Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears had a vision, 35 years ago, to create a campus where
the most talented emerging and established musicians could meet, be inspired and connect
with the wider public. They commissioned a masterplan for the site but it is only now that
the opportunity has been created to turn that vision into reality.


The Aldeburgh Music Development Plan will 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.

The Britten–Pears Orchestra
at Snape Maltings, bridging
the gap between music
college and professional
orchestral life

Photo: Emma Hardy

Benjamin Britten and
Peter Pears in front of
Snape Maltings Concert Hall, which they created in 1967