In 2022 the Festival is back with an especially extended, 24-day celebration of music and the arts. Time hasn’t stopped over the last two years, but our sense of time and its regular rhythms do seem to have been disrupted. The disappearance of time is a key element in Tom Coult and Alice Birch’s opera, Violet, which opens the Festival, and running out of time is the motivation for a number of large-scale works about the climate crisis.
Programming strands include Britten and Women and a celebration of the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme at 50, and there are also events marking the Platinum Jubilee of HM The Queen. Our featured artists in 2022 are violinist Nicola Benedetti, Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective, cellist Laura van der Heijden, organist Anna Lapwood, clarinettist and composer Mark Simpson, percussionist Vivi Vassileva, and composer and conductor Ryan Wigglesworth. Featured composers include Laura Bowler, Tom Coult, Bushra El-Turk, and Gavin Higgins. Our 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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