Judith Weir at Aldeburgh Festival

Judith Weir at Aldeburgh Festival
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Judith Weir is featured at the Aldeburgh Festival 2024 which opens on Friday June 7 with a new production of her opera Blond Eckbert.

All performances of her music are listed here, including the premiere of Planet for chamber orchestra, commissioned by Britten Pears Arts and the first performance of Weir's second string quartet, 'The Spaniard', a co-commission between Wigmore Hall and Britten Pears Arts. 


Judith Weir | The Complete Catalogue 



Friday 7 June | Blond Eckbert
7:30pm, Snape Maltings Concert Hall
Blond Eckbert (70')
Robin Norton-Hale, Director
Gerry Cornelius, Conductor
Produced by English Touring Opera and Britten Pears Arts

Sunday 9 June | Aldeburgh Festival Service
10:30am, Aldeburgh Church
 A Wreath (5')
Rt Revd Martin Seeley, Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, Preacher
Aldeburgh Voices
Dominic Ellis-Peckham, Conductor

Monday 10 June | Fantasie
3pm, Britten Studio, Snape Maltings
 King Harald’s Saga (10')
Claire Booth, Soprano
Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux, Violin
Alban Gerhardt, Cello
Joseph Havlat, Piano

Tuesday 11 June | Knussen Chamber Orchestra
6pm, Pre-performance Talk with Judith Weir
7pm, Peter Pears Recital Room, Snape Maltings
 Planet (Britten Pears Arts commission / first performance) (15')
Knussen Chamber Orchestra
Ryan Wigglesworth, Conductor & Piano

Wednesday 12 June | Tenebrae
7pm, Ely Cathedral
 A Wreath (5')
Nigel Short, Conductor

Thursday 13 June | Leonkoro Quartet
11am, Britten Studio, Snape Maltings
String Quartet No.2, “The Spaniard” (Britten Pears Arts and Wigmore Hall co-commission / first performance) (15')
Leonkoro Quartet

Sunday 16 June | Steven Osborne: Judith Weir and Schubert
11am, Snape Maltings Concert Hall
 Fragile (4'), Michael’s Strathspey (2'), Chorale, for Steve (3')
Steven Osborne, Piano

Monday 17 June | BBC Singers and Castalian String Quartet
7:30pm, Snape Maltings Concert Hall
blue hills beyond blue hills (35')
BBC Singers
Castalian String Quartet
Sofi Jeannin, Conductor

Wednesday 19 June | BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra 
7:30pm, Snape Maltings Concert Hall
 Forest (13')
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Ryan Wigglesworth, Conductor
Elizabeth Watts, Soprano
Daniel Pioro, Violin

Thursday 20 June | Rolf Hind
11am, Britten Studio, Snape Maltings
The Art of Touching the Keyboard (9')
Rolf Hind, Piano

Thursday 20 June | Trio Bohémo
4pm, Britten Studio, Snape Maltings
 Piano Trio (15')
Trio Bohémo

Saturday 22 June | The Nash Ensemble and Claire Booth
11am, Britten Studio, Snape Maltings
 Distance and Enchantment, for piano and string trio (10')
The Nash Ensemble
Claire Booth, Soprano
Martyn Brabbins, Conductor

The traditional Aldeburgh Festival Service includes Aldeburgh Voices performing Weir’s setting of George Herbert’s poem A Wreath. This same work will be performed by Tenebrae in a concert marking 60 years since the Aldeburgh Festival’s first visit to Ely Cathedral.

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