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Why stage Illuminations with circus artists?

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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)

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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…]

My experience as an Aldeburgh Young Musician by Miranda Davies (2014 Alumni)

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After 4 years at AYM I’m very sad to be leaving it behind. There have been some brilliant and memorable courses during my time here; ‘Glasgow Kiss’ from the Rock Weekend, the catchy Persian 11 from my very first weekend and Tim Steiner’s compositions for the ensemble are now firmly embedded in my head, along with Pete Churchill’s gospel songs and Irish blessing, the beautiful Palestinian song we sang with [read more…]

Composer threads woven into the 2014 Aldeburgh Festival

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Aldeburgh isn’t a festival that picks a single theme for the year – there are always numerous narratives and themes to explore. Britten’s music, of course, is always a recognisable feature, as is the internationalist outlook of Artistic Director Pierre-Laurent Aimard.
There are always composers whose work runs across different programmes in the Festival. This year, while many composers are featured, these are the ones whose music is a recurring theme. [read more…]

Who’s the best cook of the cast?

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It’s nearly always a positive sign when time has rushed by, and hard to believe we are close to the end of the second week. We have already worked through most of the opera. After our director, Neil, revealed his spine-chilling rendition of events for Owen Wingrave on the first day of rehearsals, the cast and production team understand the collaborative vision we are heading towards for the opera. The [read more…]

Preparing for Owen Wingrave – Samantha Crawford

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Welcome! It’s only a few days until the whole cast gather in Aldeburgh ready to bring this year’s new production of Owen Wingrave to the stage. I can think of no better place than Benjamin Britten’s own hometown to study, sing and perform his opera. As a Britten-Pears Young Artist I am thrilled to be playing the role of Mrs. Coyle (and was fortunate to perform it as part of [read more…]

Video: Nigel Douglas remembers the premiere production of Owen Wingrave

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Tenor Nigel Douglas played the role of Lechmere in the premiere production of Owen Wingrave, filmed at Snape Maltings Concert Hall in 1970 and shown on BBC2 in 1971.
Nigel will be taking part in our Owen Wingrave Study Day on Tuesday 17 June, which will include contributions from cast and creative team members from both 1971 and 2014 productions and will feature discussion, archive footage and live musical illustrations.