Tir Eolas and Jo Lewis in Aldeburgh – Hedi’s diary

It very quickly became clear that our, in hindsight totally naïve and ignorant notions of the seaside being primarily a lovely place for all to bask in the sunshine and eat ice cream while flying kites, was indeed naïve and ignorant. Many of the residents, belonging to a previous generation, had first hand experience of being out on the fishing boats, and many of the women had husbands or brothers who would spend extended periods away at sea. A much darker narrative begun to emerge – one which encompassed the harsh realities and dangers of the fishing trade as well as the vulnerable anguish of loved ones left on land.

Tractors, traffic lights and the A12. A new singing initiative in Lowestoft

It has become a running joke in the office, my frequent trips up the A12 to Lowestoft. I know things are getting out of hand because I am finding entertainment in achieving an mpg of 50 or above and the Jeremy Vine show on Radio 2. I also get lost a lot when I actually get to Lowestoft. It does add excitement to the day but is it time efficient? [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…]

Children’s Viewing Sculpture – the shortlist

After a fantastic response and over 170 entries, we are happy to show you the shortlist in our competition to design a new outdoor sculpture for children at Snape Maltings. Read more about the three entries, see mockups and hear what the judges had to say.

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…]

Design Competition – Frequently Asked Questions

What if my digital submission file is over 8MB is size?
Upload your file to a file sharing server such as Dropbox or WeTransfer and send us a link to the file. We will send confirmation of successful download.
Is there a target pack size and weight for the disassembled structure?
At this stage of the competition, and for the purposes of storage and transport, we are thinking of a 40′ container for [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…]