Aldeburgh Festival 2020 Announcement


Four Artists in Residence help shape the feel of the 73rd Aldeburgh Festival – soprano Julia Bullock, tenor Allan Clayton and composers Cassandra Miller and Mark-Anthony Turnage.

We present the premiere of composer Tom Coult and playwright Alice Birch’s powerful first opera, Violet, and feature two further significant works by Coult in the festival. There is the music of Benjamin Britten as interpreted by an array of different artists, while his partner Peter Pears is featured through a film about his life and an exhibition of his art collection. We also follow the link from Britten to the great poet TS Eliot, to whom we devote a day of events. John Tavener’s music is featured across four events, including the posthumous world premiere of one of his last pieces.

We have remarkable performances and talks from international artists and ensembles including Joyce DiDonato, Dame Janet Baker, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir, Imogen Cooper, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the CBSO, the Hagen Quartet, Ilan Volkov and the BBC Philharmonic, Tenebrae, and Sir Mark Elder and The Hallé.

As always, you will also find masterclasses, walks, talks, exhibitions, films, the programme at The Red House, and a hugely diverse range of activity taking place at The Pumphouse and on The Beach Stage in Aldeburgh.

Aldeburgh Festival runs from 12 – 28 June 2020. Visit to view full festival programme.

General Booking for the festival opens on Tuesday 18 February at 10am. To champion our work and to enjoy priority booking, please consider becoming a supporter of Snape Maltings.

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