Planning under way for Festival

PLANS for next year’s 27th Bury St Edmunds Festival are well under way – and it may have a more global feel than ever before.

A host of bands, singers and performers from around the world will descend on Bury for the 10-day arts festival beginning on May 17.

Event organiser Nick Wells revealed the festival will have a multi-cultural feel this year, inspired by the London 2012 Olympic games and the cultural Olympiad.

Acts already confirmed include acclaimed Russian violist Viktoria Mullova, international pianist Imogen Cooper, the Grimethorpe Colliery Band and the Britten Sinfonia.

Nick said: “I don’t usually do themes with the festival but with with the London Olympics this year it is difficult to ignore.

“There will be a bit more world music in the mix this year”

But one notable loss to this year’s line-up will be the Band of the RAF Regiment’s Beating Retreat ceremony. Instead, plans are being put together to amass a choir of more than 1,000 local school children who will perform music from around the world in the Abbey gardens, joined by community choirs.

Nick said: “We are expecting a choir of about 1,000 – 20 schools have already signed up.”

Tickets to the events are due to go on sale in February.

For more information visit www.buryfestival.co.uk