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CANCELLED: Sophie Bevan and Ryan Wigglesworth

Friday 19 June 4pm (ends approx. 5.45pm)

The beauty of nature, joys of marriage and love both earthly and divine lie at the heart of Messiaen’s great song cycle. A gift for his new wife, its themes resonate with Fauré’s songs, luxuriant settings of Verlaine’s love poetry for his young fiancée.

Sophie Bevan and composer-pianist Ryan Wigglesworth also perform Wigglesworth’s cycle based on the intricate devotional works of 17th-century clergyman-poet George Herbert, and start with Purcell’s exquisite hymn, its rapturous ‘alleluias’ seeming to set the tone for all that is to come.

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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Sophie Bevan soprano
Ryan Wigglesworth piano

Purcell arr. Wigglesworth Lord What is Man 6’
Fauré Songs from La Bonne Chanson 10’
Ryan Wigglesworth Till Dawning 21’
Nadia Boulanger Priere 5’
Messiaen Poèmes pour mi 28’