This Easter, Aldeburgh Music presents a huge range of music, from Holy Week splendour and meditation to an imagined recreation of a very earthly Elizabethan voyage, plus a host of family friendly events around the site.

Early music ensemble Fretwork premieres a programme developed on an Aldeburgh Residency exploring a little-known facet of Aldeburgh’s seafaring history. In a dramatised performance inspired by Sir Francis Drake’s voyages around the world in the Golden Hinde, which was built in Aldeburgh, they perform the Elizabethan English music played by the resident viol consort on board, as well as imagined sounds the adventurers might have encountered in the Iberian peninsula, the Caribbean, South America and the Philippines. The performance, The World Encompassed, features an appearance by the renowned actor Sam West.

The weekend also features Haydn’s meditative instrumental passion Seven Last Words From the Cross performed by the Piatti Quartet, glorious Renaissance choral music from the Tallis Scholars, Requiems by Fauré and Duruflé from Aldeburgh Voices and music by Britten and Lennox Berkeley from the Berkeley Ensemble and Marian Consort.

On Saturday and Easter Sunday there will be a series of family-friendly events. These include Snape Maltings Farmers’ Market (Saturday only), Easter egg paining, Easter Egg Hunt (Sunday only), storytelling sessions, face painting and pop-up performances from Delta Beltas blues band and Fretwork on Saturday, and Tuba Swingy playing New Orleans swing on Sunday.

The-Piatti-Quartet-at-Snape-(photo-by-Matt-Jolly)

CONCERTS:

FRIDAY 25

Seven Last Words

Haydn’s sublime, meditative instrumental passion – seven miniature ‘sonatas’ and a shocking, violent concluding musical earthquake – is a fascinating and unconventional hybrid and a cornerstone of the Eastertide repertoire. Performed by the Piatti Quartet.

Orford Church 11am

Sacred and Profane

Berkeley’s stark and affecting Stabat Mater was commissioned by (and dedicated to) Britten, who conducted its UK premiere in this church nearly 70 years ago. It’s partnered with Berkeley’s a cappella Mass, Britten’s Sinfonietta and Sacred and Profane, and an exquisite meditation on Monteverdi and Purcell by Lennox’s son, Michael.

Blythburgh Church 6pm

SATURDAY 26

The World Encompassed

Early music ensemble Fretwork reimagine the music Sir Francis Drake might have encountered on his travels around the world on his ship, The Golden Hinde, which was built in Aldeburgh.

Aldeburgh Church 11am

Fauré’s Requiem

The Requiems of Fauré and Duruflé performed by Aldeburgh Voices and Fellows of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain.

Orford Church 3pm

The Tallis Scholars

Radiant simplicity: Arvo Pärt and Renaissance sacred music performed by early music vocal ensemble The Tallis Scholars.

Snape Maltings Concert Hall 7.30pm

OTHER EASTER EVENTS AT SNAPE MALTINGS:

SATURDAY 26

Snape Maltings Farmers’ Market 9.30am – 1.30pm

Easter crafts 10am-1.30pm

Delta Beltas blues band 10am-1pm

Early music ensemble Fretwork (time tbc)

Story-telling and face painting 10am-1pm

SUNDAY 27

Easter egg hunt 10am 1pm

Storytelling and face-painting activity 10am-1pm

Tuba Swingy 10am-1pm