• Enjoy the festival’s spectacular closing weekend, featuring tenor Allan Clayton, the Hagen Quartet, pianist Imogen Cooper, The Gesualdo Six, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and soprano Julia Bullock
• Performances include Schubert and Beethoven piano sonatas, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Messiaen’s rarely-performed Oiseaux Exotiques
• Appreciate the polyphonic choral sounds of Gesualdo, Byrd and Tallis alongside Britten’s musical settings of poetry and Bach’s intimate solo violin sonatas
a former ACE Bursary student, who is a tutor and Junior Fellow at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Tour assembles 1430 at the White Lion Hotel, Aldeburgh, for four nights. Welcome and introduction followed by orientation walk of Aldeburgh. Evening festival performance at Snape Maltings featuring the Knussen Chamber Orchestra under Ryan Wigglesworth (conductor/piano) with Evan Hughes (baritone): Mozart Quintet in E flat for piano and winds, Serenade in E flat; Carter The American Sublime (European premiere); Messiaen Oiseaux Exotiques.
Morning lecture followed by festival performance at the Jubilee Hall with Britten Pears Alumni II featuring Lauren Decker (contralto), Paul Grant (baritone) and Natalie Burch (piano): Britten Tit for Tat; Wordsworth Three Songs; Warlock Sleep & Pretty Ring Time; Butterworth A Shropshire Lad; Vaughan Williams Four Last Songs, Linden Lea; Grainger Willow, Willow; Finzi Rollicum-Rorum, When I set out for Lyonesse; Britten A Charm of Lullabies. Afternoon visit to the Red House (Britten’s home 1957–76). Late evening festival performance at Blythburgh Church featuring The Gesualdo Six under Owain Park (director): early music by Gesualdo, Byrd and Tallis interspersed with 20th and 21st century works by Joanna Marsh, Owain Park, Joanna Ward and Alison Willis.
Morning lecture followed by festival performance at Snape Maltings featuring Imogen Cooper (piano): Beethoven Eleven Bagatelles, Op 119; Thomas Adès Darknesse Visible; Beethoven Sonata No 31 in A flat, Op 110; Britten Night Piece; Schubert Sonata in G major. Afternoon festival performance at Snape Maltings featuring Allan Clayton (tenor) and Friends II: Britten Canticle 1 ‘My Beloved is Mine’, Temporal Variations, Two insect pieces; Rainier Pastoral Triptych, Cycle for Declamation, Three Greek Epigrams, The Bee Oracles; Michael Berkeley Insects (world premiere). Evening festival performance at Snape Maltings featuring the Hagen Quartet: Beethoven Quartet No 2 in E minor, Op 59 ‘Razumovsky’, Quartet in C sharp minor, Op 131.
Morning lecture followed by festival performance at Blythburgh Church featuring Alina Ibragimova (violin): Bach Sonata No 1 in G minor, Partita No 1 in B minor. Afternoon festival closing performance at Snape Maltings featuring the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Martyn Brabbins (conductor) with Julia Bullock (soprano): Mark-Anthony Turnage Frieze; Britten Les Illuminations; Mahler arr. Britten What the Wild Flowers Tell Me; Mussorgsky orch. Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition.
Tour disperses after breakfast.
25 Jun — 29 Jun 2020
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“A stimulating programme and interesting, well-delivered talks”
– ACE customer on a previous Aldeburgh Festival tour
This is not a strenuous tour although some walking is involved, so participants must meet our minimum fitness criteria.
Cost of £1395 includes: accommodation based on sharing an inland twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, inland double room for single use supplement £200.