In beautiful sunshine, festival fever has gripped Bury St Edmunds with crowds enjoying music, film, theatre and street entertainment.
This year’s festival kicked off on Friday with music filling the town’s venues. And it spilled out on to the streets on Saturday as buskers performed, while Sunday saw street entertainers dazzle with tricks and contortions.
Other activities included a fascinating crime and punishment tour which chronicled nefarious deeds in or connnected to the town.
Festival manager Nick Wells said: “It has been a brilliant first few days of the festival with some extraordinary performances, plenty of fun and some great audiences – I’m looking forward to more of the same!”
There was unexpected drama on Saturday when Leslie Olive, conductor and founder of Suffolk Philharmonic, took a call from the agent of Ukranian pianist Anna Fedorova saying the musician was too ill to perform in the orchestra’s concert at The Apex on Sunday when she was due to be solist for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 ‘The Emperor’.
However, fellow Ukranian pianist Dinara Klinton stepped into the breach and played with only 24 hours notice.
Dinara, 24, said: “I’ve not played it in concert before. I’m playing it in a concert at Milton Keynes on Thursday so when Leslie called and said ‘can you save my life’ I was able to say yes.” (See our review, right)
Tonight, the Aurora Orchestra will play in the Apex, while classical chart-topping harpist Lavinia Meijer will perform in the Athenaeum.
Nick said: “The festival is flying by and even I can’t get to see everything on offer, but there’s still time to catch one of the high quality events in lovely venues that make Bury the envy of other market towns.”
Tomorrow, the Comedy Club 4 Kids will bring laughs without the rude bits to the Apex while comedy cabaret show Varietyville is staged at the Theatre Royal.