Eccentric and extraordinary sounds sit next to traditional favourites

Lavinia Meijer ANL-140605-104409001
Lavinia Meijer ANL-140605-104409001
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Showcasing fresh fusions and bizarre, eccentric and extraordinary musical combinations that are sure to keep any audience on their toes has become a winning tradition of the Bury St Edmunds Festival, and this year is no exception.

Festival manager Nick Wells has hand-selected fresh innovations to sit next to traditional favourites. The combination has ensured that this year’s 10-day line-up has seen tickets selling as fast as ever.

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Nine Daies Wonder ANL-140605-104355001

Nick said: “I am always looking for something a bit different that will challenge and amuse audiences.

“Sometimes it means sticking my neck out and hoping that Festival followers will be prepared to trust me and try something a bit different.

“This year is no exception with several events offering unusual approaches to the classical repertoire, which it is difficult to do justice to in the Festival programme, but I would not want people to miss.”

This year, Nick has selected events with edge that are not to be missed.

He recommends booking a seat to watch Bach and the Organist’s Daughter. A semi- dramatised musical account of the adventures of a young J S Bach performed by Respectable Groove. The group is known for its quirky and often funny approach to ‘serious’ music, see it on May 18 to discover a little-known episode in the composer’s life.

Raucous renaissance jigs from acclaimed dancer Steven Player and The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments are also not to be missed. The performance will celebrate how Shakespearean actor Will Kemp danced from London to Norwich in Nine Daies Wonder at the Athenaeum on May 21.

Followers may also have overlooked Dutch harpist Lavinia Meijer whose recordings of music by the much loved Ludovico Einaudi and Philip Glass took her to the top of the rock charts in her native Holland.

Catch her at the Athenaeum on May 23.

Give them a try and let Nick know what you think afterwards by emailing

To book go to or call 01284 758000.