Life In 360°: Snape’s Symphony

Let Monday be music! Yes, we’re starting off the week on Life In 360° with a little bit of culture and some classical music from Snape, Suffolk. And yes, it’s the same village that gave its name to J. K. Rowling’s devious Potions Master in the Harry Potter series of books. However, Snape is also home to Snape Maltings, an arts complex that sits on the banks of the River Alde and is famous for its music.

Life In 360° / 360 Degree VideoEvery year there is held the Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts which in the majority focuses on classical music.

“Founded by composer Benjamin Britten and singer Peter Pears in 1948 as ‘a modest festival with a few concerts given by friends’, the Aldeburgh Festival is now one of the world’s leading classical music events with a feel that is different from any other.” Explains the organiser’s website. “There are many ingredients that make visiting Aldeburgh special – the landscape, beautiful yet wild and unsentimental; the adventurous spirit of broadening horizons that connects performers and audiences; and the proportion of the programme that is ‘home grown’, devised at Snape throughout the year, unmatched by any of the world’s other leading classical music festivals.”

We’re travelling back in time to 2015, pretty early for a 360 degree video about classical music, to watch as Martyn Brabbins conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in performing Frank Bridge’s 1911 composition “The Sea”. A four-movement piece (although not all are shown here obviously) consisting of Seascape, Sea Foam, Moonlight and Storm. Which Bridge completed whilst being a resident of British seaside town Eastbourne, which is near where I grew up, as a matter of fact.

Check it out below and Life In 360° will be back on Wednesday.