Celebrated around the world, Aldeburgh plays host to Benjamin Britten’s Centenary celebrations running from November 2012 – November 2013.
Benjamin Britten Centenary
For all the curiousness of the Suffolk County, the works of Benjamin Britten are certainly some to explore.
Born in Lowestoft in 1913, Benjamin Britten began composing music when he was just 6 years old and had written Chaos and Cosmos by the time he was 13.
Benjamin moved to Aldeburgh where, inspired by the beautiful landscape and sea view he wrote much of his exceptional work. The towns famous landmark, Maggie Hambling’s Scallop is a tribute to Benjamin inscribed with the words “I hear those voices that will not be drowned”, taken from his opera Peter Grimes and stands proud on the beach.
Founded by Benjamin Britten in 1948, the Aldeburgh Festival is part of the year-round programme of events at Aldeburgh Music
and is held at the Snape Maltings Concert Hall – a building renovated and designed by Britten and his friend Peter Pears which is now a spectacular 832-seat venue and has become one of the UK’s best-loved concert halls.
The first big event of 2013 is a weekend of cross arts exploration at the start of February, featuring the world premiere of 'In Britten's Footsteps' by Chris Watson.
As part of the celebrations and to follow in Benjamin’s footsteps the White Lion will be holding Friday afternoon
music lessons once a month for the pupils of Aldeburgh Primary School.
Grimes on the Beach I, II, III
Described as the 'Great Suffolk Opera' Britten's early masterpiece, Peter Grimes will be performed on a unique open-air stage on Aldeburgh beach this June which, whatever the weather, promises to be unforgettable and a highlight of the centenary celebrations.
Experience 'Grimes on the Beach' on June 17th, 19th and 21st.
To find out more about the events taking place at the White Lion Hotel, in Aldeburgh, Snape and the surrounding areas please click on the following links.Aldeburgh Music Britten Pears FoundationBritten 100
Please click here
to view our Benjamin Britten hotel packages and rates during these special events.
100 Pop Up Restaurant
As part of the Benjamin Britten Grimes Opera the White Lion, together with Bespoke by the Crown will be hosting a special pre-show dinner in their pop up restaurant '100
' located on Aldeburgh beach.
A first for Aldeburgh, the pop up restaurant will also be open for brunch and lunches everyday from 10.30am until 2.30pm during the week of Monday 17th - 21st June.
Enjoy fine food on the beach this summer.
Please click here to find out more 100 Pop up