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CANCELLED: The Hallé and Sir Mark Elder

Sunday 14 June 7.30pm (ends approx. 9.40pm)

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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Mark Elder and The Hallé present two remarkable works linked by a film.

Part of the inspiration for Thomas Mann’s 1912 novella Death in Venice came from hearing of Mahler’s death while Mann was staying in Venice, and the Mahler link is central to Visconti’s 1971 film, which uses the fifth symphony’s searing Adagietto throughout.

Britten’s opera adaptation of the novella evokes a similar mood but in a very different language. His shimmering score, heard here as an orchestral suite, conveys beauty and obsession through its minimal textures, rhythms and soundworld inspired by his encounter with gamelan music in Indonesia.

Britten arr. Steuart Bedford Death in Venice (Suite) 27’
Mahler Symphony No.5 68’

The Hallé
Sir Mark Elder conductor

Main image by Russell Hart