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: Films: Barrie Gavin Double-Bill

Tuesday 16 June 11am (ends approx. 1.15pm)

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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In The Tenor Man’s Story, made a year before he died in 1986, Peter Pears speaks to Donald Mitchell about his life, intercut with illustrations from Britten’s music and his own memorable performances. The film encompasses family background, the start of his musical career, his first encounter with the young Benjamin Britten and their war time years in America with the ‘bullying and bohemian’ WH Auden. Barrie Gavin’s film is both considered and elegiac.

A year later, he made another film, The Noble Savage, about the idiosyncratic composer, arranger and folksong collector Percy Grainger (1882-1961). This extraordinary documentary evokes beautifully the composer’s fascination with the English folk music he was the first to collect on cylinder recordings, beginning in 1906.