With Snape Maltings and the Britten Pears Foundation now successfully merged as Britten Pears Arts, our latest Annual Review shows a snapshot of our impact across all areas of our work.

In March 2020, when our doors temporarily closed during lockdown, performances and exhibitions were cancelled and many of our staff were furloughed, but we continued to support our communities however we could. The below highlights just a few areas which continued to thrive throughout the last year.

Our performance programme continued whenever permitted, determined to support artists and offer live music to in-person audiences. It received critical acclaim across national press, while termed a lockdown ‘life-saver’ by many audience members.

Festival of New, which usually takes the form of a live weekend at Snape, went digital, with hundreds tuning in from across the UK, reaching more people than ever before.

In a virtual version of the our biannual Tea Dance, care homes received a free video, featuring a tea dance band and, dancers from Glasshouse Dance, with experienced workshop leader, Rob Gildon, guiding participants through the dances. This also reached more people than ever.

Dr Lucy Walker’s From The Red House podcast carried on undeterred, sharing artists’ experiences of lockdown and more, while our archive continued to receive new collections, including memorabilia relating to Kathleen Ferrier.

We premiered 12 songs by Russell Hepplewhite and Michael Rosen as part of our Friday Afternoons programme:

During lockdown, AYM became a virtual programme of varied digital courses, continuing to support emerging talent from across East Anglia. In this video, the Jacquin Trio introduce their upcoming ‘Obsessive Loops’ chamber music course: