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CANCELLED: Twilight and Deep Time

Thursday 18 June 7.30pm (ends approx. 9.30pm)

Ryan Wigglesworth curates and conducts a programme of works which seem to stand outside time. The final opera in Wagner’s Ring cycle, Twilight of the Gods, heard here in Wigglesworth’s symphonic arrangement for soprano and orchestra, ends in an apocalyptic future with the mythical home of the gods, Valhalla, going up in flames.

Meanwhile Birtwistle evokes a geological timespan, burrowing deep towards our planet’s core to hear the elemental sounds of continual yet volatile change, seemingly without beginning or end.

‘Musical layers of rock grate against each other, interrupted by violent percussion outbursts and shrill wind sounds – magma and scree, hurled musically into the air…’
Der Tagesspiegel

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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Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra
Ryan Wigglesworth conductor
Rachel Nicholls soprano

Wagner Good Friday Music from Parsifal 11’
Harrison Birtwistle Deep Time 30’
Wagner arr. Wigglesworth Götterdämmerung – A Symphonic Journey for soprano and orchestra 40’

Pre-performance talk with Sir Harrison Birtwistle
Peter Pears Recital Room 6.30pm
Tickets free but please book when booking tickets for the performance