Venues

Located five miles inland from Aldeburgh, our ‘Creative Campus’ at Snape Maltings has four performance venues (from 70 to 810 capacity) and over 20 rehearsal and public spaces.

Performances also take place at other venues in the local area, including Blythburgh, Orford and Aldeburgh Churches, the Pumphouse, and the Jubilee Hall in Aldeburgh.

Snape Maltings Concert Hall

Built by Newson Garrett in the mid-19th century, the 810-seat Concert Hall began life as a malthouse. Officially opened in 1967 by HM Queen Elizabeth II, the Hall suffered serious fire damage two years later, re-opening in time for the Aldeburgh Festival the following year.

With an unparalleled view across the River Alde, the Concert Hall Café and Restaurant are open to ticket holders on concert days. The Concert Hall Gallery runs along the opposite side of the hall from the Foyer.

Hoffmann Building

Opened in May 2009, the Hoffmann Building features two spaces suitable for performances as well as a number of additional rehearsal rooms, office space and a social area (The Bakery).

The centrepiece of the building is the Britten Studio, designed to have an excellent and flexible acoustic with a high level of sound insulation which is ideal for recording orchestral rehearsals. It can also be used as a 340-seat venue.

The Jerwood Kiln Studio, which seats up to 80 people in a flexible configuration, is an ideal space for smaller groups to rehearse and perform. The Studio retains the double-height roof and much of the existing fabric of the original kiln structure.

Britten–Pears Building

Peter Pears Recital Room, Holst Library, Rehearsal rooms

A former barley store, the Britten–Pears Building was officially opened in 1979 by HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. Peter Pears held many of his legendary early masterclasses in the Recital Room, a 112-seat space suitable for both rehearsals (with seats retracted) and more intimate performances.

Dovecote Studio

With its simple, light interior and stunning views of the marshes from a small inside writing platform, the Dovecote Studio was created particularly for composers, writers and visual artists to work in.

The Pumphouse

The Pumphouse is a Victorian brick structure situated on the edge of the marshes on the outskirts of Aldeburgh.  It has been used as a fringe venue during the Aldeburgh Festival since 2000 and the combination of its raw-found beauty, intimacy and eclectic programme has made it very popular with audiences and performers. In 2011 the Pumphouse underwent significant improvements by adding an extension to the west side of the building offering a dressing room, toilets and a small foyer, all of which offer heating. Please note there is no heating in the Pumphouse itself. The venue is licenced for up to 60 people.