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CANCELLED: War Requiem

Sunday 21 June 7pm (ends approx. 8.40pm, no interval)

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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For the first time Britten’s plea for peace and monument to the suffering of war is performed at Snape Maltings as part of the Aldeburgh Festival.

Britten’s life-long pacifism had been controversial in earlier decades, but by the early sixties his expression of deeply held humanitarian and internationalist beliefs provided solace and hope for a world still recovering from WWII’s unprecedented violence.

We are delighted to welcome Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla back to the festival to conduct an international cast of soloists and the CBSO, which premiered Britten’s masterpiece at the newly re-built Coventry Cathedral in May 1962.

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
City of Birmingham Chorus and Youth Choruses

Tatiana Pavlovskaya soprano
Allan Clayton tenor
Florian Boesch baritone
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla conductor

Britten War Requiem 90’