Update, 12 April 2021:
All our shops, the Maltings Gallery and our outdoor covered café are now open. You can also book River Trips along the River Alde and Pizza in the Tipi. Concerts will restart in late May. Read our re-opening plans here.

Festival of New

Friday 6 – Saturday 7 September See All Events

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Festival of New is a whirlwind two days of freshly devised music and sound, exploring some of the most exciting work being made in the UK. Projects range from Hip Hop to contemporary folk and from electronica to experimental jazz. Some are ready to take flight, while others are just beginning to take shape. All have been developed at Snape on residencies that take place all year round, giving artists the freedom to take risks, be ambitious and release their creative spirit.

Snape Residencies are generously supported by the John Ellerman Foundation, Help Musicians UK, PRS Foundation and British Council.


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Programme Notes


Interactive sound and light installation

Fran Lobo singer, composer, producer
Gawain Hewitt sound artist and set builder

Voicescolourmotion is an interactive sound and light installation designed to transform any space into an instrument which can be played by human motion. Following a residency focused on creating sounds and experimenting with sound spacing and design, audience members are invited into the space in groups of 8 to create their own collaborative sound and light experience.

Friday: 5pm, 5.30pm, 8.30pm, 9pm
Saturday: 1pm, 1.30pm, 4.30pm, 6pm, 6.30pm, 7pm

Foyle/Weinrebe Studio, Snape

Tickets part of Friday / Saturday / Weekend passes

PLEASE NOTE This is an installation to which only 8 people can be permitted at a time. Unfortunately this means not everyone will be able to see it. Throughout the weekend, we’ll be operating a simple system where you can collect a ticket for a specific time from the Hoffmann Box Office. These will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

Tin Men and the Telephone

Experimental jazz shaped by smartphone

Tin Men are a Dutch contemporary jazz trio exploring the involvement of the audience as active participants. We respond in real time to provocative surveys, suggest themes for improvisation, tempo and mood through a smartphone app, with the results assimilated into the set and displayed on a big screen. Their subjects are serious – the rise of populism, the perils of climate change – but their quick-fire changes of direction and interaction with each other and the audience is virtuosic, ingenious and often drily comic. Opening up the workings of contemporary jazz with a theatrical swagger, Tin Men are one of the most inventive groups working today.

Friday 6pm
Snape Maltings Concert Hall

Tickets part of Friday / Weekend passes

If you’re attending the Tin Men & The Telephone performance on Friday at 6pm, you’ll want to download their app which allows the audience to influence the performance.

(While there will be time to do this at the beginning of the performance, we’d recommend downloading it before you get here just to make sure)

Silence Makes Perfect

Theatre of amplified objects and broken instrument puppets

Yael Rasooly director, singer, puppeteer
Amit Dolberg, Meitar Ensemble pianist

This new collaboration is a requiem to the lost naive world of a child, populated by puppets made from broken instruments and a mix of live and pre-recorded sound. An interdisciplinary music-theatre work, it begins in the aftermath of great violence and transforms into a force that cannot be silenced.

Friday 7.30pm
Britten Studio, Snape

Tickets part of Friday / Weekend passes

PLEASE NOTE This performance includes masks which some may find frightening. It is therefore not suitable for children.


Hip Hop chronicles of Britain today

Urban poet Reload is both an innovator in the current Hip Hop scene and a throwback to the raw edginess of early rap. He has a talent for painting a scene so vividly that it seems to unfold in front of the listener in real time, a skill that links him with balladeers and troubadours from across the ages.

Championed by Charlie Sloth of Radio 1 and DJ Semtex of Capital Radio, Reload has supported Wu-Tang Clan at the Roundhouse in London and is using his Snape residency to prepare his most ambitious work to date.

Friday 9.30pm
Britten Studio, Snape

Tickets part of Friday / Weekend passes

Nicolls & Bugge

Climate science conveyed through music

Cellist Maja Bugge and Sarah Nicolls, performing on a unique inside out piano, team up to focus on the environmental issues facing the UK and Norway. Collaborating with climate scientists, they convey a wealth of scientific data through emotionally charged music and sound, from electronica and pop to jazz and contemporary classical.

Saturday 12 noon
Peter Pears Recital Room, Snape

Tickets part of Saturday / Weekend passes

Fat Controller

An uneasy love letter to TV culture

Laurie Tompkins composer
Joel Wycherley visual artist
Jessica Hickie-Kallenbach vocalist

Fat Controller is a 20-minute performance which will become one episode of Flying Saucer People, a series in production, designed to be streamed online. Conceived as a quirky homage to contemporary televisual culture, the performance assembles clusters of audiovisual references, recordings and props, presenting a distinctive musical landscape that contains uncannily familiar figures, sets and gestures.

Saturday 2pm & 2.30pm
Jerwood Kiln, Snape

Tickets part of Saturday / Weekend passes

PLEASE NOTE There are two performances for this event (2pm & 2.30pm on Saturday). From 1pm on Saturday you will need to reserve a slot for one of these times from the Hoffmann Box Office.

Rahman & Yermakova

The seeds of a sitar concerto informed by neuroscience

Shama Rahman co-composer/sitar
Anya Yermakova co-composer/piano

Shama Rahman and Anya Yermakova are both multi-instrumentalists, composers and academics researching the relationship between neuroscience and artistic creativity. They present the initial results of their new collaboration following a residency at Snape, working towards their goal of creating a concerto for sitar and orchestra in which the Indian raga form is integrated into the fundamental fabric of the piece.

Saturday 3.30pm
Peter Pears Recital Room, Snape

Tickets part of Saturday / Weekend pass

Kit Downes: Dreamlife of Debris

ECM pianist's new jazz project

Kit Downes piano
Tom Challenger saxophone
Lucy Railton cello
Seb Rochford drums

Pianist, organist and composer Kit Downes is creating his second album for ECM Records, Dreamlife of Debris, working with a trio of stars from the worlds of improvised music and jazz. Recorded over two years in multiple locations – Snape Church, Huddersfield University and at Downes’ home in London – these long-form songs and melodies collide with other-worldly extended techniques and deteriorated field recordings, creating a set of pieces that explore our own emotional connection to objects.

Saturday 5pm
Snape Maltings Concert Hall

Tickets part of Saturday / Weekend pass

Discover our Creative Campus

Free, no ticket required

Throughout Saturday afternoon come and hear about some of the work we’re starting to develop around health and music, with films and panel talks.

Trask Café throughout the afternoon

Panel Discussion: Why Sing?
Sebastian Crutch, Professor of Neuropsychology at the UCL’s Dementia Research Centre, talks about his recent Snape residency and invites different perspectives from colleagues from other fields.

Saturday 6.15pm
Peter Pears Recital Room, Snape

Firefly Burning: Breathe Shallow

Band drawing on folk, avant-pop and Javanese Gamelan

Bea Hankey vocals
Jack Ross guitar, percussion, vocals
James Redwood violin, mandolin, vocals
Sam Glazer cello, vocals
John Barber piano, bass synth, gendér barung, percussion, vocals

Drawing on avant-pop, alt-folk, classical minimalism and Javanese Gamelan, Firefly Burning’s sound is ‘fresh, original and often audacious’ (The Times). Their newest album, written and recorded at Snape, is an incantation of hope, loss and longing – a full-hearted expression of the band’s distinctive minimalist art-folk. Nine new songs map the terrain of what it is to love and lose, from heartbreaking optimism, through meditation on pain and release, to joyous dystopian catharsis.

Saturday 7.30pm
Britten Studio, Snape

Tickets part of Saturday/ Weekend / Saturday Night Folk passes

Sam Lee: Old Wow

The power of ancient folk songs

Sam Lee voice
James Keay piano
Misha Mullov-Abbado double bass
Kalliopi Mitropoulou violin
Josh Green percussion

One of the UK’s outstanding folk singers, Sam Lee is working towards a new sound and a refined vision of how the old songs of Britain and Ireland hold purpose in this modern age. ‘Old Wow’ is a collection of ancient devotional songs which have much to offer us in these uncertain and environmentally perilous times.

Saturday 8.45pm
Britten Studio, Snape

Tickets part of Saturday/ Weekend / Saturday Night Folk passes