• Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective presents an eclectic programme of chamber music
  • Tabla player Talvin Singh plays a solo set with classical and contemporary Indian instruments and percussion
  • Pianist Nicholas McCarthy [pictured] showcases repertoire for the left hand
  • Posthumous world premiere of one of John Tavener’s last works, La Noche Oscura
  • Colin Matthews’ Seascapes is an Aldeburgh Festival commission performed by the Nash Ensemble, Claire Booth and Martyn Brabbins
  • Lyric soprano Nadine Benjamin gives two recitals

Live music-making resumed at Snape Maltings Concert Hall on 21 August and continues throughout the autumn and winter with regular concerts for live audiences. Bringing together some of the musicians who would have performed during this year’s Aldeburgh Festival and Snape Proms, in addition to other star performers, Britten Pears Arts continues to offer short concerts on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. There are usually two performances per day, at 3pm and 7pm unless otherwise stated.

To give as many people as possible the opportunity to enjoy the return of live music at Snape Maltings, Britten Pears Arts is offering an innovative pricing approach for its afternoon concerts. Every afternoon performance across the weekends is ‘Pay What You Can’, so that audiences can hear up to an hour of high-quality live music at a price they feel they can afford. All evening performances are priced at £15 per ticket.

6 – 8 November

Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective brings together some of the finest young chamber musicians in new and varied formations. On Friday 6 November they pair Schubert’s Notturno in E flat and Korngold’s Piano Quintet in E major with Artistic Director and pianist, Tom Poster’s new arrangement of Four Songs by Venezuelan-born French composer Reynaldo Hahn. 

On Saturday 7 November Mercury Award winning musician and composer Talvin Singh plays a solo set with classical and contemporary Indian instruments and percussion. The performance is inspired by sound therapy sessions and the set will be a triptych of gongs, surbahar and tabla with visual narrative by artist Jesh Krishna Murthy.

One of very few disabled classical artists, award-winning pianist Nicholas McCarthy was born without his right hand and is currently the world’s only one-handed concert pianist. On 8 November he showcases the dynamic world of left-hand alone repertoire, including pieces by Bach, Scriabin, Strauss, and Julie Cooper. Tickets will go on sale on Saturday 31 October at 10am.

13 – 15 November

The opening concert of this year’s Aldeburgh Festival was due to feature the posthumous world premiere of one of John Tavener’s last works, La Noche Oscura, scored for oboe, countertenor and strings. Soloists Nicholas Daniel and Andrew Watts join Britten Sinfonia on Friday 13 November for La Noche Oscura’s first performance. The programme also includes works by Handel, JS Bach and Elgar and is directed by Jaqueline Shave. Oboist Lorraine Hart will also perform as part of the Momentum Project, which promotes exciting young artists. 

The Nash Ensemble performs part of a programme that was scheduled for the opening weekend of the Festival including the world premiere of Colin Mathews’ Seascapes on Saturday 14 November. In this Britten Pears Arts commission, the Nash Ensemble is joined by soprano Claire Booth and conductor Martyn BrabbinsSeascapes sets words by Sidney Keyes, the English poet who died in action during the Second World War. This is set alongside works by Debussy and Ravel.

On Sunday 15 November soprano Nadine Benjamin performs two different recitals. At 3pm Benjamin is joined by pianist Yshani Perinpanayagam and speaker Michael Harper in a programme of songs and poetry readings by composers and writers including Maya Angelou, Margaret Bonds, Errollyn Wallen and Derek Walcott. At 7pm Pianist Bohdan Paraschak accompanies Benjamin in a programme including Schubert, Liszt, Walton, Puccini and Verdi.  

The safety of Britten Pears Arts’ audience, artists and staff is its top priority, and this may mean that line-ups, capacity and pricing may change at short notice.

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