Aldeburgh Festival posts

3 things you might not know about Aldeburgh Festival 2016

You’ve probably already heard a lot about circus and birds. Here is a small selection of things you might not know about this year’s programme:
1. Around a third of the events are in one way or another ‘home grown’.
That is, a third of the projects have been devised or developed at Snape or have grown out of our year-round programme of artist development and residencies – a statistic that marks Aldeburgh [read more…]

How to get a soprano airborne – rehearsals for Illuminations

There’s a lot going on in Illuminations, the show that opens the Aldeburgh Festival on 10 June. A chamber orchestra, a soprano and a troupe of circus performers on a set to fill Snape Maltings Concert Hall stage to convey the opulent sounds of Britten’s settings of Rimbaud’s poetry. Over the past few months the ideas on how exactly this will happen are starting to fall into place.
In late January, [read more…]

Why stage Illuminations with circus artists?

Since January, Struan Leslie has been at the National Centre for Circus Arts working with a hand picked ensemble of circus performers. They’ve been devising the moves and sequences that will accompany and “illuminate” the music the creative team have picked to go with Britten’s song cycle. In this video Struan explains why circus goes so well with that music and you can see some of the moves that are being prepared by the group.

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. [read more…]

Building the concert in a phonebox

Through the wonders of virtual reality, we’ve squeezed a packed Snape Maltings Concert Hall and the BBC Symphony Orchestra into a phonebox. Visitors can step inside and use the goggles to look at the different sections of the orchestra, and even at the audience and the beautiful interior of Snape Maltings Concert Hall, from a position about 3 feet above Martyn Brabbins as he conducts.
As well as the phonebox, [read more…]

The second week and final days of the Aldeburgh Festival

News from the Ten Pieces Takeover at Aldeburgh Festival, and the concerts by BBC Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble A Cumpagnia, Ensemble Organum, London Sinfonietta, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Alice Coote and Martyn Brabbins.

The second weekend of the Aldeburgh Festival

A summary and photos from the concerts of Quatuor Diotima, Monteverdi Choir and Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Arcadia Quartet, Isabelle Faust, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Mark Simpson, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Arcangelo and Christine Rice.

The first week of the Aldeburgh Festival

Bicycles, Boulez, Benjamin, Britten & Bach and a whole load of other stuff that doesn’t begin with B featured in our packed first week at the Aldeburgh Festival. Catch up with what happened in our round-up.
The talented students of Andreas Scholl’s masterclass course showed off what they’d learnt in a recital in Aldeburgh Church on Tuesday. Each performed a song from the Baroque era solo, and we were treated to all [read more…]

The first weekend of the 2015 Aldeburgh Festival

The first weekend of this year’s Aldeburgh Festival went as expected – in a whirlwind of music, stretching over Suffolk with events in Aldeburgh, Snape, Blythburgh and Ipswich.
The official start to the Festival was a double bill of operas by Harrison Birtwistle and David Harsent. Both are based on Greek mythology: The Cure starts with Jason’s triumphant arrival home with the Golden Fleece, and focuses on the magical rejuvenation of his father [read more…]

Making the film of ‘Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh beach’

On Sunday 24 May, Aldeburgh Music’s unforgettable staging of Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach will be shown on BBC4. Tune in at 7pm or watch on iPlayer. The broadcast has had the Aldeburgh Music staff reminiscing about the all-encompassing production that sat at the heart of the Britten Centenary celebrations. Here’s a few photos and an account by the film director, Margaret Williams, of bringing the outdoor production to the screen.

Ever since I was [read more…]