Jerwood Foundation

Jerwood Kiln Studio

Aldeburgh Music, Suffolk


Architects: Haworth Tompkins
Opened in May 2009


Jerwood Foundation pledged £500,000 for the creation of a new rehearsal and performance studio at Aldeburgh Music's Snape Maltings music campus. The Jerwood Kiln Studio was part of Aldeburgh's redevelopment scheme led by Haworth Tompkins Architects, who also designed the award winning Jerwood Theatres at the Royal Court and the Jerwood Pod at the Young Vic.

The Jerwood Kiln Studio is a 10 x 9m space, large enough to accomodate groups of instrumentalists, chamber and music theatre rehearsals, as well as being fully equipped for video and electro-acoustic installations, and has an audience capacity of 75. The development retains as much of the original fabric of the building as possible and the roof is made of recycled wood from the old kilns.

Aldeburgh Music

Aldeburgh Music is the organisation that has grown out of the Aldeburgh Festival founded by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears in 1948. Today it is responsible for a year-round programme of performances, a rapidly expanding professional development programme through the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme and Aldeburgh Residencies, and a much-admired education department.

In 2003 Arts Council England designated Aldeburgh as one of three Centres of Excellence in music provision, making it The National Centre for the Development of Professional Musicians. Since then Aldeburgh has acquired a 999 year lease for the Snape Maltings Concert Hall which Britten and Pears converted in 1967, together with the surrounding buildings which have been converted for the new music campus.

Aldeburgh Music's Jerwood Opera Writing Programme has been supported by Jerwood Arts since 2007.

'The relationship bewen Aldeburgh Music and Jerwood has been particularly important over the past 10 years. As part of the capital project at Snape Maltings, we created the Jerwood Kiln Studio in which to develop new work. Jerwood Charitable Foundation (now Jerwood Arts) has built a relationship which is highly valuable and creative over many years to the Jerwood Opera Writing Programme. Over more than 10 years this is the leader in developing new opera writing skills and nurturing the next generation of opera creators. There is a real partnership between this funding, sharing ideals and the value of long-term investment in new work.'

Roger Wright CBE, Chief Executive. Aldeburgh Music, 2016


Jerwood Kiln Studio, Aldeburgh Music © Haworth Tompkins