Aldeburgh Festival posts

George Benjamin and Harrison Birtwistle at home

It’s sometimes hard to imagine the graft that goes into composing. With this video and radio interview, we can find out what these two cornerstones of the 2015 Aldeburgh Festival programme do in order to be creative, through listening habits and cooking, to the type of pen and pencils they use to put new music onto paper.

Highlights of the 2015 Aldeburgh Festival

We’re currently finalising the details of the Aldeburgh Festival 2015 programme, which will be announced in full on Tuesday 27 January. In the meantime we thought we’d whet your appetite with some highlights to help you plan your time in June. Priority Booking starts in late January (find out more and sign up) and General Booking will open on 3 March.
The Corridor & The Cure
Harrison Birtwistle, photo by Hanya Chlala
Friday [read more…]

Building a digital version of An Aldeburgh Musicircus

“I’ve just agreed an interesting interactive video project with The Space for the summer, so you should have a fun start!” – the last line in the email I received just before my first day working at Aldeburgh Music back in Spring. As ominous as that sounded, I’d nearly forgotten about it in the blur of new faces and places, trying to remember codes to doors, and the excitement of a [read more…]

Concerts from Aldeburgh Festival on BBC Radio 3 in July

BBC Radio 3 will be broadcasting some of their highlights of chamber music from the  Aldeburgh Festival in mid-July. We’ve had a few requests for the transmission dates of certain concerts, so I’ve taken the full list a republished it below.
Tuesday July 15 – 1pm
Tamara Stefanovich & Nenad Lecic (pianos)
Debussy – En blanc et noir (recorded Saturday 14 June)
Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)
Bull – In Nomine IX; Les Bouffons; Fantasia XII
Gibbons – Pavan in [read more…]

Final thoughts and photos from the Festival

After Sunday’s Musicircus and the build up to it, this week should seem quiet in comparison, but it has been anything but. As well as the concerts, we’ve been sifting through the vast amounts of video footage from the event, and we’ve been sent some photos from the day which we’ve added to our Facebook album. The press loved it too – The Times and The FT both giving it 5 [read more…]

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 [read more…]

An Aldeburgh Musicircus – live updates

Phew, what a day! A massive thanks to everyone who came and took part, from our lovely performers to the wonderful crowds who really got into the spirit of the event. We’ve compiled images and videos of the event in our storify feed here. If you’ve any great pictures and videos of the event, tag your tweets and facebook updates with #musicircus and we’ll add them here too.
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Another special Festival Day

ALL Festival days are special of course (but I would say that wouldn’t I). However there are some, after the frisson of opening night and the hurly-burly of a weekend, where you begin to fret about personal stamina, and worry you might not be fully… ‘switched on’, worry what you’ve lined up that day may not ‘fly’ for whatever reason, ponder where your next lie-in is coming from. Today’s alarm clock [read more…]

The first weekend of the 67th Aldeburgh Festival

We’re now in full flow at Aldeburgh Music for this year’s Aldeburgh Festival, with 8 concerts featuring all manner of genres, from chamber music to electronics.

Opening Night – Samantha Crawford

Less than 24 hours until we open the 67th Aldeburgh Festival with Owen Wingrave. As we are performing in the same building where this opera had its premiere, the links to its roots makes the experience all the more special.
This week a tour of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pear’s home, The Red House, has only added to the enjoyment of working here. The cast had a look at the original [read more…]