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Festival of New

7 - 9 September 2018

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A new addition to our calendar, Festival of New was a whirlwind two days of freshly-devised music, exploring some of the most exciting work being made in the UK. All of it was made at Snape in residencies that take place in our Creative Campus throughout the year.

Festival of New was generously supported by the Boltini Trust, John Ellerman Foundation, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Help Musicians UK, and PRS Foundation

Perhaps Contraption

Charly Jolly tenor sax / voice
Mickey McMillan trombone / voice / sound design
Yusuf Narcin bass trombone / voice
Catherine Ring glockenspiel / xylophone / percussion / voice
Jin Theriault soprano sax / voice
Iain Mcdonald E-flat sousaphone / voice
Riccardo Castellani drums
Laetitia Stott French horn / voice
Christo Squier flute / tenor sax / voice / sound design

Lucy Ridley Movement Direction
Christo Squier Artistic Direction

Perhaps Contraption are a 9-piece progressive brass band from London. They are constructing a dynamic new show for arts centres and theatres, with the potential for site specific and street performances. It will connect the fringes of art pop, avant rock, post-minimalism and physical theatre. It’s probable that the finished work will also feature detailed lighting design, projection mapping, set design and have an accompanying album.

As yet there is no working title, but as material is generated and reflected upon, we realise we are telling stories relating to life on a cosmic and subatomic level, with poignant reminders that between these immense and baffling themes, we fall in love, we do the washing up, we sneeze, we die, and so on.


Horse Whisperer: Plancti

Max Syed-Tollan
Jimi Maffei
Virginia Izquierdo
Rachel Currie
Robbie Lucas

Presented here in an early stage of development, the new opera tentatively entitled ‘Plancti’ will eventually take the form of a website on which the piece endlessly loops. At the Festival of New audiences will have the opportunity to hear instrumental arrangements that will feature in this work performed by a woodwind trio – as well as discussion from composer Max Syed-Tollan regarding the conceptual underpinning of the opera, how the group’s recent residency at Snape built on this, and what the final outcome might look like.

Seven Ways The Blues Can Improve Your Life

Alex Webb piano
China Moses singer
Emrys Baird guitar
Alan Gibson bass

B.B. King Why I Sing the Blues
Memphis Minnie / Dinah Washington Keep on Eating / Fat Daddy
Ma Rainey Jealous Hearted Blues
Lavern Baker Money Blues
Pearly Bailey Tired
Muddy Waters / Koko Taylor I’m a Man/Woman
Bessie Smith Send me to ‘Lectric Chair
Etta James I Just Wanna Make Love to You
Otis Spann The Blues Never Dies

A loving but tongue-in-cheek celebration of the Blues which reveals the music to be one of life’s great self-help manuals. Paris-based jazz, soul and blues singer-songwriter China Moses and pianist and songwriter Alex Webb are joined by members of the UK funk band, The Soul Immigrants, guitarist Emrys Baird and bassist Alan Gibson in workshopping this new approach to one of the great creative sources of Western popular music.


Kafka Fragments, Junk Lectures

Rebecca Hardwick soprano
Mayah Kadish violin

Ollie Brignall Junk Lectures
Kurtág Kafka Fragments part 1

Soprano Rebecca Hardwick worked on an interpretation of Kurtág’s seminal work Kafka Fragments (1986), paired with Junk Lectures (2016) by Oliver Brignall, both for voice and violin. Kurtág’s 40 fleeting ‘microscores’ present an existential study on the extremities of life based on extracts from Kafka’s diaries. Junk Lectures, a companion piece to the Kurtág, reflects these themes, considering the effects of hoarding and waste in modern culture.


Propellor is a 12-piece daring new cross-genre ensemble of multi-instrumentalists from a variety of musical backgrounds who come together to create an audio-visual journey mapping our collective experience of water backwards from the sea to the sky.

Jack McNeill
Jim Molyneux
Charlie Wild
Aaron Diaz
Martyn Sanderson
Clare O’Connell
Kay Stephen
Robin Beatty
Cath Leech
David Le Page
Sebastiano Dessanay
Tim Southorn

Loom combines recordings across waves, wetlands and water channels with virtuosic instrumental writing, live electronics and video projection to produce an immersive, live experience, challenging perceptions of genre and performance space.

A maelstrom of elemental and soaring instrumental music combines with real world wildness and a very human voice through recorded interview, a surround-sound experience bringing a breathlessness of invention across an hour-long, moving work of scale and ambition.

‘Loom’ is performed in the round with illustrator Bethan Lumb’s emotive sketches and the photography of John Beatty charting a visual response to the music on a large circular ‘pool’ screen. Let your imagination dive into Loom’s journey and seek out your own way of experiencing the piece.


Hanbury & Groves: A Time of Listening

When faced by the death of her childhood friend, Eleanor is forced to come to terms with her past actions. But memory can be an elusive thing and as she deals with her grief, Eleanor begins to re-write their shared history.

Based on academic research and crowd sourced memories, A Time of Listening is not about truth or lies. It is about the intricate wirings of the human mind – how we are programmed to forget and alter what is painful and construct a personal narrative that we can live with.

This new piece of music theatre uses electronics, voice and sound design to question who you think you are and who you used to be.

Emily Phillips, Nia Coleman, Richard Court (also movement director), Eleanor Westbrook, Rob Gildon, Kate Hugget

Alex Groves composer
Rebecca Hanbury director
Grace Venning designer
Ben Jacobs lighting designer
Jamie Man musical director
Tamsin Withers stage manager



NAALA is a London-based singer, song-writer and producer, whose hypnotic electronic RnB sound celebrates her Ghanaian heritage and British upbringing. At Snape’s Festival of New, NAALA will create an immersive synesthetic experience that explores the importance of all senses – in particular, touch, taste, sight and smell – to her music. This concept show builds on ideas that play a huge part in her musical practice and education. NAALA is passionate about using music and harnessing its multisensory potential to support the creativity of young people, marginalized groups and to help develop community-focused arts projects.

Yvette Riby-Williams
Todd Speakman
Oscar Reynolds
Alex Brown
Chris Yeomans
Happiness Adama
Bettie Riby-Williams
Hannah Hutchings-Georgiou


Bastard Assignments

Bastard Assignments are Timothy Cape, Edward Henderson, Caitlin Rowley and Josh Spear, a collective of composer-performers who produce events in London, as well as showing work internationally. Since 2016 they have been developing a shared creative practice, collaboratively developing our work as composer-performers.

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Edward Henderson Give/Take
Josh Spear (with additional choreography by Francesco Migliaccio) Tro//ing
Timothy Cape Already There
Thick and Tight A Happy Birthday
Caitlin Rowley Cake Piece


Ayanna Witter-Johnson

This show features brand new material from a rare new talent as well as songs she wrote during as an Esmée Fairbairn Foundation Open Space artist here at Snape.

Singer, songwriter, cellist, arranger, composer… Ayanna’s open-hearted and eclectic sets are difficult to pigeon-hole and very difficult to forget. Participation in the London Symphony Orchestra’s young composer scheme and a MOBO-nomination somehow sit comfortably side by side on an already-impressive roster of achievements. Her strikingly original songs blend soulful vocals, an R&B sensibility and uncompromising lyrics, while her classical trained cello playing lends intimacy and layered intricacy to her music.