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"For a fortnight last month, Radio 3 descended on Aldeburgh for the 43rd

Annual Festival of Music and the Arts. Today, in between concerts, Peter Paul Nash meets leading Aldeburgh personalities, including joint artistic directors Oliver Knussen and Steuart Bedford.

London Slnfonietta

The Festival's orchestra-in-residence, conducted by Oliver Knussen.

Britten The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

Elliott Carter Concerto for Orchestra

Colin Matthews Cortège Debussy Jeux (In association with Celesuon International Ltd)

1.45pm Schumann

Lesser-known music by one of Britten's passions: Six Studies for pedal piano, Op 56 (arr for two pianos by Debussy)

Andante and Variations,

Op 46: Ian Brown , Hamish Milne (pianos);

Michael Thompson (horn); Melissa Phelps , Paul Watkins (cellos)


Composer's Portrait

Mark-Anthony Turnage introduces a personal selection of music, including his own works, songs by Stravinsky, and instrumental music by Henze and Britten. Fiona Kimm (mezzo) Martin Robertson

(soprano saxophone)

Paul Silverthorne (viola) Christopher van Kampen (cello); John Constable

(piano); London Sinfonietta conductor Richard Bernas


Takacs String Quartet Brahms Quartet, Op 67 Stravinsky Three Pieces Webern Six Bagatelles, Op 9 Schubert Quintet in C

(D 956): with Steven Isserlis (In association with Birkett

Westhorp and Long Solicitors)


Alexander Goehr

One of the Festival's composers-in-residence introduces his festival commission. Sing Ariel sets an anthology of poetry from Donne to Larkin, devised by Frank Kermode. Lucy Shelton , Fiona O'Neill ,

Tracey Chadwell (sopranos) Peter Thomas (violin) ChiChi Nwanoku


John Wallace (trumpet) David White (tenor sax) Ian Brown (piano) director Oliver Knussen

7.00pm English

Chamber Orchestra

The ECO, conducted by the Festival's joint artistic director Steuart

Bedford, play an early Britten masterpiece, and the first public performance of his suite of incidental music to a play by J B Priestley.

Mozart Symphony No 25 in G minor (K 183)

Britten Our Hunting Fathers, Op 8

Phyllis Bryn-Julson (sop)

Suite: Johnson Over Jordan

Christen Gregory (sop) Shostakovich Symphony No 1 in F minor, Op 10 (In assoc with Jaguar Cars Ltd)


Festival Cabaret

Composer, arranger, and pianist Daryl Runswick introduces some of Britten's forays into the cabaret style, songs by Gershwin and his own

New Jubilee Blues, performed by the Daryl Runswick All-Stars , with Mary King (mezzo-sop). Aldeburgh Day producer Christopher Marshall"