International theme from local designer

EAST Anglian design consultancy Silk Pearce has extended its association with the Aldeburgh Festival by producing its programme brochure for the seventh year running.

EAST Anglian design consultancy Silk Pearce has extended its association with the Aldeburgh Festival by producing its programme brochure for the seventh year running.

The brochure details all the planned events for the 17-day 2006 festival and is being distributed ahead of the opening of ticket sales for the internationally-renowned celebration of music and the arts.

Colcheser-based Silk Pearce's design will also provide the visual theme for the festival with images and other design elements from the brochure extending on to concert programme covers, posters, advertising and other promotional literature.

The theme is based on a series of photo montages with scenes from around the world juxtaposed with images of the town of Aldeburgh and Snape Maltings where the festival is based, along with Aldeburgh Productions which organises the event.

Around 57,000 programme brochures are being printed, with the first batch being mailed to sponsors, advanced booking list members and Friends of the Festival. The remainder will then be distributed more widely from next week and through tourist offices and other information points across the UK and overseas. Public ticket sales open on Tuesday, April 4.

“We are delighted to be taking such a central role in the promotion of this prestigious music event,” said Peter Silk, joint creative director at Silk Pearce. “We always try and produce something special for the festival and its loyal supporters and we think this year's design is one of our very best.”

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Margaret Levin, head of marketing for Aldeburgh Productions, added: “Once again we are delighted to be working with Silk Pearce and are quite certain that their exciting and interesting brochure designs play a key role in promoting the Aldeburgh Festival year on year.”

In addition to the flagship June festival, which revolves largely around classical music but also includes related exhibitions and events, Aldeburgh Productions promotes concerts throughout the year including the Snape Proms in August and the Spring festival at Easter.

The organisation also has an extensive education and community programme and runs The Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, a unique training opportunity for the development of talented young professional musicians; this programme was established in 1972 and was the first in the country.