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.
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.
As everyone prepares to wind down for the Christmas break, we thought we’d give you the chance to watch footage from the events we’ve documented in 2014. We hope it goes down well with a glass of mulled wine…
And when you have a moment, take a look at our Spring programme and Aldeburgh Festival 2015 highlights to start planning your visits next year. We’ll be announcing the Festival programme in [read more…]
Friday 28 November was an amazing day, the culmination of a year’s effort by children around the world in learning the new Friday Afternoons songs with performances in school halls, churches, and in one case the Norway Centre for Rock Music.
Here are some of the highlights of this year’s event:
Tom Service previewed the event in The Guardian calling it “a manifestly and undeniably Good Thing”
Queen’s College Preparatory School were [read more…]
“I’ve just agreed an interesting interactive video project with The Space for the summer, so you should have a fun start!” – the last line in the email I received just before my first day working at Aldeburgh Music back in Spring. As ominous as that sounded, I’d nearly forgotten about it in the blur of new faces and places, trying to remember codes to doors, and the excitement of a [read more…]
As is traditional, there is no Prom on August 18 as we’ll all be at the Aldeburgh Carnival instead! We’ll be back with our daily blog covering every Snape Prom tomorrow, but until then here’s our trailer with a smashing soundtrack by Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino.
Phew, what a day! A massive thanks to everyone who came and took part, from our lovely performers to the wonderful crowds who really got into the spirit of the event. We’ve compiled images and videos of the event in our storify feed here. If you’ve any great pictures and videos of the event, tag your tweets and facebook updates with #musicircus and we’ll add them here too.
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During Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s time as Artistic Director, the Aldeburgh Festival has featured a major living composer each year. Following the visits of Boulez, Carter, Stroppa and Lachenmann – and Jonathan Harvey’s sadly posthumous portrait last year) – this year’s featured composer is Tristan Murail.
In the words of Pierre-Laurent Aimard:
‘Tristan Murail is a poet whose music speaks to our ears, our eyes and our heart. He is known as a ‘spectral’ [read more…]
Aldeburgh Festival Artistic Director Pierre-Laurent Aimard has been introducing leading European artists, composers and ensembles to the Festival each year since 2009. One of the highlights of the 2014 Festival will be the extended visit of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, ‘the best chamber orchestra in the world’ (Daily Telegraph), who give performances on 27 and 29 June, while the orchestra’s soloists also give an earlier concert on 21 June.
Pierre-Laurent [read more…]
Orford Church was filled with the sounds of Solomon’s Knot at Easter. Solomon’s Knot are part of Aldeburgh Music’s Open Space programme, which supports emerging artists and ensembles for up to three years. Solomon’s Knot have been on the scheme since September 2013 and had their Aldeburgh Music debut at Easter. Joint Artistic Director Jonathan Sells talk about the project:
‘The Leipzig Connection’ was a programme created by Solomon’s Knot specifically [read more…]