Updated 03/07/2020: From Friday 3 July, some of our shops are open, with safety measures in place and slightly shorter opening hours. The Concert Hall Café will also be open from Saturday 4 July. Our concert venues and other shops, cafes and galleries remain closed (more info). Please consider supporting the charitable work of Britten Pears Arts with a donation

CANCELLED: Britten-Pears Alumni II

Friday 26 June 11am (ends approx. 12.30pm)

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.

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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Much of this anthology of English language song and verse has sleep, dreams and the nocturnal world running through it like a moonlit path. Britten’s lullabies are hardly restful – they startle as often as they soothe.

Night-time thoughts had clearly occupied the teenage Britten too in his choice of Walter de la Mare poems. They show a skilful assimilation of the worlds of English art song and folksong absorbed by Warlock, Grainger and Vaughan Williams whose four late songs include a poem depicting the composer himself asleep.

Butterworth’s settings of Housman’s revered poetry capture its darkly elegiac mood, the composer’s death in wartime action only amplifying its delicate poignancy.

Lauren Decker contralto
Paul Grant baritone
Natalie Burch piano

Britten Tit for Tat 9’
Wordsworth Three songs 6’
Warlock Sleep & Pretty Ring Time 4’
Butterworth A Shropshire Lad 14’
Vaughan Williams Four Last Songs 10’
Linden Lea 3’
Grainger Willow, Willow 4’
Finzi Rollicum-Rorum
When I set out for Lyonesse 4’
Britten A Charm of Lullabies 13’