We will be back!
After nearly 12 months of a global pandemic and amazing support from our audiences and local community, we are eager to welcome you back to Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall this year.
With the recently-announced and vital funding from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund, we are putting together an exciting programme of entertaining events which we hope will entice you back through our doors.
In the meantime, we want to let you know how very grateful we have been for the invaluable support received from funders, audiences and of course everyone who has donated so far. As we prepare to navigate the challenging months ahead, we know this ongoing support will continue to be so important to us. Thank you.
The Trustees, Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall
About the 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.
A Brief History
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.
Support Jubilee Hall
We rely on the money we raise through ticket sales, commercial activities and fundraising to deliver our arts and learning programme. It forms more than 60% of our income. Please help us keep our programme accessible to everyone and continue to invest in the artists we work with, even at this challenging time.