Aldeburgh Festival 2022

Three years after the 72nd Festival, the 73rd Aldeburgh Festival is an especially extended, 24-day celebration of music and the arts taking place at the renowned Snape Maltings Concert Hall.

The festival welcomes featured artists including violinist Nicola Benedetti, organist Anna Lapwood, cellist Laura van der Heijden clarinettist Mark Simpson and percussionist Vivi Vassileva.

Tom Coult’s first opera Violet receives its world premiere and other featured composers Bushra El-Turk and Gavin Higgins each have two major new works included.

Composers pay musical tributes to the late great Oliver Knussen who would have been 70 in 2022. Britten Pears Young Artists Programme celebrates its 50th birthday with a series of concerts by its current cohort. The most substantial commitment to new music in the Festival’s history with 41 first performances, 19 of which are Britten Pears Arts commissions, and 11 first UK performances.

Featured ensemble The Doric Quartet perform all of Bartók’s six string quartets in one day, and climate change is a focus with Laura Bowler’s Houses Slide, Gregor A. Mayrhofer’s Recycling Concerto and Liza Lim’s piece Extinction events and dawn chorus.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will also be marked with a number of related performances. 

Exhibitions include Britten and Women at The Red House and artworks by Paul Benney, Laurence Edwards, Kiki Smith and John Craxton at Snape Maltings.

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