Aurora Orchestra performs Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique from memory
Leading international artists at Snape Proms include Alison Balsom, Nicola Benedetti, Christian Blackshaw, Ian Bostridge, Jess Gillam, Benjamin Grosvenor and Sheku & Isata Kanneh-Mason and Phillippe Herreweghe
Young artists include the National Youth Orchestra of China, National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, singers of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme and Britten-Pears Baroque Orchestra
The jazz line-up includes Clare Teal & Guy Barker, The Swingles, Pee Wee Ellis, Swinging at The Cotton Club, Bill Laurance Trio, and Director of Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra, Pete Long
Folk and country music from Blazin’ Fiddles, The Shires, Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys and Oysterband
Pop and popular classics from Gilbert O’Sullivan, Foden Brass Band, Don McLean, Rick Wakeman, and BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Lesley Garrett
Family events include Peppa Pig – My First Concert and James Campbell’s stand-up comedy for children
Snape Maltings mark 20 years of continuous collaboration with HMP Warren Hill with spotlight on the work throughout August
Snape Maltings is one of the world’s leading centres of music, hosting outstanding concerts and festivals throughout the year. This year’s Snape Proms returns 1-31 August for a month of music, featuring some of the best artists from the worlds of classical music, jazz, blues, folk and pop.
Leading Orchestras and Artists
Violinist Nicola Benedetti joins forces with Aurora Orchestra for a performance of Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.1 which is set alongside Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, played from memory (29 Aug). Siblings Sheku & Isata Kanneh-Mason showcase the cello’s lyric qualities with a programme of Beethoven, Debussy, Lutosławski, Fauré and Mendelssohn (8 Aug). Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor brings his fresh approach to landmark works of the Romantic repertoire (11 Aug) and Christian Blackshaw presents an all-Mozart recital (23 Aug). Trumpeter Alison Balsom and her hand-picked ensemble play a selection of baroque concertos and orchestral works (25 Aug) whilst award-winning saxophonist Jess Gillam presents a wide-ranging programme of everything from baroque to cabaret song (18 Aug). Tenor Ian Bostridge sings songs by Schubert and Mahler with pianist Julius Drake (20 Aug).
Developing Young Artists
The development of young artists has always been central to Snape Maltings’ vision. China’s finest young musicians make their UK debut (7 Aug), conducted by Ludovic Morlot. The programme includes Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 ‘Emperor’ performed by Garrick Ohlsson, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 and Sunlight and Twilight from The Tianjin Suite by Ye Xiaogang’s, one of China’s foremost classical composers. The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and guest conductor Robert Hollingworth perform their programme Alchemy? celebrating all the components that come together, science, the voice, vowel spectrum, harmony choices and acoustics to make sound (13 Aug). Singers of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme and Britten-Pears Baroque Orchestra are conducted by one of today’s finest Bach interpreters Phillippe Herreweghe in the composer’s rarely heard Missa Brevis alongside two of his Leipzig cantatas for choir soloists and orchestra.
Jazz & Blues
Clare Teal and her all-star nine-piece big band celebrate the Great American and British Songbooks, with arrangements by trumpeter Guy Barker and pianist Jason Rebello (1 Aug). The Swingles take the audience on an a cappella journey through the ages with jazz arrangements of Bach to the singer-songwriters of the 60s and 70s (2 Aug). One of the best saxophonists of the last half-century, Pee Wee Ellis is the founding father of jazz-funk and he is joined by three outstanding European jazz musicians pianist Jason Rebello, bass player Alec Dankworth and drummer Julie Saury (5 Aug). Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra with The Lindy Hop Dance Company recreate the music of New York’s legendary nightclub of the 1920s and 1930s, the Cotton Club (9 Aug), whilst one of today’s most original and creative forces, Snarky Puppy keyboard player Bill Laurance and his trio perform feel-good funk (22 Aug). Following in the footsteps of Duke Ellington and Gustav Holst, director of Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra Pete Long was inspired to write his own full-length suite for jazz orchestra based on Holst’s The Planets (31 Aug).
Folk and country music
Each member of the Blazin’ Fiddles showcases music from their part of the Highlands and Islands, performing everything from stomping dances and whirling reels to softly sung ballads, mixing melodies passed down the centuries and original tunes (3 Aug). The Shires have become one of the leading country music acts in the UK and across the pond. This intimate performance combines the Nashville sound with pop music and their quintessentially British-country sound (10 Aug). Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys combine Celtic tunes and traditional folk ballads with rock-tinged blues and pop (24 Aug) whilst winner of 5 BBC Folk Awards Oysterband performs with their usual ferocious energy, a set reflecting a growing depth and sensitivity in their songwriting (26 Aug).
Pop and popular classics
Irish-born singer-songwriter Gilbert O’Sullivan performs his 19th album inspired by subject matters as diverse as transatlantic politics to the distractions of technology (12 Aug). More than 40 years after he first performed at Snape Maltings, keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman returns with an evening of piano performances and ‘one-sided’ anecdotal conversation (15 Aug). Foden Brass Band, now ranked as one of the finest brass bands in the world, performs brass band classics and solo showpieces to soundtracks including Fantasia and the James Bond franchise (17 Aug). Don McLean makes his Snape Maltings debut giving a solo performance featuring music that spans five decades including hits such as Vincent (Starry Night), Crying, Babylon and Castles in the Air (27 Aug). BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night returns for a live broadcast from Snape Proms (28 Aug) featuring the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Bramwell Tovey and joined by soprano Lesley Garrett. They perform music ranging from popular classics and film music, to songs from the shows and jazz standards.
Ben Parry and Aldeburgh Voices lead a family sing-along of popular show-tunes straight from Broadway and the West End (17 Aug). Peppa Pig comes to Snape Maltings for her first classical concert to learn about the different sounds that instruments make (18 Aug). Story-teller, author and comedian James Campbell is Britain’s only stand-up comedian for children, performing a mixture of surreal comedy and storytelling (25 Aug).
20 years of collaboration with HMP Warren Hill
Snape Maltings has one of the longest continuous partnerships with a local prison among arts organisations in the UK and 2019 marks 20 years of its work with HMP Warren Hill, helping prisoners rehabilitate themselves. Throughout the whole of August, there is a unique exhibition featuring a wide range of fine art, craft, writing and music from the region entered into the 2019 Koestler Awards for arts in criminal justice: the artistic direction is led by the music group at HMP Warren Hall who worked together with Snape Maltings; team to compose three songs, which lead visitors through the exhibits. A day long showcase featuring workshops and performances exploring the use of the arts as a tool for rehabilitation and prevention brings together national partners to share and showcase the work happening in the Suffolk community (24 Aug).