BrittenPears Arts, run by the former BBC Proms director Roger Wright, has put together a summer program that pits strongly against the BBC’s. Here’s the rundown:
Britten Pears Arts is delighted to announce the return of ‘Summer at Snape’ from 31 July – 31 August. Snape Maltings Concert Hall will host daily concerts featuring outstanding artists and ensembles from the worlds of classical music, jazz, blues, folk, and pop. The Dome Stage returns with 20 free outdoor performances in a special setting by the river at Snape Maltings from Wednesday – Sunday throughout August.
• Summer at Snape welcomes the newly formed Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra conducted by Keri-Lynn Wilson
• Visiting orchestras include London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle, Academy of Ancient Music, BBC Concert Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Chineke! Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Philharmonia Orchestra, & Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra
• International artists include trumpeter Alison Balsom, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, guitarist Miloš and pianists Christian Blackshaw, Angela Hewitt and Katia & Marielle Labèque
• Choral and Chamber music from The Kingdom Choir, The King’s Singers, Cuarteto Casals, the Emerson Quartet and Takács Quartet
• Two films with live music: The New European Ensemble joins forces with Dutch film director Lucas van Woerkum to present a brand-new silent film inspired by Mahler and Manchester Camerata and conductor Ben Palmer play live to Charlie Chaplin’s silent film ‘The Kid’.
• The jazz, blues and contemporary line-up includes singer and cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Joe Stilgoe Trio, pianist Jason Moran, Julian Bliss Septet, Piccadilly Dance Orchestra, The Swingles and Vadé • Folk and country music from Judy Collins, Martha Wainwright and Dustbowl Revival • Popular classics from piano duo Worbey & Farrell and Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band • The Dome Stage returns with 20 free performances in a special setting by the river at Snape Maltings
Snape Maltings Concert Hall
– The BBC Concert Orchestra and conductor Barry Wordsworth performing rousing and enchanting orchestral pieces by British composers, including Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending and Arthur Bliss’ ballet score, Checkmate (1 Aug).
– Britten Pears Arts welcomes the newly formed Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra as part of a European and US tour this summer. Brought together by the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and the Polish National Opera, the brand-new orchestra with Canadian-Ukrainian conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson includes recently refugeed Ukrainian musicians, Ukrainian members of European orchestras and some of the top musicians of Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv, Odesa and elsewhere in Ukraine. The Ukraine Ministry of Culture is granting a special exemption to their military-age male orchestral players, allowing them to participate in a remarkable demonstration of the power of art over adversity (8 Aug).
– The Academy of Ancient Music brings a wide-ranging program of works from close friends JS Bach and Telemann, and from grand French courtly dances to vivacious Polish folk music (9 Aug). – The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra celebrates timeless classical music in a concert of film favorites conducted by Timothy Redmond, from the instantly recognisable themes of ‘Chariots of Fire’ and ‘Bridge Over the River Kwai’ to top of the slow movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in ‘The King’s Speech’ (10 Aug).
– Manchester Camerata and conductor Ben Palmer bring to life one of the greatest films of the silent era, Charlie Chaplin’s 1921 film ‘The Kid’ (13 Aug).
– To present a poetic collage of Mahler’s symphonies, the New European Ensemble will perform extracts to accompany a new silent film, ‘The Echo of Being’, inspired by the composer’s life by Dutch film director Lucas van Woerkum, who will synchronise the music live during the performance. The film cast is led by actors Amira Casar (Call Me By Your Name) and Greg Wise (The Crown) (20 Aug).
– The Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Anu Tali perform music from two great ballet scores: Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet (16 Aug).
– The London Symphony Orchestra and conductor Sir Simon Rattle return to Snape Maltings for a concert which features Bruckner’s Symphony No.7 and Sibelius’ tone poems (21 Aug).
Sisters Katia and Marielle Labèque showcase music for two pianos by Debussy, Ravel, and Philip Glass (6 Aug).
– Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii, who has been blind since birth, presents a program of romantic piano classics by Beethoven, Liszt and Chopin (7 Aug).
— Angela Hewitt’s piano recital features JS Bach’s Preludes and Fugues from Book II of The Well-Tempered Clavier and Brahms’ Sonata No. 3 in F minor (11 Aug).
– Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason joins Chineke! Orchestra and conductor Kevin John Edusei for a program which includes Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto (25 Aug).
– Classical guitarist Miloš brings his charismatic approach to a wide-ranging program of works by Villa Lobos, Bach, Albeniz and Sor (28 Aug).
– Pianist Christian Blackshaw returns to Snape Maltings with Spanish string quartet Cuarteto Casals, which celebrates its 25th anniversary with a program of Haydn, Shostakovich and Dvořák (30 Aug). Trumpeter Alison Balsom joins the Britten Sinfonia and conductor Scott Stroman to perform pieces from her newly released album including arrangements of two much-loved concertos, Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, together with jazz-influenced pieces by Copland, Barber and Stravinsky (31 Aug).
Ensemble & Chamber Music
– Grammy award-winning a capella ensemble The King’s Singers performs songs inspired by birdsong and flight, written across 500 years, taking in Schubert, Ravel, the Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Beth Orton and Laura Mvula (5 Aug).
– Two internationally acclaimed string quartets perform: the Grammy award-winning Emerson Quartet bring a program of Schubert, Brahms and George Walker (24 Aug) and the Takács Quartet, play Haydn, Coleridge-Taylor and Schubert (17 Aug).
Jazz & Blues
– London-born singer-songwriter and cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson welcomes musical friends to join her as she performs her unique blend of classically infused jazz, reggae and soul, presenting a night of song and storytelling (22 Aug).
– The UK chart-topping Joe Stilgoe Trio makes a welcome return to Snape with new takes on jazz classics as well as Stilgoe’s own songs (12 Aug).
– Jazz pianist Jason Moran performs music by his heroes alongside his own compositions (14 Aug). — The Julian Bliss Septet presents Jazz in Hollywood, an evening of nostalgia with music from wartime musicals to classic Disney films (22 Aug).
– The Piccadilly Dance Orchestra brings music from The Roaring Twenties (23 Aug). – Grammy award-winning acapella group The Swings is joined by R&B vocal quintet Vadé for a program of songs from around the world (29 Aug).
Folk and country music
– Canadian-American folk-pop singer-songwriter and poet Martha Wainwright and her 4-piece band perform songs from her recent album, ‘Love will be reborn’, documenting her own pursuit of happiness (2 Aug).
Los-Angeles based group Dustbowl Revival push the boundaries of American roots music, performing funk and folk with a theatrical twist (3 Aug).
– American singer-songwriter and musician Judy Collins, who has appeared in the Grammy Hall of Fame, brings imaginative interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk standards, as well as her own original poetic compositions (26 Aug).