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All our shops, the Maltings Gallery and our outdoor covered café are now open. You can also book River Trips along the River Alde and Pizza in the Tipi. Concerts will restart in late May. Read our re-opening plans here.

Aldeburgh Festival 2018

8–24 June 2018

Aldeburgh Festival 2018 celebrated Britten and America. It also reflected 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.

Opening Weekend

Britten, Bernstein & America I

Friday 8 June, 7pm

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
John Wilson conductor
Robert Murray tenor
Cédric Tiberghien piano
Mark O’Keeffe trumpet
James Horan cor anglais

Britten Sinfonia da Requiem
Britten orch. Colin Matthews Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo (Aldeburgh Festival commission, world premiere)
Copland Quiet City
Bernstein Symphony No.2: The Age of Anxiety

To See The Invisible

8, 10 & 12 June 2018

A new chamber opera with music by Emily Howard, words by Selma Dimitrijevic after a short story by Robert Silverberg

Orsino Ensemble

Saturday 9 June, 11am

Janáček Mladi (‘Youth’)
Britten Movement for Wind Sextet
Simon Holt Bagatelarañas
Martinů Sextet for Piano and Winds

Bach in Blythburgh

Saturday 9 Jun 2018

Phantasm viol consort
Sean Shibe guitar

Fugues K405 (arr. Mozart)
Lute Suite in A minor BWV 997
The Art of Fugue (excerpts)

The Art of Fugue (excerpts)
Lute Suite in E minor BWV 996
Fugues K405 (arr. Mozart)

Britten, Bernstein & America II

Saturday 9 June, 7pm

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
John Wilson conductor
Pavel Kolesnikov piano
Claire Chase flute

Britten Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from Peter Grimes
Diversions for Piano Left Hand and Orchestra
Bernstein Halil
Copland Billy the Kid Suite

John Wilson Orchestra

Sunday 10 June, 7:30pm

John Wilson Orchestra
John Wilson conductor
Louise Alder soprano
Kim Criswell mezzo-soprano
Damian Humbley tenor
Nadim Naaman baritone

Leonard Bernstein New York, New York; Lonely Town; I Can Cook, Too (from On The Town)
Dream With Me (from Peter Pan)
A Little Bit In Love; One Hundred Easy Ways to Lose A Man (from Wonderful Town)
Spring Will Come Again (from The Skin of Our Teeth)
Pass The Football (from Wonderful Town)
Imaginary Coney Island Ballet (from On The Town)

Overture; I Am Easily Assimilated; Nothing More Than This; Glitter and Be Gay (from Candide)
Take Care Of This House (from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue)
Dance At The Gym; Maria (from West Side Story)
Island Magic (from Trouble in Tahiti)
Wrong Note Rag (from Wonderful Town)

First Week

Talk: The Spirit of '48

Monday 11 June, 11.30am

Simon Heffer and Peter Hennessy in conversation

Film: Kind Hearts and Coronets

Monday 11 June, 11.30am

Festival Masterclasses: The 21st Century Singer

Monday 11 - Saturday 16 June

John Fisher vocal coach / piano
Julia Faulkner soprano
Matthew Rose bass
Singers and pianists from the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme

Goldberg Variations

Monday 11 June, 9.30pm

Melinda Maxwell oboe d’amore
Clio Gould violin
Jane Atkins viola
Kate Gould cello

Simon Holt Llanto (para las chumberas) Lament [for the prickly pears] (Aldeburgh Festival commission, world premiere)
Bach arr. Sitkovetsky Goldberg Variations

Film A Tale of Tanglewood: Peter Grimes Reborn

Tuesday 12 June, 11am

Introduced by Humphrey Burton

Cédric Tiberghien

Tuesday 12 June, 4pm

John Cage Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano

Music for the Royal Fireworks

Tuesday 12 June, 7.30pm

Le Concert Spirituel
Hervé Niquet conductor

Charpentier Marches pour les trompettes (extracts 1 & 2 H.547); Te Deum H.146 – Prélude
Handel Water Music Suite I HWV 348
Water Music Suite II HWV 349
Corelli Concerto grosso No.8 in G minor
Handel Water Music (1717)  Suite III HWV 350
Music for the Royal Fireworks (1749) HWV 351

Italian Baroque at Ely Cathedral

Wednesday 13 June, 7:30pm

Le Concert Spirituel
Hervé Niquet conductor

Benevolo Mass: Si Deus pro nobis
Interspersed with plainchant, and choral and instrumental music by MonteverdiFrescobaldi and Palestrina

Film: Something Wild

Thursday 14 June, 11am

Le Concert Spirituel

Thursday 14 June, 7:30pm

Hervé Niquet conductor

Overture from Le Malade Imaginaire H495a
In Honorem Sancti Ludovici regis Galliae Canticum H365
In Assumptione Beata Mariae Virginis H353
In honorem Sancti Xaverij canticum H355
Epithalame en l’honneur du Duc de Bavière
Marche pour les Trompettes H547
Te Deum H146

Density 2036

Thursday 14 June, 3pm

Claire Chase flute
Jonathan Green sound

Du Yun Gradient Density for tape (European premiere)
Steve Reich Vermont Counterpoint for flute and pre-recorded flutes
Suzanne Farrin The Stimulus of Loss for glissando flute and pre-recorded ondes martenot (2016) (European premiere)
Mario Diaz de Leon Luciform for flute and electronics (2013) (European premiere)
Varèse Density 21.5 (1936)
Marcos Balter Suite from PAN, for flute, live electronics and an ensemble of community members (2017-18) (European premiere)

Britten-Pears Young Artists Alumni I

Friday 15 June, 11am

Fleur Barron mezzo-soprano
Oddur Jónsson baritone
Jonathan Ware piano

Schubert Six Heine-Lieder from Schwanengesang; Totengräbers Heimweh, D.842; Die Männer sind mechant! D.866 No.3; Lich und Liebe, D.352
Schumann Die Kartenlegerin; Der Soldat; Mein Wagen rollet langsam
Schubert Wandrers Nachtlied II, D.768; Auf der Bruck, D.853
Brahms Da unten im Tale

Pfitzner Five Lieder Op. 9
Brahms Auf dem Kirchhofe; Alte Liebe; Unbewegte laue Luft; Meerfahrt; Botschaft; Vergebliches Ständchen
Schubert Geheimes, D.719; Fahrt zum Hades, D.526
Schumann So wahr die Sonne scheinet

Tamara Stefanovich

Friday 15 June, 3pm

Copland Piano Variations
Messiaen Cantéyodjayâ
Bach Aria variata alla maniera italiana
Ives Sonata No.1

Belcea Quartet

Friday 15 June, 7:30pm

Dvořák Quartet ‘American’
Janáček Quartet No. 1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata’
Mozart Quartet in Bb K589 ‘Prussian’