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Enjoy Music and Culture at This Year’s Snape Proms

The Snape Maltings are situated in the small but beautifully picturesque Suffolk village of Snape. Throughout the year, visitors from near and far can visit the Maltings to enjoy its boutiques and craft shops, locally sourced produce, and expertly curated art shows. The Maltings are a wonderful place to visit if you are spending time on the Suffolk coast and looking for cultural enrichment alongside your beachfront walks and fish and chips. During the month of August, however, the Maltings are transformed and really come alive thanks to the world famous Snape Proms.

The event has been run successfully for the past decade, and the number of bands and orchestras performing at the event has grown year on year: this year should certainly be no exception, with musicians from all over the world already booked to descent on Snape for a month of culture, music and fun. Folk, roots, world, jazz, classical – whatever kind of music you most enjoy, you’ll find at least one concert that you won’t want to miss at the Snape Proms. In order to create the perfect music arena, the seats at the front of the Snape Concert Hall (considered by many to be one of the world’s greatest concert venues) are removed, to ensure that the venue is as safe as possible for the concert goers and to increase the venue’s capacity whilst still fulfilling all of the requirements of its public liability insurance and to maintain the high standards of safety that the site prides itself on.

The Highlights From this Year’s Programme

With 34 high profile acts performing at the Snape Proms this year, and a concert every evening throughout the full month of August, it is very difficult to select the best acts from the programme. However there are some acts that are sure to sell out within hours of being released, and which certainly shouldn’t be missed. Here are just some of them:

Ladysmith Black Mambosa
Ladysmith Black Mambosa is an all male a cappella singing group from South Africa, often referred to as South Africa’s greatest cultural ambassadors. The group injects fun and vitality into every performance they undertake, and their most recent album Walking in the Footsteps of Our Fathers was nominated as the Best World Music Album in this year’s Grammy Awards: the groups 17th Grammy nomination. This is sure to be a highlight of the Proms summer programme, and tickets are expected to sell out fast.

Ladysmith Black Mambosa will be performing at the Proms on Wednesday 2 August.

 

 

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Loudon Wainwright III

Loudon Wainwright III, head of the famous Wainwright dynasty, is one of America’s greatest singer song writers. A folk singer whose career is now in it’s fifth decade, Wainwright’s accurate lyrics and talent for creating engaging tunes means that his fascinating autobiographically inspired performance is sure to attract visitors from all over the country. This is Loudon Wainwright’s first visit to the Snape Proms, but fans are already hoping it won’t be his last.

Loudon Wainwright III will be performing at the Proms on Friday 25 August

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

Injecting some traditional, classical music into the Proms, the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain will be performing on the third day of the event. Thomas Adès will conduct the programme which will combine Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring with Ade’s own celestial-inspired creation Polaris. This clever and inspiring programme will literally take you to the heavens.

The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain will be performing at the Proms on Thursday 3 August.

Getting Involved

General booking for the events opens on the 16th May, and tickets cost from just £8 each. Why not coincide your Suffolk holiday with some of your favourite acts to create a truly memorable cultural getaway? For anyone that misses out on the tickets they were hoping for, the venue holds back 20 tickets for each performance which are sold to the general public on the morning of the show, meaning that you’ll still have a chance to see all the shows on your wish list.

The Snape Proms are a true highlight of Suffolk’s summer events programme, and should definitely not be missed.

 

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