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CANCELLED: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra I

Friday 19 June 7.30pm (ends approx. 9.30pm)

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.

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



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There's a glossy, outdoorsy sheen to the Ravel, Britten and Respighi in this concert.

The Australian-American composer-arranger Percy Grainger’s brilliant orchestration of Ravel’s piano piece uses tuned percussion both to evoke the ‘valley of bells’ and to highlight Ravel’s gorgeous Javanese gamelan-inspired textures.

Britten’s dazzlingly virtuosic piano concerto is irresistable in the hands of Steven Osborne, one of the work’s great champions.

Respighi’s programmatic piece feels like a score to an imagined film, while Tom Coult’s new concerto, written for Daniel Pioro and receiving its second performance tonight, is similarly inspired by an outdoor space.

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Daniel Pioro violin
Steven Osborne piano
Ilan Volkov conductor

Ravel orch. Grainger La vallée des cloches 6’
Britten Piano Concerto 33’
Tom Coult Violin Concerto: Pleasure Garden 20’
Respighi Pines of Rome 23’