Artist Development posts

Making your own audition video for the Britten–Pears Programme

All musicians who apply to the Britten–Pears Programme need to make an audition video. If you’re unable to get professional help doing this, and you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, don’t worry – you don’t need lots of specialist equipment to make a decent audition, in fact with a bit of care and planning you can do it with just a couple of smartphones. Here’s a quick list of tips to help you get started:
• Video recording [read more…]

Creating a chamber opera – Emily Howard, Selma Dimitrijevic and Dan Ayling

The new chamber opera by Emily Howard and Selma Dimitrijevic will be a contemporary adaption of a science fiction classic.
Aldeburgh Music Residency Part 1 – September 2016
Howard, Dimitrijevic and director Dan Ayling recently completed the first of two research and development residencies at Aldeburgh Music, supported by Arts Council England. It was an opportunity for each artist to develop their practical understanding of the relationship between composer, librettist and director, [read more…]

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…]

Open Space Residency, Abergavenny

Open Space artists Richard Scott and Alice Dixon spent a week down in Wales working with artist Edwin Burdis as part of their Open Space project. Here is their story, by Alice    :
We came a long way. Meeting Richard at Newport station seemed like a scene from some kind of heist film. Him with the glittering baggage of cello and mixing desk, me still exhaling the piped easyjet air and [read more…]

Kit Downes’ and Tom Challenger’s Suffolk Church Crawl – Part 2

Written by Kit Downes
As our journey across Suffolk continues – Tom and I are enjoying listening back to some of the recordings we have already made in Snape church and Bromeswell church. It is interesting listening back to two full days of recording, especially of music that is completely improvised, as you hear the music developing the more we play. As we arrived in Snape on the first day, we [read more…]

Kit Downes’ and Tom Challenger’s Suffolk Church Crawl

Written by Tom Challenger
Kit and I began to collaborate on what we now refer to as ‘Wedding Music’ in the summer of 2012. We embarked upon a recording residency in Huddersfield University; Performed 2 concerts in the Royal Festival Hall and also placed the music in a non-site-specific version that utilised Hammond organs, along with myself as per usual on saxophone.
The common thread throughout this year of collaborating and developing [read more…]

Sound House – experiments from the Society of Stange and Ancient Instruments

‘We have also sound-houses, where we practice and demonstrate all sounds and their generation. We have harmonies which you have not, of quarter sounds and lesser slides of sounds; divers instruments of music likewise to you unknown, some sweeter than any you have; with bells and rings that are dainty and sweet.’ The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments’ new project for 2015, Sound House, is inspired by this extract from Francis Bacon’s utopian novel New Atlantis in which he portrays a brave new world where technology is employed for the good of humanity.

What did Diderot do in Aldeburgh?

Diderot Quartet backstage at Jubilee Hall
The Diderot Quartet from New York have spent the last two weeks here in Snape on a chamber music residency. They specialise in period music, and having played together in various other configurations since being students decided in 2012 to come together as a quartet.
We use gut strings of course, but we’re not trying to make big point about playing period music, we’re just trying to bring it alive [read more…]

Trio Kanon’s run-in with some stormy weather

Trio Kanon from Italy have just finished their 2-week residency. As well as their 2 sold out concerts at Jubilee Hall, and a solid couple of weeks of rehearsing, they snapped away throughout and got some incredible photos of a storm over the reeds.
“We hadn’t been to Aldeburgh before but had heard very good things from friends and colleagues at home. So we had high expectations, which of course have been [read more…]

Trio Isimsiz’s quest for fish

Trio Isimsiz had heard a lot about Aldeburgh before they visited, and one of the first things people get excited about when they’re staying in the town is the fish and chips.
“We were looking forward to cooking some fresh fish from scratch. With the many fishmongers along Aldeburgh beach, we thought this would be plain sailing, but not one was open! We did spot a fisherman bringing his boat in, but [read more…]