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The first weekend of the 2015 Aldeburgh Festival

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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…]

George Benjamin and Harrison Birtwistle at home

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It’s sometimes hard to imagine the graft that goes into composing. With this video and radio interview, we can find out what these two cornerstones of the 2015 Aldeburgh Festival programme do in order to be creative, through listening habits and cooking, to the type of pen and pencils they use to put new music onto paper.