Bury St Edmunds Festival offers double bill of movies and music

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The Bury St Edmunds Festival gets under way tonight, with acclaimed Cuban violinist Omar Puente kicking off the packed 10-day programme.

Movies and music is a popular theme this year as the festival brings together award-winning scores, classic films and new releases.

Film composer Jocelyn Pook is back in her home town on Sunday with her ensemble for an evening of music from her superb scores for films directed by the likes of Kubrick and Scorcese.

A former pupil of King Edward VI School, she has won numerous awards for her dynamic soundtracks, most recently for Akram Khan’s dance piece Lest We Forget and best new play King Charles III, which is transferring to Broadway.

The Orlando Consort is another festival favourite returning on Tuesday to perform an acclaimed new soundtrack of 15th century music for the silent masterpiece Le Passion de Jeanne D’Arc.

Music as diverse as Nick Cave and J S Bach has been used to accompany the powerful film, but this is the first time audiences can witness Joan of Arc’s moving trial, while hearing notes from her time.

The Festival Film series is again being hosted by the Abbeygate Cinema with a range of 10 stunning and thought-provoking films from classics to recent film festival award winners.

Festival manager Nick Wells said: “We all love going to the movies and it’s great that this year’s festival will feature several fantastic soundtracks and some of the best films around. Whether you’re a music lover or a film fan, or both, it’s a chance to see something new or revisit an old classic.

“In fact, there’s something for everyone throughout the festival’s varied programme and I, for one, can’t wait for it to get started tonight.”

Book tickets online at www.buryfestival.co.uk Alternatively, visit the Apex box office, call 01284 758000 or email bookings@theapex.co.uk

Films can also be booked with Abbeygate Cinema. Go to www.abbeygatecinema.co.uk