When Benjamin Britten and his friends began the Aldeburgh Festival in 1948 they can hardly have expected it to survive them, let alone go from strength to strength. But now it is not just a key diary event in British cultural life, but across the world it is known and loved. When it began it was hoped it would celebrate contemporary music and that inevitably included the works of Britten, but never his to the detriment of others.

Mark Mitchels tells how the Festival came into existence and compares the care-free times of the early years with the performances of today. But this is not only about music but about people. His talk

The Story of the Aldeburgh Festival

includes many amusing anecdotes showing how eccentric festival goers can be! The conversion of Snape Maltings signaled a profound change in the nature of the Festival which some concert-goers found hard to accept, but now it is all forgotten – at least until you hear this talk!