Alongside its popular Snape Proms concerts in August, Snape Maltings is running a series of Listening Walks each weekend. These 90-minute walks along the north bank of the River Alde, give you the chance to immerse yourself in the sights, smells and especially the sounds of one of the UK’s richest and most bio-diverse expanses of reeds, water and sky.
About the event
Guided by sound artists Mike Challis and Meg Amsden, the walks alternate between silent listening, followed by discussions of what has been heard.
The walks are designed as a meeting point for the site’s different visitors and have been well received by all groups.
Shoël Stadlen from Snape Maltings says that one of the main reasons the walks have proven popular is that we are so unused to focusing on listening that many people find the act of intense listening a revelation in itself:
“Our lives are so dominated by visual stimulation that it is a huge release just to stop and listen to the sounds of your environment. Here at Snape Maltings the view of the reeds and the river’s mudflats are incredible, as is the sight of hundreds of bird and insect species, from circling families of marsh harriers to the bird most evocative of this area, the curlew. But so much of what is here can be missed if you don’t make an effort to listen closely. Skylarks, curlews and reed warblers are all audible for much longer than they are visible. And getting to understand their different sounds – their alarm calls and their songs – gives you a greater understanding of what is happening around you, especially the impact your presence is having on wildlife around you.”
Please book directly with Snape Maltings:
Walks are approximately 1.5 miles, 90 minutes in duration.
Booking for Listening Walks and River Trips:
Online at www.snapemaltings.co.uk or Snape Maltings Box Office on 01728 687110