Get involved

There are many ways to get involved with the work of Aldeburgh Music, from becoming a Friend to volunteering as an usher.

Established by HRH Princess Margaret of Hesse and the Rhine in 1959, the Hesse Student Scheme enables young people with a love of music the opportunity to attend the Aldeburgh Festival and gain valuable insight into the behind the scenes work at an internationally renown festival. Participants assist in the day-to-day running of the Festival in exchange for tickets and accommodation. For more information or for details of how to apply please click here.

A team of volunteers help to run exhibitions and concerts at Snape Maltings Concert Hall and at Aldeburgh Music exhibitions & concerts at other venues. Invigilators provide a presence at exhibitions and ushers check tickets, sell programmes and show people to their seats, attending the concert for free in return. We also have qualified volunteer first aiders who attend concerts. Recruitment and training takes place early in the year and we have a waiting list at other times. For more details about becoming an usher, please call 01728 687100 or email

The Friends of Aldeburgh Music play a vital role in supporting the unique musical life of Snape and Aldeburgh. For more information about becoming a Friend or joining the Advance Booking List, please click here.

Photo: Nigel Luckhurst

The Aldeburgh Card is a new, free scheme for those under 30, in full time education, or in their first job. In addition to last-minute ticket deals, holders of the Aldeburgh Card also have access to a number of networking opportunities, special events and more besides. For more information please call 01728 687100 or email

In 1948, our founders relied on the support of people who shared their vision. Today, Aldeburgh's international reputation is still sustained in this way by the support of individuals, trusts, companies, foundations and other grant-making bodies: please click here for more details about how you can help. 

If you would like to gain experience in arts administration, you can apply to do work experience at Aldeburgh Music. For more details please contact Phillipa Reive, Head of Education, on 01728 687100 or email