Cologne based ensemble, Alinde Quartett spent their time here in January 2015 working intensively with leading chamber musician Richard Ireland. Established in 2010, they have a growing reputation in Europe, but this was their first visit to the UK and Aldeburgh, and an experience that they found immensely rewarding, as they explained:
“It’s so nice to be here, to enjoy the beauty of the place and to work here, you can really feel the history of all these great musicians who have been here, and we have lots of space and time to do what we want. We spent our time working very intensely with Richard Ireland, it’s so interesting and helped us to create something new in our playing, it’s been a very successful time for us.”
What about Aldeburgh itself though? What would they recommend to other visitors?
They loved Sailor’s Path and fish and chips, but like so many visitors their recommendation was the sea view and the view from the sea, as Lukas explained:
“not only to the sea, but from the sea to Aldeburgh and the landscape behind – it’s so beautiful, it’s like a painting, I tried to capture it in a photograph, but it’s not possible.”
In a moment that Benjamin Britten would surely have approved of, they told me how they had braved the elements one night and journeyed down to the water’s edge
“the best moment was when three of us went to the seaside at night; it was very windy and a little bit scary as we were quite close to the water, but you could feel the strength of nature, it was great!”