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.
Monday 2 - Saturday 7 March 2020
Applications to take part in Celebration 2020 will open in September 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).
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.
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.