May 2017

  1. Akenfield

    Friday 19th May 2017

    Directed by Sir Peter Hall in 1974 and often described as “a work of rural realism”, Akenfield has been digitised thanks to the British Film Institute’s Unlocking Film Heritage Digitisation Fund ensur...
    £11 - 6pm
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  2. Acoustic Beatles

    Friday 19th May 2017

    The timeless, mysteriously resonant compositions of Lennon, McCartney and Harrison, and the stories behind them. Some classics and some less familiar gems performed by the author of Rough Guide to the...
    £15 - 8pm
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  3. Bread or Blood

    Friday 19th May 2017

    Andy Wall performs a solo set and then joins Gareth Calway to perform ‘Bread or Blood, the story of the Littleport and Ely Riots of 1816' (commissioned by the Ely Folk Festival in 2016). In between, A...
    £10 - 8pm
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  4. The Westbrook Blake

    Friday 19th May 2017

    Described in the Independent on Sunday as ‘perhaps the greatest work in all British jazz’, Mike Westbrook’s settings of William Blake’s powerful poetry were originally commissioned in 1971 for the Nat...
    £21 - 8pm
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  5. Edwin Sanz Salsa Orchestra

    Friday 19th May 2017

    A festival exclusive! A special one-off performance by the ten piece band voted 'Best Latin act' by the legendary Glastonbury Festival.
    £20 - 8pm
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  6. Walk: Yarns

    Saturday 20th May 2017

    Ever wondered why Bury St Edmunds was a wealthy medieval town? Of course you could say because of its Abbey, but as with many Suffolk towns, it owed much of its prosperity to what grew on the backs of...
    £8 - 10.30am
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  7. Street Theatre

    Saturday 20th May 2017

    A host of street theatre performers who will delight you, amaze you and put a smile on your face! And guess what……it’s all free!
  8. Draw On Sweet Night

    Saturday 20th May 2017

    John Wilbye, considered the greatest of the Elizabethan madrigalists, spent his entire working life in the service of Sir Thomas and Lady Elizabeth Kytson at Hengrave Hall in Suffolk. This was not unu...
    £9 - 2pm
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  9. Mendelssohn Elijah

    Saturday 20th May 2017

    The prodigiously gifted Felix Mendelssohn first conceived of writing the oratorio Elijah in 1836, but it was not until ten years later that a commission from the Birmingham Festival gave him the oppor...
    £25 - 7.30pm
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  10. Clare Teal & her Mini Big Band

    Saturday 20th May 2017

    The First Ladies of Swing – Ella, Peggy, Doris And Beyond We’re long-time fans of Clare’s and always love inviting her to come and perform in Bury St Edmunds. From swing to sublime ballads, C...
    £24 - 7.30pm
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  11. The Siren of Heaven

    Saturday 20th May 2017

    ‘The Siren of Heaven’ is a lively introduction to the life and work of ‘La Cecchina’, presented by soprano Juliet Fraser, lutenist Jamie Akers and author Anna Beer. Francesca Caccini (1587-1640) held...
    £10 - 7.30pm
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  12. Walk: The Grid

    Sunday 21st May 2017

    The 900 year old street plan of Bury's town centre is little changed today. We will walk through this ancient grid of streets, looking at the many interesting buildings and find out about who lived h...
    £8 - 10.30am
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  13. Songbook Sundays: May 2017

    Sunday 21st May 2017

    Songbook Sundays take place in The Athenaeum, and feature the Chris Ingham Trio with special guest singers from the world of jazz... this time Joanna Eden: Embraceable Ella
    £10 - 11.30am
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  14. In Love With Alma Cogan

    Sunday 21st May 2017

    Filmed in Cromer, this gentle comedy-drama in the mould of LITTLE VOICE and LOCAL HERO revolves around the declining fortunes of a pier theatre in a run-down seaside resort. Theatre manager Norman (Ro...
    £9 - 2pm
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  15. Cathedral Choir

    Sunday 21st May 2017

    This concert given by the Cathedral Choir will feature a setting of the Requiem by Maurice Duruflé.
    £6 - 5pm
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  16. National Youth Music Theatre: Honk!

    Sunday 21st May 2017

    Since it first hatched in 1993, HONK! - a charming twist on Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Ugly Duckling’ - has winged its way around the world in over 8,000 productions and has won multiple awards in...
    £16 - 5pm
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  17. Takacs Quartet

    Sunday 21st May 2017

    Beethoven String Quartet Op 18 No 6 Beethoven String Quartet Op 135 Quartet String Quartet Op 59 No 3 Razumovsky Recognized as one of the world's greatest string quartets, the Takács Quartet will...
    £24 - 7.30pm
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  18. The Floozies

    Sunday 21st May 2017

    The Floozies’ jazzy folk songs will headline this all-female line up performing in aid of the Bury St Edmunds Women’s Aid Centre. Supporting are Sally Army with songs about weirdos, cat ladies and ji...
    £10 - 7.30pm
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  19. Art Themen Trio

    Monday 22nd May 2017

    A fantastically exciting, playful and inventive saxophonist, Art Themen has been a beloved character of the British jazz scene for over 50 years, from Alexis Korner to Stan Tracey, and remains as bril...
    £9 - 1pm
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  20. Witchfinder General

    Monday 22nd May 2017

    A disturbing tale of evil set during the English Civil War. When Matthew Hopkins is appointed Witchfinder General by the Puritans under Cromwell, he is empowered to travel the countryside with his hen...
    £11 - 6pm
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  21. 6 Hands: John Williams, John Etheridge & Gary Ryan

    Monday 22nd May 2017

    The last time John Williams played at The Apex it was for his last ever solo recital and it is an absolute delight to be able to invite him back to Bury St Edmunds with his long standing duo partner, ...
    £26 - 7.30pm
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  22. John Law: Goldberg Variations

    Monday 22nd May 2017

    Prize-winning, internationally acclaimed jazz pianist and composer John Law, returns to his classical roots with a unique, personal re-working of J.S. Bach’s famous, enigmatic masterpiece, the Goldber...
    £16 - 7.30pm
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  23. Clare Hammond

    Tuesday 23rd May 2017

    It has been a busy couple of years for Clare, with her appearance as the young Miss Shepherd in Alan Bennett’s film of Lady in the Van; winning the 2015 RPS Young Artist Award which celebrates outstan...
    £9 - 1pm
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  24. With Love From Suffolk

    Tuesday 23rd May 2017

    With Love From... Suffolk is a feature film that celebrates love in all its guises. Set entirely within Suffolk, it is not just a funny and tender exploration of relationships - it's also a love lette...
    £11 - 6pm
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  25. Kathryn Tickell & The Side

    Tuesday 23rd May 2017

    Kathryn Tickell - Northumbrian pipes, fiddle Louisa Tuck - cello (Principal Cellist, Oslo Filharmonien) Ruth Wall - harp (Goldfrapp, Fitkin) Amy Thatcher - accordion, clog dancing (The Shee) Cha...
    £17 - 7.30pm
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  26. The Tenant

    Tuesday 23rd May 2017

    Theatre and music performance company, Concert Theatre, tells the story of Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall through their new work 'The Tenant'. Performed in the round, Brontë’s feminist 19t...
    £16 - 7.30pm
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  27. Late night in the Quire

    Tuesday 23rd May 2017

    The Apollon Duo was formed in 2015 by violinist Dora Chatzigeorgiou and organist Alexander Binns, and explores the seldom heard repertoire for this unique combination of instruments. Music by compos...
    £6 - 10pm
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  28. Songs for Scarlet Women

    Wednesday 24th May 2017

    Sarah Moule & Simon Wallace Celebrating the Femme Fatale in all her feisty glory via intriguingly recast standards, this celebrated musical entertainment mixes songs with pithy spoken vignettes, qu...
    £9 - 1.30pm
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  29. The Bridge

    Wednesday 24th May 2017

    In the hot summer of 1887, life seems idyllic when Isobel Hetherington and her three young daughters moved into their seaside residence. But when Phillip Wilson Steer arrives for his annual painting v...
    £9 - 2pm
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  30. All in a Garden Green

    Wednesday 24th May 2017

    The early music trio, Hexachordia, presents a celebration of the English garden in music, song and words. Performing on harp, recorders, cittern, lute and viols, the music is interspersed with readin...
    £10 - 6.30pm
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  31. Martin Newell and the Hosepipe Band

    Wednesday 24th May 2017

    Away from their ceilidh work, The Hosepipe Band’s collaboration with North Essex poet Martin Newell has seen band members compose original music to accompany readings of three of Martin’s long poems: ...
    £10 - 7.30pm
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  32. Brahms 1: From Memory

    Wednesday 24th May 2017

    Aurora is currently the only orchestra worldwide presenting whole symphonies from memory – a unique performance style which conveys an electrifying sense of adventure, intimacy and heightened communic...
    £24 - 7.30pm
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  33. All in a Garden Green - Wine Tasting

    Wednesday 24th May 2017

    An informal wine tasting at The Old Angel, College Street will follow the All in a Gardens green concert. Wine tasting tickets are only available to All in a Garden Green concert-goers. In aid ...
  34. Silk String Trio

    Thursday 25th May 2017

    A few years ago the internationally renowned virtuoso Cheng Yu brought the Silk and Bamboo Ensemble to the festival; their beautiful mix of traditional and contemporary Chinese music was enjoyed by a ...
    £9 - 1pm
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  35. Requiem For A Village

    Thursday 25th May 2017

    The idyllic, rural past of a Suffolk village is explored through the memories of an old man in this lyrical, extraordinary, little-seen film from filmmaker David Gladwell. Although best known for his ...
    £11 - 6pm
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  36. Rick Wakeman: Piano Portraits

    Thursday 25th May 2017

    Currently celebrating his 50th year as a professional musician, keyboard player songwriter and broadcaster Rick Wakeman recently made chart history when his Piano Portraits album became the first solo...
    £25- 7.30pm
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  37. Tallis Scholars

    Thursday 25th May 2017

    A very welcome return from these masters of Renaissance vocal music under the direction of Peter Phillips, with a programme that celebrates the 450th anniversary of the birth of Claudio Monteverdi.
    £26 - 7.30pm
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  38. Oh Goody!

    Thursday 25th May 2017

    An unforgettable evening in the company of one of the funniest and best-loved comedy performers of our time as he discusses his long career with the writer and broadcaster Chris Serle. Tim Brooke-T...
    £21.50 - 7.30pm
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  39. Dixie Strollers

    Friday 26th May 2017

    They’re back! This Dixie/New Orleans seven-piece jazz band is made up of some great young musicians recently graduated from the London music conservatories. The members of the band have played in all ...
    £9 - 12.30pm
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  40. That Stupendous Bass

    Friday 26th May 2017

    Christopher Webb (bass-baritone) and Oliver John Ruthven (chamber organ) come together to perform bass songs from Restoration England inspired by the voice of Revd John Gostling (described by John Eve...
  41. Drowning By Numbers

    Friday 26th May 2017

    Cissie Colpitts (Joan Plowright) drowns her cheating husband and in the ensuring cover-up enlists the help of lonely coroner Henry Madgett (Bernard Hill), an old friend with a longstanding weakness fo...
    £11 - 6pm
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  42. The Lark Ascending

    Friday 26th May 2017

    Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra Savitri Grier violin John Anderson oboe Leslie Olive conductor Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra presents its featured young artist, Savitri Grier on violin, in a ...
    £23 - 7pm
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  43. 3 Daft Monkeys

    Friday 26th May 2017

    “The Highlight of Glastonbury” Mark Radcliffe BBC2 3 Daft Monkeys’ dynamic style of world-influenced folk music and infectious dancing rhythms will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated....
    £12 - 8pm
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  44. Latin Jazz Night with Derek Nash’s Picante

    Friday 26th May 2017

    Led by Derek Nash, the irrepressible star saxophonist of the Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Picante deliver effervescent entertainment full of the life-affirming rhythms and excitement of aut...
    £15 - 8pm
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  45. Silent Cinema: Chaplin

    Saturday 27th May 2017

    Matthew Trusler violin Ashley Wass piano This concert of cinematic treasures celebrates 100 years since the creation of Chaplin’s set of masterpieces known as the Mutual Comedies. We will be sc...
    £16 - 11.30am
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  46. The Light Princess

    Saturday 27th May 2017

    Award winning Ballet Cymru presents a brand new ballet The Light Princess featuring a specially commissioned score by internationally acclaimed Welsh harpist and composer Catrin Finch. This unique pr...
    £26 - 3pm & 7pm
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  47. Chicklit

    Saturday 27th May 2017

    A charming comedy about four male friends that will try literally anything to save their favourite local pub from closing down. After brainstorming through ideas, the group decides to write a chick li...
    £11 - 6pm
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  48. Grimethorpe Colliery Band

    Saturday 27th May 2017

    Grimethorpe Colliery Band celebrates its centenary year in 2017, with the history of the organisation stretching back to the First World War. National and British Open Champions on numerous occasions,...
    £20 - 7.30pm
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  49. Harvey & The New Wallbangers

    Saturday 27th May 2017

    We loved this band in the 80s and were very excited to hear that they had got back together for some one-off gigs this year. And even more excited that they agreed to come and play at the Bury Festi...
    £20 - 8pm
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  50. Walk: That’s Entertainment

    Sunday 28th May 2017

    In 1539 Henry 8th abolished the monasteries and radically changed the character of Bury St Edmunds. Within a century it had changed from an ecclesiastically dominated town to a centre of amusement, en...
    £8 - 10.30am
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  51. Billy’s Band

    Sunday 28th May 2017

    Billy is the greatest conductor who ever lived and he loves encouraging new friends to join the Band - a fun place where children can listen to and make all different kinds of music.
    £8 - 11.30am
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  52. West Suffolk Jazz

    Sunday 28th May 2017

    This has become an annual slot in the festival programme and very welcome it is too. Some of West Suffolk’s top young jazzers playing some great big band music. Free Event
  53. The Go-Between

    Sunday 28th May 2017

    A young teenage boy, Leo, is invited to a wealthy school friend's rich family estate and is drawn into a love affair between his friend's twenty-something sister, Marian, and the family neighbour, eve...
    £9 - 2pm
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  54. The Theory Of Everything

    Sunday 28th May 2017

    Stephen Hawking is one of the towering figures of our time, a brilliant scientist who brought his groundbreaking ideas into popular consciousness with the bestselling A Brief History of Time. But it’...
    £9 - 5pm
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  55. Flute Fantasia with Sir James & Lady Galway

    Sunday 28th May 2017

    One of the world’s greatest living flautists Sir James Galway makes his first appearance at The Apex. Nicknamed ‘The Man with the Golden Flute’, Sir James Galway is globally renowned as the supreme i...
    £38 - 7.30pm
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  56. Mehboob Nadeem & Hanif Khan

    Sunday 28th May 2017

    A rare opportunity for Bury St Edmunds to enjoy an evening of classical Indian sitar and tabla music performed by two virtuoso musicians. Mehboob Nadeem is a 15th generation sitar player and singer an...
    £10 - 7.45pm
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