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A production of A Midsummer Night's Dream - June 1960

The production opened officially at the Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh, Suffolk on 11 June, 1960 and received three further performances there on 15, 22, 24 June. It was then taken to the Holland Festival with performances in Amsterdam (11 and 15 July), and the Hague (12 & 14 July). A complete performance had been given on Friday 10 June "for the purposes of recording" before an invited audience including members of the press.

The cast was Oberon, Alfred Deller; Tytania, Jennifer Vyvyan; Puck, Leonide Massine II; Peaseblossom, Michael Bauer; Cobweb, Kevin Platts; Mustardseed, Robert McCutcheon; Moth, Barry Ferguson; Fairies, Thomas Bevan and Thomas Smyth; Theseus, Peter Forbes Robinson; Hippolyta, Johanna Peters; Lysander, George Maran; Demetrius, Thomas Hemsley; Hermia, Marjorie Thomas; Helena, April Cantelo; Bottom, Owen Brannigan; Quince, Norman Lumsden; Flute, Peter Pears; Snug, David Kelly; Snout Edward Byles; Starveling, Joseph Ward; Master of Ceremonies, John Perry; Attendant, Jeremy Cullum; Pages, Robert Hodgson and Nicholas Cooper.

At some Holland Festival performances there were cast changes for: Puck, Nicholas Chagrin; Helena, Joan Carlyle; Bottom, Roger Stalman/ Peter Forbes Robinson

The English Opera Group Orchestra was conducted by the composer at the first performance, and on 11th and 14th July; at other performances by George Malcolm.

Libretto by Peter Pears and Benjamin Britten after William Shakespeare.

Scenery and Costumes: John Piper. Producer: John Cranko

A Britten-Pears School Production of The Turn of the Screw - June 1983

This production, the culmination of a study course on the opera by the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies, opened at the Maltings, Snape on 11 June as part of the 1983 Aldeburgh Festival. A second performance, on 17 June, was preceded by a lecture on the opera as Chamber Music and followed on 18 June by a forum discussion by those involved in the original production.

The cast on 11 June was: Prologue/Peter Quint, Ian Christopher; the Governess, Lynne Dawson; Miles, Martin Phipps; Flora, Maria Bovino; Mrs Grose, Anne Todd; Miss Jessel, Anna Steiger.

On 17 June the cast was: Prologue/Peter Quint, Stanley Warren; the Governess, Helen Charnock; Miles, Adam Ashton; Flora, Mary Seers; Mrs Grose, Marion Olsen; Miss Jessel, Marcia Swanston.

Both performances were conducted by George Malcolm and accompanied by the Britten-Pears Orchestra. The producer was Basil Coleman.


From 'Letters From Aldeburgh' - Joyce Grenfell (2006)


1957 Aldeburgh Festival

The Tenth (10th) Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts, 14 -23 June, 1957

President : The Earl of Harewood

Artistic Directors : Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears, Imogen Holst

Festival highlights

Britten conducting Peter Pears, Joan Cross and the English Opera Group in Albert Herring; Dennis Brain playing and conducting Haydn, Mozart and Malcolm Arnold; Menuhin and Britten in recital; Julian Bream accompanying Pears in a Thomas Morley quatercentenary recital; Edith Sitwell and C Day Lewis celebrating the William Blake bicentenary; George Malcolm in the Scarlatti bicentenary; Amadeus Quartet with Britten in Mozart; Pears and Britten in Berg, Schoenberg and Webern; the St John Passion with Julian Bream, Cecil Aronowitz and Britten amongst the instrumental soloists

18 June : Jubilee Hall Italian music

A programme for the bicentenary of Domenico Scarlatti

Frescobaldi, Rossi, Zipoli, Scarlatti, Monteverdi, Porpora, Martini, Pergolesi, Paradisi

Michael Hartnett, Sean Haldane trebles

George Malcolm harpsichord


From Aldeburgh Programme 1959

23 June : Jubilee Hall Recital

Bach, Dowland, Scarlatti, Telemann, Dutilleux, Turina, Jolivet, Schubert

Aurele Nicolet flute
Julian Bream lute and guitar
George Malcolm harpsichord and piano

25 June : Parish Church

Bach The Goldberg Variations
George Malcolm harpsichord

8 and 16 June 1951: Monteverdi, Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda (conducted by George Malcolm) and Purcell, Dido and Aeneas, in a new realization by Britten.



17 June : Jubilee Hall: Flute and harpsichord
J S Bach, Peter Philips, Luciano Berio, Giles Farnaby. William Bennett flute, George Malcolm harpsichord

18 June : Parish Church: English Church Music of the Fifteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Five programmes devised by Imogen Holst, and presented by the BBC Transcription Service
II : Music for Thanksgiving
Britten Prelude and Fugue on a Theme of Vittoria, Wiliam Mathias, Robert Fayrfax, Britten Antiphon, Purcell Consort of Voices, Purcell Singers, Simon Preston organ, George Malcolm conductor

20 June : Jubilee Hall: Philomusica of London
Sibelius, Lutoslawski Parole Tissees First performance, conducted by the Composer, J S Bach, Bartok, Peter Pears tenor, Carl Pini violin,
George Malcolm harpsichord

22 June : Parish Church: English Church Music of the Fifteenth and Twentieth Centuries Five programmes devised by Imogen Holst, and presented by the BBC Transcription Service
IV : Music for the Feast of the Annunciation Anon., Jonathan Harvey First performance, Commissioned by the BBC, William Cornysh, Tippett, Purcell Consort of Voices, Purcell Singers Simon Preston organ, George Malcolm conductor

27 June : Jubilee Hall: Monteverdi 1567-1643
April Cantelo, Janet Baker, Peter Pears, Robert Tear, John Shirley-Quirk, George Malcolm, Emanuel Hurwitz, Ivor McMahon, Keith Harvey
'Relayed by the BBC Music Programme'

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21 Jun 1956


By George Malcolm

Introduced by Thomas Goff


Aldeburgh 1968

Aldeburgh 23/6/1963

Concert incl. Bach Violin Concerto #2

Y. Menuhin, G. Malcolm (Cond.), English Chamber Orch.