With less than a month before this year’s Bury St Edmunds Festival gets underway, some events have already sold out and more look likely to follow.
TV’s Naked Choir winners ‘Sons of Pitches’ has now sold out, along with the gala concert by violinist Nigel Kennedy, several Festival walks and the recitals featuring Eleanor Turner and Sally Beck.
Tickets are selling fast for The Sixteen, Foden’s Band and Nathan Carter, while the concerts with jazz saxophonist Courtney Pine, Aurora Orchestra and Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra are also attracting a lot of interest.
Festival Manager Nick Wells said: “We had a fantastic start to festival ticket sales this year and the programme has been attracting a lot of interest from across the region. There are still seats left but I’d urge people to book now as some events are selling fast.”
Nick recently saw The Rattler premiered at the Royal Festival Hall and is keen for families with children aged seven and over to enjoy bringing the age-old Rumpelstilkskin story to life with a performance at The Apex on May 29 (it will not start at the Hunter Club as had been previously advertised).
Of the show, which he took his seven and nine-year-old sons to see, he said: “As it was their first operatic experience I did wonder how my children would find it but most of the children in the hall seemed captivated by what was going on, never more so than when we first meet The Rattler, who is amazing but also pretty scary (it is a Grimm Fairy tale after all)!
“The children became more and more engaged as the performance developed and the performers received a huge appreciative roar at the end.
“My children are still talking about it, still playing with the drumsticks, still singing one of the chants and still trying to scare each other by pretending to be The Rattler.”
The Bury Festival will run from May 20-29. Tickets can be booked online at www.buryfestival.co.uk, by calling the Festival Box Office on 01284 758000 or in person at The Apex, in Charter Square, Bury.