Aldeburgh Productions - Snape Maltings Concert Hall, home of the famous Aldeburgh Festival
Creating an international centre of excellence for music and the arts
The timeless beauty of the Suffolk coastline, its broad horizons, skies and landscapes was a major inspiration for the music of Benjamin Britten and it was here that he, together with his friends Peter Pears and Eric Crozier created the first Aldeburgh Festival in 1948.
Since its acclaimed early years, the Aldeburgh Festival has flourished, and its reputation is now three-fold: as an international venue for outstanding music performances, centred around the superb acoustics of the Snape Maltings Concert Hall; a place where top musicians and emerging musical talents come together, with the first training scheme for professional musicians, the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme; and also as a focus for wide ranging education and community work.
Today, Aldeburgh is the UK's largest provider of performance training for the world's young professional musicians, but from experience we know that established musicians, beyond their formal training, also need time to escape the pressures of being performers, to recharge, make new collaborations and try new genres. They need a place where they will encounter other artists, composers and musicians, and an audience that will respond to new ideas. Backed by Arts Council England we intend to fill this gap and provide a first class residency scheme here.
This Aldeburgh Music Development Plan will indeed transform the musical life of the Suffolk coast. Drawing on the inspiring landscape, Snape Maltings will soon become the first dedicated campus in Europe where the most talented artists from around the world can realise their full potential and connect to a wider public.
To make this happen, we need to expand the existing artist workspaces, and have therefore secured an historic opportunity by acquiring the effective freehold of Snape Maltings Concert Hall, one of the most loved music venues in the world and never previously owned by us, as well as additional Victorian maltings buildings which will be converted into new rehearsal and performance spaces.
It was the dearest wish of our founders, Britten and Pears, to see a music centre at Snape Maltings and their vision will now be fully realised. Our plan is to establish a 'creative campus', providing the perfect environment for top established artists to work alongside the next generation of musicians. The new campus will provide additional high-quality facilities for the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme and Aldeburgh Residencies. Also it will be a catalyst for Aldeburgh's other work, generating more performances, new commissions, touring opportunities and feed into our acclaimed work with schools and the wider community.
The new workspaces will complement those we already use and, whilst the simple austerity of the Victorian industrial buildings will be maintained, the new studios will be created specifically with the needs of 21st century artists in mind.
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