The Bury St Edmunds Festival is back to 10 days this year, with a lively mix of events bringing top international performers and opportunities for local people to get involved.
Based at the Apex concert hall, events will also take place at the Theatre Royal, St Edmundsbury Cathedral, St Mary’s Church, Unitarian Meeting House, Charter Square and Elsey’s Yard.
Musical highlights include the return of the Penguin Café Orchestra following a sell-out UK tour and the inaugural concert of Suffolk Camerata, a new chamber orchestra founded by professional conductor Ben palmer, who went to school in Bury.
The much-loved Mbawalu band is back to perform with a 200-strong township choir of local singers, while Bury Busk and the Bury Songwriters Competition Final will showcase home-grown talent.
Festival manager Nick Wells said: “Feedback from our many festival followers has helped me to put together a bumper programme blending old favourites with some exciting new collaborations, which I hope everyone will enjoy.
“We are working closely with the Theatre Royal, other arts venues, business and community groups to involve the whole town.”
Cllr Sarah Stamp, St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s portfolio holder for heritage, arts and culture, said: “I am delighted that the festival is back to full strength, offering a fantastic programme of high quality events, involving local people and helping to attract new visitors to Bury.”
The festival will run from May 16-25. Tickets will go on sale at the festival box office in the Apex in March. To book, call 01284 758000 or visit www.buryfestival.co.uk
The festival brochure will be launched early next month when it will be available to view online, with early booking discounts for Festival Friends.