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For artists and researchers at all stages of their careers to be creative, curious, to play, to make and to experiment.


Our extended residency programme at Snape Maltings is centred around exciting, adventurous ideas from interesting artists and researchers who are in need of development time.

We provide a supportive, safe environment to be creative, curious, to play, to make and to take risks. Our focus is on giving performers, creators and collaborators the space to develop new ideas, skills and ways of working that will enable a step change in your career, or reveal new insights about music’s place in the world. We arrange opportunities for you test new artistic material, ideas and approaches on audiences, communities and industry specialists, and feed this back into your work.

Snape Maltings is uniquely positioned in the beautiful Suffolk countryside, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that inspired many of Benjamin Britten’s great works and ideas. The extended residency programme draws on Britten and Pears’ vision for invaluable artist development opportunities, and there are a range of amazing projects that come out of the programme and go on to be successful and life-changing for the people involved.

Both our residencies and enquiries result in Open Sessions, where public audiences can preview works in progress, and join in conversations with project teams.

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We are also delighted to share a scheme run by our colleagues at The Red House: Creative Retreats.


Artist-led residential opportunities to develop and experiment with new ideas within the inspirational surroundings of Snape Maltings.

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Cross-sector investigations looking at the intersection of theory and practice, and grounded in research.

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Creative Retreats

Peaceful, creative retreats for composers, performers, collaborative artists, writers and researchers at the Red House in Aldeburgh.

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“Having the chance to develop our opera at Snape Maltings was a gamechanger. The surroundings are so inspiring and the support from the technical and admin staff is amazing. Our piece has gone from ‘R and D’ to ‘ready to perform’ stage in a really large part because of this support”
- John Barber
“The most valuable, artistically intensive and productive week of work in our recent history, the direct outcomes of which, including an international tour and collaborations with other major ensembles, artists and promoters are continuing to develop and flourish more than a year after the residency ended.”
- Piano Circus
“The midwife to my latest album and creative project was without question the Snape Residency. The 5 short days there provided the sanctuary and nutrients to start what has been one of the most inspiring musical journeys yet, the fruits of which would not have been as healthy and rich anywhere else.”
- Sam Lee

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Snape Residencies are generously supported by:

the John Ellerman Foundation

Help Musicians UK is the leading independent charity for musicians. For the last 96 years, we have helped thousands of musicians establish themselves in the music business, get through a serious crisis, cope with long-term difficulties and enjoy retirement. We are proud to invest in outstanding talent and help artists take their career to the next level.

Snape Maltings is a PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner in association with Youth Music.