Aldeburgh Festival – 6 of the Best for 2019

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We are now just under a month away from the start of the Aldeburgh Festival, so we decided to ask our resident classical music fan John the Website Manager for his pick of the 2019 Festival.

Paul Lewis Sat 8 Jun 7pm

Paul Lewis is one of the leading pianists in the world today and his concert during the Snape Proms in 2016 was a real knockout so I’m really looking forward to this follow up. The Haydn Piano sonatas have been something of a specialism for Lewis of late and the Diabelli Variations are one of the towering works of the Piano repertoire so expect fireworks.

Pierre-Laurent Aimard Mon 10 Jun 7:30pm

Pierre- Laurent Aimard was artistic director of the Aldeburgh Festival for eight seasons and he returns to his old stomping ground for one of his characteristic rampages through the piano repertoire. Covering everything from Debussy to Elliot Carter and many points in-between it’s sure to be a lively evening in the company of a world-class talent.

Knussen Chamber Orchestra Tue 11 Jun 7:30pm

Oliver Knussen was an Aldeburgh Festival legend. Whether conducting an orchestra, watching a performance, debuting a new composition or helping to run it he contributed so much over a sustained period. So, I can think of no better tribute to him following his passing last Summer than to have a brand-new Chamber Orchestra named in his honour. Its inaugural concert is a bracing mix of old and new as was the style of the man himself, it’s sure to be an emotional evening.

Heath Quartet – Sat 15 Jun 11am

The Heath Quartet are semi-regular visitors to the Aldeburgh Festival and their concerts pack a hefty punch. I particularly remember an exquisite concert they were involved in at Orford Church back in 2016 which has lived long in the memory. This early morning concert featuring both Britten and Beethoven promises to be equally special.

Alisa Weilerstein – Wed 19 Jun 7:30pm

The Six Solo Cello Suites by J.S Bach are one of the truly towering achievements of Western Classical Music, a Gothic cathedral of sound and emotion. So, what better place to hear 4 of them played than in the ‘cathedral of the marshes’ Blythburgh Church and by one of the best young Cellists around at the moment, Alisa Weilerstein. If the weather is good the combination of music, venue and the fading light is sure to produce something truly memorable and magical.

CBSO – Sun 23 Jun 3pm

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra have become something of a fixture on these list that I compile every year, but they really are one of the best orchestras in the UK if not Europe. So, any chance to see them must be grabbed with both hands especially when under the baton of Edward Gardner and with top draw soloists in the shape of Stephen Hough and Alisa Weilerstein. The music in the form of Tippett, Beethoven and Bartók is pretty good too!

And Finally…

Aside from the main concerts in Snape, Aldeburgh and a variety of country churches it’s worth remembering there’s a whole range of walks and talks as well as the Festival Fringe across the three weekends of the Festival at the Pumphouse out on the edge of Slaughden Marshes. Plus returning for 2019 is the Bandstand on the Beach which we proudly sponsor. You can view the full programme here, with a diverse programme for music every lunchtime from 1pm and from 7pm on Thursdays there is something for everyone.

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