Adviser - Spring 2016

Adviser / private client

F or years they dreamt of having a concert-hall devoted solely for their own use. And their dream was fully realised when they converted the old red-brick Victorian maltings at Snape into an 832-seat venue. Held in June, most of the festival’s activity is centred nowadays on Snape Maltings Concert Hall but the spacious parish churches of Aldeburgh, Orford and Blythburgh have their say too while the intimate space of Aldeburgh’s Jubilee Hall - the original ‘home’ of the festival - is not forgotten either. Within a few years more buildings on the Maltings site were converted which helped to secure and establish a centre for talented young musicians. Now it’s a cultural dynamo with boundless and unlimited energy, greatly enhanced by the addition of the Hoffmann Building housing the Britten Studio and the Jerwood Kiln Studio. Without a doubt, Britten and Pears left a rich and lasting legacy which manifested itself into a flourishing arts organisation known today as Aldeburgh Music. Obviously, the highlight of the calendar is the Aldeburgh Festival but there’s an Easter weekend, too, which is a big treat, along with specialised music weekends as well as individual performances of

opera and dance. For instance, English Touring Opera - a bright, imaginative and innovative company - are regular visitors. And there’s more! It comes with the Snape Proms in August, a hotbed of creativity for the Suffolk region and beyond. On offer is a host of world music, folk, jazz, poetry readings, comedy, piano recitals, chamber and But the last word goes to Britten who prophetically said in 1951: “Even when I visit countries as glorious as Italy, as friendly as Denmark or Holland, I am always homesick and glad to get back to Suffolk. I treasure these roots, my Suffolk roots; roots are especially valuable nowadays, when so much we symphonic music plus other unclassifiable (but unmissable) ensembles!

Inside and outside Snape Maltings

love is disappearing or being threatened, when there is so little to cling to.” n Aldeburgh Music Box office: 01728 687110 The Private Client Service at Scrutton Bland is proud to be sponsoring a concert by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as part of the 69th Aldeburgh Festival season in June. The Private Client Service offers bespoke tax, financial planning and insurance advice for individuals to maximise their financial assets. For more information please call 01473 267000 or 01206 838400 and ask for a Private Client consultant.


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