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Melissa Bradshaw

Aldeburgh Festival returns for 2020

4:56, 2nd December 2019

The 73rd Aldeburgh Festival will take place from 12 – 28 June 2020, opening away from the Suffolk coast for the first time in more than 50 years.

Celebrating the monastery’s 1000th anniversary, the festival will open in Bury St Edmund’s Abbey with a concert featuring the music of Britten, Cassandra Miller, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Tom Coult, and the posthumous world premiere of one of John Tavener’s last works.

Highlights for 2020 include:

  • Four artists in residence: American soprano Julia Bullock, tenor Allan Clayton and composers Cassandra Miller and Mark-Anthony Turnage
  • Julia Bullock presents the UK premiere of Perle Noire: Meditations for Joséphine
  • Allan Clayton explores the music of Britten and Priaulx Rainier
  • Focus on Canadian-British composer Cassandra Miller includes a new installation, Tracery
  • Mark-Anthony Turnage at 60: world premiere of a new song cycle for Allan Clayton
  • First performance of Britten’s War Requiem at Snape Maltings
  • World premiere of Violet, a new opera by composer Tom Coult and playwright Alice Birch

The full programme for Aldeburgh Festival 2020 will be announced on Wednesday 18 December.


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