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CANCELLED: Allan Clayton & Friends I

Monday 15 June 7.30pm (ends approx. 9.40pm)

From £5.00 to £30.00

Snape Maltings Concert Hall

At the close of an Aldeburgh Festival day permeated by the words of TS Eliot, Allan Clayton gives us a chance to hear two settings of his poetry, much admired by Britten for ‘the clarity and security of his language’.

The human toil and spiritual doubts of the Magi are hauntingly conveyed whilst the rumination on Narcissus’ destructive beauty is accompanied by harp, not piano, a poignant reminder that the ailing composer’s piano-playing days were then over.

A new cycle written by one festival Artist in Residence for another is included, alongside Britten’s florid Italian cycle in praise of love and his deliciously quirky folksong settings.

In the light of the ongoing Coronavirus situation, it is with enormous sadness that we have to cancel the 2020 Aldeburgh Festival.

In these difficult times, our critical focus remains maintaining our vital work supporting artists and communities, and we rely on ticket sales and philanthropy to deliver the majority of this wide-ranging activity. We are living in uncertain times, but we know that music and the arts has the power to make positive change in people’s lives. When we emerge from this lockdown period, this mission will be more important than ever.

If you can, we’d be enormously grateful if you would make a donation to our vital work, which makes a deeply positive impact on thousands of lives every year. Together, we can combat the lasting impact of this virus by bringing the joy of music into people’s lives once again.

All of us at Snape Maltings thank you for your generous support during this uncertain time and wish you and those closest to you strength for the days to come.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Snape again soon.



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Allan Clayton tenor
Roderick Williams baritone
James Baillieu piano
Olivia Jageurs harp

Britten Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo 16’
Suite for Harp 14’
Canticles IV & V 18’
Mark-Anthony Turnage Silenced (world premiere, Aldeburgh Festival commission) 12’
Traditional arr. Britten Folk Song Arrangements (selection) 15’

Pre-performance talk with Mark-Anthony Turnage
Peter Pears Recital Room, Snape 6.30pm
Tickets Free but please book

Venue Address:

Snape Maltings Concert Hall
Snape Maltings, Snape, Suffolk, IP17 1SP