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CANCELLED: BBC Singers

Saturday 13 June 3pm (ends approx. 4.45pm)

From £6.00 to £30.00

Blythburgh Church

The BBC Singers and its chief conductor Sofi Jeannin perform choral music by composers with different links to the festival.

Britten welcomes us and sees us off at the end. In between, Turnage mourns the death of his friend Sue Knussen with strikingly still textures, tinkling bells and the words ‘Give us peace’.

The music of South African-born composer Priaulx Rainier is rarely heard today, but Imogen Holst, Britten and Peter Pears championed her idiosyncratic works, influenced by both modernist angularity and South African rhythms. Her Requiem was one of her first major commissions, written for Aldeburgh Festival 1956, with Pears the soloist.

We also hear the premiere of Julian Anderson’s new work, Sing.

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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BBC Singers
Choristers of Norwich Cathedral
Samuel Boden tenor
Sofi Jeannin conductor

Britten A Hymn to the Virgin 4’
Mark-Anthony Turnage Calmo 5’
Rainier Requiem 23’
Julian Anderson Sing 8’ (world premiere)
Britten A Boy Was Born 30’