Live performances with audience continue at the Snape Maltings Concert Hall

Snape Maltings Concert Hall to reopen for live performances with audience from 21 August

Britten Pears Arts is thrilled to announce that it will host live music-making again in Snape Maltings Concert Hall from Friday 21 August, following the latest government announcement, becoming one of the first venues in the UK to return to regular concerts for a live audience.

Live music-making continues at Snape Maltings Concert Hall following a hugely successful first weekend (21 – 23 August), becoming one of the first venues in the UK to return to regular concerts for a live audience.

Bringing together some of the musicians who would have performed during this year’s Aldeburgh Festival and Snape Proms, in addition to other star performers, Britten Pears Arts is offering short concerts every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There are two performances per day, as well as some free informal pop-up outdoor performances by local musicians.

To give as many people as possible the opportunity to enjoy the return of live music at Snape Maltings, Britten Pears Arts is offering an innovative ticket approach for its afternoon concerts. Every afternoon performance across the weekends is ‘Pay What You Can’, so that audiences can hear 45 minutes of high-quality live music at a price they feel they can afford. All evening performances are priced at £15 per ticket.

This weekend features songs and stories from singer and entertainer Joe Stilgoe (28 Aug); the London Philharmonic Orchestra strings conducted by Antonio Pappano performing Schoenberg’s Verklaerte Nacht and Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, horn and strings with soloists Toby Spence and John Ryan (29 Aug) and accordionist Samuele Telari performing JS Bach’s Goldberg Variations (30 Aug). Concerts each day at 2pm and 7pm.

The first weekend in September sees the return of violinists Nicola Benedetti and Alina Ibragimova with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and conductor Jonathan Cohen for a performance of Double Violin Concertos by Bach and Vivaldi (4 Sept). Pianist Clare Hammond makes her Snape debut performing works by Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov, Lili Boulanger and Gershwin (5 Sept) and Jess Gillam gives a recital with pianist Zeynep Özsuca featuring works by Poulenc, Dowland, Piazzolla and Graham Fitkin (6 Sept). Concerts each day at 3pm and 7pm and tickets go on sale on Saturday 29 August at 10am.

On 11-13 September there will be a short break from public concerts as residencies take over the venues at Snape Maltings as part of Festival of New, the highpoint of Britten Pears Arts year-round work nurturing innovative artists pushing boundaries across a hugely diverse range of music. Artists include Dom BouffardEmily LevyJoin the DinJoseph Peach & Charlie GreyLetty StottMax Baillie & Vahakn MatossianMaz O’ConnorNadine BenjaminNick RyanNishla SmithShruthi & ReylonThabo Mkwananzi, and Thick & Tight. Some of the residencies will be filmed and the work-in-development shared at a later date.

The Doric Quartet presents a programme of Mozart, Mendelssohn and Haydn string quartets (18 Sept). Folk musicians Kathryn Tickell and Amy Thatcher perform Northumbrian airs and reels (19 Sept) and pianist Julian Joseph gives a solo recital of jazz standards and his own works (20 Sept). There will also be opportunities for young musicians to perform, as part of Britten Pears Arts year-round programme of support and development.

The safety of Britten Pears Arts’ audience, artists and staff is its top priority, and this may mean that line-ups, capacity and pricing may change at short notice.

Full listings and tickets for the first weekend online click here (telephone: 01728 687110)

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