Residencies Overview

With its dramatic landscapes, soaring skies and a rich musical history, Aldeburgh is a haven for creativity. Since the days of Benjamin Britten it remains a place where artists from around the world find inspiration and are stimulated to reach their full potential. Aldeburgh Residencies & Open Space offer bespoke development opportunities for artists and ensembles.


Aldeburgh Residencies

Aldeburgh Residencies are designed to provide a unique opportunity for established musicians and other artists to experiment, take risks, develop new skills and recharge creative batteries. Aldeburgh Residencies usually last for a week - longer, sometimes, in the case of composers

Open Space

Development programme for emerging artists and ensembles
In 2013 we launched Open Space - an innovative new development programme for emerging artists and ensembles, offering bespoke and structured support over a number of years. Open Space is made possible through the generous support of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Chamber Music in Residence

Each year between January and March exceptional emerging ensembles are offered the opportunity to undertake intensive study and rehearsal. Mentoring is an integral part of the residency and in the past has been from eminent musicians such as Sir Colin Davis, Ferenc Rados and Krzysztof Chorzelski. Each chamber music residency lasts a fortnight and includes two lunchtime concerts in the Jubilee Hall in Aldeburgh.

For more information on Aldeburgh Residencies or Open Space, please contact Rebecca Knights (Artist Development Administrator, Residencies), on or 01728 687 107. For more information on Chamber Music in Residence, please contact Emily Curwen (Artist Development Administrator, Instrumental), on or 01728 687 156. 

Aldeburgh Residencies

Mahan Esfahani

Solomon's Knot

Concerto Caledonia

Latin, jazz and world music specialist Alex Wilson took part in an Aldeburgh Residency in September 2008, alongside Malian musicians Madou Sidiki Diabaté and Ahmed Fofana, to develop their Mali Latino project.

Click here to see the results of their Open Session.