At the heart of this year’s Easter Weekend, Snape Maltings offers a programme of concerts and events which offer contemplation and celebration.
The Marmen Quartet plays contemplative works by Bach, Beethoven and Philip Glass in Orford Church on Friday 14th at 12.00pm, Bach’s St John Passion will be given a dramatic performance by Solomon’s Knot at Snape on Friday at 7.30pm and the young, highly acclaimed British vocal consort, Eo Nomine performs a rich and florid meditation on the crucifixion by Buxtehude, one of Bach's most important forebears on Saturday 15th at 12pm).
Meanwhile the simple, lofty grandeur of Blythburgh church’s is the perfect setting for some of the most beautiful sacred music of the early twentieth century sung by Aldeburgh Voices, with Vaughan Williams’ Mass for two choirs as the centrepiece on Saturday 15th April at 3pm.
Contemplation then gives way to celebration on Easter Saturday at Snape Maltings Concert Hall under the baton of the inspirational American conductor Marin Alsop. Together with the Britten-Pears Orchestra, Alsop presents a vibrant programme featuring Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, the European premiere of John Adams’ Lola Montez Does the Spider Dance and Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra at 7.30pm.
Ahead of their Easter Weekend performances, Marin Alsop and the BPO are joined by virtuoso percussionist Colin Currie in two concerts, at London’s Royal Festival Hall on 7th April and at Snape on 8th April, performing Ravel, Stravinsky and Mark-Anthony Turnage.
Easter Sunday is a day dedicated to the family with children at its heart. The Easter Bunny returns to Snape Maltings by popular demand for the annual Easter Egg Hunt which starts at 11.00 - get there early for the best finds! Followed by a repeat performance from Marin Alsop and the Britten-Pears Orchestra of Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra at 2pm -specially designed for children.
Throughout the weekend, Snape Maltings will be buzzing with activity including the monthly Farmers’ Market on Saturday 15th from 9.30am-1.30pm with free craft activities from 11am-4pm. There will be live Blues music by Owl and Wolves across the site plus food tasting and product demonstrations… all just one step away from some of Suffolk’s most beautiful countryside which offers an excellent antidote for those suffering from Easter Egg overdose!