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.
We are also delighted to share a scheme run by our colleagues at The Red House: Creative Retreats.
Applications for our artist led Residencies, both at Snape Maltings and the BT Acoustic Lab, are now open.
See work that has been created here and leave comments to give feedback or ask questions.
Emily Foulkes: Singing for Chronic PainExploring the use of singing in the management of chronic pain
What happens when we sing together?Neurological investigations with UCL and the National Youth Choir
Firefly Burning: Breathe ShallowExpanding the instrumentation of an art-folk group for new material
HerStory: The Catchpole ChroniclesA new operatic work for performers living with Parkinson's
“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”
“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.”
“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.”
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Snape Residencies are generously supported by:
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.