• Recitals from pianist Steven Osborne, violinist Alina Ibragimova and [pictured] harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani
  • English Touring Opera returns to the stage with lyric monodramas and song cycles for solo singer and piano

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.

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.

16 – 18 October: Steven Osborne, Alina Ibragimova and Mahan Esfahani

Pianist Steven Osborne is renowned for his performances of Russian music and returns to Snape on 16 October for an all-Rachmaninov programme including Prelude in D minorOriental SketchFragments and Piano Sonata No. 1. On 17 October Alina Ibragimova performs JS Bach’s Sonata No. 2 in A minor and Partita No. 2 in D minor. On Sunday 18 October harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani gives a solo recital including the world premiere of Michael Berkeley’s Insects. Especially written for Esfahani, Insects follows on from Berkeley’s birds-inspired Haiku for piano. French Suites by Bach make up the rest of the programme. Tickets for 16 – 18 October go on sale on Saturday 10 October at 10am.

23 – 25 October: English Touring Opera

English Touring Opera returns to the stage and picks up where it left off at Snape Maltings, which was the last venue the company was able to visit before its Spring 2020 tour was cancelled. ETO stages music for solo singer and piano by Argento, Britten, Poulenc, Shostakovich and Tippett with a bold and inventive approach to making opera during social distancing. Acclaimed mezzo-soprano Susan Bickley makes her directorial debut with Argento’s A Waterbird Talk and performers include sopranos Paula Sides and Jenny Stafford; mezzo-soprano Katie Stevenson; tenors Richard Dowling and Thomas Elwin; baritone Julien Van Mellaerts; bass Edward Hawkins and pianists Ella O’Neill, Sergey Rybin and Ian Tindale. Tickets will go on sale on Saturday 17 October at 10am.

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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