldeburgh Music’s Britten Centenary programme and the worldwide Britten 100 celebrations, Aldeburgh Music has conceived this year-long project to highlight the composer’s legacy of work for young people and to encourage more singing in schools. It culminates on Friday 22 November 2013, when tens of thousands of people from across the UK will join together to sing the songs.

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Albert Herring Feasts

Be part of community celebrations with a Britten twist

Inspired by Britten’s opera Albert Herring, Aldeburgh Music will be bringing a taste of Britten to local festivals and community celebrations. These free events will celebrate the local area, traditions, food and drink. Please visit our website for more details and get ready to pack a picnic, bring something to share and to celebrate Britten’s centenary year.

Albert Herring Feasts will take place under a variety of guises and will appear in Great Glemham, Snape, Peasenhall, Aldeburgh, the Museum of East Anglian Life and Middleton.


Volunteer as an Extra at the 2013 Aldeburgh Festival

Would you like to play an exciting part in the 2013 Aldeburgh Festival (7-23 June), which is at the heart of our year-long Britten Centenary celebrations?

We have some great opportunities for adults and children to volunteer as extras in some of the standout events of the 2013 Aldeburgh Festival, including a piece by Punchdrunk theatre.

If you can be available on a number of days between 7 and 23 June, please register your interest by 1 May.

Contact: Tracy Virr, Aldeburgh Music,