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May-June 2017

Norfolk & Norwich Festival Sainsbury Centre Welcomes Paul Nash Exhibition


V i s u a l A r t s | T h e a t re & F i l m | M u s i c | W h a t ’s O n | Fe s t i v a l s




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ARTSeast Competition Winners from the previous issue: East Anglian Game & Country Fair Tickets: Jacqui Taylor of Felixstowe, James Suckling of Beccles, Beverly Marsh of Holt, Julia Aitken of Diss and Heather Andrews of Belton.

Editor’s Welcome

Tickets to see Wonderland at The Marina, Lowestoft: Dawn Penney of Spixworth and Chris Brittain of Needham Market.

ARTSeast Magazine DBH 21-22, Diss Business Park, Hopper Way, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4GT www.artseast.co.uk www.falconpublications.co.uk follow us @artseastmag artseastmagazine Publishers Gary Enderby & Sarah Veness Editorial Sarah Veness sarah@artseast.co.uk 01379 773348

A warm welcome to the May/June issue

Nash exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre, Norwich,

of ARTSeast Magazine.

chat to talented North Norfolk artist Brian Lewis

We’re in full-on festival mood this issue (trying to

and look forward to the Open Studios events

ignore the cold, wet weather outside as I type

taking place in both Norfolk and Suffolk.

this!) Each May the region comes alive with the

For our coffee and a chat feature we caught up

fantastic Norfolk & Norwich Festival and this year

with museum curator, broadcaster and author

is no exception. With an exciting, packed

Lucy Worsley whose talk on Jane Austen at the

programme, the Festival really does have

Southwold Arts Festival promises to be a

something for all the family.

programme highlight.

The area is also home to a host of other fantastic

Moving forward, if anyone has an exhibition,

festivals, some of which we have previewed in

show, concert, event or performance they’d like

our Festival Fever feature on p39-41. Other

us to cover, please get in touch. We’ve had some

highlights include the renowned Aldeburgh

excellent feedback on our new look so please

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For now, cross your fingers for lovely warm

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In this issue we take a look at the fantastic Paul

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Editor’s Welcome

Norfolk & Norwich Festival







Cambridge Summer Music Festival

7 11 14

Artist Profile: Brian Lewis

26 Coffee & a Chat: Lucy Worsley


Aldeburgh Festival

Sainsbury Centre: Paul Nash Exhibition


Theatre & Film News


Festival Fever

Visual Arts News


Norwich Theatre Royal


Pulse Festival, Ipswich


17 Silk: From Spitalfields



Once Upon a Festival

18 Suffolk Open Studios


Folk by the Oak Competition

19 Norfolk & Norwich


Music News

to Sudbury

Open Studios

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GAY HUTCHINGS Glass Artist and Printmaker

My studio will be open to visitors Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 June 2017 11am – 5pm. I make colourful and original glass pieces and prints, mostly based on landscape and the human figure. Work will be for sale. 47 High Street, Lavenham, CO10 9PY. T: 07770 881960 E: gayhc@me.com W: www.gayhutchings.com

ANDY LOVELL - LAND, SEA AND ALL BETWEEN An exhibition of monotypes and screenprints - including work inspired by Norfolk - from one of the UK’s finest printmakers

6th May - 24th May 2017

EXHIBITION AT: 60 St Giles, Norwich NR2 1LW 01603 761900 The Gallery Norfolk is also at 3 Church Street, Cromer, NR27 9ER 01263 515745


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Artist Profile: Brian Lewis


After adopting Norfolk as his home county more than 25 years ago, Brian Lewis’ paintings have come to symbolise some of the county’s most beautiful landscapes, buildings and events.






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‘I was born in Surrey in 1947 so this is my 70th year,’ says Brian.‘From the age of 13 I attended Hollyfield Secondary Modern School in Tolworth which had an "art stream" - at the time one of only two in the country, I believe. After three years there and attending Kingston Art School on Saturday mornings, I went on to Epsom, Guildford and the Royal Academy with a further year at Croydon on the "Advanced Print Making" Course. Since the early 1970s I’d come to the North Norfolk coast where I was inspired to paint the coastal towns, inland villages and large houses, even more so after I moved to Hindringham in 1981. When I first moved here it was the kind of place where, inland from the coast road, I would drive around at lunch time and not see a soul. If I did we would be surprised and wave at each other. Getting used to this and Kenny and Trevor at Howells Super Store in Binham spending what seemed to be hours talking to the three people in front of me at the till took sometime! But get used to it I did and I have loved it ever since. I've just finished two paintings of Voewood near Holt, one a more or less accurate aerial painting, the other also aerial but including a wedding. I've always been fascinated with early paintings of estates just after they have been built, the gardens laid out and the artist imagining the scene from the air. Now we have drones and thanks to Christaylorphoto.co.uk, for Voewood and Paul Britten of www.prevolution.co.uk for Burnham Market I can see the estates now that they're mature. I'm often asked what I feel is my best painting and I always say the same - ‘…my next one!’ If pushed there are quite a few I'm pleased with, to mention three, "Ptarmigan, Seal Trip", and because I've been living in Sheringham for the last 20 years, "Lifeboats ,Sheringham" and "There is a Green Hill".   For years I was asked whether I have a book of my work and the answer was always no. But then Alan and Marion Marshall of Mascot Media asked if they could produce a book of my work and I agreed. It's titled "Blue Skies and Boat Trips,The Norfolk of Brian Lewis" and is available, along with many limited edition prints at www.art-email.com.




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May/June 2017

Celebrating Paul Nash The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich welcomes the work of one of the most important British artists of the twentieth century

Paul NASH (1889-1946) Berkshire Downs, 1922 Oil on canvas, 76 x 55.5 cm Collection: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, bequeathed by Miss Elizabeth Watt 1989





Paul Nash Bomber in the Corn 1940 Graphite and watercolour on paper © Tate, London 2015


The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia, Norwich launches its 2017 exhibition programme with Paul Nash, the largest exhibition of the artist’s work for many years. Organised by Tate Britain the exhibition spans a lifetime’s work from Nash’s earliest drawings to his iconic war-time paintings Renowned as an official war artist in both the First and Second World Wars, Paul Nash (1889-1946) developed a powerful symbolic language showing the impact of war through the destruction of landscape. In the 1920s he became fascinated with the landscapes of Southern Britain, and responded both to the specific qualities of these landscapes and also the feeling and memories they prompted, as illustrated in The Shore (1923) and The Rye Marshes (1932). His interest in landscapes provided a stage for his

engagements with abstract and surrealist ideas later in his life.

International Surrealist Exhibition in London (1936).

The exhibition examines Nash’s work in an international context and considers his position at the forefront of developments in British modern art. In the 1930s and 1940s Nash’s experiments in photography, collage, and painting often involved juxtapositions of found objects and landscapes. He worked closely with Eileen Agar during these years and materials from Agar’s archive will be shown alongside Nash’s work to explore these connections.

Some of Nash’s most iconic war-time works will be featured in the exhibition, including We Are Making a New World (1918), The Menin Road (1919) and Totes Meer (Dead Sea), 1941 depicting the wrecked and twisted remains of planes at Cowley as the waves of a metal sea. The latter work is especially poignant as the region marks the 75th anniversary of the “Friendly Invasion” when the East of England welcomed hundreds of thousands of American airmen.

Nash was a founding member of Unit One, the British modernist group of painters, sculptors and architects, including Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson and Henry Moore. The display will explore Nash’s contribution to major exhibitions of the 1930s, referencing the Unit One touring exhibition (1934–5) and the

The artist had a connection and affinity to the region with his brother John living in the Stour Valley. A trip to Mundesley in North Norfolk to visit Claughton Pellew-Harvey in 1912 provided inspiration and an increased feeling for nature. Nash recalled afterwards “We walked in a landscape entirely new to my eyes, flat and

Paul Nash Totes Meer (Dead Sea) 1940-41 Oil on canvas © Tate, London 2015

chequered, with all the trees slanting one way, their branches welded together in tortuous forms by the relentless winds.” The exhibition includes the enigmatic The Cliff to the North which was produced after this visit. The exhibition also includes four Fine Press books illustrated by the artist from the Sainsbury Centre’s collections as well as illustrations for Urne Buriall and the Garden of Cyrus, a treatise on burial rites by Sir Thomas Browne prompted by the discovery in 1658 of a number of sepulchral urns discovered in Walsingham, Norfolk. The exhibition is curated by Emma Chambers, Curator, Modern British Art and Inga Fraser, Assistant Curator, Modern British Art at Tate Britain. The exhibition is organised by Tate Britain in association with the Sainsbury Centre and the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle. It will tour to the Laing Art Gallery in September following its display at the Sainsbury Centre.

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The Exhibition runs from April 8th-August 20th 2017. Tickets cost £12.50 / £10.50 concessions. Free for Sainsbury Centre Members and Sainsbury Centre Student Members. For more information visit www.scva.ac.uk

Paul Nash Nostalgic Landscape 1932-38 Oil on canvas Leicester Arts & Museums Service

Paul Nash The Cliff to the North 1912 Pen, Indian ink and grey wash on paper The Syndics of the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge






Visual Arts

Emerging Hungarian artist on show at Norwich gallery The sensuous and surreal works of Mate Orr is the first of a new series of trans-European exhibitions organised by the Fairhurst Gallery. The new initiative, East to East, will kick off with Masks, Mysteries and Other Worldly Pleasures by the young artist from Budapest, in his debut solo exhibition outside of Hungary. For Máté Orr, the curious attracts and the more curious the greater the attraction. The artist, whose work finds

Sculptor John O’Connor announces upcoming shows Talented Essex / Suffolk sculptor John O’Connor will be

its roots in the classical and antique, is drawn to pattern, symmetry, light and shade, form, shape, colour and composition. His is a vision of the world

exhibiting at a series of upcoming events including his own

that disrupts the

stand at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show from May 23rd-27th.


Following on from this he will be exhibiting at two other RHS

boundaries between

shows, Chatsworth House (June 7th-11th), and Hampton Court

reality and fiction,

Flower Show (July 3rd-9th). John also has various other

the natural and the

prominent shows planned for this year. These include a

man-made, the past

collaborative exhibition on the female form, organised by

and the present, the

Belinda Grey from Art for Cure. This will be held at The Garage

classical and the contemporary. Owners of the Fairhurst

Gallery, Aldeburgh (June 14th). Last year the renowned garden

Gallery, Dulcie and Tom Humphrey, said: ‘We are hugely excited,

designer Chris Beardshaw commissioned John’s sculpture “Joy”

and honoured to be hosting the inaugural East to East

to feature in his Great Ormond Street Hospital garden. John is

exhibition from Máté Orr. Máté’s work is exceptional,

also thrilled to announce that his work will be exhibited in the

inspirational and immensely skilful.The aim is to create an

2018 Art For Cure summer exhibition at Glenham Hall near

artistic bridge between the East of England and Eastern Europe

Saxmundham in Suffolk. So keep your eyes peeled for this show

in the belief that closer cultural ties will bring people together,

too. John works predominantly in bronze. Each sculpture is cast

foster a better mutual understanding between countries and

as a limited edition from the original mould. Each piece is then

bring the Art of emerging artists to wider international

hand finished and patinated resulting in a unique and personal

audiences.’ The exhibition runs until Saturday June 10th.

work of art. www.johnoconnorsculptor.co.uk


Exciting Exhibition for King’s Lynn Gallery The first exhibition in the UK of the work of herman de vries runs until June 30th at GroundWork gallery, King’s Lynn. herman de vries, now aged 85, is a grand figure in the world of art and environment, renowned for his sensitive attention to nature. This exhibition is all about stones and earth, presenting the artist’s assemblages of the world’s natural resources. Remarkably varied soil samples from the Seychelles Islands and the Jura Mountains become rubbed drawings, revealing the range of colours which are otherwise hidden beneath the undergrowth. A floor installation of precisely cut stones from the Jura becomes a museum for a landscape which has since disappeared, lost to development. The exhibition includes his life’s work, the comprehensive ‘earth museum cata- logue’, recently published as a limited edition. herman de vries is a poet both with words and images. He began as a scientist and has retained some of the attitudes from that profession: an investigative attitude to the world, an attention to experiment and clarity of presentation. www.groundworkgallery.com

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Andy Lovell: Land, Sea and All in Between This exhibition of screenprints and monotypes - at the Gallery Norfolk, Norwich - is the culmination of three year’s work drawing in the English country and seaside en plein air, by the

Potters and Friends Exhibition, Lavenham

artist Andy Lovell. Norfolk has been a favourite destination for Andy and there are two brand new prints on show from his last visit earlier this year. Trees, of all shapes and sizes are a strong theme throughout this exhibition. Other Norfolk inspired screenprints such as ‘Felbrigg Victory V’ portray the dramatic avenue of beech trees planted by the last owner of Felbrigg Hall to commemorate VE day and the death of his brother in the war. And Felbrigg Trees show the wintery curled branches of the oak trees on the estate under brooding Norfolk skies.

This collective, now in its 11th year, was originally set up by Gill Hedge. She shrewdly vetted and invited a selection of fellow potters and artisan traditional makers to form the group, most of whom have continued to exhibit together at Little Hall, in Lavenham's Market Place, ever since. Little Hall, a wonderful venue, with its idyllic garden, has strong artistic links and could not be a better backdrop for the unique mix of hand crafted high quality wares for sale. Although predominately a wide variety of

Everything on show is a limited edition piece and prices

pottery, the "Friends" side of the group include,

range from £240 to £1,400 – they are wonderful, affordable

glassware, jewellery, weaving, mosaics, and an

and covetable. The exhibition runs from May 6th-24th.

ironworker. The sale and exhibition runs from May



My World of Flowers From July 1st -13th, the Athenaeum in Bury St Edmunds is home to an exhibition of work by botanical artist Reinhild Raistrick. The exhibition - My World of Flowers - comprises many new paintings of wildflowers from East Anglia including some of our rarer orchids. Reinhild has regularly held major exhibitions in Bury over the past twenty years. These have included plants from various parts of the world, from Tanzania to Kazakhstan to the Swiss alps. Working in situ enables her to get closer to the plant and to illustrate rare flowers that cannot be picked. She has illustrated books on special plant collections, including 'The wild African Violet' and our own 'Breckland Wild Flowers' which has just been published. A member of the Society of Botanical Artists, Reinhild leads courses in Botanical painting at the Cambridge University Botanic Garden. She also exhibits with the Royal Horticultural Society in London and has received four Gold Medals for her work.







Alison Wagstaffe artist • printmaker

Let art draw you in Every year, June plays host to an explosion of art in the county. Artists open their studios and welcome the public in to see the extraordinary talent there is here. Suffolk Open Studios runs on the four weekends of June. Here you will see a wide range of disciplines. Paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolour, printmaking and photography. You will be delighted by the ceramics, textiles and jewellery, glass ware and mosaics.

When? Participating studios will be open on the weekends 3/4, 10/11, 17/18, 24/25 June. From 11:00am until 5:00pm. Check the weekends the artists you wish to visit are open.

OPEN STUDIOS 2017 May 27th - June 11th weekends & Mondays aliwagstaffe@icloud.com www.aliwagstaffe.co.uk

Christine McKechnie

Art About Town In the lead up to June, some of our artists will be participating in Art About Town, a scheme which joins forces with friendly local shops, cafes and restaurants, helping artists to promote and exhibit their work. Keep an eye out for this in towns near you from19th-26 May, or stay updated via our website.

More Information The brochures are available from libraries, shop, hotels and galleries or alternatively download a PDF version from our website; www.suffolkopenstudios.org Entry is free. For more information, please visit www.suffolkopenstudios.org Follow us on Twitter @suffolkopenstudios or find us on Facebook.

The Jessica Muir Gallery

Cut out watercolour painted paper collages In 2017 my watercolour collages can be seen at the following venues. Suffolk Open Studios My studio is open to visitors over the weekends 10 -11 June, 24 - 25 June, 11am – to 5pm Cornerways, Southolt, Nr. Eye, Suffolk IP23 7QJ T: 01728 628732 E christinemckechnie@suffolkonline.net Cornerways Open Garden in aid of St Elizabeth’s Hospice 15th July, 11am – to 5pm including tea and cake in the marquee Artworks 18th Annual Exhibition 8th September – 1st October 11.00 am – 5.00pm daily Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP30 9HZ Fox and Goose Inn, Fressingfield Continuous exhibition, restaurant hours T: 01379 586247

Showcasing contemporary art inspired by a love of the British countryside

The Jessica Muir Gallery Hall Street, Long Melford Suffolk CO10 9JR Tel: 01787 310400 Email: thejmgallery@hotmail.com

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Silk: From Spitalfields to Sudbury From June 17th to October 8th, Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury is home to a fascinating exhibition exploring the local and national history of silk in England from the eighteenth century to the present day. The market town of Sudbury in Suffolk has a surprising history. Regarded today as Great Britain’s most important centre for silk manufacture, Sudbury is the largest producer of woven silk textiles in the nation, with three working mills still in operation: Vanners Silk Weavers, Stephen Walters & Sons and Gainsborough Silks. Dating back to the late 1700s, Sudbury’s nascent silk industry was facilitated by the town’s former history as a wool centre, to which many family members of the Sudbury-born artist Thomas Gainsborough, R.A. (1727–1788) plied their trade. The exhibition Silk: From Spitalfields to Sudbury explores the Elizabeth Hailstone, unknown artist, oil on canvas, c.174143, Š Museum of London

local and national

fashions of the era.

history of silk in England from the

In the second part, the

eighteenth century to

focus turns to the

the present day,

relocation of silk

focussing on the

manufacture from London

diaspora of silk

to Suffolk over the course

manufacture from

of the nineteenth century,

Spitalfields in London to Sudbury in Suffolk. In the first part of the exhibition, the

Design for woven silk from the 'Liddiard Set', pencil, pen and ink and watercolour on laid paper, by James Leman and Joseph Dandridge, Spitalfields, 1719 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Objects on show from the town’s three mills, in addition to the Sudbury manufacturer Humphries Weaving, will illustrate the many types of silk made in Sudbury, past and present – from furnishing textiles for historic palaces to contemporary design fabrics made for major British fashion houses.

exploring the history of

This exhibition will draw together artworks

Sudbury’s silk mills and the

and textiles from national, regional and local

textiles they produced.

collections, including the Victoria & Albert

formation of the English silk industry in

Museum, Norfolk Museums Service and the Warner Textile Archive. As the childhood

Spitalfields in the early 1700s will be

home of the artist Thomas Gainsborough

examined, highlighting the important

situated at the very heart of the nation’s

Huguenot silk weavers who formed the basis

active silk industry, Gainsborough’s House is

of this work force. Objects displayed will

ideally placed to tell this important story of

illustrate the processes of design and

silk in England: from Spitalfields to Sudbury.

manufacture, and include everything from www.gainsborough.org

silk pattern books and historic costume to paintings and drawings featuring silk

Woman's shoe, brocaded silk with vandyke tongue, British, 1740s © Victoria and Albert Museum, London





Behind the Scenes in Suffolk

As there are so many studios to visit, there are exhibitions in some areas that enable you to become familiar with artists' work. Some artists group together and create Hubs, sharing a venue. The Trails are popular because you have the chance to visit each of the studios in the same area, stop at interesting pubs, and travel through the glorious

Every year, June plays host to an explosion

countryside.The brochure shows you the route

of art across the county.

Anita Honeyball

from one studio to another on a map.

There is something very different about Artists open their studios and welcome in the public to see the extraordinary talent on display. Suffolk Open Studios runs on the four weekends of June. You will see a wide range of disciplines including paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolour, printmaking and

original art and the artists who produce it. They are happy that you visit, and discuss what they do and how they do it, and are delighted to sell their work. It is interesting to see how the artist views the world, how they select from daily life and transform that view. Suffolk Open Studios invites you to get know the artists, explore the studios, and purchase the perfect artwork that gives years of pleasure. ‘There is a great deal of artistic talent here in Suffolk, it’s quite amazing,’ says Suffolk Open Studio’s Susie Joyce.‘The art world seems so

Nora Claeys

London-centric without a real awareness of

photography. You will be delighted by the

the creativity in the rest of the country. The

ceramics, textiles and jewellery, glass ware

arts in the East are very much alive and of a

and mosaics.

high standard.’

Ania Hobson

For more information pick up a directory and your local library, gallery or community centre or go to www.suffolkopenstudios.org

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Allan Williams

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A Rare Glimpse Inside Hundreds of artists are throwing open their

area, stopping at studios and local

opportunity to see and meet artists in

studio doors to the public this month as

attractions along the way.

traditional studio spaces as well as garages,

part of Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios.

Throughout the event artists will be giving

sheds and spare rooms.’

The event, firmly established as one of the

demonstrations and leading workshops and

Studios are free to visit and all details,

biggest open studios schemes in the country,

many will be serving tea and cake.

including studio opening days, directions, Art

is celebrating its 23rd anniversary this year.

Artists taking part are working in a diverse

Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios provides the

range of art forms and techniques, including

opportunity for artists to show and sell their

wood turning, sculpture, glass work,

work to a large and diverse audience. It also

papercuts, painting, textiles, jewellery, printing,

encourages everyone, from ardent art-lovers

ceramics and mosaic.

to the curious first- time visitor, to get out and about, see art and meet artists in the informal surroundings of their studios. More than 500 artists will be taking part this year across 254 venues throughout Norfolk. Visitors to the free event can see art in a range settings, from professional studios to garages and spare rooms, watching art as it happens. As well as the hundreds of artists taking part, 13 Norfolk schools will be exhibiting and 17 Art Trails will be running, allowing audiences to visit a number of artists in a particular

Some of the artists are first timers, some have been exhibiting for a few years and a select few have been involved since the very first year. Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios is organised in partnership with Norfolk artists and in association with Wex Photographic. Ros Dixon, Administrator of Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios, said:‘Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios has been celebrating the diversity and talent of the county’s visual artists for more than twenty years. It’s a wonderful

Trails and additional events and demonstrations, can be found in the Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios brochure and website. Brochures can be picked up from participating artist’s studios, Tourist Information Centres, Libraries, Cafes and various art venues across the county. Ahead of the Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios fortnight, six districts will be hosting taster exhibitions to give audiences a feel of what is in store. These will take place in Norwich, Watton, Great Yarmouth, King’s Lynn, Raveningham and Corpusty. Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios runs from May 27th - June 11th. For more information visit www.nnopenstudios.org.uk




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A Festival for All Each May, Norwich and the surrounding area comes alive with the arrival of the magical Norfolk & Norwich Festival. Here we take a look at some of the highlights

Camilla Beeput




Get into the Festival Spirit... Norfolk & Norwich Festival, the largest arts festival in the East of England and one of the four largest in the UK, bursts into life from May 12th-28th. The programme, which spans performance, theatre, music, visual arts, literature and events for children, includes world premieres, unique concerts and one-off events, including a number of free outdoor events across the festival. Festival highlights include an extraordinary choral sleepover from The Voice Project in The Arms of Sleep which will give 40 audience members per night a bed and invite them to spend the night at the beautiful Assembly House, Norwich for a brand new, specially written 10 hour choral piece; Luke Jerram’s latest large-scale

public artwork, a giant inflatable moon featuring detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface, complete with deckchairs underneath allowing audiences to bathe in the moonlight; the return of multi-award- winning performance poet Luke Wright with the premiere of his second verse play Frankie Vah, set against a backdrop of indie venues and 80s politics; Thrill Laboratory’s brand new VR playground, which will see sets of swings around the city, allowing audiences to don virtual reality headsets jump on a swing and enter a range of experiences from riding on the back of a mechanical jellyfish to sitting atop a giant robot; Stormy: The Life of Lena Horne a world premiere production written by and starring Camilla Beeput under the creative direction of Clarke Peters, that celebrates the dancer, singer and activist in her centenary year; fiddler and singer Maarja Nuut; a

rare public performance from the Basement Jaxx singers and LaDonna Harley Peters, LaSharVu; Spring. Summer. Autumn. Winter, an epic quartet about the human life cycle, comprising of live performance and film from internationally renowned theatre company Quarantine; Adnams Spiegeltent headliners Casus Circus bring incredible acrobalance in Driftwood; Rear View, a world premiere on the streets of Norwich from IOU who will take audiences on their custom made double decker bus in a quickly moving adventure led by poets Cecilia Knapp and Jemima Foxtrot and Akram Khan Company who take audiences from Britain to Bangladesh in the cross-cultural dance production Chotto Desh. In England’s first UNESCO City of Literature, Norfolk & Norwich Festival Driftwood Casus Circus

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VR Playground Thrill Laboratory Brendan Walker

Photo: Chris Close

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and the Writers’ Centre Norwich will once again present a world class literature programme, which for the first time ever this year, will take place over three full days. The programme includes many high-profile names including Will Self, Siddhartha Bose, Robert Service and Eimear McBride. Highlights of this year’s contemporary music programme include jazz star Dee Dee Bridgewater, a cappella group and social media sensation Naturally 7, the only date outside London where audiences can see Philip Glass and Laurie Anderson, Portuguese singer Lula Pena, Brad Mehldau Trio, a rare UK appearance from Totó La Momposina and one of the most exciting new jazz groups Ezra Collective amongst many more. The Festival’s classical music programme is co-curated for the first time in 2017 by Britten Sinfonia and

includes Britten Sinfonia’s Beethoven with Thomas Ades, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Karen Gomyo, conducted by Karina Canellaskis, Steven Isserlis performing Bach’s Cello Suites with Kurtag’s cello miniatures, internationally leading pianist Paul Lewis, Vox Luminis and Freiburg Baroque Consort, Carolyn Sampson and Joseph Middleton exploring the idea of madness, and a new partnership with BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists, giving audiences the opportunity to hear some of the most promising new talent from around the world including Kathryn Rudge and James Baillieu, Annelien Van Wauwe and Amatis Trio and Calidore Quartet. The 2017 visual art programme includes a major new exhibition from Turner Prize-winning artist Richard Long, who will present site-responsive pieces at historic house and gardens Houghton Hall, in the biggest exhibition of his work



since his retrospective at Tate Britain in 2009. Ground-breaking German artist Hans-Peter Feldmann will present ‘Art Exhibition’ at East Gallery at NUA and Rana Begum will transform the Mezzanine Gallery at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts with an immersive installation and wall-mounted reliefs, taking advantage of the architecture. This will be her first museum show anywhere in the world. Alongside multiple events for families in the Tarmac Free Outdoor Programme and the Meet Me at the Spiegeltent programme, Singer Juliet Kelly will present Jazz Family All- Stars, a familyfun tribute to jazz singers past and present Ireland’s hilarious Lords of Strut present return to the Festival with The Family Show. For the full festival programme, please visit www.nnfestival.org.uk.

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On the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen, museum curator, historian and broadcaster Lucy Worsley comes to the Southwold Arts Festival to talk about the homes and spaces that meant the most to one of our most loved authors‌

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As Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces in London, Lucy Worsley is used to working in some of the most beautiful buildings in the country. But her latest project has seen her turn her attention instead to the homes, places and spaces where Jane Austen both lived and worked. ‘Jane Austen never had a home of her own and was always reliant on her family,’ says Lucy Worsley. Despite enjoying incredible success now, Jane was actually pretty penniless during her life. She was always in transit moving between places such as Bath, Lyme Regis, Worthing and Winchester.’

Lucy is no stranger to the region and, indeed, the festival itself.

people just what Henry VIII’s bedroom would have looked like,’ says Lucy.

‘I was at the Festival last year talking about grisly murders,’ laughs Lucy. ‘Talking of murders, I also came to Moyse’s Hall Museum in Bury St Edmunds for a series I was working on where I got to hold the scalp of the murderer William Corder. I could even see the little ginger hairs on it!’

For now, Lucy is looking forward to her visit to Southwold.

This January, Lucy was also invited to speak about Jane Austen at the Sandringham branch of the WI. The Queen, as president on the branch, was present.

Lucy has toured the country staying in each of the places where Jane Austen resided or stayed as part of the research into her latest book entitled Jane Austen At Home which is published on May 18th this year. ‘I wanted to write something new on Jane Austen to celebrate the anniversary of her death, and with my background in architectural history it seemed natural to look at the places where she lived and the impact they had on her life,’ says Lucy. ‘With many rich relatives, Jane lived very much on the fringes of their society and we can see the influence this had on her writing. The idea of an outsider finding a happy home runs through her work.’ Lucy will be talking about her new book at the Southwold Arts Festival on June 30th as part of their eclectic programme of comedy, music, art and talks. ‘My talk includes slides and even a bit of singing too,’ says Lucy.

‘I hope to stay a bit longer this time, take in the sea and perhaps have the chance to attend some of the other festival events. It’s a beautiful part of the world.’

‘’It was a real honour to give the talk,’ says Lucy. ‘The cakes were wonderful and I even brought along my mum.’ Jane Austen aside, Lucy and the team at Historic Royal Palaces are currently working on a project to open up the rooms that Henry VIII lived in at Hampton Court Palace to the general public. ‘We are in the research stage at the moment but it will be fantastic if we can actually have the chance to show

Lucy is appearing at the Southwold Arts Festival on June 30th at St Edmund’s Hall. For more information go to www.southwoldartsfestival.co.uk. Tickets can be booked online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/southwoldarts-centre or by phone on 01502 722572 To find out more about Lucy’s work go to www.lucyworsley.com







Theatre & Film

Bury welcomes Agatha Christie Thriller Irving Stage Company return to Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds from June 6th-10th with the Unexpected Guest. The play, by Agatha Christie, first opened in the

Summer Shakespeare

West End in 1958. Set in a country house in Wales, this

Throughout summer (June 6th – August 26th) the Stamford

thriller from the queen of mystery opens on a foggy night

Shakespeare Company will be presenting two of Shakespeare’s

when the unexpected guest stumbles across a murdered

funniest plays, Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer

man and his wife standing over him holding a gun. It

Night’s Dream, and Harold Brighouse’s classic comedy, Hobson’s

seems a clear cut case but her confession is

Choice, at the Rutland Open Air Theatre. The theatre is situated in

unconvincing…An eerie thriller from the team that

the grounds of historic Tolethorpe Hall, where last summer over

brought you Irving’s successful production of And Then

34,000 people experienced the magic of a visit to this unique

There Were None in 2013, this play features an

venue. The beautiful gardens overlook classic English parkland,

outstanding plot and a denouement to cherish. An

where every evening hundreds of people enjoy picnics before

amateur production presented by special arrangement

heading into the auditorium to see a stage like no other.

with Samuel French Ltd.



Diss Corn Hall Reopens Diss’ Grade II listed Corn Hall has been completely transformed ahead of its reopening this month. The main auditorium, the largest in South Norfolk seating 300, will have a motorised tiered seating system to seat over half a sell-out audience, underfloor heating and much improved acoustics. The new Corn Hall will have a café open daily, ‘Fredricks at the Corn Hall’, a new bar run by Grain Brewery, public toilets, will incorporate Diss’s tourist information centre and will be fully accessible. The Corn Hall’s reopening programme includes appearances by some famous faces including Shappi Khorsandi and David Starkey. Live screenings from the National Theatre and the Royal Opera House return, as does an ambitious exhibition programme. Family fun continues with The Saturday Club each month, the ever-popular Comedy Club arrives home in June, and July kicks off with a Beer, Gin and Rum Festival. Later in the year, BBC Strictly’s professional dancers, Ian Waite and Camilla Dallerup, will take to the stage, while The Searchers continue their long relationship with the Corn Hall - and in December they will present our first professional pantomime, Aladdin. www.thecornhall.co.uk

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Celebrate the Bard at Norwich Cathedral The UK’s premier all male theatre company, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, return to Norwich Cathedral to perform Shakespeare’s most hilarious farce, The Comedy of Errors, amidst the beautiful open air surroundings of the Cathedral Cloisters. This fantastical comedy follows two pairs of identical twins, Antipholus of Syracuse and Antipholus of Ephesus, and their servants, both named Dromio. When they were babies, the twins and their parents were separated in a shipwreck; now, years later, as one half of the twins search for the other they unwittingly find themselves in the same city on the same Photo: Brinkhoff MA

Imaginative Adaptation of Jane Eyre 2017 marks the 170th anniversary of the first publication of Jane Eyre – one of the best loved novels of all time - so it’s an appropriate occasion to be touring the classic tale in an exciting new stage production. Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece has been transformed into an energetic and imaginative new adaptation by director Sally Cookson. Originally presented in two parts at Bristol Old Vic, it was re-imagined as a single performance and enjoyed a critically-acclaimed season at the

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National Theatre. Now on a UK tour, it arrives at Norwich

day. A magical and comically entwined tale of mistaken

Theatre Royal from July 17th-22nd. The story of the trailblazing

identity follows merchants, masters, parents, servants and a

Jane is as inspiring as ever. From her beginnings as a destitute

long-suffering wife as it plays itself out over the course of one

orphan, Charlotte Brontë’s spirited heroine faces life’s obstacles

hectic day. This riotous rollercoaster of a comedy will keep you

head-on, surviving poverty, injustice and the discovery of bitter

guessing and laughing until its joyous conclusion. There will be

betrayal before taking the ultimate decision to follow her heart.

two performances on July 14th and 15th at 7pm.



Outdoor Debut for Touring Company The magic of a children’s classic novel will be brought to life in a trio of outdoor performances. Bury St Edmunds-based Spinning Wheel Theatre company is bringing a nostalgic and magical adaptation of The Secret Garden to the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds (June 9th), National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art in Newmarket (June 10th) and Haverhill’s East Town Park (June 11th). The live shows are part of Spinning Wheel Theatre’s sixth annual professional tour which will bring the family-friendly show to 18 rural and locations and small theatres across Suffolk and Norfolk. It will also lead workshops based on The Secret Garden in schools as well as holding creative sessions for 7-11 year-olds at the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts, Stowmarket, on May 28th at 3pm. www.spinningwheeltheatre.com





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Fantastic Mr Fox This June, a true children’s classic is brought to life at Norwich Theatre Royal.. ‘You know as well as I do. No-one outfoxes a

They may be nasty but they are also quite

fox!” That is the message of an exciting new

clever so he needs to use every bright idea

production of a book which has delighted

he has to avoid them, and make sure his

young readers (and their families) for

family and friends are safe. Add in some

generations. Roald Dahl’s classic fable Fantastic Mr Fox is set to

outfoxes “ No-onea fox! ”

get a new lease of life in a brand new stage adaptation on its way to Norwich Theatre Royal. The title character finds he needs all his cunning and guile to evade Boggis, Bunce and Bean, a trio of greedy, smelly and horrid famers.

diggers and Rabbit’s ability to give the game away just when he shouldn’t, and the

stage is set for a great family adventure from June 21st-24th. This new musical version of the story looks at how our need for greed can make us act in terrible ways.This is set against the power of


WIN TICKETS ARTSeast has teamed up with Norwich Theatre Royal to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a family ticket to see Fantastic Mr Fox on Wednesday, June 21, at 7pm. The ticket is for four people (including at least one adult) and is for the stated performance only and cannot be exchanged for seats for another performance or show, or for a cash alternative. To enter, simply email your name, address and telephone number to info@artseast.co.uk.

friendship in a show which features a beautifully-designed set, live music and songs, and aims to appeal to the whole family.

Closing date: June 10th 2017, usual terms and conditions apply.

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Once Upon a Festival With a vibrant mix of dance, theatre, puppetry and poetry, this East Anglian festival features some of the best children’s performance companies from across the UK.

Edmunds. On Father’s Day (June 18th) you

contemporary twist in this enchanting

can also watch the National Theatre Live’s


screening of their children’s show Peter Pan at the Marina Theatre.

Rounding off the Festival on June 23rd at The Garage, Norwich is Ripstop Theatre with A

Week two opens with Ballet Theatre UK’s

Real Alien Adventure, an intergalactic

From June 11th - 23rd, Once Upon a Festival

version of Alice in Wonderland back at

adventure featuring shadow puppetry,

returns to venues across the region including

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds. Suffolk-

gadgets and cats in space!

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, the Marina

based theatre company Wonderful Beast

Theatre in Lowestoft, Meet Up in Thetford,

perform their latest show Orla’s Moon at

Southwold Arts Centre, the Chatteris Children’s

Southwold Arts Centre.

Book Festival and The Garage, Norwich.

Lyngo Theatre will be at the Marina Theatre

Georgina Stone, Education Projects Officer at Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds says:‘This year, the Festival theme is ‘Now it’s your turn!’ We want students, teachers, schools and

The Festival begins at Theatre Royal Bury St

with There and Back Again; The Odyssey, a

families to love the stories in our programme

Edmunds on June 11th with an open day and

classic tale full of giants, myths and legends.

and to be inspired by the work to tell their

performance of Judith Kerr’s classic book The

Then it is Chatteris Children’s Book Festival’s

stories, in their own unique way. There really

Tiger Who Came to Tea. This show then

turn to host a show when poet Joseph

is something for everyone.’

travels to the Marina in Lowestoft for two days.

Coelho presents Fairytales Gone Bad -

The Doodle Dance Show, an imaginative and magical adventure about friendship, will be performed at Meet Up, Thetford while the Pied Piper Theatre Company visit Southwold Arts Centre with the The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch - a show packed with live music and audience participation. Finishing off the opening week of the Festival is The Elves and The Shoemaker from Full House Theatre which is performed at Theatre Royal Bury St

familiar fairytales gets a modern





King’s Lynn Corn Exchange

Sir Ranulph Fiennes Mind Over Matter Thursday 13 July, 7.30pm £20.50


Peter Pan

Sunday 4th June Recorded broadcast from the British Museum - 3pm

Saturday 10th June Recorded broadcast from Royal National Theatre - 2pm

Hokusai was one of Japan's greatest artists and produced numerous works during his 90 year lifetime. This documentary takes a closer look at his work. Runtime: 1 hours 30 mins Tickets £12.50 | Student £10.00 (ID Req)

Captured live at the National Theatre, a recorded performance of JM Barrie's much loved tale screens in cinemas. A delight for children and adults alike, Sally Cookson (NT Live: Jane Eyre) directs this wondrously inventive production, a coproduction with Bristol Old Vic Theatre. Runtime: 2 hrs 30 mins inc one interval Tickets £15| Student £12.50 (ID Req) Quote: Arts East Code: Pan £12.50

Quote: Arts East Code: Hok £10.00

Berliner Philharmoniker Sunday 9th June Live broadcast film from Berlin - 6.30pm Gustavo Dudamel conducts Antonin Dvorak's Ninth Symphony, From the New World composed in New York, an inspired fusion of American impressions and symphonic music. Runtime: TBC Tickets £12.50 | Student £10 (ID Req) Quote: Arts East Code: Berliner £10

Salomé Thursday 22nd June Live broadcast from National Theatre Live - Time TBC The story has been told before, but never like this. An occupied desert nation. A radical from the wilderness on hunger strike. A girl whose mysterious dance will change the course of the world. Runtime TBC Tickets £15 | Student £12.50 (ID req) Quote: Arts East Code: Salomé £12.50

Tickets bookable at the Riverside Theatre Box Office on 01394 382174 or online at www.theriverside.co.uk

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Folk by the Oak – a Festival for all the Family to Enjoy As the UK’s largest one day folk festival, Folk by the Oak at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire promises all the open air buzz of a three day festival packed into one joyous day of music, fun and bunting! This year it celebrates its 10th anniversary with a sensational 2017 line-up that includes Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands to name but a few.

Also around the festival site you will find

together young singers to explore some lively

longbow archery and Celtic crafts with Celtic

songs and if you’ve got enough puff left,

Harmony while the Flip Juggling team are

there’s always the mesmerising didgeridoo

there to guide you through the finer arts of

workshops! There’s also a range of craft

Circus Skills and The Complete Wasters are on

workshops in the Craft Tent to inspire all ages

hand with their recycled art project: Groovy

to get making, indulge in a mindful moment or

Record Decorating. For those who love a little

two and enjoy some pottery, felt craft making,

nostalgia there’s traditional wooden ‘Village

joyfully absorbing knitting, willow weaving,

Fete’ games and traditional fairground stalls

woodturning and even delicious chocolate

such as the ever popular swing boats.

decorating activities.

‘We want all our smaller Folk by the Oakers to

At the heart of the dedicated Family Space is


enjoy the festival as much as the grown-ups!’

the formidable Slacklining School designed to

says festival director Caroline Slough.‘As well

bring your sense of balance into question!

as programming a day of back to back

Next to the old spreading oak tree you’ll find

sublime music across the two stages, we have

Storytelling in the Yarnsmith of Norwich’s

lovingly gathered together many magical,

medieval tent - the perfect space for tall tales

unique and imaginative activities for children

and eloquent elaborations. Children and adults

to enjoy, either in our dedicated family area or

alike are invited to immerse themselves in the

dotted around the festival site.’

Lavender Mandala - a patterned sea of

2017 sees the welcome return of many activities to Folk by the Oak, plus a number of new and exciting additions. Out and about there are lively Folk Dance Sessions performed by Harpenden based Young Miscellany Dance Group who are always happy to welcome adventurous audience members to join in.

fragrance and colour. Likewise everyone is welcome to get in a tangle doing the Knot Making Workshops, decorate their hands with beautiful organic Henna Designs or add a


WIN TICKETS ARTSeast has teamed up with Folk by the Oak to offer three lucky readers the chance to win a family ticket worth £107 each. To be in with a chance of winning, email your name, address and phone number to info@artseast.co.uk.

colourful oak leaf to the Folk by the Oak Family Tree! For the musically minded The Morris Minors singing group will be gathering

Closing date: June 23rd, usual terms and conditions apply.




Music News Freddy Kempf to perform with Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra Freddy Kempf, celebrated international pianist and former Cambridge Corn

Celebrating the Sound of Nature An arts organisation is set to explore the sound of nature with

Exchange artist in

a bespoke outdoor sound trail. Waveney & Blyth Arts’ new

residence, returns to the

event will delve into the nature of sound and sound in nature,

venue on May 11th to

with outdoor musical performances this summer. The

perform the penultimate

Sensing Nature performances, at Thornham Walks, near Eye,

concert in the 2016/17

will take place in June and July. Audiences will be invited to

Cambridge Classical

experience the woods in a new way by focusing on sounds -

Concert Series with the

natural, composed and improvised - on the trail, which has

Moscow Philharmonic

been created by, and will be performed by, 30 musicians

Orchestra, conducted by

recruited from Norfolk and Suffolk, most of whom are blind or

Yuri Botnari. Opening with

visually impaired. Nicky Stainton from Waveney & Blyth Arts

Shostakovich’s effervescent Festive Overture, the concert features Freddy Kempf

said: ‘We are very excited about the Sensing Nature outdoor promenade performances which will be the culmination of

giving a dazzling virtuosic performance of Rachmaninov’s Piano

three months of workshops and rehearsals. We believe that

Concerto No. 2 and concludes with Mussorgsky’s richly textured

this new live, aural experience, created jointly by professional

Pictures at an Exhibition.There is a pre-concert talk starting at 6pm

and amateur visually impaired musicians, is ground-breaking.’

at the nearby Cambridge University Press Bookshop in which

Performances will take place on Friday June 30th at 5pm

Freddy Kempf will be in conversation with the Corn Exchange’s

and on Saturday July 1st at 12noon, 2.30pm and 4.30pm.

composer in residence Jay Richardson. This event is free of charge

To order tickets please email

to concert ticket holders. www.cornex.co.uk

bookings@waveneyandblytharts.com or call 07415 168806.

Into the Woods - A Pirate’s Ball Maui Waui Events brings A Pirate’s Ball to Thorington Woods, Suffolk for the third year running. Leave the stormy seas behind, fill your boots with treasure, chests with gold and hold onto your hat Captain! Head down to the woods me hearties for a Pirate’s Party like no other. Stock up on rum and bring your shipmates. We'll be drinking, making merriment, dancing and fooling till late! This year there’s a whole new line up of live music and cabaret. Live bands include Sea’s of Mirth and Mr Tea & the Minions, plus a selection of DJs. There will also be many circus and cabaret performances including the Les Belles Danseuses who will be performing The Cancan. www.mauiwauievents.co.uk

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Photo: Lee Blanchflower

Thetford Forest Line-Up Forest Live takes place in June and July every Summer. An eclectic mix of acts perform in seven spectacular forest locations across the country. Forest Live is an independent programme organised by the

Talented Guitarist to play Needham Village Hall

Forestry Commission to bring forests to new audiences. Income generated from ticket sales is spent on protecting, improving and expanding England’s forests and woodlands and increasing their value to people and wildlife. Over Forest Live’s 16 year history, more than 1.5 million music fans have attended the concerts and money raised has contributed to a wide range of projects, from wildlife conservation to making improvements for visitors. With everything required for a great night out, including full catering and bar facilities, the gigs are renowned for their relaxed atmosphere. Forest Live in this region takes place in Thetford Forest, near Brandon, Suffolk and this year’s headline acts are: Elbow with special guest Steve Mason - Thursday June 29th; Olly Murs with special guest Louisa Johnson - Friday June 30th; Rick Astley with special guest Rumer – Saturday July 1st; Clean Bandit plus guests - Sunday July

In order to safeguard the long term viability of their village hall, the Friends of Needham Village Hall are launching an entertainment programme at the venue this spring for the enjoyment of residents in and around this small South Norfolk village. On June 9th, they will be welcoming talented young guitarist Peter Turrell who will perform a selection of modern instrumental pieces and classical music. Based in Norwich, Peter plays music that spans the past 500 years from early renaissance lute pieces, through to baroque and romantic period tunes, plus modern instrumental and flamenco music. He performs regularly at pubs, cafes and restaurants in and around Norfolk, as well as at parties and weddings. Tickets can be purchased on 01379 851917.

2nd. www.forestry.gov.uk/music

Unique Musical and Visual Experience British Pakistani Singer Samia Malik launches her UK tour Azaadi: Freedom from May with songs in Urdu and English accompanied by sitar, dilruba, violin, harmonium, bass guitar and tabla and live projections of translations, films and visual art. The tour opens on May 6th in The Cut in Halesworth, with concerts taking place across the UK in Bradford, London, Harwich, Cambridge, Norwich, Southburgh Festival, Night of Festivals in Leicester and Folk East, until August. The tour is supported by the Arts Council of England Lottery Grants for the Arts. In her new show, Samia’s powerful Urdu and English songs are accompanied by world class ‘sitarist to the stars’ Baluji Shrivastav OBE, the ‘exceptional and versatile’ multi instrumentalist Sianed Jones and virtuoso tabla player Sukhdeep Singh.  With live VJing of Samia’s visual art and translations by rising international moving image artist Seemab Gul, Azaadi: Freedom is a unique and extraordinary musical and visual experience. The tour will be supported by songwriting workshops in a collection of women’s organisations, charting a compelling narrative journey towards liberation through art. www.samiamalik.com






Summer Celebration of Music in Cambridge Abounding in great music and exciting performers, the Cambridge Summer Music Festival reaches its 39th year in 2017. For two weeks in July the historic venues of the city will welcome audiences to a huge variety of concerts, from young musicians, international players, choirs, to jazz and world music groups. There are some fantastic and unusual highlights to look forward to: the Aurora Orchestra play Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ Symphony entirely from memory, a musical feat never

Sounds Green, the series of concerts outdoors in the Botanic Garden on Wednesday evenings in July has long been a favourite with all ages - this year you can enjoy the Dodo Street Band, Wescombe Brass, the Hungarian group Mentés Másként, or Afrosamba as you relax with family and friends with drinks and a picnic on the lawn. Tim Kliphuis Sextet

Look out for events as varied as the very only plays a solo piano recital in the Fitzwilliam Museum, but also Schumann’s well-known Piano Concerto with the talented young Outcry Ensemble.

talented cellist BBC Young Musician Awardwinner Laura van der Hjeiden, the jazz players Misha Mullov-Abbado Group, organ improvisation to the silent film The Phantom of the Opera, and the Festival finale with the

undertaken before, and Freddy Kempf

In the beautiful Chapel of King’s College, the

performs Beethoven’s 4th and 5th Piano

Festival Chorus and Orpheus Sinfonia from

legendary Tim Kliphus Sextet. Children aren’t

Concertos with the Wiener

London under the baton of Stephen Cleobury

forgotten either with the Music for Kids series

Kammersymphonie ensemble. Cambridge-

perform Mozart’s iconic Requiem, and in St

providing a drumming workshop, or for your

based French pianist Patrick Hemmerle plays

John’s College the internationally-known

very young ones The King’s Wobbly

the entire 48 Preludes and Fugues by J S

Academy of Ancient Music play sumptuous


Bach, and the young virtuoso Ivana Gavric not

music by Bach and Vivaldi.

THE MILL INN Karen, Steve and the team welcome you to The Mill Inn, Aldeburgh. A traditional seafront pub with log fires serving ADNAMS finest ales and wines…great homecooked comfort food, families and dogs very welcome! We offer exclusive use hire and buffet style lunches for walking groups. our amazing hickory smoked ribs cooked in our own American smoking oven!

fabulous rib of beef Sunday roasts succulent 8oz angus steak burgers

…..seasonal fish dishes and much more!!! Bookings advisable...email or phone 01728 452563 millinnaldeburgh@gmail.com


May/June 2017

A Cultural Gem With more than 80 events over 17 days, the Aldeburgh Festival is celebrating a special anniversary this year. Aldeburgh Festival 2017 will be a celebration

production, directed and designed by Netia Jones, described by The Observer as ‘the most imaginative director of opera working in Britain today’.

pop and The Wizard of Oz. Other highlights include world-renowned sitar master Nishat Khan performing both solo and with the Saint Ephraim Male Choir of

Fifty years since the arrival of music on the

Budapest, Marino Formenti presenting two

site, pioneering sound artist Bill Fontana, who

piano recitals that turn our expectations of

has previously created site-specific works for

this most traditional of formats on their

iconic locations including the San

heads and Music on the Meare which

Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and the Arc

combines a short indoor concert at Jubilee

d’Triomphe in Paris, creates a newly

Hall followed by a vintage bus journey to the

of the 50th anniversary of music’s arrival at

commissioned installation - Acoustic Visions -

water of Thorpeness Meare where you can

Snape, marked at a time when significant

which opens our ears to the other sides of

relax in a rowing boat to hear a magical

further development of the site is being

Snape Maltings’ heritage – from echoes of its

moment in Aldeburgh Festival heritage


industrial past to the timeless rhythms of its


This year, alongside events in concert halls


natural environment.

Exhibitions includes Maggi Hambling’s Walls

and churches, the Festival invites audiences

Never previously performed at Snape

of Water and composer Freya Waley-Cohen’s

to join an intimate, theatrical drinks party at a

Maltings, Britten’s 1951 opera Billy Budd is

installation Permutations inviting audiences

country house in La Voix Humaine, relax in a

conducted by Garry Walker in the company

to explore the powerful relationship between

rowing boat at Music on the Meare, and

of Opera North’s acclaimed 2016 production

architecture and music. There will also be an

experience a symphony in a surprising urban

in a specially-devised concert staging on

exhibition documenting the conception and

setting in Multi-Story Orchestra.

June 24th-25th.

creation of Snape Maltings Concert Hall 50 years ago, and exhibitions at The Red House

Festival highlights include A Midsummer

Countertenor Andrew Watts and the London

Night’s Dream (June 9th, 11-12th & 14th). At

Sinfonietta perform Austrian composer Olga

the 1967 festival, Britten chose his opera A

Neuwirth’s homage to the German singer,

Midsummer Night’s Dream to celebrate the

showman and countercultural hero Klaus

The Aldeburgh Festival runs from June 9th-

newly opened Snape Maltings Concert Hall.

Noms – an anarchic, neon-lit encounter

25th. For full programme information, visit

The 2017 festival opens with a new

between Purcell, Weimar cabaret, bubblegum


Bill Fontana

Marino Formenti

Nishat Khan

Saint Ephraim Male Choir

on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Billy Budd, and Homosexuality in Britten’s Britain.






www.felixstowebookfestival.co.uk Also Special Festival Preview event June 11 at 3pm Maggi Hambling in conversation with Nicola Upson.

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Festival Fever As spring turns to summer, the region’s festivals celebrate great talent in theatre, music, comedy, literature and the arts‌








Southwold Arts Festival

Bury St Edmunds Festival

Once again there is an exciting and diverse programme of events for the fourth annual Southwold Festival from June 24th to July 1st. With performances each morning, lunchtime, afternoon and evening there will be a huge range to choose from covering all aspects of the arts including literature, music, drama and comedy.

The Bury St Edmunds Festival includes 59 events, across 13 venues over 10 days. Now in its 32nd year, Bury Festival has grown into one of the region’s best-loved music and arts festivals. It brings thousands of visitors to the town with a broad range of entertainment ranging from classical music to street theatre, films and exhibitions.

This much anticipated festival will be opened by its patron Emma Freud, which will be followed by a magnificent street event, this year on the theme of ‘Take Flight’. Everyone is encouraged to dress up and take part and there will be a colourful parade of fairies, butterflies, birds, superheroes, planes - in fact anything with wings, together with street stalls, bands and entertainers. Festival highlights include the West End show ‘The Simon and Garfunkel Story’, popular television gardener Christine Walkden (1) talking about her career, an evening with popular poet and author Pam Ayres, a talk from theatre critic Benedict Nightingale and popular historian and broadcaster Lucy Worsley (see p26-27) talking about Jane Austen on the 200th anniversary of her death. The festival also welcomes bestselling author Louis de Bernières, Charlie Haycock’s informative and entertaining one-man show on Suffolk lore and rural dialect and Mark Carey playing seventeen parts in his remarkable one-man show.

Flautist Sir James Galway (2), guitarist John Williams, keyboardist Rick Wakeman and actor and writer Tim BrookeTaylor are just some of the star names who will grace the stage from May 19th-28th

Musical offerings include the internationally-acclaimed ‘Ronnie Scott’s All Stars’ who combine live jazz, narration and rare archive images, folk music with O’Hooley and Tidow and a concert by renowned Mike D’Abo and his Mighty Quintet. www.southwoldartsfestival.co.uk / 01502 722572

Said Bury Festival Director, Nick Wells: ‘ As always, the Bury Festival has a been a joy to put together and covers a broad range of styles from classical to jazz, folk, contemporary and world music. Alongside artists who will be appearing at the festival for the first time, we are also delighted to welcome back performers including John Williams, the Aurora Orchestra, Clare Teal and The Tallis Scholars who, over the years have become like friends to the festival and are always firm favourites with our audiences. This year, Bury Festival will also see a unique programme of events celebrating both Suffolk and East Anglia through a combination of film, performance and home-grown talent. ‘The festival, in the majority, is about great music but we combine this with other art forms such as dance, drama, film, and also events such as street theatre, exhibitions and history walks around the town,’ said Nick Wells. ‘Abbeygate Cinema has also compiled an incredible programme of Suffolk and East Anglian-themed films which celebrate the region in all its majesty and to support this we have a range of local talent which includes Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra, Bury Bach Choir, soprano Juliet Fraser, St Edmunds bury Cathedral organist Alexander Binns with Dora Chatzigeorgiou and jazz musician, Chris Ingham.’ www.buryfestival.co.uk

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Photo: Ivon Bartholomew

Felixstowe Book Festival

Great Yarmouth Arts Festival

It’s Felixstowe Book Festival’s 5th Birthday! Celebrate with talks, book signings and workshops from over sixty writers in town to entertain adults and children over the weekend of July 1st-2nd.

The fifth Great Yarmouth Arts Festival (4) has something for everyone; live ballet from Ballet Central, a performance of light classical music by The Norwich Mozart Orchestra, The Marlow Town Band performing at the Gorleston Bandstand, organ, piano and singing recitals and even a rap band!

Festival highlights include appearances by Festival Patron Esther Freud and by Terry Waite, Louis De Bernières (3), A.L. Kennedy,Tracy Chevalier, Stella Rimmington, Alison Weir and Stella Duffy. There are many Interesting non-fiction sessions planned too including a talk from Julia Blackburn on her latest work ‘Threads - a beautiful illustrated account of the search for an undiscovered genius, the Norfolk fisherman John Craske. Academic Steve Smith gives a panoramic accent of the Russian Empire, including the revolution of 1917 and its impact on the course of world history. The festival preview on June 11th see artist Maggi Hambling in conversation with novelist Nicola Upson about her new book ‘Touch’. All this and more in the beautiful seaside town of Felixstowe.

Visual art will be on display in the Minster, Skippings, Great Yarmouth library and in the Market Place while The Big Draw will give everyone the opportunity to try their hand at drawing and painting. There is standup comedy at St George’s Theatre and Jonathan Veira returns to the Gorleston Pavillion. Dr Kathryn Ferry talks about her latest book about Butlins and the Story of the British Seaside and there will be productions of ‘As you Like it’ for school in the afternoon and a further production in the evening. Those interested in history can join one of the town’s walks to appreciate Yarmouth’s great heritage or alternatively follow one of the art trails. www.greatyarmouthartsfestival.co.uk

www.felixstowebookfestival.co.uk / 01394 694880

Ely Folk Festival What do a bunch of Antipodean blokes singing about tools, a celebrated English folk performer, a comedic French-Geordie songstress and a bluegrass supergroup have in common? Answer – The Spooky Men’s Chorale (5), Seth Lakeman, Flossie Malavialle & the Hot Rock Pilgrims are all appearing at Ely Folk Festival 2017 from July 7th-9th. They will be joined by high energy band The Elephant Sessions, guitarist Hans Theessink, harmony duo O’Hooley & Tidow, cajun band Elvis Fontenot…and lots more. The festival is a family-friendly event with lots of kids activities, food and craft stalls, ceilidhs, morris dancing, on-site camping facilities, workshop and music sessions and a real ale bar - all on one compact site in the wonderful cathedral city of Ely. Tickets are available for the weekend or individual days and kids under the age of 12 get in free if accompanied by a ticket-buying adult.  www.elyfolkfestival.co.uk




Finger on the Pulse

comedy show Maestro, in which he returns

and constant, relentless pain, co-

to a symphony he wrote 13 years earlier, with

commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre and

a story about attempting something far

the New Wolsey Theatre. On June 10th,

beyond your abilities. Fringe First award

Kiruna Stamell and Rhona McKenzie present

winner Katie Bonna presents a fearlessly

Disability Sex Archive, a creative project

honest show for the post-truth era All the

exploring disability, sex & relationships.

Returning for its 17th year,The Pulse

Things I Lied About - part TED talk, part

Festival in Ipswich offers a bright and

confession, unpicking how everyday lies can

inspiring snapshot of contemporary

lead to a world of Trump and Brexit.


Chief - a comedy based on true events

This year’s Suitcase Prize Day will see the

performed by Victoria Melody and her father, TV antique dealer Mike Melody.

Building on previous Pulse Festivals, this

2016 winners On The Run return with their

year’s programme - running from June 1st to

production Tell Me Anything. Competitors for

10th carries on the successes of Suitcase

the 2017 prize include pieces from notnow

Prize Day and Scratch Day with new work

Collective, This Egg, James McDermott, Lucy

from returning companies, and even more

Grace, and Robin Doon Dale. The Suitcase

high quality theatre coming from around the

Prize Day will take place on June 2nd

UK and further afield.

Scratch Day also features a preview of a new PULSE commission by Victoria Melody, Ugly

On June 9th, Shôn Dale-Jones performs his free show The Duke - a new solo show from the multi-award winning writer/performer behind the much-loved Hugh Hughes. Exploring kindness, generosity and the value

Pulse Festival 2017 will see the first year of

of what we do, Shôn will raise money for

There’s comedy, politics, music, animation,

the Testing Ground Commission, presenting

Save The Children’s Child Refugee Crisis

puppets, pop icons, antique dealers off the

three new works at various stages of

Appeal. The show is presented free to

telly, autobiographical material and the

development which supports accessible and

audiences, with donations to the charity

downright fantastical –a few shows that look

integrated theatre. On June 3rd, as part of

welcomed. The following day, 1927 present

at the theme of death and, in turn, the lives it

Scratch Day, Nicola Werenowska’s work in

their international smash-hit dystopian fable

leaves behind.

progress Invisible gets to the heart of invisible

Golem, blending 1927’s synthesis of

disability. On the same day Rachel Bagshaw

handmade animation, claymation, live music

presents an Edinburgh Festival preview of The

and performance.

Opening the festival are two performances by Edinburgh Fringe Festival successes Kieran Hodgson and Katie Bona. Kieran Hodgson presents his second Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated smash-hit character

Shape of the Pain following its work-inprogress in 2016. She returns to the festival


with her new piece about love, perception

Kieran Ho



May/June 2017

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