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Aldeburgh Music

A place of energy and inspiration for music and the arts

Aldeburgh Music is an international performance centre set in a stunning landscape on the Suffolk coast with artist development and education as its creative engine. Our year-round programme has grown out of the Aldeburgh Festival, founded in 1948 by Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears and Eric Crozier, and is the realisation of Britten’s vision for a special place where established stars, young artists, amateurs and audience members come to broaden their horizons in an exhilarating creative and natural environment.

Snape Maltings Concert Hall

Aldeburgh Music’s campus is centred around the iconic Snape Maltings Concert Hall and the organisation programmes more than 150 events per year including the Aldeburgh Festival in June, Snape Proms in August and Autumn and Spring seasons.

Our artist development work includes the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme for the world’s best emerging professional musicians; the life-changing programme for outstanding 8-18 year olds, Aldeburgh Young Musicians; Aldeburgh Residencies and Open Space Residencies, which give artists and ensembles the chance to take time out to develop new work; and the Jerwood Opera Writing Programme, a unique course for composers and writers.

Meanwhile Aldeburgh Education runs a variety of programmes from Group A children’s choir in Lowestoft to the international mass-participation singing project, Friday Afternoons.

‘arguably the best musical event in Britain’ – The Guardian on the Aldeburgh Festival


Find out more:

Events: see What’s On

Artists: find out more about our Artist Development programmes and residencies

Take part: find out about participation opportunities through Aldeburgh Education

Visit: for how to get here, information about our site, where to stay and what else to do on the Suffolk coast, see Visiting Us


The Britten–Pears Story and Snape Maltings Concert Hall tour

Click below to view a short video about the history of the Aldeburgh Festival and the Britten–Pears legacy, and for a tour of Snape Maltings Concert Hall with the late maltster and Concert Hall manager, Bob Ling.

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