Tickets go on general sale in January for the Aldeburgh Festival 2023 (9 – 25 June)

Aldeburgh Festival 2023: Friday 9 – Sunday 25 June

Highlights include:

  • World premiere of Sarah Angliss’s new opera Giant
  • Featured musicians include pianist Pavel Kolesnikov; baritone and composer Roderick Williams and composers Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Cassandra Miller
  • Visiting orchestras and conductors include the Sinfonia of London and John Wilson, BBC Philharmonic with John Storgårds and Rumon Gamba, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Eva Ollikainen, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Kazuki Yamada, Britten Sinfonia and Jonathan Bloxham
  • Visiting ensembles include EXAUDI, Gabrieli Consort and Players, The King’s Singers and The Marian Consort
  • Spotlight on String Quartets with eight leading quartets performing throughout the Festival
  • Ligeti focus marking the composer’s 100th birthday including a UK premiere, pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, jazz pianist Michael Wollny and world premieres from the Ligeti Quartet
  • UK premiere of The Art of Being Human – music, dance and visual art combine
  • An Aldeburgh Festival Extra sees the UK premiere of Bushra El-Turk’s opera Woman at Point Zero at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Theatre
  • Continued commitment to new music with 35 world premieres (of which 21 are Britten Pears Arts commissions) and 9 European, UK and English premieres
  • The Red House will be open daily during the festival with talks and exhibitions including works by painter Mary Potter in the Library
  • Visual Art includes a John Piper exhibition in the Concert Hall Gallery and Alison Wilding sculptures across Snape Maltings
  • BBC Radio 3 brings music to listeners at home with six festival broadcasts including the UK premiere of AIŌN by Anna Thorvaldsdottir in a live broadcast by the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Eva Ollikainen

Roger Wright, Chief Executive, Britten Pears Arts commented, ‘The celebration of music and place has always been at the heart of the Aldeburgh Festival and as we reveal our plans for June 2023, we look forward to hearing music, familiar and new, in the unique surroundings and landscapes of Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh and other Suffolk settings. From the beginning, when the vision of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears created the festival with their friends back in 1948, composers and performers have always shaped the programme. We are delighted to welcome composers Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Cassandra Miller; pianist Pavel Kolesnikov and baritone and composer Roderick Williams as featured musicians. They have helped us curate the festival and their work runs like a shining thread through the programme. There is a wealth of music, talks, films and visual art on offer across the 17 days and we can’t wait for June.

Tickets will go on general sale on Saturday 28 January 2023 at 10am


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