A few highlights from Aldeburgh Festival 2016 (10-26 June)


As many begin to wind down for Christmas, we are also gearing up to announce the full 2016 Festival programme in January. Here in the meantime, to mull with your wine over the break, is a tempting snippet of what will be on offer…

Catalogue d’Oiseaux

Sunday 19 June


The Festival centrepiece sees Artistic Director and world-renowned pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard bring Olivier Messiaen’s grand evocation of birdsong Catalogue d’Oiseaux to life as never before. He performs four concerts from sunrise to midnight on a single day, set against the panoramic backdrops and teeming wildlife of Snape Maltings and RSPB Minsmere. Hear the 77 birds evoked by the piano alongside the myriad real birds of the Suffolk coast amidst unspoilt expanses of reedbeds, marshy waters and sky.


Friday 10, Sunday 12 & Monday 13 June
For soprano, string orchestra and circus performers

Illuminations image - photo credit Sophie Merlo

photo: Sophie Merlo

We open with a newly-commissioned staging fusing music and contemporary circus performance. Inspired by the surrealism of the poems by Rimbaud set in Britten’s song cycle Les Illuminations, director Struan Leslie creates a piece that brings together soprano Sarah Tynan, a company of international circus performers and Aurora Orchestra in a programme of Britten’s Les Illuminations and Young Apollo, and music by Debussy and John Adams.

Grade 1 Challenge


Aldeburgh Music and the Britten–Pears Foundation invite anyone of any age to join our Grade 1 Challenge. Always wanted to learn the piano? Make it your New Year’s resolution and goal for 2016! Sign up at aldeburgh.co.uk/gradeone to join our piano learning group and receive support over the next six months. You could even make your Aldeburgh Festival debut on the main stage at Snape Maltings Concert Hall on the final day of the Festival!

Want to find out more?

The full programme will be announced on 13 January at aldeburgh.co.uk.

Priority Booking will open for Annual Donors on 18 January, for Friends on 1 February, and for Advanced Booking List and e-ABL on 15 February.

General Booking will open on 23 February.

Box Office Christmas closure: Please note that the Box Office will be closed from 24 December, reopening on 4 January.

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