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Snape Maltings is a place of energy and inspiration – one of the world’s leading centres of music and a visitor destination of outstanding natural beauty.

Aldeburgh Festival

8 - 24 June

New music, old music, reeds, marshes, vast skies and the waves of the North Sea… Aldeburgh in June offers much more than you’d expect from a classical music festival.

Aldeburgh Festival 2018 celebrates Britten and America. It also reflects 1948 – the remarkable period in post-war British history when the festival began and when so much of what we now regard to be the backbone of our cultural life was launched.

Artists in Residence include the conductor John Wilson, composer Michael Hersch, flautist Claire Chase and violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja. Three living British composers from different generations are featured with new work – Harrison Birtwistle, Simon Holt and Emily Howard, whose new opera is part of our opening night. The French period instrument ensemble Le Concert Spirituel and its dynamic director Hervé Niquet visit the festival for the first time, as does Sir Bryn Terfel who closes the festival with lieder by Brahms, Britten and Schubert.

The availability of £10 tickets for every performance is a new festival offer and, with so much distinctive programming, this line-up of concerts, exhibitions, talks, films, walks and events at The Pumphouse and  Bandstand on the Beach has something for everyone to enjoy.

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Snape Maltings brings together outstanding concerts and events, distinctive independent shops, cafés, galleries and walks - all set against a breathtaking expanse of reeds, water and sky.

Spotted at Snape

Take a look at our recent sightings – both wildlife in our stunning environment and artistic projects that have been Made at Snape in our busy Creative Campus



Lightning Tree!
2 Bearded tits

Made at Snape

Videos from our Creative Campus

Sing to Beat Parkinson’s groups use techniques based on years of research to help those with Parkinson’s or dementia to maintain or improve their psychological and physical wellbeing through taking part in regular singing activity. Many people with Parkinson’s have vocal problems, and regular singing can help to strengthen the voice.

In January 2017 Snape Maltings hosted two days of training for group leaders to share songs and activities, introduce new research, and forge links between themselves.

More Made at Snape

Angelika Kirchschlager joined the list of internationally-acclaimed tutors on the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme for our ENOA course last year. Alongside her, pianist Malcolm Martineau rejoined the artistic team as they explore both the luxuriant late Romantic Lied and operatic arias of one of the great vocal composers of the 20th century, Richard Strauss.