... a bit Suffolk
|su 28 Jan|
♫ You don't have to be pretentious (though it might help) to enjoy opera especially the comedies. In April the excellent English Touring Opera return to the Snape Maltings with The Marriage of Figaro and much nearer Thursday OperaUpClose present a stripped down modern The Magic Flute at the Ipswich Wolsey.
|th 9 Nov|
|we 17 May|
♫ Booking for the Aldeburgh Proms this August opened yesterday ... we rather fancy Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Loudon Wainright (father of Rufus).
|mo 13 Feb|
Daddy Christmas arriving at the Snape Maltings on the river Alde in 2011 is popular on Flickr, 2,000+ views and 10+ favourites.
|sa 11 Feb|
Snape exile now Sidmouth resident Roger Horton emailed with some kind words and help with the recent Snape postcards on our Facebook page. Thank you Roger.
|we 1 Feb|
♫ This Saturday FolkEast are doing a dayful of stuff at the Snape Maltings.
|sa 28 Jan|
|mo 23 Jan|
♫ This year is the fiftieth anniversary of the first Aldeburgh Festival at the Snape Maltings. To mark the golden anniversary this year's festival will open with the Britten opera A Midsummer Night's Dream as did the first festival at the Maltings.
|sa 17 Dec|
Next weekend's farmers' market at the Snape Maltings is on the Friday not Saturday and tonight's performance of Christmas Carol at Wingfield Barns is Roughcast Theatre's last of the season.
|tu 29 Nov|
How very Christmasy, Sunday 18th December at the Snape Maltings a showing of The Snowman with live orchestra!
|tu 15 Nov|
We recall Aldeburgh Music being a name change from something like Aldeburgh Foundation some years back? Either way as Aldeburgh Music now owns all the Snape Maltings site Aldeburgh Music is changing its name to Snape Maltings.
|sa 30 Jul|
Vintage and Makers market tomorrow at the Snape Maltings.
|we 2 Mar|
The vintage market at the Snape Maltings Sunday week will be the first of the year and timed for Mothering Sunday.
|mo 2 Nov|
What was a lovely sunny day yesterday turned into a sufficiently foggy night to make driving stressful enough that it limited the turn out for young Rendham artists Ania and Kasia Hobson's private view at the Quay Gallery Snape. They're there until Thursday and we rather liked the portrait of their brother Thom in a very natty suit.
|th 16 Jul|
Throwback Thursday: Six years ago today Singout 2010 was looking for young composers with a view to a concert in the Snape Maltings.
|sa 4 Jul|
Like we said everything is happening today 4 July, Wilby school summer fayre, Bedfield barn dance, the Rendham fete, the monthly farmers market at the Snape Maltings and Le Tour kicks off with a prologue time trial in Holland. 'Why's it called the Tour of France if it's in Holland?' 'Oh p*ss off!'
|tu 2 Jun|
Not surprisingly no remaining free tickets for Friday's lunchtime Radio 3 concert at the Snape Maltings but in the evening and Woodbridge a Friends of the Earth Musical Soirée with party fare, how glamorous and just a pound to get in.
|th 16 Apr|
We saw comedy The Affair at the back of the Framlingham Castle Inn last year but since then it has got longer and a new cast including Dean Sore who was such a triumph as the maid in Sganarelle. The show tours near the coast starting in Snape VH tomorrow and includes the Fram Station Saturday 9th May.
|th 15 Jan|
♫ The Snape Golden Key has an enormous car park and a monthly open mic night with a fish supper meal deal. The next open mic is tomorrow night and will be hosted by Steve Lay and feature Frank Admiration and the Extraordinary Renditions.
|we 3 Dec|
It was our first visit to the Great Glemham village hall Saturday for the Alde Valley Players Mistletoe & Wine. In the first half Katy sang beautifully to digital accompaniment, acapella quintet from Snape Five in a Bar prompted toe tapping with a sleigh bell accompanied Christmas standard but the triumph of the half was Merry Berry cake baking assisted by a two litre bottle of vodka (from Waitrose of course). We l♥ved the conceit at the intermission that the food was dropped by the passing air ambulance (who were to benefit from the evening) and served elvishly in Christmas stockings to a full house.
|we 26 Nov|
A Vintage Retro & Modern (well that covers just about everything) this Sunday at the Snape Maltings.
|we 20 Aug|
♫ Neil Innes was in the audience at the Snape Maltings last night for the sold out Carolina Chocolate Drops. Though the man next to us was finding the not particularly strong jokes chokingly funny the four piece were impressively able musos and judging by Rhiannon Giddens' end of set dancing Ronnie Frost might not have got best newcomer if she'd been at Worlingworth.
|mo 14 Apr|
A 23 mile bike ride this Saturday to support Cancer Research UK starting and finishing at the Blaxhall Ship and taking in Snape, Orford and Iken with a short cut for thems that wants it.
|we 23 Oct|
|sa 5 Oct|
Today the deliciously grumpy Will Self is part of the Brazilian festival running over the weekend at the Snape Maltings ... didn't know he had a brazilian.
|sa 21 Sep|
|su 10 Feb|
|tu 30 Oct|
A good ways off is April next year, Benjamin (1913-1976) Britten's centenary year, when English Touring Opera are bringing Così fan tutte to the Snape Maltings. You may say we're pretentious You're pretentious but we often used to start the day at the keyboard with coffee and this trio.♫
|mo 24 Sep|
Posh gardening tools pinched from a Snape gardening shed last week and in Woodbridge two rings found.
|th 2 Aug|
More to look at this weekend includes the Southwold Model Railway Exhibition at St Felix School Saturday and Sunday, The Dark Knight Rises (Lady KRJ thinks it's a bit long) starts a week's run at the Aldeburgh Cinema tomorrow with a 10 minute intro talk in the evening and Farmers' Market Saturday at the Snape Maltings.
|fr 16 Mar|
Jewellery and two laptops stolen in a Snape house break in.
|tu 6 Mar|
Near Snape Saturday afternoon a dog walker had her handbag stolen from under some coats on the back seat of her car.
|tu 28 fe 127|
Surprised we hadn't heard about this nasty sounding road accident in Hacheston last Thursday, a Cateye Strada wireless cycle computer found in Woodbridge and dodgy £20 notes have been popping up all over nearthecoast including Aldeburgh, Saxmundham, Snape and Walberswick.
|sa 31 Dec|
A couple of months ago when we first noticed a roped off bit at the back of the Snape Maltings we foolishly thought Oh, they're going to posh up the car park but no, it's Ten stunning river view homes ... reckon you'd need a spirit level and a road map as well as binoculars to see a river from there.
|th 22 Dec|
Admittedly a bit useless to tell you after the event but yesterday was the last day of Suffolk Exhibitions' Christmas show at the the Snape Maltings ... they'll be back in nearthecoast in the new year.
The Snape Maltings farmers' market is tomorrow this week and to avoid the satanic grip of trapped indoors for Christmas Save Stradbroke Library are hosting A Christmas Carol Tuesday in Stradbroke community centre.
|we 14 Dec|
For six years we thought we had seen the Old Glory Molly Dancers at a Framlingham Street Fayre but at the Snape Maltings Sunday we realised that had been the East Suffolk Morris Men. Mind you we didn't get to see much mollying Sunday either as we arrived just as they took a break and then Daddy Christmas was spotted in the distance. Old Glory are sufficiently intriguing, and just a little bit scary, that we will try again this Saturday night at either the Eastbridge Eel's Foot or the Aldringham Parrot and Punchbowl.
|sa 19 Nov|
Fancy your chances on Strictly? Don't reckon you'd live long with the Sidney Dance Group, can't believe how hard those dancers work. The show has choreography that on occasion intentionally overwhelms you with the sheer complexity of what's happening on stage and there are curiously poignant computer graphics too. Second and last show tonight at the Snape Maltings and then they move on to Barcelona.
|we 19 Oct|
We thought we didn't like Benjamin Britten's music but the dress rehearsal of his only comic opera Albert Herring at the Snape Maltings yesterday was a stunner. Re-set in the 1950s it looked luscious, was actually funny and a bit sexy too. A very real joy to sit just a few feet from eight operatic singers giving it some real welly ... very rock'n roll ... if not actually rock'n roll. It's on all week SEE IT!
|fr 9 Sep|
Tomorrow evening the Cassia String Quartet are playing Haydn and Kodaly in Rendham and there's drinks and a finger buffet too ... alternatively the Trianon Orchestra have an interesting looking prog at the Snape Maltings including Carmina Burana.
|fr 26 Aug|
At the Snape Proms last night Dennis Rollins Badbone Co jazz/funk six piece cranked it out with us particularly enjoying Mark Ellis' alto and the band's arrangement of Stephen Stills' Love The One You're With ... a bit of Bill Withers can't be bad either ... and on the way home we got excellent freebie leftover tuck from Anglian Events at the Campsea Ashe Dog and Duck.
|fr 01 Jul|
Deben Inns whose pubs include the Snape Plough and Sail and the Pin Mill Butt and Oyster are re-opening the Melton Coach and Horses (no, not all their pubs have and in the name) and all staff WANTED.
|tu 19 Apr|
|fr 1 ap 11|
The Grain Brewery will be trialing it's new beer at the Snape farmer's market tomorrow and in the evening the Phoenix Singers present a concert of Mozart and Haydn in St Michael's Framlingham.
|mo 7 Feb|
Lively at the Snape Maltings farmers' market Saturday; Fi had virtually sold out of Cornish pasties and the sweetie fella had a chilli chocolate with a 30 second delayed burn and a lemon fudge that took it away again.
|su 19 Dec|
The Old Glory Molly Dancers are at the Snape Maltings 12-3 this pm and Radio Stradboke's Christmas Countdown on air 10am-10pm.
|su 3 Oct|
Radio 4 presenter and near the coast resident Libby Purves will be narrating the Sing out 2010 concert at the Snape Maltings next month.
|we 19 May|
|sa 17 Apr|
Two new artists (including painter Cyndi Speer) for the collective who showed at Brandeston in February and now showing at the Snape Malting's Pond Gallery until Wednesday. Their next show is 20-22 August at the Stratford St Andrew Riverside Centre.
|we 10 Mar|
Like last year but now for the 23rd year and with 1,600 children from 45 Suffolk schools A Celebration of Schools' Music is running all this week at the Snape Maltings.
|tu 23 Feb|
Robert Hitcham Singing Club's double gig with the Britten-Pears Chamber Choir last October was such a triumph that a diva from the Framlingham school may be soloing with the chamber choir next month at the Snape Maltings.
|fr 8 Jan|
We approve of that, mixed morris sides at the Snape Maltings on new year's day.