Mu­sic in the marshes

FULL PRE­VIEW OF THIS YEAR’S SNAPE PROMS

EADT Suffolk - - FRONT PAGE - WORDS: Jayne Lindill

What­ever your tastes in mu­sic, the eclec­tic 2018 Snape Proms sea­son is cer­tain to fit the bill this sum­mer. It fea­tures some of the most tal­ented and orig­i­nal artists from the worlds of clas­si­cal, jazz, blues, folk and pop mu­sic, per­form­ing in the world renowned Snape Con­cert Hall.

The Snape Proms opens on Au­gust 1 with the re­turn of the all-singing, all-strum­ming Ukulele Or­ches­tra of Great Bri­tain who, as well as their rein­ter­pre­ta­tions of pop­u­lar clas­sics. Their con­certs are a self-styled col­li­sion of post-punk per­for­mance and toe-tap­ping oldies. From clas­si­cal to clas­sic rock, Spaghetti Western sound­tracks to mu­sic hall, it’s an en­ter­tain­ing mav­er­ick mu­si­cal mix. To add to the fun, the au­di­ence is in­vited to bring their own in­stru­ments for an all-strum­ming mass par­tic­i­pa­tion of The Pro­claimers 500 Miles dur­ing the per­for­mance.

One of the world’s great ex­po­nents of Cuban mu­sic, the for­mer Buena Vista pi­anist Roberto Fon­seca, brings his trio to Snape with the is­land’s trade­mark rhythms and melodies in­fused with Fon­seca’s own imag­i­na­tive touches. An in­tox­i­cat­ing blend of tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary Cuban sounds forged by one of to­day’s most dy­namic com­poser-per­form­ers.

Snape also wel­comes back John Wil­son and BBC 2 Ra­dio’s ev­er­green mu­sic show Friday

Night is Mu­sic Night with the BBC Con­cert Or­ches­tra. Wil­son will also con­duct his own or­ches­tra in Can’t Help Singing – Hol­ly­wood’s Lead­ing Ladies in Con­cert, cel­e­brat­ing the tal­ents of Judy Gar­land, Lena Horne, Alice Faye, and Jeanette MacDon­ald, as well as Julie An­drews, Shirley Jones, and Bar­bra Streisand.

‘The clas­si­cal pro­gramme has a huge amount to of­fer’

From the world of jazz and blues, comes 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.

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, award­win­ning clas­si­cal gui­tarist Miloš Karadagli 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, Dvorák and Men­delssohn.

Young mu­si­cians 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 world renowned Marin Al­sop in­clud­ing a fam­ily con­cert with Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.

Along­side the mu­si­cal of­fer­ings, an ex­hi­bi­tion by painter Ffiona Lewis called Sum­mer Field runs through­out the pro­gramme in the Con­cert Hall Gallery, and in the Dove­cote Stu­dio un­til Au­gust 24.

Lewis’ vi­brant work is in­spired by her new Suf­folk stu­dio and farm. The ex­hi­bi­tion com­prises a large paint­ing se­ries, a pas­tel se­ries, and works on paper.

The Sum­mer Field dip­ty­chs, site-spe­cific for the Dove­cote, are her re­sponse to the vast ta­pes­tries of flora and fauna in the gar­den and sur­round­ing fields.

LEFT: Apollo’s FireABOVE: Jon Bo­den and The Rem­nant Kings

BE­LOW: Lance Elling­ton

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