Celebration is an annual festival at Snape Maltings which showcases the diverse music being made by young people across Suffolk.

Each year Celebration brings together over 1,400 performers from schools across the county, and for the first time this year, community groups for young people. Each evening is different and audiences can expect to hear every kind of music imaginable. All ages and abilities join together in this unique event, and we invite all to apply to take part.

For more information on the project, please download this information pack.

Information for participating schools and groups

Thank you for applying to take part in Celebration 2022! We are really looking forward to welcoming your school/group to Snape Maltings in March.

All the information you will need can be found in the Celebration 2022 Information Pack for Participants.

Please read this document carefully and if you have any questions please get in touch with celebration@brittenpearsarts.org

What to expect on the day...

Forms to complete

Please complete the following forms and return them to celebration@brittenpearsarts.orgby Monday 17th January 2022

Technical Form, Programme Details and CPD Sign up (online form)

If you have any questions about your Celebration journey please do get in touch at celebration@brittenpearsarts.org or call 01728 687152.

Document Downloads

Finale Resources

Click Here to access lyrics, backing tracks and more about the Finale song, 'Find Your Light'.

Who is performing when?







Bawdsey CEVC Primary School

Alde Valley Academy

Kersey Primary School

Benhall St Mary’s CEVC Primary School

Somerleyton Primary School

Chantry Academy

Howard Community Academy

Charsfield Primary School

Pakefield High School

Brittannia Primary School

Springfield Junior School

Jubilee Opera Chorus

Lavenham CP School

Coldfair Green Primary School

Sir Robert Hitcham’s Framlingham

Grove and Westwood Primary School

The Ashley School Academy Trust

My Choir Rocks

Martlesham Primary Academy

Holton St Peter School

St Edmunds Catholic Primary School

Ickworth Park Primary School

Tollgate Primary School

New Gen

St Gregory CEVC Primary School

Melton Primary School

Thomas Wolsey Ormiston Academy

St Albans Catholic High School

The Voice Squad

Thomas Mill High School

St Mary’s Ipswich

Wilby CEVC Primary School

Westfield Primary Academy

Simply Brass Stowmarket

St Mary’s CEVC Primary Academy, Mildenhall

Worlingham CEVC Primary School

Celebration 2020

The theme for 2020’s Celebration was A Vision for the Future.

The performances took place just before lockdown. When rehearsing the finale, 2020 Vision by Emily Barden, the young people recorded messages of hope which played out during the performance. Some of their messages, such as “I’m excited to travel”, “I’m excited to see what 2020 might bring”, and “end racism”, were especially poignant given the events that followed.

Celebration 2019

In 2019 Sarah Jewell, composer, vocalist and conductor, returned to Snape with her fourth commission for young voices: A Glass of Water. She is the founder/director of London based Songlines International Choir and has composed for singers and choirs worldwide.

In 1993 The United Nations set up World Water Day, held every year on March 22nd, to promote the protection of the world’s most precious resource. The theme for World Water Day 2019 is ‘leaving no one behind’ in recognition of the fact that the world’s poorest communities suffer most severely from a lack of fresh water. A Glass of Water explores this 2019 theme.

Sarah was joined by a fantastic team of musicians: Rory Mcleod (guitar, vocals, harmonica), Bernhard Schimplesberger (percussion), Davide Mantovani (double bass), Diane Leak (vocals), Kate Adams (viola).

Celebration 2018

2018’s Celebration finale was composed and led by Aga Serugo-Lugo. He based “Falling Star” on a Suffolk myth focused on an impromptu horse ride from Suffolk to London, which evokes the feelings of total liberation we experience when we sing.

Our heroine rides, wind in her hair, with utter abandon through the lunar-light; and as she soars through that night sky her imagination takes her around the world: from the beguiling tones of China, through the tearing afrobeat of Uganda, from the carnival-loving samba sounds of Brazil, to the funky beats of the USA; all taking us right back to bonny old Albion, ending the piece with an ethereal chorale in Old English.

Celebration 2017

In 2017, for the 30 year anniversary of the event we commissioned a finale from award-winning composer, lyricist and vocalist Gwyneth Herbert. Her lyrical content came from the present and future, asking each performer to make three wishes: one for themselves, one for someone they love and one for the world.