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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Snape Maltings announces ‘creative campus’ plans

2:57, 15th June 2017

Snape Maltings has announced plans to transform its site into the world’s leading ‘creative campus’: a centre of musical development and learning operating throughout the year.

Since acquiring the whole of the site in 2015, the organisation has been developing plans to regenerate the remaining derelict buildings in order to create additional opportunities for musicians and visitors.

25% of the site currently comprises derelict buildings
25% of the site currently comprises derelict buildings (Photo: Emmerson Productions)

The redevelopment will put in additional music studios and up to 100 bedrooms, enabling the provision of three times more residencies for musicians and composers than at present, and ensuring artists and larger ensembles can stay on site.

The project will see Snape Maltings become a central hub for the UK’s work in music, health and wellbeing. Over the next decade, the organisation aims to work with a wide range of partners to advance current knowledge and thought about how best to design, develop and deliver music programmes; forge partnerships with participants; bring together researchers, artists and communities in a wide-ranging enquiry with both practical and academic outputs; and continue to further existing artist development programmes by ensuring that they are consistently underpinned by best practice.

Snape Maltings will continue to produce a year-round programme of activity for professional and non-professional artists, and will expand its role as an Arts Council England National Centre of Excellence, providing leadership in the fields of music and wellbeing, talent development and residencies.

The plans have been announced to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Snape Maltings concert hall,  one of the earliest conversions of a former industrial building for arts use, which first opened its doors on 2 June 1967. The redevelopment project will realise Britten’s vision for the site as a place for artists to develop and be inspired in the area of outstanding natural beauty, whilst being taught by world-class artists and teachers.

‘Artists resident at Snape Maltings for intensive periods of learning and development often find it a revelatory and career-defining experience thanks to the special mix of spectacular natural surroundings and supportive working environment,’ said chief executive Roger Wright. ‘Our Creative Campus is unparalleled in the extent of its integration into a world-class performance programme: it is the driving force at the heart of one of the world’s leading classical music events, the annual Aldeburgh Festival.

‘The redevelopment of the remaining derelict buildings to create an expanded Snape Maltings Creative Campus will enable us to make the site buzz with an even greater intensity of artistic activity, throughout the year and around the clock. It will enable us to offer revelatory experiences to far more people – from those in our local community to musicians and industry professionals from across the UK and around the world.’


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