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Practical Information

  • Enjoy a specially extended version of this tour, encompassing highlight performers Nicola Benedetti, Laura van der Heijden and Víkingur Ólafsson

  • The BBC Singers bring us ‘A Garland for the Queen’, featuring works by Tippett, Vaughan Williams and Finzi as well as Judith Weir, Hilary Campbell and Britten

  • Benedetti and Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective perform a series of short ‘night pieces’ by Dowland, Florence Price, Lili Boulanger and others

“A stimulating programme and interesting, well-delivered talks”

– ACE customer on a previous Aldeburgh Festival tour
Please note that the below itinerary represents a guide to what we hope to offer, and some elements, including the musical programme, may be subject to change or confirmation nearer the time. We cannot guarantee the availability of all artworks mentioned.


Stirred by the vast skies and moody seas of Suffolk, Benjamin Britten was inspired to launch a festival that has since blossomed into a year-round concert venue at Snape Maltings. In June each year, established solo artists assemble alongside up-and-coming musicians and internationally acclaimed orchestras to bring us works both old and new, grand and small-scale, performed in Snape Maltings’ world-famous Concert Hall, the venue’s newer buildings and the parish church.


The 2022 festival is, after the disruptions of the pandemic, a specially extended edition; and ACE is delighted to be offering a slightly longer tour than in previous years, taking advantage of the excellent programming on offer.

Complementing one of this year’s key themes – ‘Britten and Women’ – we will experience the music of international female composers including Lili Boulanger, Kaija Saariaho, Judith Weir, Elizabeth Maconchy, Florence Price and Bushra El-Turk. Several of the festival’s featured artists will also take to the stage during our tour. Among them is Nicola Benedetti, who, in what is sure to be a sublime concert with Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective, will bring us a series of short ‘night pieces’ by composers including Dowland, Schubert, Britten and Price. Cellist Laura van der Heijden, winner of the 2012 BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, will perform both during this event and later with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales for Walton’s Cello Concerto.


Another important programming strand this year marks the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. In ‘A Garland for the Queen’, the BBC Singers will bring us a series of short choral pieces written to celebrate the 1953 coronation, including works by Tippett, Vaughan Williams, Howells, Finzi and Ireland, alongside Britten’s dramatic choral work Sacred and Profane, the anthem One day to sing by Judith Weir, and world premieres by Hilary Campbell and Britten Pears Young Artist Omri Kochavi.


Piano highlights will range from 8 Hands – an innovative collaboration between four pianists – to an unbroken chain of short and varied pieces with Kathryn Stott, as well as a programme focusing on the music of Mozart and his contemporaries with Víkingur Ólafsson. With so much musical variety on offer, we hope this year’s tour will delight and offer new experiences in equal measure.


We will take advantage of our stay in Suffolk to soak up the atmosphere and heritage of the local area. We will learn about the life and legacy of Britten with a visit to The Red House, the composer’s former home, and also make an excursion to Sutton Hoo – site of the famous Anglo Saxon ship burial, the discovery of which was recently dramatized in British film The Dig.


Our base for the tour will be the White Lion Hotel, a characterful three-star establishment situated close to Aldeburgh’s beachfront. Rooms with a sea view are available at a supplement – please contact the ACE office for more details.

Tour Director Nicholas Wearne, BA, MPhil, is a tutor and Junior Fellow at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. His career as a solo organist has taken him all over the world and he was winner of the Poul Ruders Prize at the 2011 Odense International Organ Competition. Nicholas has held a number of prestigious positions as organist, most recently at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square.

Tour Code
Places are limited.
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Included: Accommodation based on sharing an inland twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not Included: Travel insurance, inland double room for single use supplement £250.

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