An annual music festival for Suffolk schools

Each year Celebration brings together over 1,400 performers from schools across the county (local authority maintained, academy or free schools). Each evening is different and audiences can expect to hear every kind of music imaginable. All ages and abilities join together in this unique and long running partnership between Snape Maltings and Suffolk County Council.

Celebration 2019

Monday 4 - Saturday 9 March 2019

Applications to take part in Celebration 2019 are now closed. Details of all schools performing will be revealed soon.

We are delighted to welcome back Sarah Jewell to deliver our 2019 Finale. Sarah first joined us in 2016 and returns with a new commission to get us all celebrating together.


Celebration 2018

2018’s Celebration finale was composed and led by Aga Serugo-Lugo. He based “Falling Star” on a Suffolk myth focused on an impromptu horse ride from Suffolk to London, which evokes the feelings of total liberation we experience when we sing.

Our heroine rides, wind in her hair, with utter abandon through the lunar-light; and as she soars through that night sky her imagination takes her around the world: from the beguiling tones of China, through the tearing afrobeat of Uganda, from the carnival-loving samba sounds of Brazil, to the funky beats of the USA; all taking us right back to bonny old Albion, ending the piece with an ethereal chorale in Old English.

Celebration 2017

In 2017, for the 30 year anniversary of the event we commissioned a finale from award-winning composer, lyricist and vocalist Gwyneth Herbert. Her lyrical content came from the present and future, asking each performer to make three wishes: one for themselves, one for someone they love and one for the world.