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CANCELLED: Britten-Pears Alumni I

Friday 19 June 11am (ends approx. 1.15pm)

Last year Mark-Anthony Turnage and conductor Jessica Cottis joined Colin Matthews as teachers on the internationally renowned Britten-Pears Contemporary Composition and Performance course. This year all course participants return to present the world premieres by exciting young composers developed on the course.

The programme also Turnage’s own opener and music he selected, by Birtwistle, Saariaho and Takemitsu.

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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Britten-Pears Ensemble
Jessica Cottis conductor

Mark-Anthony Turnage A Furious Fanfare 1’
Takemitsu Rain Coming 10’
Kaija Saariaho Lichtbogen 17’
Harrison Birtwistle Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum 12’
and world premieres of new works by Blair Boyd, Laura Shipsey, Theo Chandler, Alex Woolf, Alex Paxton and Euchar Gravina