Stumpy Oak

Summer at Snape’ returns from 31 July – 31 August. The Dome Stage returns with 20 free outdoor performances in a special setting by the river at Snape Maltings from Wednesday – Sunday throughout August and is programmed in association with Serious. 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

  • Vocalist Najma Akhtar and band Five Rivers journey down the Ganges, Niger, Thames, Shannon and Mississippi rivers exploring synergies between the ancient poetic art form of the Indian Ghazala and the Western canon of song (3 Aug, 5.30pm).
  • BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year saxophonist Xhosa Cole and his quartet celebrate Thelonious Monk (4 Aug, 5.30pm).
  • Ukrainian harpist Alina Bzhezhinska leads her HipHarp Quartet and has been hailed by the Evening Standard as ‘among the best contemporary harpists’ (5 Aug, 5.30pm).
  • Soumik Datta is a sarod virtuoso and composer best known for his collaborations with Beyonce, Jay-Z, Bill Bailey, Nitin Sawhney, Anoushka Shankar and Akram Khan. The sarod is a Hindustani string instrument described as a deeper version of the sitar. Datta is creating a special response to the riverside setting working with a vocalist and instrumentalists (6 Aug, 5.30pm).
  • Syrian qanun player Maya Youssef and her band’s music is rooted in the Arabic classical tradition but forges pathways into jazz, western classical and flamenco styles (7 Aug, 5.30pm)
  • South African cellist Abel Selaocoe returns with kora master Seckou Keita and together they explore and share soulful music created and improvised live specially for this concert (10 Aug, 5.30pm)
  • John Francis Flynn is a singer and guitarist who creates a new vision for the Irish tradition (11 Aug, 5.30pm).
  • Rosie Frater-Taylor is a singer, songwriter and guitarist who blurs the lines between jazz, folk and soul (12 Aug, 5.30pm).
  • Catriona Price and Esther Swift make up Twelfth Day – two young Scottish virtuosos who offer a ground-breaking amalgam of chamber music, Scottish folk music and electronica (13 Aug, 5.30pm).
  • East Anglian ceilidh band Stumpy Oak (14 Aug, 5.30pm).
  • Cuban cellist and composer Ana Carla Maza creates a beautiful mix of classical cello and vocals, drawing on Cuban son, samba, bossa nova, tango, jazz and chanson (17 Aug, 5.30pm).
  • Welsh band VRi draw inspiration from traditional Welsh music whilst exploring new directions. Vri’s debut album received a 5* review in Songlines magazine and numerous award nominations and wins (18 Aug, 5.30pm).
  • Irish multi-award winning jazz vocalist and composer Christine Tobin creates a special show for Snape that draws on the folk and European art song traditions (19 Aug, 5.30pm).
  • Penguin Café leader Arthur Jeffes brings his new trio Penguini (fake Italian for “Little Penguin”) for their world debut on The Dome Stage (20 Aug, 5.30pm).
  • Straddling the worlds of experimental folk, chamber, early and medieval music, performer/composer Laura Cannell is an international artist based in Suffolk. This is the first live performance of her latest record Antiphony of the Trees, inspired by Suffolk birdsong (24 Aug, 5.30pm)
  • Byron Wallen and Nick Ramm now work together in Mulatu Astatke’s touring group. Black Flag is a new live project that reflects their many years of collaboration and is a response to the photography of Annabel Elgar (25 Aug, 5.30pm).
  • British/Bahraini trumpeter Yazz Ahmed seeks to blur the lines between jazz and electronic sound design, bringing together the sounds of her mixed heritage in what has been described as ‘psychedelic Arabic jazz, intoxicating and compelling’.  For the Dome Stage, she makes a special collaboration with vibraphone player Ralph Wyld (26 Aug, 5.30pm).
  • Vibes master and jazz legend Orphy Robinson is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist. With a career spanning 40 years, he has featured on over 100 albums and has created a brand new group for the Dome Stage (27 Aug, 5.30pm).
  • Emily Portman (voice & banjo) & Rob Harbron (concertina, guitar, voice & fiddle) are two of the finest and most distinctive performers on the British folk scene. With multiple accolades for their years of work in different collaborations, now they have formed an inspired new collaboration, creating a boldly stripped-back and intricately woven sound, exploring traditional song alongside new writing (28 Aug, 5.30pm)
  • Firmly rooted in the hard bop tradition, Mark Kavuma’s Banger Factory infuses this musical movement with the energy, attitude and swagger of a new generation of creators. Musically, Mark has a distinctive sound on the trumpet. Hints of gospel music, soul, and spiritual Jazz sit alongside Hard Bop within his compositions. Full of energy, vibe, blues, rhythm, gospel and emotions The Banger Factory are one of the finest and most exciting live acts on the scene. (29 Aug, 5.30pm).
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  • Tickets for The Dome Stage are free, but booking is encouraged and will be available from 2 July.

Summer at Snape: Concert Hall highlights include:

  • 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.