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Aldeburgh Festival

8 Jun — 12 Jun 2018 | Tour Director: Ashley Solomon

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Tour Director

Andrew Wilson portrait

Ashley Solomon, FRAM, HonRCM

Chair and Head of Historical Performance at the Royal College of Music and Director of Florilegium

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Tour assembles 1500 at the White Lion Hotel, Aldeburgh, for four nights. Introduction and festival overview. Orientation walk including Parish Church (John Piper window and graveyard) and Crag House. Evening festival performance at Snape Maltings featuring BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with John Wilson (conductor), Robert Murray (tenor) and Cédric Tiberghien (piano): Britten Sinfonia da Requiem; Britten orch. Colin Matthews Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo (world premiere); Copland Quiet City; Bernstein Symphony No 2 The Age of Anxiety.



Morning lecture followed by festival performance at Aldeburgh Church featuring Orsino Ensemble: Janáček Mládí; Britten Movement for Wind Sextet; Simon Holt Bagatelarañas; Martinů Sextet for Piano and Winds. Afternoon festival performance at Blythburgh Church featuring Phantasm with Sean Shibe (guitar): J S Bach arr. Mozart Fugues K405; J S Bach Lute Suite in A minor BWV 997, The Art of Fugue BWV 1080 (excerpts). Evening festival performance at Snape Maltings featuring BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with John Wilson (conductor), Pavel Kolesnikov (piano) and Claire Chase (flute): Britten ‘Four Sea Interludes’ and ‘Passacaglia’; Bernstein alil; Copland Billy the Kid suite.



Morning lecture followed by free time with option to attend festival service at Aldeburgh Church featuring music by Byrd, Eric Whitacre and JAC Redford (subject to confirmation). Afternoon: visit to the Old Mill (Britten’s home 1943-47, when he composed Peter Grimes) followed by festival opera at Snape Maltings featuring Birmingham Contemporary Music Group with Richard Baker (conductor): Emily Howard To See the Invisible. Festival talk with Jamie Bernstein and John Wilson, followed by evening festival performance at Snape Maltings featuring John Wilson Orchestra with John Wilson (conductor): excerpts from Bernstein’s West Side Story, On the Town, Wonderful Town, Candide, Peter Pan, Trouble in Tahiti, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.



Guest lecture with Humphrey Burton: Britten and Bernstein – Contrasts and Parallels. Free time followed by afternoon visit to the Red House (Britten’s home 1957-76, including house, library, composition studio and garden). Evening festival performance at Aldeburgh Church featuring Melinda Maxwell (oboe d’amore), Clio Gould (violin), Jane Atkins (viola) and Kate Gould (cello): Simon Holt Llanto (par las chumberas) (world premiere); J S Bach arr. Sitkovetsky ‘Goldberg Variations’.



Tour disperses after breakfast at the hotel.

Tour Dates

8 Jun — 12 Jun 2018





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"I enormously admire the thoroughness, efficiency, imagination, respect for places and easy friendliness of the organisation and all who represent it. This was my sixth ACE trip and it confirmed previous estimations."

ACE Customer June 2016

Cost includes: accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded inland room, performances as described, breakfast, one lunch, three dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included: travel insurance, double inland room for single use supplement £210. Double sea view room for single use supplement £250.