Festival update

It’s been a busy and exciting time over the last few days of the festival, with not only the massive musicircus, but outstanding orchestral music from the CBSO with Thomas Adès, sublime Schubert with the classic pairing of Bostridge and Adès, Pierre-Laurent’s stunning tour of the Etude, as well as amazing performances from young gifted musicians like Mahan Esfahani delivering a funny, informative and dazzling tour of 300 years of harpsicord music and our Ligeti masterclass students wrapping their heads and hands around the complete series of Ligeti’s études.

Silent Opera’s Live | Revive | Lament presented a series of linked operatic installations in different locations around the Snape Maltings, developed during an Aldeburgh Residency.

Another Aldeburgh Residency artist, Mahan Esfahani displayed ‘virtousity’ and ‘extraordinary technique’ (according to the Guardian) in a recital of 300 years of harpsicord music.

Thomas Adès and Ian Bostridge gave a recital of Schubert’s Winterreise song cycle, their first performance together in the concert hall since 2005.

Our Ligeti masterclasses with Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich have been in progress since Wednesday 18, culminating in a fantastic final recital earlier today:

On Sunday, An Aldeburgh Musicircus brought 1,000 musicians to Crag Path in Aldeburgh, from pianists and guitarists to bellydancers and stilt walkers, and also featuring Festival artists from the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the whole of the CBSO!