Set amidst breathtaking scenery alongside the River Alde, Aldeburgh Music’s ‘creative campus’ is based at Snape Maltings, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the east coast of England.

In addition to the world-famous Concert Hall, Snape Maltings is also home to the new Hoffmann Building and the Britten–Pears Building, both of which contain a mixture of rehearsal and performance spaces including the Britten Studio and the Peter Pears Recital Room. Approximately five miles away is Aldeburgh itself, where visiting artists generally stay.

Aldeburgh is a small fishing town that has inspired generations of musicians, writers and visual artists. The Pumphouse, Jubilee Hall, Cinema, Parish Church and beach in Aldeburgh are all frequently used for concerts and events, as are other local venues including the churches at nearby Orford and Blythburgh.

Aldeburgh Music's 'creative campus' at Snape. Photo: Jeremy Young

Britten and Pears lived at the Red House in Aldeburgh for many years. Managed by our sister organisation the Britten–Pears Foundation, the Red House now contains Britten and Pears’ extensive art collection, and in the adjoining Library, one of the world’s most important private music collections with almost all of Britten’s manuscripts and a large archive.

In June 2009 we opened a new Visitor Centre within Snape Maltings Concert Hall, featuring a shop and Box Office, as well as interactive exhibitions, audio tours and more.

All of our facilities at Snape are available to hire – click here for more details.

Site Map for Snape Maltings

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Snape and Aldeburgh

‘Snape Maltings is one of those rare artistic places where the buildings, the people who visit and work there, the magical setting, come together and enable you to do something out of the ordinary.’ – Alfred Brendel


'A unique selling point about Aldeburgh is that it is a wonderful place to be, no matter if the weather is fair or foul. If the sun is shining, the wide sea vista gleams with a brilliance few places can rival. If the east coast does its worst, the scudding black clouds and biting winds conjure a Peter Grimes atmosphere that is what this town, forever associated with Benjamin Britten, is all about.'
– Richard Fairman, Financial Times, June 2008