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The Aldeburgh Festival - Birdsong and Bandstand on the Beach

The 2016 Aldeburgh Festival opens on 10th June – 23rd June with a 17-day celebration with birds, circus and pianos at its heart.

This year the Aldeburgh Festival opens with the spectacular verve of circus artistry as the richly-hued surrealism of Rimbaud’s poetry inspires Illuminations – Struan Leslie’s newly-commissioned staging of music by Britten and others.

The centrepiece of the Festival is the Catalogue d’Oiseaux project, a day that brings Olivier Messiaen’s grand evocation of birdsong to life as never before. Artistic Director Pierre-Laurent Aimard not only performs the whole piece over four concerts set against stunning natural backdrops from sunrise to midnight, but also programmes a final-weekend celebration of piano playing that brings to the stage international performers, brilliant young musicians – and possibly you as well, if you’re prepared to take our Grade 1 Challenge!

There are many more threads to follow through the Festival: a four-concert residency from the French orchestra Les Sie`cles who are redefining period instrument practice; a series that juxtaposes contemporaries Britten and Michael Tippett; concerts that look back 100 years with music composed during the First World War and premieres of new pieces inspired by the war co-commissioned with 14-18 NOW; and premieres and works by this year’s three featured composers, Julian Anderson, Benedict Mason and Rebecca Saunders. 

Further highlights include John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir, Emanuel Ax, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Ian Bostridge, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and projects from Solomon’s Knot & Mira Calix and Kit Downes & Tom Challenger that have been developed on Aldeburgh residencies, plus masterclasses with Thomas Quasthoff, Bernarda Fink and Pierre-Laurent Aimard, walks, talks, films and exhibitions, the 30+ non-classical events at The Pumphouse fringe, and free music every lunchtime on the Bandstand on the Beach.

Things to see and do


Aldeburgh Cinema

Aldeburgh Cinema

Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh Cinema: the very best of world cinema at the heart of the local community since 1919. Providing a programme of film screenings, live shows and special event;  independent, inspirational, meaningful, fun.

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Free wifi


Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings

Snape

Snape Maltings is a place of energy and inspiration – a visitor destination of outstanding natural beauty and one of the world’s leading centres of music, founded by Suffolk-born composer Benjamin Britten. 

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Free wifi Dog friendly


Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Art House

Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Art House

Aldeburgh

Isolated yet at the heart of cultural innovation, it is a magical and stimulating setting for artists to respond each in their own fascinating way.

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events


Aldeburgh Music Festival 2016

Aldeburgh Music Festival 2016

Snape | Fri 10th - Sun 26th Jun 2016

This year's Aldeburgh Music Festival takes places from the 10th to 26th June, with birds, circus and pianos at its heart.

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Wheelchair Accessible


Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival - Snape Maltings

Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival - Snape Maltings

Snape | Sat 23rd - Sun 24th Sep 2017

Come and enjoy with the whole family this fantastic Food Festival set within the grounds of Snape Maltings, Suffolk on 23rd - 24th September 2017

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WHERE TO EAT


Brudenell Seafood & Grill 

Brudenell Seafood & Grill

Aldeburgh

The Seafood & Grill restaurant has panoramic sea views from every table with a décor that is inspired by the vibrant colours that can be found on the Suffolk coast throughout the year.

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Free wifi Wheelchair Accessible

where to stay


Snape Maltings Holiday Cottages

Snape Maltings Holiday Cottages

Snape

Snape Maltings is a unique set of Victorian malthouses set alongside the River Alde. There is an eclectic range of shops, galleries and eateries all on the doorstep as well as the world famous Concert Hall.

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Free wifi