NEW! Snape Maltings – January to April 2020

22/11/2019

Snape Maltings Spring 2020 Concerts and Events

Highlights include:

  • Friday Lunchtime concerts from January to April from young international performers
  • BBC Radio 3’s Big Chamber Weekend features four recent New Generation Artists performing Mozart, Debussy and Tchaikovsky
  • Music of the Baroque and Renaissance from Britten Sinfonia, The Sixteen and Mahan Esfahani over Easter Weekend
  • Be My Superstar: a new opera for teenagers
  • English Touring Opera presents Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte, Handel’s Giulio Cesare and The Extraordinary Adventures of You and Me an opera for young children
  • Performances by outstanding musicians include cabaret singer Barb Jungr and pianist Mitsuko Uchida

Snape Maltings is one of the world’s leading centres of music hosting outstanding concerts and events throughout the year, from the flagship Aldeburgh Festival – one of the world’s most significant classical festivals – to the broad range of music (including folk, world music and jazz) at the Snape Proms. Its reputation as a leading international creative campus including research, experimentation and development continues to grow.

Friday Lunchtime Concerts: January to April

Each Friday from January to April Snape Maltings presents Friday Lunchtime Concerts in Aldeburgh’s Jubilee Hall and Snape Maltings’ Britten Studio from brilliant young chamber ensembles from the UK and abroad. Highlights include wind quintet the Magnard Ensemble performing Tomasi, Klughardt, Butler and Knussen (24 & 31 Jan); the Ebonit Saxophone Quartet with programmes to include Prokofiev and Rimsky-Korsakov (21 & 28 Feb); the Bukolika Piano Trio playing Schumann, Haydn and Ravel (6 & 13 Mar); early music group Ensemble Hesperi exploring Scottish baroque music (20 & 27 Mar) and Trio Sōra performing Beethoven Piano Trios (3 Apr).

Each year in the early spring, exceptional emerging chamber musicians come to Snape to study intensively and rehearse with mentoring from eminent musicians. The flagship chamber music masterclass course of the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme takes place this February with four concerts on 7 and 14 February with coaching from Isabel CharisiusOwen DalbyBjørg LewisGeoff Nuttall and Alasdair Tait.

BBC Radio 3 Big Chamber Weekend, Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 February

For 20 years, the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme has given valuable concert and broadcasting experience to some of the world’s most brilliant and talented young artists. This weekend welcomes four recent members of the scheme: violinist Aleksey Semenenko, violist Eivind Ringstad, cellist Anastasia Kobekina and pianist Elizabeth Brauss. The weekend features three concerts focusing on the substantial and expressive music of Mozart, Debussy and Tchaikovsky. Repertoire includes Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio Op. 50 (Sat 22 Feb, 7.30pm) and his piano cycle The Seasons (Sun 23 Feb, 2pm); Mozart’s six movement Divertimento for violin, viola and cello which is rarely heard in concert today (Sun 23 Feb, 4pm) and Debussy’s Cello Sonata written in the final years of his life (Sat 22 Feb, 7.30pm).

English Touring Opera: Thursday 12 – Saturday 14 March

English Touring Opera (ETO) presents a new production of Mozart’s joyful comedy Cosi fan Tutte which explores young love and fidelity. It is directed by Laura Attridge and Holly Mathieson conducts ETO’s period orchestra, the Old Street Band (Thurs 12 & Fri 13 Mar, 7.30pm).

The Extraordinary Adventures of You and Me is an opera recommended for 2 – 5-year-olds written and directed by Ruth Mariner with music by Omar Shahryar whose hero Mackenzie discovers on a trip to a museum that his pencil case has magic powers (Sat 14 Mar, 3pm).

Handel’s epic opera Giulio Cesare returns in an adapted stage revival of their widely acclaimed 2017 production led by ETO’s Artistic Director, James Conway and conducted by Jonathan Peter Kenny (Sat 14 Mar, 7.30pm).

Easter Weekend: Friday 10 – Sunday 12 April

Easter Weekend at Snape Maltings features music from the Baroque and Renaissance period. Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani described Bach in his recent BBC Radio 3 series devoted to the composer as, ‘my favourite figure in all of history: the master of masters, the big wig in the sky’. His recital at Aldeburgh Church features Bach’s French Dance Suites, set alongside music appropriate to Passiontide season including Tallis and Pachelbel (Fri 10 April, 7.30pm).

The Sixteen and Harry Christophers celebrate 20 years of their annual Choral Pilgrimage in 2020 with a programme inspired by music from the Sistine Chapel. It focuses on four composers – Victoria, Josquin, Anerio and Allegri – all of whom had an association with the Chapel at some point during their career. The programme includes Allegri’s Miserere which is perhaps the most famous piece of sacred music ever written (Sat 11 Apr, 7.30pm).

Bach’s St Matthew Passion is one of the masterpieces of Western art that is both uplifting and profoundly moving. Jacqueline Shave directs Britten Sinfonia and its acclaimed vocal consort from the violin, and they are joined by a stellar cast including Nicholas Mulroy (Evangelist); Roderick Williams (Christus); soprano Lucy Crowe and counter tenor Timothy Mead (Sun 12 Apr, 3pm).

Be My Superstar is a new immersive opera for everyone aged for 14 and above. Devised by Alexandra Lacroix with music by Šimon Voseček, it deals with bullying and explores what cruelty we are capable of, how far would we be prepared to go and whether the perpetrator can become the victim. Performed by two singers – Astrid Stockman and Logan Lopez Gonzalez with Spectra Ensemble and Ipswich & Lowestoft young performers (Sat 11 April, 5pm).

Performances by outstanding musicians: Barb Jungr & Mitsuko Uchida

INK Festival presents jazz and cabaret singer Barb Jungr who brings her inimitable style to the songs of Bob Dylan and Jacques Brel (Sat 25 Jan).

Mitsuko Uchida’s ability to turn any concert hall into an intimate space is the perfect match for Snape’s warm acoustic. Her renowned lightness of touch and luminous tone in Mozart is a joy to experience and she performs his Sonata in F. This is coupled with Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations which she describes as ‘one of the greatest piano pieces ever written’ (Fri 24 Apr, 7.30pm).

Development of Young Artists

The development of young artists has always been central to Snape Maltings’ vision and Aldeburgh Young Musicians’ (AYM) approach towards creative music making is unique. Young musicians work together as equals, collaborating with peers and professional artists to encourage the creative exchange of ideas. Through intensive residential courses, professional advice, mentoring and performance opportunities, AYM nurtures the creative, innovative and distinctive musicians of tomorrow.

AYM Open Sessions offer a glimpse of the work being created through Snape Residencies. The International Beethoven Pastoral Project reflects the relationship between creativity and nature, and current concern about environmental neglect. AYMs explore these topics in music, composition and performance (Fri 21 Feb, 4pm).

AYMs have been exploring contemporary opera alongside a group of opera practitioners – composer Tom Coult, writer Cordelia Lynn, writer-director Gareth Mattey and composer-vocalist Héloïse Werner. They ask what opera means now and what it could be in the future, by acting as composers, librettists, directors and performers. In this Open Session, AYM present their own brand-new operatic scenes, built from the ground up (Fri 17 Apr, 4pm).

Palestinian oud player and composer Saied Silbak, flautist and singer Katie McDonald and guitarist and improviser Paul Griffiths come from diverse backgrounds but are united in their approach: to explore different cultural and sonic languages and find new avenues of expression through collaborative composition. With this team, the AYMs will explore the rhythmic, modal, melodic and microtonal aspects of Arabic music alongside gaining an understanding of its cultural context. A series of new compositions, improvisations, poems and writings will be performed (Fri 29 May, 4pm).

Tickets Available online click here or telephone 01728 687110

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