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Composition, Alternative Performance and Performance Art I New experimental music is brought to life by members of the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme – daring performances united by a joy in experimentation and a love of wonderful sound and music. Dates: Fri, 07 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Pre-performance Talk: Blond Eckbert An insightful discussion involving the opera’s three lead creatives – composer, director and conductor. Dates: Fri, 07 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Blond Eckbert A new production of Judith Weir’s opera – this tale of swirling mysteries and dark secrets opens the Festival in truly dramatic style. Dates: Fri, 07 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Composition, Alternative Performance and Performance Art II CAPPA participants join with renowned contemporary musicians at the Pumphouse for a late-night feast of new music, hot off the press. Dates: Fri, 07 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Brahms' Violin Sonatas Daniel Pioro’s first appearance in this Festival – a headline performance of Brahms’ three romantic, rhapsodic violin sonatas with collaborator Simon Smith. Dates: Sat, 08 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Messiaen Song Cycles I Acclaimed Messiaen interpreter Gweneth Ann Rand, performing all three of his great song cycles in this Festival, begins with his “song of love and death”, the Peruvian-inflected Harawi. Dates: Sat, 08 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
London Philharmonic Orchestra Elgar’s timeless Cello Concerto played by Alban Gerhardt sits at the heart of a programme that draws together musical influences from around the world. Dates: Sat, 08 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Schumann and Larcher A compelling recital featuring two Schumann cycles and the first UK performance of Thomas Larcher’s Unerzählt. Dates: Sun, 09 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
The Fairy-Queen The first UK performance of Vox Luminis’ entrancing production of Purcell’s Baroque masterpiece on the Concert Hall stage – an unmissable occasion. Dates: Sun, 09 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Ensemble Diderot: Purcell’s Inspiration The first of two programmes specially curated by the sparkling Ensemble Diderot – an exploration of Henry Purcell and the musical influence he drew from Italy. Dates: Mon, 10 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Fantasie Schubert’s Fantasie, an evergreen classic, is paired with a host of contrasting and dramatic contemporary music. Dates: Mon, 10 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Mystic Ritual Created especially for Blythburgh Church at dusk, this flow of music spans millennia and links two of the earliest female composers with brand-new music by Tom Coult. Dates: Mon, 10 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Henschel Quartet The Henschel Quartet marks the 30th anniversary of its first Aldeburgh appearance with two Beethoven quartets alongside Freda Swain’s “Norfolk” quartet. Dates: Tue, 11 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Ensemble Diderot: Divertissements Gallants Intimate conversations from the salons of Paris: Ensemble Diderot’s second concert evokes the bustling elegance of the French Baroque. Dates: Tue, 11 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Pre-performance Talk: Judith Weir Judith Weir, Master of the King’s Music and one of this Festival’s featured composers, joins Roger Wright in conversation ahead of the first performance of her new work Planet. Dates: Tue, 11 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Knussen Chamber Orchestra Ryan Wigglesworth leads his vibrant orchestra in two major works of Mozart and two first performances: Judith Weir’s Planet and his own solo-piano piece Glasharmonie. Dates: Tue, 11 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Festival Walk I: Rendlesham Forest For this special Festival Walk in ancient woodland, Daniel Pioro adds a musical element that invites deep listening and connection with the natural music of the forest. Dates: Wed, 12 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Festival Masterclass I Alumni of the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme reunite to work on English and French song ahead of their Festival performances, with the expert guidance of tutors Gweneth Ann Rand and Simon Lepper. Dates: Wed, 12 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Tenebrae A programme based on Tallis’ famous 40-part motet, Unsuk Chin’s response to it, and the dramatic serenity of the great John Tavener – perfectly suited to the soaring spaces of Ely Cathedral. Dates: Wed, 12 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Leonkoro Quartet In the Festival spirit of combining new and familiar works, the wonderful Leonkoro Quartet plays Haydn and Schubert alongside a Judith Weir first performance. Dates: Thu, 13 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Festival Masterclass II The second of two Masterclasses in which Alumni of the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme reunite to work on English and French song ahead of their Festival performances, with the expert guidance of tutors Gweneth Ann Rand and Simon Lepper. Dates: Thu, 13 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Britten Sinfonia and Pagrav Dance Company: Sāvitri International and local influences combine in this unique programme: Gustav Holst’s remarkable opera, Imogen Holst’s entrancing Suite and Vaughan Williams’ Oboe Concerto. Dates: Thu, 13 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Film: Emil & the Detectives Britten was beguiled by Erich Kästner’s tale of a young boy’s heroics, and this screening of the critically acclaimed 1931 film version takes place in Aldeburgh’s century-old cinema. Dates: Fri, 14 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Messiaen Song Cycles II The second of three Messiaen recitals combines love songs for his first wife with the Trois Mélodies that memorialised his mother, and incorporates vibrant projected artworks by Rachel Jones. Dates: Fri, 14 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
1961: A Cello and Piano Recital Two world-class artists stage a direct recreation of a seminal moment in Aldeburgh Festival history: the June 1961 recital that saw the world premiere of Britten’s Cello Sonata, along with resounding works by Schubert, Schumann and Debussy. Dates: Fri, 14 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Partita An adventurous late-night event from the creative minds of Daniel Pioro and harpsichordist David Gordon, in which they intersperse Bach’s second Partita with free-spirited improvisations and sonic meditations. Dates: Fri, 14 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Alban Gerhardt: Britten and Bach The masterful Alban Gerhardt plays his chosen pairing of suites by Bach and Britten, continuing the longstanding Aldeburgh Festival tradition of great cellists in recital. Dates: Sat, 15 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
The Marian Consort: Face to Face New music by Joanna Ward and Renaissance madrigals form the core of a rich, emotionally charged musical encounter – part performance, part installation – that contemplates bodies and intimacy. Dates: Sat, 15 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Founding a Festival: Aldeburgh 1948 A fascinating talk exploring the ambition and endeavour that founded the Aldeburgh Festival, and the early years that established its significance. Dates: Sat, 15 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Pre-performance Talk: 1948 Festival Opening Night Join conductor Jessica Cottis, composer Robin Haigh and trumpeter Matilda Lloyd for an insightful discussion. Dates: Sat, 15 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
1948 Festival Opening Night This landmark event recreates the first ever Aldeburgh Festival concert – although in true Festival spirit, it also premieres a new commission: Robin Haigh’s trumpet concerto for Matilda Lloyd and the Britten Sinfonia. Dates: Sat, 15 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Xhosa Cole and Jason Singh: Breath of the Compassionate Embark on a walk with two extraordinary musicians performing with the orchestra-like sounds of the wildlife and nature surrounding Snape Maltings. Dates: Sun, 16 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Steven Osborne: Judith Weir and Schubert Steven Osborne brings his exquisite musicianship to a programme that combines two of Schubert’s magnificent last sonatas with three perfectly formed miniatures by Judith Weir. Dates: Sun, 16 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Festival Wine-Tasting with Luke Flunder An afternoon of wine-tasting with expert Luke Flunder in the historic industrial space of Leiston’s Long Shop Museum. Dates: Sun, 16 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Me Without You Emily Levy and Mella Faye lead a world-class ensemble of musicians, actors, dancers and visual artists in a moving and intimate portrayal of love, grief and human connection. Dates: Sun, 16 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Holy Other (Live) Acclaimed for his artfully emotional approach to the world around us, electronic-music producer Holy Other premieres new live multidisciplinary work. Dates: Sun, 16 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Tom Rogerson, Liam Byrne, and Clare O’Connell Early music meets modern ambience in a performance that reimagines centuries-old musical elements into a new contemporary context. Dates: Sun, 16 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Messiaen Song Cycles III Gweneth Ann Rand and Allyson Devenish perform the third Messiaen song cycle of the Festival, plus a delightful moment in which they are joined by Daniel Pioro and Nick Pritchard for a shimmering ten-minute gem. Dates: Mon, 17 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
BBC Singers and The Castalian Quartet Judith Weir’s oratorio is perfectly complemented by Haydn’s “Sunrise” Quartet and Messiaen’s Cinq Rechants – a unique masterpiece of 20th-century music. Dates: Mon, 17 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Britten Pears Young Artist Alumni Recital A new song cycle co-written by Anna Disley-Simpson and Katie Byford, performed alongside established repertoire in the English language. Dates: Tue, 18 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Explore Ensemble and Zubin Kanga The thrilling Explore Ensemble and the virtuosic Zubin Kanga present first performances of Larry Goves and Lara Agar alongside new music by Laura Bowler and Alex Paxton. Dates: Tue, 18 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Pre-performance Talk: Sumidagawa Ahead of the evening performance, hear two experts in conversation about Japanese theatre and the renowned Noh play Sumidagawa. Dates: Tue, 18 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Sumidagawa An exceptional Aldeburgh Festival moment: Sumidagawa (“Sumida River”), one of the most renowned Japanese Noh plays of all time, performed in the Concert Hall. Dates: Tue, 18 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Festival Walk II: Bawdsey to Hollesley Embark on a journey through 140 years of maritime history, starting at the World War II Bawdsey Battery and passing three Martello towers. Dates: Wed, 19 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Pre-performance Talk: Daniel Pioro Join Daniel Pioro in conversation, discussing Britten’s Violin Concerto and his collaborations across this year’s Festival. Dates: Wed, 19 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra I Daniel Pioro playing Britten’s Violin Concerto plus two works that sprang from the seeds of melodies: Judith Weir’s “sprouting musical leaves” and Mahler’s childhood vision of heaven. Dates: Wed, 19 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
ALIGHT: Ballot As the final act of his Festival residency, Daniel Pioro has conceived an event like no other: he will meet, greet and play to a small number of lucky audience members, one at a time, in a secret Aldeburgh seaside location.

Enter the ballot for a chance to be part of the experience. Each entry is £5, and the ballot will be drawn in May 2024.
Dates: Thu, 20 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Rolf Hind A captivatingly varied programme that completes the set of Unsuk Chin’s Etudes and embraces diverse musical influences from around the world. Dates: Thu, 20 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Trio Bohémo Trio Bohémo, Britten Pears Young Artist Programme alumni praised for “precision, dedication and a spark of magic”, returns to the Festival with three appealingly varied works. Dates: Thu, 20 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Pre-performance Talk: Alban Gerhardt Cellist Alban Gerhardt discusses his upcoming performance of Unsuk Chin’s concerto and his presence in the Aldeburgh Festival. Dates: Thu, 20 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra II Unsuk Chin’s Cello Concerto pushes Alban Gerhardt to the limits of the possible, while Bruckner’s majestic Seventh Symphony stands as his musical homage to Wagner. Dates: Thu, 20 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
“I belong … in Aldeburgh”: A Guided Tour A fascinating exploration of Aldeburgh, taking in the town as Britten and Pears both found and shaped it, in the engaging expert company of Dr Christopher Hilton. Dates: Fri, 21 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Kathryn Stott: Musical Postcards Kathryn Stott begins her final tour as a professional performer, featuring a Graham Fitkin world premiere among a delightful programme of musical favourites from across her distinguished career. Dates: Fri, 21 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
The Kanneh-Masons and Friends Chamber music of the highest order: the first ever performance of Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet by this distinguished group of artists, plus Mendelssohn’s elegant first cello sonata and Brahms’ sweeping trio. Dates: Fri, 21 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Curlew River A stand-out cast celebrates the 60th anniversary of Curlew River with this special new production in the magnificent setting of Blythburgh Church, the “cathedral of the marshes”. Dates: Fri, 21 Jun 2024, Sat, 22 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Pierrot Lunaire Falling between Thursday’s Solstice and Saturday’s full moon, we present a starry late-night Britten Studio performance of Schoenberg’s extraordinary tale of Pierrot, “drunk on moonlight”. Dates: Fri, 21 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
The Nash Ensemble and Claire Booth An eclectic programme with esteemed artists: Classical delights from Mozart and Beethoven, plus songs by Julian Anderson and Judith Weir’s folkloric piece about people who suddenly disappear from home, never to return… Dates: Sat, 22 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Talk: Celebrating Peter Pears Dr Nicholas Clark discusses the life and work of Peter Pears, co-founder of the Aldeburgh Festival and one of its most celebrated artistic figures. Dates: Sat, 22 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra A blazing combination of Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony, which finds triumph beyond tragedy, and the first UK performance of Unsuk Chin’s Alaraph, inspired by “heartbeat stars” and the traditional music of Korea. Dates: Sat, 22 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Film: Death in Venice A splendidly captured film of ENO’s acclaimed 2014 staging of Britten’s last opera, a stunning Deborah Warner production with world-class artists on top form. Dates: Sat, 22 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Winterreise A Festival favourite through the decades, Schubert’s extraordinary Winterreise is compellingly presented on this special occasion by two consummate artists. Dates: Sun, 23 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
Hesse Lecture: Peter Frankopan This year’s Hesse Lecture is given by the esteemed Professor Peter Frankopan, acclaimed as “the first great historian of the 21st century”. Dates: Sun, 23 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information
The Hallé A marvellous finale to the 75th Festival: the Hallé with Sir Mark Elder playing Britten’s Death in Venice Suite and Mahler’s incomparable Fifth Symphony. Dates: Sun, 23 Jun 2024 Booking and More Information

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