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9. Aldeburgh and the Aldeburgh Festival

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Aldeburgh and the Aldeburgh Festival

Escape to Aldeburgh and the Suffolk sandlings. Let the stress of everyday life evaporate into Aldeburgh's wide atmospheric sky. Take a walk on the beach, take time out to recharge your batteries!
 
Aldeburgh is best known for its annual arts festival, the brainchild of composer Benjamin Britten (1913-76) who lived and worked here for most of his life.
 
The famous scallop shell sculpture (pictured) on the beach is by artist Maggie Hambling, and was commissioned as a monument to Britten. The upright shell is pierced with the words: 'I hear those voices that will not be drowned', which are taken from Britten's opera Peter Grimes.
 
Outside of June, when the festival takes place, Aldeburgh is the quietest of places, with just a small fishing fleet selling its daily catch from wooden shacks along the pebbled shore.
 
The Aldeburgh Festival
The inspiration for The Aldeburgh Festival came in August 1947 when Benjamin Britten and the English Opera Group were travelling across Europe performing Britten’s operas.

While they were delighted with their reception the group mused on the question - why were they going to all the expense and trouble of arranging a European tour when British audiences had no British venue?

By January 1948 a committee had been assembled, pledges of support received and plans for the Aldeburgh Festival set in motion. Local halls and churches were all brought into use as venues for these early concerts.

Today the Festival, along with a year round programme of arts events, are housed in and around The Snape Maltings Concert Hall. With rustling reeds and the navigable head of the Alde Estuary as its backdrop there are few more beautiful venues to enjoy fine musical performances.
 
New music remains a key element with fresh interpretations of classical repertoire and the rediscovery of forgotten music contributing to the interesting and exciting mix. Young composers, musicians and singers both from local schools and around the world have always been an important part of the Festival.

Look out for the great Free Events on the Beach, Aldeburgh and summer performances at the Pump House.

Aldeburgh Tourist Information Centre Address:              
Tourist Information Centre
High Street
Aldeburgh
Suffolk
IP15 5AQ
England, UK
    
Aldeburgh Music
Snape Maltings Concert Hall
Snape
Suffolk
IP17 1SP

Aldeburgh Festival Opening Times:    
A number of Aldeburgh Music events take place throughout the year. Please see the Aldeburgh Music Website or phone for details.

Aldeburgh Festival Admission:          
Please see the Aldeburgh Music Website or phone for details.

Tourist Office +44 (0)1728 453637

   Aldeburgh Music +44 (0)1728 687100

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