Snape Proms 1 to 31 August 2018

The 2018 Snape Proms season will feature some of the best artists from the worlds of classical music, jazz, blues, folk and pop performing in Suffolk’s world-renowned concert hall at Snape Maltings.

Snape Proms

The Snape Proms begin with the return of the all-singing, all-strumming Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain who, as well as their reinterpretations of popular classics, invite the audience to bring their own ukuleles and join in. Snape Maltings also welcomes back Proms favourites the John Wilson Orchestra, and BBC 2 Radio’s evergreen music show Friday Night is Music Night with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

The Dime Notes

From the world of jazz and blues, experience the ‘genuine cool’ of Georgie Fame and the BBC Big Band, the blues-drenched New Orleans sound of The Dime Notes and the mind-blowing collaboration between Courtney Pine and soul pioneer Omar. Newcomer Hailey Tuck performs music from her chart-topping debut album, Paul Jones’ all-star quintet The Blues Band hosts an evening to celebrate rhythm and blues, and the Piccadilly Dance Orchestra is teaming up, for its 30th birthday, with Strictly Come Dancing singer Lance Ellington for a night of Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Cole Porter. The Proms season ends with an intimate solo performance from South Africa’s legendary jazz pianist Abdullah Ibrahim.

The Folk and Roots line-up features ex-Bellowhead frontman Jon Boden with his new group The Remnant Kings, Altan’s captivating sounds of Donegal, Nashville’s Gretchen Peters, and celebrated American baroque orchestra Apollo’s Fire with Appalachian folk classics including I wonder as I wander.

Youth Orchestra

The classical programme has a huge amount to offer this year, including the Snape Maltings debut of Daniel Barenboim and his pioneering West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, a performance of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony from memory by the Aurora Orchestra, award-winning classical guitarist Miloš Karadaglić performing music from Bach to The Beatles. Pianist Christian Blackshaw brings a new collaboration with principal players of the Berliner Philharmoniker and one of the world’s greatest quartets, the Takács String Quartet, performs music by Mozart, Dvořák and Mendelssohn.

Young musicians also have a strong presence, with performances from the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Suffolk Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, as well as three concerts featuring the Britten-Pears Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop including a family concert with Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.

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