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VIDEO: Festival fever grips Bury St Edmunds with wealth of cultural gems

The Bury St Edmunds Festival is in full swing with hundreds of people flocking to its packed programme of cultural gems.

The town centre was buzzing over the weekend with dramatic ‘street theatre’ in the Abbey Gardens and top musican’s show-casing their sounds in ‘Bury Busk’, which raised £347.12 for the Friends Of Riverwalk School.

Street theatre and buskers for Bury St Edmunds Festival''Pictured: John and Barnard in the Abbey Gardens ANL-150517-172232009
Street theatre and buskers for Bury St Edmunds Festival''Pictured: John and Barnard in the Abbey Gardens ANL-150517-172232009

It is the 30th Bury Festival with more tickets snapped up than this time last year and crowds packed into the town’s major venues.

Already audiences have enjoyed the Britten War Requiem, the Black Dyke Band, the Nightingale Quartet and film composer Jocelyn Pook returned to her home town for an evening of music.

Organiser Nick Wells said: “It’s been a really good first weekend blessed with some lovely weather and lots of stuff going on outside.

“On Saturday evening there were 600 people in the cathedral, 350 in St Mary’s Church and 250 in The Apex. We’ve had some really high quality performances with a really mixed range of stuff.”

Street theatre and buskers for Bury St Edmunds Festival''Pictured: Black Eagles perform in the Abbey Gardens ANL-150517-172150009
Street theatre and buskers for Bury St Edmunds Festival''Pictured: Black Eagles perform in the Abbey Gardens ANL-150517-172150009

Book tickets online at www.buryfestival.co.uk


Monday May 18

Film: La Maison de la Radio - Abbeygate Cinema, 6.30pm. 2013, PG.

Gandini Juggling: 4x4 - The Apex, 8pm. A collaboration between the worlds of ballet and juggling performed to a new work by Nimrod Borenstein.

Tuesday May 19

Duo Diez - Unitarian Meeting House, 1pm. Guitar and violin duo play music by Piazzolla, Abreu and Lorca.

Film: Life of Riley - Abbeygate Cinema, 6.30pm. 2014, PG.

Stewart Lee - A Room With a Stew - Theatre Royal, 7.30pm. A brand new live show with fresh material in preparation for Stewart’s next BBC2 series of Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle.

La Passion de Jeanne D’Arc (1928) - St Edmunds Church, 8pm. Screening of Dreyer’s masterpiece with 15th century music performed live by The Orlando Consort.

Wednesday May 20

Celebrating Hoagy - The Apex bar, 1pm. Chris Ingham (piano) and Paul Higgs (trumpet) showcase the wry, wise, sentimental, down-home and sophisticated songs of Hoagy Carmichael.

An Audience with Lord Hurd - The Apex, 2.15pm. A talk on Disraeli from leading British Conservative politician, Douglas Hurd.

Film: Turist - Abbeygate Cinema, 6.30pm. 2014. 15.

The Barber of Seville - Theatre Royal, 7.30pm. OperaUpClose perform Rossini’s classic comedy transported to Jane Austen’s England.

Tallis Scholars - St Edmundsbury Cathedral, 7.30pm. Programme of music that celebrates Arvo Pärt’s 80th birthday plus music by Tallis, Taverner, Mouton, Sheppard and Allegri.

Clare Teal’s Mini Big Band - The Apex, 7.30pm. The UK’s Queen of Swing celebrates the music of her heroines, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Judy Garland, Doris Day and many of their illustrious contemporaries.

Thursday May 21

Pictures at an Exhibition - The Apex, 1pm. Anthony Hewitt performs Mussorgsky’s masterpiece accompanied by commissioned artist Klara Smith’s contemporary take on each scene.

Film: Love Is All: 100 years of Love and Courtship - Abbeygate Cinema, 2pm and 7pm. 2014, 15.

Aurora Orchestra: Jitterbug! - The Apex, 7pm. Nicholas Collon (conductor), Thomas Gould (violin) and Man Overboard Music by Rameau, Stravinsky, Paganini, Duke Ellington and the original Dixieland Jazz Band.

Temple Theatre: NORSESOME - Theatre Royal, 7.30pm. From the adventures of Thor to the outrageous pranks of Loki, every story from Norse mythology is packed into this unforgettable hour.

Friday May 22

The Dixie Strollers - The Apex bar, 1pm. Talented Dixie/New Orleans seven-piece jazz band made up great young musicians recently graduated from the London music conservatories.

Sokolowski Trio - St Edmundsbury Cathedral, 1.10pm. Schubert’s magnificent Piano Trio in B flat major.

Bury St Edmunds on Film - Moyses Hall, 7pm. Footage from three special films of the historical pageants staged in the Abbey Gardens in 1907, 1959, and 1970.

Film: Le Jour Se Leve - Abbeygate Cinema. 6pm. 1939, U.

Thank You For The Music - Theatre Royal, 7.30pm. A night of non-stop hits with the international smash-hit ABBA concert show’s all-new spectacular.

Demon Barbers XL - The Apex, 7.30pm. Some of the UK’s most exciting young clog, Sword, hip hop and break dancers onto the concert stage to create the live folk music and dance spectacular of the year.

Cloudstreet - Constitutional Club, 8.30pm. Powerful arrangements of Australian classics and a repertoire that spans the Anglo-Celtic world.

Salute to Satchmo - Hunter Club, 8pm. One of the country’s most exciting and entertaining traditional jazz bands, Dixiemix, pay tribute to the trumpet-playing genius and inimitable vocalist of hot jazz, Louis Armstrong.

Saturday May 23

Festival Walk: Secret Bury St Edmunds - Abbey Gate, 10.30am

Cellophony - The Apex, 11am. Eight cellos performing music by Schubert, a set of world folk songs and the world premiere of Richard Birchall’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’, a musical re-telling of the classic tale.

Film: Mommy - Abbeygate Cinema, 6pm. 2014. 15.

Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra - St Edmundsbury Cathedral, 7.30pm. Thomas Gould, violin, Dan Soper, organ and Leslie Olive, conductor, perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and music for Great Organ and Symphony Orchestra.

Jay Rayner - The Apex, 8pm. The first half sees Jay Rayner presenting his “My Dining Hell” show while the second half sees his jazz quartet take to the stage with “Songs of Food and Agony”...yes that’s right, Jay Rayner is also a fine jazz pianist.

Sunday May 24

Festival Walk: Modern Architecture in Bury St Edmunds - St Mary’s Square, 10.30am

West Suffolk Youth Jazz Orchestra - The Apex bar, 12.30pm. Some of West Suffolk’s top young jazzers playing some great big band music.

Film: Tales of Hoffmann - Abbeygate Cinema, 2pm. 1951, U.

Evelyn Glennie - The Apex, 7.30pm. Evelyn teams up with pianist Philip Smith for a programme to include Steve Reich’s Piano Phase.


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