Music in the marshes
FULL PREVIEW OF THIS YEAR’S SNAPE PROMS
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