Archbishop of Canterbury to preach at Aldeburgh Festival service

Justin Welby
Image caption The Archbishop of Canterbury will preach at the festival's opening service

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is to preach at the service to open the Aldeburgh Festival in Suffolk.

The 66th festival is commemorating the centenary of composer Benjamin Britten, who was born in Suffolk and lived in the town for many years.

A large screen will be put up outside the church of St Peter and St Paul to relay the service on Sunday.

The archbishop said he was "honoured" to participate in the festival service at Britten's home church.

"It is a huge privilege and a great honour that so early in his time as Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby has accepted the invitation to preach in Aldeburgh," said the vicar, Canon Nigel Hartley.

"His diary is very full, and the last event at which he preached was the 60th anniversary of the Queen's Coronation on Tuesday in Westminster Abbey."

The service, which begins at 10:30 BST, will include Britten's Missa Brevis, sung by the boy choristers of King's College Cambridge.

Britten and his partner, the tenor Peter Pears, are buried at the church.

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