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Walking in Benjamin Britten’s footsteps, Suffolk

Simon Jenkins walks from the Snape Maltings concert hall to Aldeburgh beach, under the vast skies and through the marshland that so inspired the composer

Just a few yards separate the doors of Snape Maltings from the Alde marshes. They pass from modern concert hall to utter serenity. Music and place do not always make happy partners, but the music of Benjamin Britten is infused with this Suffolk coast. I once heard the high-pitched chords of his Sea Interludes drift out of a rehearsal and settle among the reeds rustling in the water, in perfect harmony with nature.

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