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HRH Princess Margaret of Hesse and the Rhine was a stalwart supporter of the arts and an enthusiastic President of Aldeburgh Music from 1986-1997.
Together with her husband, she established the unique Hesse Student Scheme in 1959. The purpose of the Scheme was to enable young people between the ages of 18-25 with a love of music the opportunity to attend the Aldeburgh Festival at no cost.
Today the Scheme still funds 12 young people during each of the two weeks of the Festival, providing tickets to all events together with bed and breakfast accommodation in Aldeburgh. Participants are drawn from many backgrounds and, increasingly, from overseas.
Hesse Students are called upon to assist in the day-to-day running of the Festival, with typical duties including programme selling, page turning, invigilating exhibitions, helping with office duties, assisting with Festival Walks and beach events, occasionally serving wine and canapés at sponsors' receptions, and even bus conducting on the coaches that run from Aldeburgh to all concert venues.
Hesse Students also put on their own performance at the end of each week.
For more detailed information on the Hesse Student Scheme click here:
Appplications for the 2013 Aldeburgh Festival are now being accepted.
For more information please contact Jane Alexander on 01728 687127, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please click here for details and news about Hesse Student alumni.
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.