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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
Faint sounds of the piano waft across the boating lake from the restaurant, intermingled with families enjoying picnics, swans gliding through the water, and birdsong. So much varied, delightful, calming birdsong. In case you haven’t guessed I am relaxing during my day off, having taken the walk along the coast to the neighbouring village of Thorpeness. Upon my return to Aldeburgh I was surprised to find myself in the centre [read more…]
Today the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme received some wonderful news, the kind of news that really makes our work here feel worthwhile. In April we invited a young Brazilian tenor, Wagner Moreira, to sing some of Berlioz Les Nuits D’été with the Britten–Pears Orchestra in our Easter Sunday concert. He then sang Basilio in scenes from The Marriage of Figaro with Ann Murray and Claudio Desderi.
Wagner was a new applicant to [read more…]