Aldeburgh Music and Snape Maltings join to create a single organisation and unified site
Arts and retail have co-existed on the Snape Maltings site for nearly 50 years. Until last year the two parts of the site were run by separate organisations – Aldeburgh Music operating Snape Maltings Concert Hall and a vibrant creative campus, and the Gooderham Family running its award-winning independent retail business under the name of Snape Maltings.
In 2015 the Gooderham family put the site, including the retail business, up for sale and Aldeburgh Music was able to purchase it with the support of Arts Council England. The purchase gave Aldeburgh Music the opportunity to protect the integrity and heritage of the site and to safeguard its future.
Ahead of the 50th anniversary of Snape Maltings Concert Hall in 2017, the process of unifying the site has begun. The two organisations have become one and are now known by the single name, Snape Maltings.
The new Snape Maltings has a new logo inspired by the reedbeds that extend from the site far into the Alde Estuary. The separate Aldeburgh Music and Snape Maltings websites have been replaced by a new, unified Snape Maltings website which showcases all aspects of the site – its music and arts alongside its shopping and natural environment.
There are ambitious plans for further development of the site over the next 5-10 years, including redeveloping further derelict maltings buildings in order to expand the creative campus and the organisation’s artist development, learning and inclusion programmes, which run throughout the year. The masterplan for the site development will be unveiled in June 2017 as the Concert Hall’s 50th anniversary is celebrated.
While the name of the organisation is changing, the flagship Aldeburgh Festival in June remains the Aldeburgh Festival, with events as always in Aldeburgh, Snape and other venues around the Suffolk coast, and the year-round artistic programme will continue as before.
Roger Wright, Chief Executive of Snape Maltings, said:
‘Over the next 5-10 years we have the exciting opportunity to create a site that has no direct parallel anywhere in the world, offering artists an unrivalled programme of residencies and development opportunities and being able to communicate fully for the first time all the site’s facets, from concerts and exhibitions to shopping, walks and the abundant wildlife. Unifying under one name will enable us to showcase the unique breadth of Snape Maltings’ offerings and we hope this new clarity will help us attract more visitors to the site, both from within the region and from further afield. We also hope the focus on the site itself will help strengthen people’s understanding of the activity that takes place in our creative campus throughout the year as we prepare to expand that work further through our site development over the coming years.’