Britten Pears Arts has something on offer for everyone this Christmas. From family friendly concerts in Snape Maltings Concert Hall and Britten Studio, to a breath-taking outdoor light installation, festive treats in the shops and a visit from Father Christmas himself, the whole family can get into the festive spirit at Snape Maltings. 

Christmas Concerts

Handel’s Messiah

Award-wining ensembles Tenebrae and the Academy of Ancient Music are joined by a line-up of star soloists led by conductor Nigel Short– soprano Grace Davidson, alto Martha McLorinnan, tenor James Gilchrist and bass Matthew Brook – to perform Handel’s much-loved oratorio, Messiah, which journeys through the life, Passion and resurrection of Christ (Friday 17 December, 7pm, Snape Maltings Concert Hall).

Bryn Terfel and Friends

Bass-baritone Bryn Terfel sings seasonal songs and carols accompanied by folk group Calan and harpist Hannah Stone (Saturday 18 December, 4pm, Snape Maltings Concert Hall).

London Gay Men’s Chorus

London Gay Men’s Chorus performs an array of Christmas classics, pop hits, carols and numbers from musicals, including All I Care About is LoveCome What MayCarol of The BellsSilent Night and Feliz Navidad (Saturday 18 December, 7.30pm, Snape Maltings Concert Hall).

Family Shows

The Snowman with live orchestra

Watching The Snowman at Christmas has become a Christmas tradition and experiencing it on the big screen and accompanied by live orchestra adds to the magic for families. Ben Parry conducts The Suffolk Ensemble, joined by Britten Pears Arts’ choir for young people in Suffolk, Group A (Sunday 19 December, 1.30pm & 4.30pm, Snape Maltings Concert Hall).

Christmas Spectacular

The Co-op Juniors Theatre Company presents Co-op Juniors Christmas Spectacular! 2021. With a cast of 100 and a live orchestra, audiences will be treated to music, dance, dazzling costumes and stage effects. The Toy Soldiers prepare to parade back on to stage to bring the spirit of Christmas to life, as they recreate The Nativity, visit Santa’s Workshop and attend the Tree Lighting Ceremony (Friday 3 – Sunday 12 December, 13 performances – all times listed here, Snape Maltings Concert Hall).

The Maple Tree

The Maple Tree is a non-verbal show devised and performed by City of London Sinfonia musicians, for anyone – from young children to older adults – who wishes to experience orchestral music. In this short, relaxed concert, join the musicians on a journey into the woods and enjoy music inspired by soaring birds, great tress, buzzing bees and warmth of the fireside. The family performance is suitable for those with young children who may prefer space to move around, make noise and come in and out of the space. The relaxed performance is designed to enable people to enjoy it, especially those who might find usual concert conditions more challenging (Friday 17 December, 11am family performance & 1.30pm relaxed performance, Britten Studio, Snape Maltings).

Father Christmas at Snape Quay

Watch Father Christmas sail around the narrows of the River Alde and disembark at Snape Maltings Quay in this heart-warming Suffolk tradition for people of all ages (Sunday 19 December, 12.30pm, Snape Maltings).

Keyworker Thanks

Snape Maltings will be the first destination for artist Oliver Hill’s beautiful outdoor light installation Keyworker Thanks. Situated on the Henry Moore Lawn at Snape Maltings the installation will express gratitude to keyworkers and there will be special events offering the chance to send a message of thanks to be illuminated in light. Keyworker Thanks takes place at various times from 3 – 19 December.