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10 DAYS OF GREAT MUSIC, THEATRE, FILM & EXHIBITIONS

FRIDAY 19 – SUNDAY 28 MAY 2017

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WELCOME As ever, the Bury Festival gives us an opportunity to enjoy a wide range of music and other artforms over ten packed days of entertainment, in venues and spaces all around the town. Bury St Edmunds is an increasingly lively and thriving town with so much arts and entertainment on offer throughout the year; the festival draws a lot of that together in a wonderful concentration and celebration of activity and provides opportunities to try something new, as well as seeing celebrated artists of international renown. After the success of Creative Critics last year, we are delighted to continue it and develop it this year; children from Woolpit Primary School, All Saints Primary in Newmarket and Glade Primary School in Brandon will be developing skills in art criticism and creative writing and will attend a number of shows during the festival to produce reviews. These reviews will be available through the Bury Festival website and there will also be selected reviews in the Bury Free Press. To read more about this please turn to page 27. We are extremely grateful for the continued generous support of the funders, sponsors and the festival friends, alongside the ongoing commitment from volunteer stewards and helpers, the Blue Badge Guides and everyone involved at all the venues and other locations. The festival wouldn’t be possible without them. And a thank you to you too for picking up this festival brochure – we look forward to seeing you in May. CLLR JO RAYNER Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Heritage

NICK WELLS Festival Manager

FESTIVAL OFFICE The Apex, 1 Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 3FD


FRIDAY 19 MAY

4

AKENFIELD Directed by Sir Peter Hall in 1974 and often described as ‘a work of rural realism’, Akenfield has been digitised thanks to the British Film Institute’s Unlocking Film Heritage Digitisation Fund. Filmed in and around Charsfield in Suffolk, it was the people of the village who had the starring roles, acting out the stories of 3 generations under Sir Peter’s direction based on a short script written by Akenfield’s author, Ronald Blythe. Director: Sir Peter Hall Starring: Garrow Shand, Peggy Cole, Barbara Tilney 12A • 98 mins • 1974 (2016 reissue) 6.00pm • ABBEYGATE CINEMA £6.50 – £11

ACOUSTIC BEATLES

BREAD OR BLOOD

The timeless, mysteriously resonant compositions of Lennon, McCartney and Harrison, and the stories behind them. Some classics and some less familiar gems performed by the author of Rough Guide to the Beatles Chris Ingham (vocals/ guitar) with Lewis Andrews (vocals/ guitar), Rev Andrew Brown (double bass) and George Double (drums/vocals).

Andy Wall performs a solo set and then joins Gareth Calway to perform ‘Bread or Blood, the story of the Littleport and Ely Riots of 1816’ (commissioned by the Ely Folk Festival in 2016). In between, Andy, Gareth and harpist Vanessa Wood-Davies perform ballads from Gareth’s 2015 book ‘Doin different, 39 new ballads from the East of England.’ This will include a complete performance of Gareth and Vanessa’s new album ‘Lancelot and the Grail Maiden’.

8.00pm • HUNTER CLUB • £15

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FRIDAY 19 MAY

THE WESTBROOK BLAKE ‘Perhaps the greatest work in all British jazz’ – Independent on Sunday Described in The Times as ‘one of Britain’s most creative, experimental and daring jazz composers’, Mike Westbrook comes to Bury St Edmunds as part of his 80th birthday celebrations. With Mike Westbrook on piano, this concert also features John Winfield and Kate Westbrook (vocals), Chris Biscoe (saxophones), Billy Thompson (violin), Steve Berry (double bass) and the St John’s Festival Singers rehearsed by Christopher Moore. Westbrook’s settings of William Blake’s powerful poetry were originally commissioned in 1971 for the National Theatre production of Adrian Mitchell’s Tyger. The Westbrook Blake has been performed many times in Blake’s city, London, as well as Festivals throughout Europe, in New York and Australia. 8.00pm • ST JOHN’S CHURCH • £21, £18

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EDWIN SANZ SALSA ORCHESTRA FEATURING VOCALIST NAOMI PHILLIPS A special one-off performance by the ten piece band voted ‘Best Latin act’ by Glastonbury Festival. Fronted by master percussionist Edwin Sanz from Venezuela and featuring three vocalists including internationally acclaimed soul-diva Naomi Phillips, this is one gig for all salsa fans and lovers of Latin music! Playing music from his two albums ‘San Agustin’ and ‘Overflow’ together with Alex Wilson compositions, this high energy performance will be a highlight of the festival. ‘One of the best salsa releases of the summer’ – Djlubi ‘With a glinting smile... the skill with which he integrates fizzing hi-hat patterns into the rapid fire shifts of tempo and subdivisions of his hand drumming makes many a jaw drop’ – Jazzwise 8.00pm • THE APEX • £20 F Creative Critics will be in attendance at the performance of Edwin Sanz Salsa Orchestra. For further details see page 27.

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SATURDAY 20 MAY

6

FESTIVAL WALK: YARNS Ever wondered why Bury St Edmunds was a wealthy medieval town? Of course you could say because of its Abbey, but as with many Suffolk towns, it owed much of its prosperity to what grew on the backs of sheep - wool. This tour will enlighten you with tales and ‘yarns’ about the wool trade and who, where and why Bury is the town it is today; a vibrant tourist attraction and a very desirable place to live and work. 10.30am MEET ON ANGEL HILL (near War Memorial) £8 (includes coffee and a pastry) F Under 25s £5

STREET THEATRE A host of street theatre performers who will delight you, amaze you and put a smile on your face. And guess what... it’s all free! From 11.00am • ABBEY GARDENS • Free Event

DRAW ON SWEET NIGHT John Wilbye, the Elizabethan madrigalist, spent his entire working life in the service of Sir Thomas and Lady Elizabeth Kytson at Hengrave Hall in Suffolk. After Wilbye’s second book of madrigals was published in 1609 he appears not to have composed anything else, yet Lady Elizabeth kept him on in the house until her death in 1628, showering him with gifts including the tenancy of the most prosperous sheep farm in the area. So why, when Elizabeth died, did Wilbye throw all this up and spend the rest of his days with her daughter, in Colchester? Why did he dedicate his second book of madrigals to the beautiful and notorious Lady Arbella Stewart? A collaboration with the internationally renowned vocal group, I Fagiolini, this sumptuously photographed film drama as filmed at Kentwell Hall, Long Melford. Director: Tony Britten Starring: Mark Arends,  Doon Mackichan, Sophia Di Martino 12A • 86 mins • 2015 2.00pm • ABBEYGATE CINEMA • £6.50 – £9 TICKETS: 01284 758000

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SATURDAY 20 MAY

7

THE SIREN OF HEAVEN ‘The Siren of Heaven’ is a lively introduction to the life and work of ‘La Cecchina’, presented by soprano Juliet Fraser, lutenist Jamie Akers and author Anna Beer. Francesca Caccini (15871640) held a unique position at the Medici Court in Florence for twenty years. Only one book of her songs has sadly survived. Juliet Fraser will sing a selection of rarely heard songs from the collection alongside stories about the life and times of Francesca Caccini. 7.30pm UNITARIAN MEETING HOUSE • £10

MENDELSSOHN: ELIJAH Elijah was first performed on 26 August 1846 in Birmingham Town Hall to a packed audience of two thousand, and was an instant success. For many years Elijah was second only in popularity to Handel’s Messiah. From its imaginative and energetic orchestration, to the beauty of so many of the arias and choruses, to the dramatic portrayal of Elijah himself, this work deserves its place as one of the great choral masterpieces.    Under the baton of Philip Reed, the Bury Bach Choir is joined for this performance by members of Nayland Choir and the Prometheus Orchestra.   7.30pm • ST EDMUNDSBURY CATHEDRAL • £25, £20, £15 Early booking discount – £2 off all tickets booked by 22 April

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SATURDAY 20 MAY

8

CLARE TEAL AND HER MINI BIG BAND THE FIRST LADIES OF SWING – ELLA, PEGGY, DORIS AND BEYOND We’re long-time fans of Clare and always love inviting her to come and perform in Bury St Edmunds. From swing to sublime ballads, Clare Teal’s Mini Big Band concerts are renowned across the country for their energetic exuberance. Backed by a spectacular band of first rate musicians, award winning singer and BBC Radio 2 presenter Clare provides an evening of toe tapping big band songs which appeal to all and have the audience dancing in the aisles. The rich, jazz infused repertoire explores timeless classics penned by the legendary musical storytellers of the last 100 years, and celebrates giants of the Great American and British Songbooks through to the work of more contemporary writers crafting the standards of today, plus Clare’s own original compositions. The eclectic song list, with music from Cole Porter, Billy Strayhorn, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Tim Rice to Sting, and honouring the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson and Peggy Lee, will include a selection of material from her latest album Twelve O’Clock Tales. As one of the UK’s greatest interpreters of song and much loved performers, Clare and her Mini Big Band promise a sparkling night of inspired music and unbridled entertainment, performed by the very best. 7.30pm • THE APEX £24 F Under 25s £5 TICKETS: 01284 758000

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SUNDAY 21 MAY

9

FESTIVAL EUCHARIST

FESTIVAL WALK: THE GRID

For the Festival Eucharist this year, the preacher will be The Very Reverend Frances Ward, Dean of St Edmundsbury and the setting of the mass will be Jonathan Dove’s Missa Brevis.

The 900 year old street plan of Bury’s town centre is little changed today.  We will walk through this ancient grid of streets, looking at the many interesting buildings and find out about who lived here and what they did.

10.00am • ST EDMUNDSBURY CATHEDRAL

10.30am MEET ON ANGEL HILL (near War Memorial) £8 (includes coffee and a pastry) F

EMBRACEABLE ELLA In Ella Fitzgerald’s centenary year, acclaimed chanteuse Joanna Eden and her trio present a musical entertainment of anecdote, insight and classic songs associated with the legendary First Lady of Song. Compositions by Gershwin, Rodgers, Porter, Arlen, Ellington, Van Heusen and other writers of the Golden Age. ‘The UK’s answer to Norah Jones and Diana Krall’ – Time Out This is one of the monthly Songbook Sundays that take place each month at the Athenaeum featuring the Chris Ingham Trio with special guest singers from the jazz world. With delicious food on sale and a well-stocked bar, it’s relaxed and informal and it’s what Sundays were made for! 11.30am ATHENAEUM £10adv F

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SUNDAY 21 MAY

10

IN LOVE WITH ALMA COOGAN We are delighted that director Tony Britten will join us for a Q&A after the screening. Filmed in Cromer, this gentle comedy-drama in the mould of LITTLE VOICE and LOCAL HERO revolves around the declining fortunes of a pier theatre in a run-down seaside resort. Theatre manager Norman clings to past glories, particularly to the ghost of 1960s singing star Alma Cogan. He eventually decides to leave behind the relics of a bygone entertainment era and help his long-suffering but devoted assistant Sandra to achieve her ambition of becoming a professional singer. Director: Tony Britten Starring: Roger Lloyd-Pack, Niamh Cussack, Gwyneth Strong

CATHEDRAL CHOIR CONCERT

12A • 99 mins • 2012

This concert given by the Cathedral Choir will feature a setting of the Requiem by Maurice Duruflé.

2.00pm • ABBEYGATE CINEMA • £6.50 – £9

5.00pm • ST EDMUNDSBURY CATHEDRAL • £6

NATIONAL YOUTH MUSIC THEATRE: HONK!

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MUSIC BY GEORGE STILES • BOOK & LYRICS BY ANTHONY DREWE This charming twist on Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Ugly Duckling’ - has played all over the world in over 8,000 productions and has won multiple awards including the 2000 Olivier Award for Best Musical. We follow Ugly, the runt of the litter. Embarrassed by the way he looks, his duckling brothers and sisters bully him until he decides to leave on an adventure with a hungry feline. For 40 years the award-winning National Youth Music Theatre has represented the very best in work with young people in musical theatre, leading Andrew Lloyd Webber to describe it as ‘the best youth music theatre in the world’. ‘Stonkingly brilliant’ – Time Out  5.00pm • THEATRE ROYAL • £8 – £16 F Creative Critics will be in attendance at the performance of Honk! For further details see page 27. TICKETS: 01284 758000

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SUNDAY 21 MAY

11

THE FLOOZIES The Floozies’ jazzy folk songs will headline this all-female line up performing in aid of the Bury St Edmunds Women’s Aid Centre. Supporting are Sally Army with songs about weirdos, cat ladies and jilted brides on vodka, plus Cambridge songwriter, Lizzie Taylor 7.30pm • HUNTER CLUB • £10

TAKÁCS QUARTET BEETHOVEN BEETHOVEN BEETHOVEN

String Quartet Op 18 No 6 String Quartet Op 135 String Quartet Op 59 No 3 Razumovsky

Recognized as one of the world’s greatest string quartets, the Takács Quartet will be in the UK just for a handful of dates. In 2012, Gramophone announced that the Takács was the only string quartet to be inducted into its first Hall of Fame, along with such legendary artists as Jascha Heifetz, Leonard Bernstein and Dame Janet Baker. For their CDs on the Decca/London label, the Quartet has won three Gramophone Awards, a Grammy Award, three Japanese Record Academy Awards, Disc of the Year at the inaugural

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BBC Music Magazine Awards, and Ensemble Album of the Year at the Classical Brits. ‘The consummate artistry of the Takács is breathtaking... this is chamber music-playing of overwhelming intensity... simply the best I have ever heard in concert’ – The Guardian 7.30pm • THE APEX • £24, £20 F Under 25s £5 Sponsored by

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MONDAY 22 MAY

12

WITCHFINDER GENERAL We are delighted that Pat Church will introduce the film. The daily rushes for Witchfinder General were shown at the Abbeygate by then projectionist Pat.

ART THEMEN TRIO A fantastically exciting, playful and inventive saxophonist, Art Themen has been a beloved character of the British jazz scene for over 50 years, from Alexis Korner to Stan Tracey, and remains as brilliant and inimitable as ever. ‘One of the tiny handful of undeniably perfect jazz musicians’ – The Observer 1.00pm • APEX BAR • £9 F Under 25s £5

A disturbing tale of evil set during the English Civil War. When Matthew Hopkins is appointed Witchfinder General by the Puritans under Cromwell, he is empowered to travel the countryside with his henchmen and collect a fee for each witch from whom he extracts a confession – a policy which is exploited to the full. Filmed in Lavenham, Bury St Edmunds and Thetford. Director: Michael Reeves Starring: Vincent Price, Ian Ogilvy 15 • 86 mins • 1968 6.00pm • ABBEYGATE CINEMA • £6.50 – £11

JOHN LAW: GOLDBERG VARIATIONS Internationally acclaimed jazz pianist and composer John Law, returns to his classical roots with a unique re-working of J.S. Bach’s masterpiece, the Goldberg Variations. With added electronic, ambient opening and closing bookends, Bach’s work is presented in a straight reading, on piano, with added visuals. The complete score has been stylishly visualised by the award winning animator David Daniels (known for his work with Led Zeppelin and Bryan Adams). Visuals are operated live, changing the pace of the film to fit the live performance of the music. 7.30pm • ATHENAEUM £16 F Under 25s £5 Creative Critics will be in attendance at the performance by John Law. For further details see page 27.

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MONDAY 22 MAY

13

6 HANDS: JOHN WILLIAMS, JOHN ETHERIDGE & GARY RYAN The last time John Williams played at The Apex it was for his last ever solo recital and it is an absolute delight to be able to invite him back to Bury St Edmunds with his long standing duo partner, the jazz guitarist John Etheridge. Bringing these 4 hands up to 6 is award-winning classical guitarist and composer, Gary Ryan for a colourful and varied programme of solos, duos and trios. Williams and Etheridge will play some of their most popular pieces together; solo pieces will include Vivaldi’s Concerto Op. 3, No. 9, Gary Ryan’s own ‘Benga Beat’ which so excited the audience at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse (Globe Theatre) in June 2015. Duos will include Phillip Houghton’s ‘The Mantis and the Moon’ played by Ryan and Williams, ‘Extra Time’ played by Etheridge and Williams and the trio will play ‘Malinke Guitars’. 7.30pm THE APEX £26 F Under 25s £5

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TUESDAY 23 MAY

14

CLARE HAMMOND BEETHOVEN DEBUSSY FAURÉ STRAVINSKY

Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 7 L’isle joyeuse 2 Nocturnes (No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 37 and No. 12 in E minor, Op. 107) Petroushka Suite

It has been a busy couple of years for Clare, with her appearance as the young Miss Shepherd in Alan Bennett’s film of Lady in the Van; winning the 2015 RPS Young Artist Award which celebrates outstanding achievement; and her debut performance at the Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia Orchestra. 1.00pm • THE APEX • £9 F Under 25s £5

WITH LOVE FROM SUFFOLK

THE TENANT

We are delighted that producers Matthew McGuchan and Julien Mery will introduce the film and do a Q&A after the screening.

Theatre and music performance company, Concert Theatre, tells the story of Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall through their new work ‘The Tenant’. Performed in the round, Brontë’s feminist 19th-century story is now presented live through two actors alongside a pianist performing Scriabin’s 24 Preludes, Mozart’s Sonata for piano and violin K. 378, and Brahms’s Rhapsody Op. 79 .

With Love From... Suffolk is a feature film that celebrates love in all its guises. Set entirely within Suffolk, it is not just a funny and tender exploration of relationships - it’s also a love letter to our magnificent county. In the vein of romantic, multi-stranded films such as Love Actually and New York, I Love You, it seeks to combine laughter, drama and romance, with a life-affirming message overall.

‘Strikingly innovative’ – The Telegraph 7.30pm • ATHENAEUM £16 F Under 25s £5

12A • 95 mins • 2016 6.00pm • ABBEYGATE CINEMA • £6.50 – £11 TICKETS: 01284 758000

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TUESDAY 23 MAY

15

KATHRYN TICKELL & THE SIDE KATHRYN TICKELL LOUISA TUCK RUTH WALL AMY THATCHER

Northumbrian pipes, fiddle Cello (Principal Cellist, Oslo Filharmonien) Harp (Goldfrapp, Fitkin) Accordion, clog dancing (The Shee)

Channeling their diverse musical experiences into a powerful new sound, The Side stay true to the spirit and essence of Kathryn’s own Northumbrian folk tradition whilst unleashing the talent and creativity of each individual musician. Evocative slow airs that could break your heart move seamlessly into life-affirming jigs and reels; Amy storms into a clog dance; Kathryn’s dizzying rapid-fire piping contrasts with the richness of the cello and Ruth’s sparkling harp playing melds it all together – a very special evening is in store in the company of Kathryn and The Side.

LATE NIGHT IN THE QUIRE: APOLLON DUO The Apollon Duo was formed in 2015 by violinist Dora Chatzigeorgiou and organist Alexander Binns, and explores the seldom heard repertoire for this unique combination of instruments. Music by composers including Bruhns, Handel, Karg-Elert and Olsson. 10.00pm ST EDMUNDSBURY CATHEDRAL £6

‘I can’t remember feeling so exhilarated by such a match of music and landscape’  – Richard Morrison, The Times  7.30pm • THE APEX • £17 F Under 25s £5

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WEDNESDAY 24 MAY

SARAH MOULE & SIMON WALLACE SONGS FOR SCARLET WOMEN Celebrating the Femme Fatale in all her feisty glory via intriguingly recast standards, this celebrated musical entertainment mixes songs with pithy spoken vignettes, questioning what makes a ‘femme’ into a ‘fatale’ and suggesting there is more to these ‘bad girls’ than meets the eye. ‘Sophisticated, cool, vocals and stylish playing’ – All About Jazz 1.00pm • APEX BAR £9 F Under 25s £5

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THE BRIDGE In the hot summer of 1887, life seems idyllic when Isobel Hetherington and her three young daughters moved into their seaside residence. When Phillip Wilson Steer arrives for his annual painting visit, a chain of events sets off to change their lives forever. Overcome by his first sight of Isobel, Steer decides to capture her on canvas and they fall for each other. But jealousy and tragedy eventually force them to confront reality. Filmed in Walberswick, Dunwich and Yoxford. Director: Syd Macartney Starring: Saskia Reeves, David O’Hara, Joss Ackland 15 • 102 mins • 1992 2.00pm • ABBEYGATE CINEMA • £6.50 – £9 _____________________________________________________________

ALL IN A GARDEN GREEN The early music trio, Hexachordia, presents a celebration of the English garden in music, song and words. Performed on harp, recorders, cittern, lute and viols, the music is interspersed with readings contemporary with the pieces, reflecting on the evolution of the English garden through to the seventeenth century. 6.30pm • UNITARIAN MEETING HOUSE • £10 The concert will be followed by an informal wine tasting at The Old Angel, College Street. Wine tasting tickets £10, are only available to concert goers. In aid of the Suffolk Preservation Society. _____________________________________________________________

MARTIN NEWELL & THE HOSEPIPE BAND Away from their ceilidh work, The Hosepipe Band’s collaboration with North Essex poet Martin Newell has seen band members compose original music to accompany readings of three of Martin’s long poems: The Song of the Waterlily, Black Shuck, and The Green Children. 7.30pm • MOYSES HALL • £10 TICKETS: 01284 758000

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WEDNESDAY 24 MAY

17

BRAHMS 1 – FROM MEMORY BRAHMS SYMPHONY NO. 1 IN C MINOR, OP. 68 TOM SERVICE Presenter AURORA ORCHESTRA NICHOLAS COLLON Conductor Aurora is currently the only orchestra worldwide presenting whole symphonies from memory – a unique performance style which conveys an electrifying sense of adventure, intimacy and heightened communication. After their stunning performance of Beethoven’s 5th symphony by memory in the festival last year, Aurora apply this thrilling approach to Brahms’ monumental First Symphony: thought to be the first such presentation of a Brahms symphony in Europe since the composer himself enjoyed the memorised playing of the Meiningen Court Orchestra in the 1880s.

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‘Marvellous… Playing from memory, Aurora created an organic sense of community, dynamism and inspiration’ – David Allen, New York Times 7.30pm • THE APEX • £24, £20 F Creative Critics will be in attendance at the performance of Brahms 1 from Memory. For further details see page 27. Sponsored by

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THURSDAY 25 MAY

18

SILK STRING TRIO A few years ago the internationally renowned virtuoso Cheng Yu brought the Silk and Bamboo Ensemble to the festival; their beautiful mix of traditional and contemporary Chinese music was enjoyed by a large lunchtime audience and she returns this year with the Silk String Trio. New in its style and unique in its instrumentation, it is led by Cheng Yu on the pipa lute with virtuosic erhu fiddle and Guzheng zither players. They have performed widely throughout Europe as well as at London’s Southbank and Royal Opera House and have collaborated with Lang Lang, Matthew Barley and Damon Albarn. The trio’s signature sound brings fresh interpretation and arrangements to traditional and contemporary Chinese musical works. 1.00pm • THE APEX • £9 F Under 25s £5 Creative Critics will be in attendance at the performance of Silk String Trio. For further details see page 27.

REQUIEM FOR A VILLAGE The idyllic, rural past of a Suffolk village is explored through the memories of an old man in this lyrical, extraordinary, little-seen film from filmmaker David Gladwell. Although best known for his celebrated work as editor on Lindsay Anderson’s If... and O Lucky Man!, Gladwell has, until now, rarely been recognised as the director of a number of groundbreaking films. Preceded by an earlier short film from David Gladwell.

OH GOODY! AN AUDIENCE WITH TIM BROOKE TAYLOR & CHRIS SERLE

18 • 65 mins • 1975

An unforgettable evening in the company of one of the funniest and best-loved comedy performers of our time as he discusses his long career with the writer and broadcaster Chris Serle. Tim Brooke-Taylor delights as he tells hilarious stories from a lifetime in comedy, spiced with a few revealing anecdotes about many of the names Tim has appeared with, including his fellow Goodies, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie.

6.00pm • ABBEYGATE CINEMA • £6.50 – £11

7.30pm • THEATRE ROYAL • £8.50 – £21.50

Director: David Gladwell Starring: Vic Smith, Villagers of Witnesham and Metfield

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THURSDAY 25 MAY

19

RICK WAKEMAN: PIANO PORTRAITS Currently celebrating his 50th year as a professional musician, keyboard player songwriter and broadcaster Rick Wakeman recently made chart history when his Piano Portraits album became the first solo piano album to enter the UK’s Top 10. Inspired by the reaction to his performance of David Bowie’s Life On Mars on BBC Radio 2 in early 2016, Piano Portraits features instrumental versions of hits Rick originally performed on (Space Oddity, Morning Has Broken) and some he didn’t (I’m Not In Love, Stairway To Heaven), as well as a selection of his favourite classical pieces (Berceuse, Clair de Lune). Rick will perform music from the album, interspersed with anecdotes about his music and his career. 7.30pm • THE APEX • £25 F Sponsored by

TALLIS SCHOLARS A very welcome return from these masters of Renaissance vocal music under the direction of Peter Phillips, with a programme that celebrates the 450th anniversary of the birth of Claudio Monteverdi. ‘One of the UK’s greatest cultural exports’ – BBC Radio 3 7.30pm • ST EDMUNDSBURY CATHEDRAL £15 – £26 F Under 25s £5

TALLIS Missa Puer natus BYRD Ave verum BYRD Justorum animae BYRD Laudibus in sanctis CAMPKIN Miserere MUHLY Lamentations TALLIS Lamentations I LOTTI Crucifixus a 8 MONTEVERDI Crucifixus MONTEVERDI Adoramus te MONTEVERDI Domine, ne in furore MONTEVERDI Cantate domino


FRIDAY 26 MAY

20

THE DIXIE STROLLERS They’re back! This wonderful Dixie/New Orleans seven-piece jazz band is made up of some great young musicians, all graduates from the London music conservatories. The members of the band have played in all of the major London jazz venues including Ronnie Scott’s, The Vortex, and the 606 Jazz Club, as well as at the London Jazz Festival and the Royal Albert Hall. Influenced by Alex Welch, Kid Ory, Sidney Bechet, Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong. 12.30pm • THE APEX £9 F Under 25s £5

THAT STUPENDOUS BASS Christopher Webb (bass-baritone) and Oliver John Ruthven (chamber organ) come together to perform bass songs from Restoration England inspired by the voice of Revd John Gostling (described by John Evelyn as ‘that stupendous bass’). Works by composers including Henry Purcell and Matthew Locke. 1.10pm ST EDMUNDSBURY CATHEDRAL Admission free with a retiring collection

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DROWNING BY NUMBERS Cissie Colpitts drowns her cheating husband and in the ensuing cover-up enlists the help of lonely coroner Henry Madgett, an old friend with a longstanding weakness for her charms. But when Cissie’s daughter and granddaughter both decide to resort to the same methods for solving conflicts with their own frustrating husbands, the Colpitts women and their repeated appeals for help begin to wear on Madgett’s conscience. Filmed in and around Southwold. Director: Peter Greenaway Starring: Bernard Hill, Joan Plowright,  Juliet Stevenson, Joely Richardson 15 • 113 mins • 1988 6.00pm • ABBEYGATE CINEMA • £6.50 – £11 WWW.BURYFESTIVAL.CO.UK


FRIDAY 26 MAY

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SUFFOLK PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA THE LARK ASCENDING SAVITRI GRIER violin JOHN ANDERSON oboe LESLIE OLIVE conductor Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra presents its featured young artist, Savitri Grier on violin, in a programme of mainly English music showcasing the SPO’s celebrated string section, including: VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Oboe Concerto VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis ELGAR Serenade in E minor 7.30pm • THE APEX • £16 – £34 Children and students half price

3 DAFT MONKEYS ‘The Highlight of Glastonbury’ – Mark Radcliffe BBC2 3 Daft Monkeys’ dynamic style of worldinfluenced folk music and infectious dancing rhythms will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated. Fascinating lyrics of personal and whimsical observations on life, and folk tales both ancient and modern, are told within the swirling layers of their music, all with the essential catchy sing-along chorus. 8.00pm • CONSTITUTIONAL CLUB £12, £10 (Milkmaid Friends) F

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LATIN JAZZ NIGHT WITH DEREK NASH’S PICANTE Led by Derek Nash, the irrepressible star saxophonist of the Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Picante deliver effervescent entertainment full of the life-affirming rhythms and excitement of authentic Latin Jazz. With Neil Angilley (piano), Dominic Ashworth (guitar), Andy Staples (bass), Marc Cecil (drums) and Robin Jones (percussion). ‘Good vibes and upbeat grooves’ – All About Jazz 8.00pm • HUNTER CLUB • £15 WWW.BURYFESTIVAL.CO.UK


SATURDAY 27 MAY

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SILENT CINEMA: CHAPLIN MATTHEW TRUSLER violin ASHLEY WASS piano This concert of cinematic treasures celebrates 100 years since the creation of Chaplin’s set of masterpieces known as the Mutual Comedies. We will be screening memorable set pieces from The Immigrant, The Adventurer, Modern Times and The Vagabond, each with specially curated soundtracks for violin and piano. Music by Fritz Kreisler, Scott Joplin, Bela Bartok and the famous Czardas by Monti as well as several of Chaplin’s own compositions will be performed by two outstanding British musicians, Matthew Trusler and Ashley Wass. 11.30am • THE APEX • £16 F Under 25s £5

THE LIGHT PRINCESS

CHICKLIT

Award winning Ballet Cymru presents a brand new ballet The Light Princess featuring a specially commissioned score by internationally acclaimed Welsh harpist and composer Catrin Finch. This unique production will combine circus elements with the highest quality classical ballet. The story of a princess afflicted by a constant weightlessness, unable to get her feet on the ground until she finds a love that brings her down to Earth.

A charming comedy about four male friends trying to save their local pub from closing down. They decide to write a chick lit novel following the success of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’. The novel soon gets picked up but the publisher insists that the young woman ‘author’ does press and publicity. Desperate to keep their involvement a secret, the four guys hire an actress to ‘role play’ the part of the author. She becomes the star in the film adaptation of the book and turns the tables on the guys as she is now the one in control... Filmed in Holt, Norfolk.

3.00pm & 7.00pm • THEATRE ROYAL • £10 – £26

Director: Tony Britten Starring: Christian McKay, Dakota Blue Richards, Niamh Cusack, John Hurt, Cathy Tyson 15 • 96 mins • 2016 6.00pm • ABBEYGATE CINEMA • £6.50 – £11 TICKETS: 01284 758000

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SATURDAY 27 MAY

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GRIMETHORPE COLLIERY BAND Grimethorpe Colliery Band celebrates its centenary year in 2017, with the history of the organisation stretching back to the First World War. National and British Open Champions on numerous occasions, the band’s contest successes remain legendary. These include 16 Brass In Concert Championship titles, 11 times Yorkshire Regional Champions, two English National Championship victories, four times British Open Champions and four times National Champion Brass Band of Great Britain. They’ve played at the FIFA World Cup, BAFTA Awards, BBC Proms, Eurovision, London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, and of course were the focal point for the global hit movie ‘Brassed Off’ for which they received a BAFTA nomination. We are delighted that they are returning to perform for us as part of their 100th anniversary. ‘Grimethorpe Colliery Band – the finest jewel in the world of brass bands, and a unique cultural asset’ – Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

HARVEY AND THE NEW WALLBANGERS We loved this band in the 80s and were very excited to hear that they had got back together for some one-off gigs this year. And even more excited that they agreed to come and play at the Bury Festival! Three original Wallbangers, Harvey Brough, Jeremy Taylor and Richard Allen plus two new Wallbangers, Clara Sanabras and Naomi Hammerton are joined by ace rhythm section Andy Hamill and Roy Dodds to perform some of the original repertoire and some new songs. Boogie Nights, Sh Boom, Your Feet’s too big, Sweet Talkin’ Guy, Blue Skies, Sunny Side of the Street and many more will be on the set list. If you remember the first time round or want to know what the fuss was about, here is your chance. 8.00pm • THE APEX • £20 F Under 25s £5

7.30pm • ST MARY’S CHURCH £20, £15 F Under 25s £5

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SUNDAY 28 MAY

FESTIVAL WALK: THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT In 1539 Henry 8th abolished the monasteries and radically changed the character of Bury St Edmunds. Within a century it had changed from an ecclesiastically dominated town to a centre of amusement, enjoyment and entertainment. This walk will show some of the sites where fun was had, how the citizens, nouveau-riches and visitors enjoyed themselves and what activities they got up to. Daniel Defoe described what went on in the 17th century. Hopefully we can bring it up to date! 10.30am MEET ON ANGEL HILL (near War Memorial) £8 F (includes coffee and a pastry) Under 25s £5 _____________________________

WEST SUFFOLK JAZZ This has become an annual slot in the festival programme and very welcome it is too. Some of West Suffolk’s young jazzers playing some great big band music. 12.30pm • APEX BAR Free event TICKETS: 01284 758000

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BILLY’S BAND Billy is the greatest conductor who ever lived and he loves encouraging new friends to join the Band - a fun place where children can listen to and make all different kinds of music. If you are aged between 3 and 9 years old and you like being creative, or sharing your fantastic musical skills in a group of friends, family and Billy’s Band, then Billy’s Band NEEDS YOU! Join us for a marvellous musical adventure with five members of Billy’s Band - there’s lots of singing, dancing and even a chance to conduct the band for anyone who wants to have a go. Music includes The Irish Washerwoman, William Tell Overture and a very unusual version of The Nutcracker Suite: The Nutcracker Dance Megamix. 11.30am • THE APEX • £8

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THE GO-BETWEEN A young teenage boy, Leo, is invited to a wealthy school friend’s rich family estate and is drawn into a love affair between his friend’s twenty-something sister, Marian, and the family neighbour, even though she is engaged to be married. She uses Leo as a go-between, sending messages to her lover. Despite feeling he is betraying her fiancé Hugh, Leo carries on being the messager boy and discovers more about the attraction between men and women along the way. A long hot summer in Norfolk forms more than just a backdrop for The Go-Between, Joseph Losey and Harold Pinter’s adaptation of L.P Hartley’s 1953 novel. For Losey the county became the bewitching heart of the film. Director: Joseph Losey Starring: Julie Christie, Alan Bates, Edward Fox PG • 112 mins • 1971 2.00pm • ABBEYGATE CINEMA • £6.50 – £9 WWW.BURYFESTIVAL.CO.UK


SUNDAY 28 MAY

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FLUTE FANTASIA WITH SIR JAMES & LADY GALWAY One of the world’s greatest living flautists Sir James Galway makes his first appearance at The Apex. Nicknamed ‘The Man with the Golden Flute’, Sir James Galway is globally renowned as the supreme interpreter of the classical flute repertoire and has sold in excess of 30 million records during a career that spans over 40 years. Sir James appears here with his wife, Lady Jeanne and pianist Michael McHale for a programme of popular flute repertoire, including works by Debussy, Kreisler and Marais. 7.30pm • THE APEX • £45, £38 F

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING The Theory Of Everything is the story of Stephen Hawking, the most brilliant physicist of our time and Jane Wilde the arts student he fell in love with while studying in Cambridge in the 1960s. Diagnosed with motor neurone disease aged 21, he turns away from Jane in the hope of sparing her pain – but she has other ideas. This profound and moving film was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, and Eddie Redmayne’s stunning performance as Stephen has earned him the Oscar for Best Actor. Director: James Marsh Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, David Thewlis 12A • 120 mins • 2016 Contains brief sexualised images, mild bad language

MEHBOOB NADEEM & HANIF KHAN A rare opportunity for Bury St Edmunds to enjoy an evening of classical Indian sitar and tabla music performed by two virtuoso musicians. Mehboob Nadeem is a 15th generation sitar player and singer and is acknowledged as one of the most accomplished of the present generation of the Vilayatkhani Gharana and is known to be one of the best sitar players in the UK. Mehboob will be joined on stage by tabla player Hanif Khan, himself an internationally acclaimed musician who has performed with Hari Prashad Chaurasia and Ustad Fateh Ali Khan amongst others. 7.45pm • ST JOHN’S CHURCH • £10 adv

5.00pm • ABBEYGATE CINEMA • £6.50 – £9 TICKETS: 01284 758000

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EXHIBITIONS

ANNUAL EXHIBITION BY THE ROYAL PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY’S EAST ANGLIA REGION This year’s annual exhibition showcases work by members of the Society’s East Anglia Region featuring a broad range of high quality and inspirational images. The exhibition includes landscape, nature, photojournalism, portraiture, creative, night photography and monochrome. WEDNESDAY 3 MAY – SUNDAY 4 JUNE APEX GALLERY (OPEN MON-SAT 9.30AM – 5.30PM, SUN 10.30AM – 4.00PM) TICKETS: 01284 758000

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ART ABOUT TOWN BY SUFFOLK OPEN STUDIOS Offering a taster of what you might see when taking part in the Suffolk Open Studio tour. The open studios in Suffolk give you an opportunity to get to know our artists and explore studios bursting with creativity. TUESDAY 16 MAY – SUNDAY 26 JUNE APEX GALLERY (OPEN MON-SAT 9.30AM – 5.30PM, SUN 10.30AM – 4.00PM) ____________________________________________________

HERALDRY, THEN AND NOW A pictorial display of the development of Heraldry, in all its aspects, through the centuries, to mark the 40th Anniversary of the foundation of the Suffolk Heraldry Society. 10.00am - 4.30pm SATURDAY 27 MAY – SUNDAY 4 JUNE ST EDMUNDSBURY CATHEDRAL WWW.BURYFESTIVAL.CO.UK


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CREATIVE CRITICS Creative Critics: Seeing Doing Knowing is an arts intervention questioning who art is for and valuing children as audience members and arts critics.

Brahms 1 from Memory and Silk String Trio) and produce reviews which will be available in the Bury Free Press and on the Bury Festival website.

It encourages children’s deep engagement with art, celebrates their voices, showcases their responses to art and develops critical appreciation, communication and writing skills.

Seeing Doing Knowing provides children with a landscape to discuss art ‘paying close attention to it, trying to capture it in words had clearly given them a genuine sense of ownership over what they had seen… confidence to trust their own curiosity, their own reactions’ – Judith Mackrell, The Guardian

The Bury Festival welcomes Christina Birt Projects back after last year’s success with Creative Critics; and this time in partnership with three Suffolk schools, All Saints CEVA Primary, Glade Primary and Woolpit Primary Academy. The young critics will attend performances during the festival (Edwin Sanza Salsa Orchestra, Honk!, John Law: Goldberg, TICKETS: 01284 758000

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INFORMATION

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FESTIVAL DIARY FRIDAY 19 MAY

WEDNESDAY 24 MAY

FILM: AKENFIELD

Abbeygate Cinema

6.00pm

SONGS FOR SCARLET WOMEN

The Apex Bar

1.00pm

THE WESTBROOK BLAKE

St John’s Church

8.00pm

FILM: THE BRIDGE

Abbeygate Cinema

2.00pm

EDWIN SANZ SALSA ORCHESTRA

The Apex

8.00pm

ALL IN A GARDEN GREEN

Unitarian House

6.30pm

ACOUSTIC BEATLES

Hunter Club

8.00pm

MARTIN NEWELL

Moyses Hall

7.30pm

BREAD OR BLOOD

Constitutional Club

8.00pm

BRAHMS 1 – FROM MEMORY

The Apex

7.30pm

WALK: YARNS

Meet on Angel Hill

10.30am

SILK STRING TRIO

The Apex

1.00pm

STREET THEATRE

Abbey Gardens

11.00am

FILM: REQUIEM FOR A VILLAGE

Abbeygate Cinema

6.00pm

FILM: DRAW ON SWEET LIGHT

Abbeygate Cinema

2.00pm

OH GOODY!

Theatre Royal

7.30pm

THE SIREN OF HEAVEN

Unitarian House

7.30pm

TALLIS SCHOLARS

St. Ed. Cathedral

7.30pm

CLARE TEAL

The Apex

7.30pm

RICK WAKEMAN

The Apex

7.30pm

ELIJAH

St. Ed. Cathedral

7.30pm

THE DIXIE STROLLERS

The Apex

12.30pm

FESTIVAL EUCHARIST

St. Ed. Cathedral

10.00am

THAT STUPENDOUS BASS

St. Ed. Cathedral

1.10pm

WALK: THE GRID

Meet on Angel Hill

10.30am

FILM: DROWNING BY NUMBERS

Abbeygate Cinema

6.00pm

EMBRACEABLE ELLA

Athenaeum

11.30am

THE LARK ASCENDING

The Apex

7.30pm

FILM: IN LOVE WITH ALMA COOGAN Abbeygate Cinema

2.00pm

3 DAFT MONKEYS

Constitutional Club

8.00pm

NATIONAL YOUTH MUSIC THEATRE

Theatre Royal

5.00pm

LATIN JAZZ NIGHT

Hunter Club

8.00pm

CATHEDRAL CHOIR

St. Ed. Cathedral

5.00pm

THE FLOOZIES

Hunter Club

7.30pm

TAKÁCS QUARTET

SILENT CINEMA: CHAPLIN

The Apex

11.30am

The Apex

7.30pm

THE LIGHT PRINCESS

Theatre Royal

3 & 7pm

FILM: CHICKLIT

Abbeygate Cinema

6.00pm

St Mary’s Church

7.30pm

SATURDAY 20 MAY

THURSDAY 25 MAY

SUNDAY 21 MAY

MONDAY 22 MAY

FRIDAY 26 MAY

SATURDAY 27 MAY

ART THEMEN TRIO

The Apex Bar

1.00pm

GRIMETHORPE COLLIERY BAND

FILM: WITCHFINDER GENERAL

Abbeygate Cinema

6.00pm

HARVEY & THE NEW WALLBANGERS The Apex

JOHN LAW

Athenaeum

7.30pm

6 HANDS

The Apex

7.30pm

TUESDAY 23 MAY

8.00pm

SUNDAY 28 MAY WALK: THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT

Meet on Angel Hill

10.30am

BILLY’S BAND

The Apex

11.30am

CLARE HAMMOND

The Apex

1.00pm

WEST SUFFOLK JAZZ

The Apex Bar

12.30pm

FILM: WITH LOVE FROM SUFFOLK

Abbeygate Cinema

6.00pm

FILM: THE GO-BETWEEN

Abbeygate Cinema

2.00pm

THE TENANT

Athenaeum

7.30pm

FILM: THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

Abbeygate Cinema

5.00pm

KATHRYN TICKELL

The Apex

7.30pm

FLUTE FANTASIA

The Apex

7.30pm

THE APOLLON DUO

St. Ed. Cathedral

10.00pm

MEHBOOB NADEEM & HANIF KHAN St John’s Church

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7.45pm

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FESTIVAL MAP

THE APEX

ABBEY GARDENS

THEATRE ROYAL

ANGEL HILL

ST EDMUNDSBURY CATHEDRAL

MOYSES HALL

ABBEYGATE CINEMA

ATHENAEUM

UNITARIAN MEETING HOUSE

ST JOHN’S CHURCH

CONSTITUTIONAL CLUB

ST MARY’S CHURCH

HUNTER CLUB

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BOOKING INFORMATION Unless otherwise stated, bookings for all events are being handled by the Apex box office. We regret that tickets can not be exchanged nor money refunded. Bury St Edmunds Festival reserves the right to change or cancel the advertised programme. Details are correct at the time of publication. FESTIVAL BOX OFFICE The Apex 1 Charter Square Bury St Edmunds Suffolk IP33 3FD TELEPHONE 01284 758000 EMAIL boxoffice@theapex.co.uk WEBSITE www.buryfestival.co.uk BOX OFFICE OPENING HOURS Monday – Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm INFORMATION Latecomers will be admitted at the earliest suitable pause in the programme.

FESTIVAL FRIENDS Join the Festival Friends and save money on a range of events. £2 off the cost of up to two tickets in the top price band. Look out for events marked F . Phone 01284 758000 to join the Friends. BOOKING DATES Festival Friends booking opens MONDAY 20 FEBRUARY General booking opens MONDAY 27 FEBRUARY

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Concerts in St Edmundsbury Cathedral are given by kind permission of the Dean and Chapter. Concert in St Mary’s Church is given by kind permission of the Dean and Chapter. Brochure printed by Swallowtail. Brochure designed by MightyGrand.co.uk TICKETS: 01284 758000

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