Artist Development posts

Alinde Quartett on Aldeburgh

Last week’s ensemble in residence were Alinde Quartett. Based in Cologne, Germany, they are Eugenia Ottaviano (Violin), Axel Haase (Violin), Amélie Legrand (Viola), Lukas Wittermann (‘Cello). Established in 2010, they have a growing reputation in Europe, but this is their first visit to the UK and Aldeburgh.
Alinde Quartett in concert at Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh
They spent their time here working intensively with leading chamber musician Richard Ireland, an experience they found immensely [read more…]

Aldeburgh according to the Solem Quartet

The Solem Quartet have just finished their two weeks at Aldeburgh Music, working on repertoire with Simon Rowland-Jones. Although the Manchester-based group haven’t been here as a quartet, Steph and Mike have both performed in the Britten-Pears Orchestra in the past.
“It’s such an inspirational place to be! We’ve had so much time and so much space – headspace and physical space – to progress as an ensemble. Now we’ve all finished studying we have been [read more…]

Richard Scott on his first Open Space residency

15th December, 2014
Number 8 Wentworth Road has a blue door. Number 8 Wentworth Road is filled with books – first editions of Gerard Manley Hopkins, Louis MacNeice and William Carlos Williams. Number 8 Wentworth Road has a view of the beach from the kitchen window – a sliver of silver sky above shingle . . .
I have been staying at number 8 for three days now as part of my [read more…]

My first Britten Weekend at Aldeburgh Music

I am at the end of my second month here at Aldeburgh Music and have just enjoyed some remarkable events and extraordinary music making during our Britten Weekend. If any three days are able to sum up the range and quality of this inspirational musical campus at Snape Maltings then it is this last weekend.
Throughout the three days, the sense of this organisation and place as catalysts for creativity was really [read more…]

AYM, Britten Pears and Middle Eastern young artists: New Nocturnes – a photo diary

The Britten Centenary Weekend in 2013 featured an exhilarating first collaboration between two of Aldeburgh Music’s flagship young artist programmes, that produced composer Alex Woolf’s Serenade. A year later they combine again, alongside young Middle Eastern orchestral musicians from a new Aldeburgh Music initiative, as two young composers, Samantha Fernando and Jay Richardson turn to Britten’s original for inspiration for their own joint Nocturne song cycle on themes of sleep [read more…]

Q&A with BPBO: Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea – Olivia Jarema

We are just over a week into our rehearsal period for our semi-staged performance of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea as part of the Snape Proms on Saturday, and things are definitely falling into place! We have been working with a fantastic team of tutors who have really pushed our singers and players to the best of their abilities: Richard Egarr (conductor),   Michael Chance (vocal director), Daisy Evans (stage director), [read more…]

Holzmair & Cooper and Wolf Lieder masterclasses

A fortnight ago we began a rather glorious week with 12 singers and 6 pianists who were here as part of our annual masterclass series – this time studying Wolf Lieder with Wolfgang Holzmair and Imogen Cooper, who as a duo have performed and recorded this repertoire so often that they really are masters. Holzmair and Cooper were joined by Richard Stokes, a good friend of the Britten–Pears Young Artist [read more…]

Behind the Scenes at Aldeburgh with the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme

Every time the Britten–Pears Orchestra are in residence, one thinks the quality, musicality, dedication and professionalism of its members can surely never surpass that of those who’ve gone before. Wrong! The BPE (Britten–Pears Ensemble), made up of 16 of the very finest young emerging professional instrumentalists assembled for our production of Owen Wingrave last month exceeded all expectations, providing the most musically sensitive and conciencious backdrop in the form of [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…]

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…]