Great nights out at Aldeburgh Proms

PUBLISHED: 12:00 15 July 2014 | UPDATED: 12:00 15 July 2014

Get the Blessing

Get the Blessing


Folk, jazz, world, classical, comedy, poetry - there is something for everyone at this year’s Aldeburgh Music Snape Proms

BBC Big BandBBC Big Band

From Ladysmith Black Mambazo to the BBC Big Band, with artists from Senegal to Scotland and Norway to North Carolina, Aldeburgh Music’s Snape Proms offer an array of fantastic nights out with the world’s best musicians each evening in August.

Snape Maltings Concert Hall is one of the world’s best-loved concert venues and for each Snape Proms event the front sectionof seating is removed allowing more than 100 Prom tickets to be sold at just £6.50, giving audiences the chance to let their hair down and dance.

This year’s Snape Proms season features folk-pop from Peatbog Faeries and Eddi Reader, Mediterranean tarantellas from Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, South African vocal music from Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Afro-Latin dance rhythms from Lokkhi Terra, calypso and klezmer from Yiddish Twist Orchestra, Welsh harp and Malian kora from Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita, haunting Scandinavian vocals from Trio Medieval, and contrasting takes on American folk, blues and country from master storyteller Steve Earle and antique string-band Carolina Chocolate Drops.

The jazz line-up ranges from Evan Christopher’s mix of European gypsy and New Orleans Creole and Get the Blessing’s jazz-rock grooves to the ‘20s and ‘30s nostalgia of Piccadilly Dance Orchestra and the BBC Big Band’s celebration of great female artists including Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.

penguin Cafe Orchestra, Snape promspenguin Cafe Orchestra, Snape proms

The star-studded classical programme includes Steven Isserlis and Anne Sofie von Otter, Piotr Anderszewski, Alina Ibrigimova with Arcangelo, the Scottish Ensemble and Commonwealth Strings, Pavel Haas Quartet and Michael Collins’ London Winds plus a semi-staged Britten–Pears production of Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea.

There’s the much-loved hyper-eclecticism of Penguin Café and musical comedy from Igudesman and Joo, a recipe to which John Hegley and Ian McMillan add verse in this year’s Poetry Prom. The series goes out with a bang as the John Wilson Orchestra returns with scores from classic Hollywood films.

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