The title of this year’s Aldeburgh Festival, Before Life and After, was taken from a poem by Thomas Hardy, set to music by Benjamin Britten in his suite Winter Words. The whole of Winter Words was performed at Aldeburgh this year, forming one of the highlights of an incredible year for the festival.
Along with the expected triumphs of the Britten performance, Aldeburgh 2012 has been packed with resounding successes, from cellist Miklos Perenyi’s interpretation of Bach suites, intercut with modern pieces by Lutoslawski and Veress.
2013 is Benjamin Britten’s centenary, and plans are already underway for a year-long celebration of Aldeburgh’s founding spirit, with a Peter Grimes Experience at the beach as well as a bumper, Britten-themed Aldeburgh 2013 festival.
2012’s festival has been a real triumph for music, as we’re sure you’ll agree, and if you want to grab yourself an aldeburgh gift or souvenir to remind you of a great year, there are plenty available, from art prints to mouse mats to fascinating books.