Benjamin Britten founds the Aldeburgh Festival

At the end of the 1947 season all the members of the English Opera Group were wondering if there would be any work at all considering the fact that we were no longer welcome at Glyndebourne, according to Ben Britten. Many suggestions were given but I think that perhaps Eric Crozier and Peter Pears together with Britten made the decision to hold a festival in Britten’s home town, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England.

We were all approached and agreed to play for little or no fee. So, the Aldeburgh Festival was born in 1948. It was an immediate success, although the performing venues were not very good. There was the Moot Hall, a medieval sort of Town Hall situated on the sea front; it had a very small capacity. Then there was the Aldeburgh Parish Church, also of small capacity, but nevertheless by dint of hard work and much enthusiasm many obstacles were overcome and now the Aldeburgh Festival is a world class event.

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