About us

Snape Maltings is a place of energy and inspiration – one of the world’s leading centres of music and a visitor destination of outstanding natural beauty.

Located on the stunning Suffolk coast, Snape Maltings brings together outstanding concerts and events, distinctive independent shops, cafés, galleries and walks, all set against a breathtaking expanse of reeds, water and sky.

Snape Maltings’ creative campus has grown out of the Aldeburgh Festival, founded by Benjamin Britten in 1948 and now one of Europe’s leading classical music events taking place each June. Britten’s vision for Snape Maltings remains at the heart of our work – a place international in its reach while rooted in its local communities; a place where international stars, young artists and audience members come to broaden their horizons in an exhilarating environment.

In addition to world-class events ranging from classical to folk and jazz, Snape Maltings is renowned as a centre for artist development, ranging from promising under-18s from East Anglia to the world’s best emerging professional musicians. We also run inspirational learning and inclusion projects, using music to improve the lives of young people in Lowestoft and Ipswich, people living with dementia and Parkinson’s, and people within the criminal justice system. Over the next 10 years we are expanding this focus to become a national and international hub bringing together musicians, researchers and other practitioners exploring music and health and music’s role in the world.