Over the weekend of the 26th and 27th September Snape Maltings will be hosting The Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival’s Market Weekend. To maintain safe distancing, this is a ticketed event so please book your free tickets online via the website ( www.aldeburghfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk ) in advance. We encourage anyone visiting the shop for the weekend to also book in advance to avoid disappointment as the whole site will be limited by number to ensure a safe experience for all.

CANCELLED: Festival Opening Concert

Friday 12 June 7.30pm (ends approx. 9.45pm)

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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For the first time in more than 50 years the festival opens away from the Suffolk coast, celebrating the 1,000th anniversary of Bury St Edmunds Abbey.

Following Britten’s fanfare, written especially for this magnificent cathedral, we begin to weave this year’s musical tapestry with many of the threads to be picked up across the 17 days.

The music of Artists in Residence Cassandra Miller and Mark-Anthony Turnage is performed alongside two of Britten’s most sensuous pieces, matched by Elgar’s gorgeous piece for strings.

The programme is completed by a further string orchestra work by Tom Coult – whose opera we premiere the following night – and the posthumous world premiere of one of John Tavener’s final works.

Britten Sinfonia
Ian Bostridge tenor
Martin Owen horn
Clare Hammond piano
Nicholas Daniel oboe
Andrew Watts countertenor
Doric Quartet
Ryan Wigglesworth conductor

Britten Fanfare for St Edmundsbury 2’
Purcell arr. Wigglesworth Fantasia Z738 5’
Tom Coult My Curves are Not Mad 15’
Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings 25’
Cassandra Miller new work (world premiere, Aldeburgh Festival commission) 3’
Britten Young Apollo 10’
Mark-Anthony Turnage Lullaby for Hans 6’
Tavener La Noche Oscura (world premiere) 9’
Elgar Introduction and Allegro 14’