All events until the end of June are cancelled or postponed, including Aldeburgh Festival, and the shops and cafes are temporarily closed in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. The site at Snape Maltings is still open for those who want to enjoy the fresh air and expansive natural environment of the River Alde estuary. More info

CANCELLED: Four Quartets

Mon 15 Jun - Tue 16 Jun

From £10.00 to £25.00

Britten Studio

In the light of the ongoing Coronavirus situation, it is with enormous sadness that we have to cancel the 2020 Aldeburgh Festival.

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Beethoven’s Op.132 inspired Eliot’s great long-form poem on themes of time, ageing and regret, Four Quartets.

He wrote to a friend: ‘There is a sort of heavenly – or at least more than human – gaiety about some of [Beethoven’s] later things which one imagines might come to oneself as the fruit of reconciliation and relief after immense suffering; I should like to get something of that into verse before I die.’

In this performance of the Four Quartets, actors interweave the text with the five movements of the Beethoven performed by the Doric Quartet in an enthralling re-imagining of two extraordinary works of art.

Text: TS Eliot Four Quartets
Music: Beethoven String Quartet No.15 Op.132

Doric Quartet
Robin Brooks and Fiona McAlpine directors

Venue Address:

Britten Studio
Snape Maltings, Snape, Suffolk, IP17 1SP