Wednesday June 14, 10am – 2.30pm
Various Aldeburgh venues
Recitals £5
Finale £10

The Britten Song Trail is a choose-your-own-adventure through the best of Britten's songs. Wind your way through the picturesque streets of Aldeburgh, taking in unusual performance venues including an art gallery, a distillery and a Victorian pumping station.

This unmissable event, a first in the history of Aldeburgh Festival, places Britten’s music in the centre of the town that he and Pears lived and worked in for so many years. Performed by outstanding international singers and instrumentalists from the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme, these intimate performances have been curated with their particular venues in mind.

The route is made up of individually booked short song recitals. We invite you to choose your route through the morning. Each performance takes place several times, and the venues are within a short walk of one another.

The Song Trail culminates at Aldeburgh Church, for a special lunchtime finale with Roderick Williams and Britten Pears Young Artists.

The sounds of Aldeburgh and Britten’s experiences in Suffolk are imprinted on his music, and for many the town and his output are inseparable. Yehudi Menuhin once commented on Britten’s music that “If wind and water could write music, it would sound like Ben’s”.

I belong at home – there – in Aldeburgh… and all the music I write comes from it.

Benjamin Britten

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