West Suffolk’s new vision for creative arts in the region – Conservatoire East

Gary Willis, director of performance at West Suffolk College
Gary Willis, director of performance at West Suffolk College
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Creative arts is undergoing an exciting change with the launch of West Suffolk College’s new vision for the region, Conservatoire East.

The centre will expand on the Bury St Edmunds college’s current programme of vocational, industry-led training in entertainment arts and supporting technologies, while other changes will include the introduction of a bar and the refurbishment of its theatre.

From September, members of the public will be invited to a season of events - performed by students and visiting professionals – while restaurant Zest is being re-branded as Edmunds to offer dining options within the programme – anything from dinner before the theatre to popcorn with a movie or canapes and martini-making classes before a Bond music concert.

Partnerships have been formed with the Theatre Royal for work experience, The Apex for late night performances and the John Peel Centre, which will give music technology students the chance to operate its sound equipment.

Gary Willis, the college’s director of performance, said: “This is a golden opportunity to collaborate, because if we work together we can really do some exciting things.”