Bury St Edmunds Festival 2016

Posted 18th February 2016

31st Bury St Edmunds Festival: Friday 20 May - Sunday 29 May, 2016

Bury St Edmunds Festival boasts some big names this year as part of an inspiring programme of music and arts from Friday 20 May to Sunday 29 May.

Tickets go on sale from 29 March for the 2016 Festival, which bring opportunities to see internationally renowned artists alongside home-grown talent.

Maverick violinist Nigel Kennedy, film director Lord Puttnam, Irish country star Nathan Carter, jazz artist Courtney Pine, and the winners of BBC2’s Naked Choir competition Sons of Pitches are among the well-known performers appearing at the 10-day Festival.

Talented young musicians will get the chance to shine with local bands, while local primary school pupils sharpen their pens as Creative Critics or share the stage in a children’s opera with the National Youth Music Theatre.

Festival followers can join the chorus in The Rattler pageant opera, Boogie ‘round Bury in a silent disco, learn to tango with Bury Tango and an authentic Argentinian band or enjoy free Street Theatre.

Festival Manager Nick Wells has put together another exciting mix of music and other artforms including dance, drama, film, walks and much more.

He said: “Bury Festival is known for offering quality entertainment in some wonderful venues and I hope festival audiences will be tempted to try something new alongside more familiar fare.”

In addition to the programme at the award-winning Apex concert hall, Festival events will also take place at a range of atmospheric venues around the town including The Athenaeum, Theatre Royal, St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Unitarian Meeting House, Moyses Hall, Abbeygate Cinema and the Constitutional Club.

Highlights include:

A gala opening night concert featuring The New Four Seasons and critically acclaimed compositions by Nigel Kennedy, who always seeks to push the boundaries.

The first-ever memorised performance of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony performed by the acclaimed Aurora Orchestra, and The Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra is joined by Alexander Ullman to perform Grieg’s piano concerto.

The Sixteen return on their 16th Choral Pilgrimage to celebrate composers William Byrd and Arvo Part, and The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments find sonic surprises in early music in Sound House.

Wine buff and trained singer Oz Clarke drinks to music with the Armonico Consort, while Protein Dance sing and dance for their supper in dining setting with a tasting menu for the audience

Prize-winning pianist Heejae Kim plays Bach, Debussy and Brahms, and harpist Eleanor Turner shows why she has had an international career since making her concert debut aged just fifteen.

Brass champions Foden’s Band make a welcome return having won two of the world’s most prestigious competitions and the Dixie Strollers seven-piece young jazz band is back by demand

Award winning saxophonist YolandDa Brown brings Caribbean sunshine with Reggae Love Songs, while jazz favourites Claire Martin OBE and Ray Gelato join forces for the first time.

Film director Lord Puttnam presents movie stills with music played by his son Sacha Puttnam, and the Abbeygate Cinema hosts a programme of brand new films alongside a couple of Puttnam classics.

Well-known TV actor Finbar Lynch plays 16th century composer and murderer Carlo Gesualdo in a part concert/part one-man play with The Marian Consort to mark the 450th anniversary of his birth,.

Up and coming young Suffolk saxophonist Harry Greene forms a trio with local jazzers and flautist Sally Beck returns to her home town to perform with guitarist David Fernando Sanchez in an intimate concet in Moyses Hall.

Folk ‘odd couple’ Paul Hutchinson and Paul Sartin perform the English classic Belshazzar’s Feast, and the Milkmaid Folk Showcase features local folk talent at the Athenaeum.

The Three Little Pigs Family Concert featuring the Galliard Ensemble with plenty of participation to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth.

Artwork by West Suffolk College School of Art and Design students will be showcased in the Apex.

Festival brochures will be widely available following the Festival Launch at the Apex on Thursday 18 February with priority booking for Festival Friends from 22 February, and tickets on general sale from Monday 29 February.