Woolpit to host 40th anniversary festival

Allan Weide with the programme for this year's, 40th anniversary, Woolpit Festival
Allan Weide with the programme for this year's, 40th anniversary, Woolpit Festival
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A variety of music ranging from grand opera and classical to orchestral and brass band will feature as part of June’s Woolpit Festival.

The memorable event - now in its 40th year - will also, for the first time, include a Festival Day on June 13 where it is hoped the village will be invaded by artists, craftspeople and musicians.

There will be activities for children and a barbecue, followed by a gig in the village hall with Norfolk band Addison’s Uncle supported by local groups The Larks and Green Shoots.

With roots in Woolpit’s music weeks which, organised by Eileen Jones in the mid-1970s, featured local performers, this year’s festival will follow a similar theme - featuring only artists born, raised or based in Suffolk and Norfolk.

It will open on June 3 with a recital by Drinkstone-based Laura Pooley who has appeared with the Welsh National Opera and will be brought to an end by Bury St Edmunds’ Churchgate Sinfonia on June 14.

The Horn Factory, a 22-piece big band from Ipswich, and the Stowmarket Brass Band will also perform as part of the programme while members of Suffolk Poetry Society will be reading some of their recent work.

Two fringe events have been planned before the start of the festival, with Tudor Rose Singers’ conductor Christopher Moore bringing young musicians to the church for a showcase of talent from local schools on April 24 and a lunchtime concert of tunes from the musicals due to take place on May 2 featuring artists from last year’s lunchtime concert and music hall.

Tickets are available online at boxoffice@Woolpitfestival.com and at Woolpit’s Old Post Office and Elm Tree Gallery.