A Place for Performance, Entertainment and the Creative Arts
Serving the local community since 1887

A Place for Performance, Entertainment and the Creative Arts
Serving the local community since 1887

A Place for Performance, Entertainment and the Creative Arts
Serving the local community since 1887

A Place for Performance, Entertainment and the Creative Arts
Serving the local community since 1887

A Place for Performance, Entertainment and the Creative Arts
Serving the local community since 1887


About Jubilee Hall

Nestling in the heart of the seaside town of Aldeburgh in Suffolk sits the historic and much-loved Jubilee Hall. Built in 1887 by local businessman Newson Garrett to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, the hall was intended for “concerts and dramatic entertainments provided by well-known artistes, dances for the little people on wet afternoons and for ‘the grown-ups’ in the evenings”. Ever since then, and true to its mission, the hall has offered an array of musical and dramatic performances – both amateur and professional. In response to local demand, it has also served as a film-theatre, dance-hall, badminton court and roller-skating rink. The Jubilee Hall is nothing if not adaptable.

The Jubilee Hall gained unexpected fame in 1948 when local residents Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears chose it as a venue for their ‘Festival of Music and the Arts’. In 1960 the first ever performance of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream was given in the hall, and since then many notable opera premières have taken place there, such as Britten’s The Little Sweep, William Walton’s The Bear and Harrison Birtwistle’s Punch and Judy. Although the main venue of the Aldeburgh Festival has moved to Snape Maltings, many of the Festival events continue to take place in the Jubilee Hall.

Friday 23 March 2018 12 noon

Albion Quartet

Part of Friday Lunchtime Concert

F.Schubert String Quartet No.13 Op.29 “Rosamunde” in A Minor
A.Dvořák String Quartet No.12 Op.96 “American” in F Major

For more than 25 years young string quartets and chamber ensembles have come to Aldeburgh for a series of winter and spring residencies. They study intensively and perform the results of their work in the Jubilee Hall to a loyal and enthusiastic audience.


Sunday 8 April 2018 3pm

A Concert

Kenneth Sillito & Rebecca Scott-Smissen – violins
Robert Smissen & Wendy Gudgin – violas
Stephen Orton – ‘cello

Mozart: Quintet in Mozart in C K515
Britten: Phantasy Quintet in F minor
Brahms: G major Quintet Op. 111


Saturday 14 April 2018  10am – 3.30pm

Singing the Sea

The Rogue Shanty Buoys

A singing workshop with members of professional singing group and Suffolk based The Rogue Shanty Buoys discovering sea shanties and the songs of seafarers.

This daytime workshop offers the opportunity to learn about and perform sea shanties as well as other types of maritime music all accompanied by a percussionist. Come along to learn about the music used and shaped by the local fishing communities and the cultural heritage they created.

Suitable for anybody, regardless of ability and experience – either in singing or fishing!

For further information, please contact Stephen on 07909 510976 or contact@thevoicecloud.co.uk

Spaces are limited and must be booked in advance

Please click HERE to see the “buoys” in action with a similar project


Saturday 14 April 2018 7.30pm

A Fateful Night

The Rogue Shanty Buoys

“On 7th December 1899, two rockets were fired into the sky. The Aldeburgh lifeboat launched with ‘18 men in belts’ to answer the distress call…”

This performance recounts the tragedy that befell the lifeboat ‘The Aldeburgh’ and her brave crew; recalled through story and song and accompanied by silent footage from East Anglian film archives.

With a musical commentary of local shanties and sea songs provided by Suffolk‘s own professional group, The Rogue Shanty Buoys who keep alive the music that was used and created by the fishing communities of Suffolk and the East Coast.


Friday 20 April 2018 7.30pm


Eastern Angles return to the Jubilee Hall with this touring production of Guesthouse. Written by Essex playwright Nicola Werenowska and directed by Tony Casement.

“It is 1966. I am sixteen years old and I am on the Venetian bridge with Brian Joy from the Golden Sands Guesthouse and he has bought me a 99 and I am on top of the world. Now I am 16, I know what boys want andwhy you mustn’t give it to them.”

Guesthouse asks what’s it like when the town you were proud to grow up in becomes impoverished? What does it take to keep going? And what does it take to face the truth?


Thursday 26 – Saturday 28 April 2018 7.45pm

Cheshire Cats

A play by Gail Young
From Kesgrave Amateur Theatre Society

Grown women, aching feet and heaving bosoms. Follow the Cheshire Cats team as they train and walk their way to fund raising success in the London Moonwalk. Coping with the menopause, new trainers and decorated bra’s they also have a last minute replacement team member who doesn’t fit the physical criteria! This moving, emotional and touching play has plenty of laughs on the way. Raising funds for the Blossom Appeal at Ipswich Hospital it appeals to men and women and all who have walked the walk .


Sat 5 – Mon 7 May 2018 10am-5pm daily

Aldeburgh’s Annual Spring Craft Fair

A lovely collection of handmade goods from an invited selection of the finest East Anglian crafts producers. Some craft demonstrations shall take place over the three days.


Fri 25 May 2018 2pm

The Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall and NSPCC Present:

The Life and Times of a Gardener: the thrills and spills of my life as a gardener and broadcaster by Christine Walkden.

Please join us for a Cream Tea at The Wentworth Hotel at 4pm following the talk (the Cream tea is not included in the ticket price).


Monday 11 June 2018 11.30am

Talk: The Spirit of ’48

Part of Aldeburgh Festival

Simon Heffer and Peter Hennessy in conversation
‘There is something distinctive and recognisable in English civilisation….’, wrote George Orwell in 1940. ‘It has a flavour of its own’. In this discussion, critically acclaimed historians Simon Heffer and Peter Hennessy present the social, political and cultural flavours of Britain in the late forties. It was an extraordinary post-war decade in which the NHS, the Arts Council and the BBC Third Programme were created – and during which numerous festivals, including Aldeburgh, were launched.


For more information regarding tickets CLICK HERE

Friday 15 June 2018 11am

Britten–Pears – Young Artists Alumni I

Fleur Barron mezzo-soprano Oddur Jónsson baritone Jonathan Ware piano
Schubert Six Heine Lieder from Schwanengesang
Pfitzner Five Lieder Op. 9
and songs by Schumann, Brahms and Schubert
Two outstanding emerging singers from Christoph Prégardien’s 2017 masterclass course on the lieder of Schumann and Schubert return to Aldeburgh. Their recital – with the 2018 Tunnard Young Artist Jonathan Ware – frames songs by both composers with the German Romanticism of Brahms and Pfitzner that was to follow, songs both tragic and comic, including four beguiling duets.


Saturday 8 September 2018 7.30pm

Henry Blofeld: 78 Retired

Henry ‘My Dear Old Thing’ Blofeld has hung up his microphone after 50 years commentating on international cricket.

The cherished golden voice of cricket has decided to celebrate by touring the country with his brand-new show, jam-packed full of unheard anecdotes from on and off the pitch, as well as stories from the TMS box not allowed on the radio!

Don’t miss the chance to wave a bat in honour to the last bastion of the original Test Match Special team; the team who made it the much-loved programme it is today. The summers of cricket will never be the same without our ‘Dear Old Thing’.


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