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CANCELLED: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra II

Saturday 20 June 7pm (ends approx. 9.10pm)

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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Percy Grainger was an early pioneer in collecting and transcribing folk songs and his suite based on fieldwork in Lincolnshire is justly considered his masterpiece.

Also based on English folk tunes and dedicated to Grainger, Britten’s 1975 suite was one of his last works, its melancholy end fading to silence. In contrasting mood, Janáček’s Moravian melodies and rhythms contribute to one of the 20th century’s most uplifting orchestral works.

The programme is punctuated by what feels like a disruption in time and space, with an unending journey into the core of something – ourselves? our planet? – undertaken in the UK premiere of Cassandra Miller’s monolithic A Large House.

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Ilan Volkov conductor

Britten A Time There Was 15’
Cassandra Miller A Large House (UK Premiere) 27’
Grainger A Lincolnshire Posy 18’
Janáček Sinfonietta 24’