The 69th Aldeburgh Festival is scheduled for June 10 – 26, 2016. This will be the 7th and final Festival under the artistic direction of Pierre-Laurent Aimard.

The stand-out event of this year’s festival is Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s performance of Messiaen’s Catalogue d’Oiseaux over four concerts from sunrise to midnight at Snape Maltings and RSPB Minsmere.

The 150-minute piece for solo piano is the French composer’s largest work inspired by birds, depicting 77 species that Messiaen heard in the Camargue region of south-west France. The work will be performed against a backdrop of reedbeds and marshland, with a soundtrack of real birds.