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An annual music festival for Suffolk schools and community groups

Celebration is an annual festival at Snape Maltings which showcases the diverse music being made by young people across Suffolk.

Each year Celebration brings together over 1,400 performers from schools across the county, and for the first time this year, community groups for young people. Each evening is different and audiences can expect to hear every kind of music imaginable. All ages and abilities join together in this unique event, and we invite all to apply to take part.

Celebration 2020

Monday 2 - Saturday 7 March 2020

The theme for this year’s Celebration is – A Vision for the Future! 



Charsfield Primary School

King Edward VI School

St Gregory CEVC Primary School

The Beeches Community Primary School

St Louis Catholic Academy

Thomas Wolsey School

Martlesham Primary Academy



Melton Primary School

Pakefield High School

Stone Lodge Academy

Raedwald Trust Westbridge and Parkside

Bramford and Somersham Primary Federation

Lakenheath Community Primary School

Ringshall School


Holbrook Primary School

Wickham Market Primary School

Hadleigh High School

Warren School

Somerleyton Primary School






Priory School

Westfield Primary Academy

Handford Hall Primary School

Paradigm Trust – Ipswich Academy, Murrayfield Primary, Piper’s Vale Primary

Ickworth Park Primary School

Debenham High School


Occold Primary School

Springfield Junior School

Morland Church of England Primary School

The Bridge School

Felixstowe Academy

Lavenham CP School

Kelsale CEVC Primary School



Simply Brass Stowmarket

St Alban’s Catholic High School

Jubilee Opera

Group A

Stradbroke Bands

My Choir Rocks

Carlton Colville Primary School

Celebration 2019

In 2019 Sarah Jewell, composer, vocalist and conductor, returned to Snape with her fourth commission for young voices: A Glass of Water. She is the founder/director of London based Songlines International Choir and has composed for singers and choirs worldwide.

In 1993 The United Nations set up World Water Day, held every year on March 22nd, to promote the protection of the world’s most precious resource. The theme for World Water Day 2019 is ‘leaving no one behind’ in recognition of the fact that the world’s poorest communities suffer most severely from a lack of fresh water. A Glass of Water explores this 2019 theme.

Sarah was joined by a fantastic team of musicians: Rory Mcleod (guitar, vocals, harmonica), Bernhard Schimplesberger (percussion), Davide Mantovani (double bass), Diane Leak (vocals), Kate Adams (viola).

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.