1–31 August 2015

Folk | Roots | World | Classical | Jazz | Poetry | Family

The 2015 Snape Proms season has been announced, with outstanding artists from all around the UK as well as America, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Romania and Russia to perform in the Suffolk Coast’s internationally renowned concert hall over 30 evenings this August.

One of the leading contemporary soul singers of the last 20 years, Gabrielle is one of a number of stars making their debuts at Snape this year, while by popular demand there will be a Country Music Double Bill featuring new Radio 2 favourites Ward Thomas and their special guests Raintown. Also exploring guitar-tinged Americana will be singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman, whose songs have been made famous by artists from Elton John to Emmylou Harris.

The Folk, Roots and World line-up will see the visits of three outstanding headliners in Kate Rusby, Billy Bragg and the irrepressible Taraf de Haidouks (‘Band of Gypsies’) from Romania, whom actor Johnny Depp describes as ‘the greatest musicians I know – they play a music which expresses the most intense joy, and have this gift to make you feel alive.’

Jazz ranges from the ballads of Courtney Pine with Zoe Rahman to the songs of Billie Holiday and Count Basie in Café Society Swing, Dixieland from Dutch Swing College Band and up-tempo Latin jazz from Edwin Sanz ‘San Augustin’ Salsa Orchestra.

There is a striking number of symphony orchestra concerts this year and equally striking is the variety of music to be played.. The John Wilson Orchestra opens the Proms with a celebration of Cole Porter and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra closes the season with an evening of 1960s pop hits, from Andy Williams to the Beach Boys. The BBC Concert Orchestra will make a special two-concert visit, with a live broadcast on BBC Radio 2 of Friday Night Is Music Night and a programme of best loved English music including Elgar and Vaughan Williams. The music of Strauss and Schumann is performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a special one-off collaboration with the Royal Opera House’s music director Antonio Pappano, and Mahler’s powerful and moving ninth symphony is played by the National Youth Orchestra under Mark Elder.

Smaller-scale events see Snape recital debuts from brilliant young pianist Benjamin Grosvenor and the world’s outstanding classical guitarist, Miloš Karadaglić, whose programme ranges from Bach to Bossa Nova, as well as Bach and Vivaldi concertos from exciting American baroque orchestra Apollo’s Fire with Alina Ibragimova and two concerts from the legendary Borodin Quartet from Moscow, remarkably celebrating its 70th year in 2015.

The annual Poetry Prom presented by The Poetry Trust is one of UK’s largest live poetry events. This year two leading American poets are featured: Mark Doty and Naomi Shihab Nye. Meanwhile the family-friendly Come and Sing gives you the chance to sing along with music from the ever-popular film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

For the Snape Proms the seats at the front of Snape Maltings Concert Hall are removed and more than 4,000 Prom tickets are sold at £6.50, giving audiences the chance to get the closest view of the action. A further 600 tickets are held back for sale on the first day of General Booking and for each event 20 £6.50 Prom tickets go on sale on the morning of the event.

Priority Booking for the Snape Proms starts in April and General Booking opens on 21 May.

Online Booking: www.aldeburgh.co.uk Box Office: 01728 687110


Snape Proms 2015 – full programme:



1 August: John Wilson Orchestra

2 August: Miloš Karadaglić

3 August: Kate Rusby

4 August: Suffolk Youth Orchestra

5 August: Billy Bragg

6 August: National Youth Orchestra

7 August: Taraf de Haïdouks

8 August: Dutch Swing College Band

9 August: Borodin String Quartet 1

10 August: Borodin String Quartet 2

11 August: Country Music Double Bill

12 August: Christian Blackshaw

13 August: The Blues Band

14 August: Edwin Sans ‘San Augustin’ Salsa Orchestra

15 August: Gabrielle

16 August: Apollo’s Fire & Alina Ibragimova

17 August: no Snape Prom (Aldeburgh Carnival)

18 August: Benjamin Grosvenor

19 August: The Swingle Singers

20 August: London Philharmonic Orchestra

21 August: BBC Concert Orchestra 1: Friday Night is Music Night

22 August: BBC Concert Orchestra 2

23 August: Café Society Swing

24 August: Close To You: Sinatra & The Hollywood Quartet

25 August: Courtney Pine with Zoe Rahman

26 August: Poetry Prom

27 August: Beth Nielson Chapman

28 August: National Youth Choir of Great Britain

29 August: Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band

30 August: Come and Sing: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

31 August: Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra: Symphonic ‘60s