Thursday, 3 February 2011

Host Profile: Aldeburgh Music

Aldeburgh Music is not in the town of Aldeburgh any more but is based at Snape Maltings, a site it shares with the Gooderham Family who operate retail establishments, holiday cottages and host the Aldeburgh Food Festival there, so clarification for visitors is sometimes necessary.

Aldeburgh Music are a performing arts charity who operate the world renowned Snape Maltings Concert Hall, the Britten-Pears School and present a year round schedule of concerts. They produce many programmes and events including the Aldeburgh Festival in June.

Hundreds of people visit Snape Maltings on bicycles every year. In the area are many quiet roads with excellent pubs and delightful discoveries. Cycles can be hired - if booked in advance - in Snape Village (ask at the village shop) and electric bikes can be hired in Saxmundham and Leiston nearby. It is difficult to reach Snape solely by public transport. Over a million people a year visit by car but there is no bus  connection to Saxmundham, the nearest railway station.

The Bike Aid kit is kept in the Aldeburgh Music Visitors Centre on the corner of the main concert hall. We don't know if Ben and Peter, as everyone refers to Aldeburgh's founders, liked cycling but they liked walking and guided walks are programmed as part of the festival. 

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