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THURSDAY 14 – SUNDAY 24 MAY 2020

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WELCOME In the early 1980s, the month of May would feature Weekends of Words and Music with events in a number of different venues in the town; these then morphed into Bury St Edmunds Festival in 1986. We will be revisiting those early beginnings and, in addition to the usual smorgasbord of wonderful music, we are delighted to be teaming up with FANE for a Words Weekend to open this year’s Festival. 15–17 May will see a packed programme of events celebrating words, stories and the art of conversation. You will hear from national treasures, local favourites and stars of literature, radio, stage and screen. The packed programme will include a book fayre and the chance to meet some of your favourite authors plus workshops, walking tours and family activities, all of which will be British Sign Language interpreted. A taste of what’s in store is in here but please do keep an eye on the festival website as more events are confirmed. We are proud to be part of the celebrations marking 1000 years of the founding of The

Abbey of St Edmunds with major concerts in the Cathedral. The Apex is also in celebratory mode marking 10 years since the doors first opened; an exhibition there will give you a flavour of day to day life at The Apex. The Festival is only made possible each year with the continued generous support of the funders, sponsors and the festival friends, along with the ongoing commitment from volunteer stewards and helpers, the Blue Badge Guides and everyone involved at all the venues and other locations. We are extremely grateful for that ongoing and very generous support. We hope you enjoy looking through the brochure as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together and we look forward to seeing you in May. CLLR JO RAYNER Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Community Hubs

NICK WELLS Festival Manager

FESTIVAL OFFICE: THE APEX, 1 CHARTER SQUARE, BURY ST EDMUNDS, SUFFOLK IP33 3FD


THURSDAY 14 MAY

4

AURORA ORCHESTRA: EROICA BY HEART BEETHOVEN

Symphony No. 3 ‘Eroica’ (from memory)

TOM SERVICE

Presenter

AURORA ORCHESTRA NICHOLAS COLLON Conductor / Presenter Aurora’s performances of whole symphonies from memory have become one of the most talked-about initiatives in classical music over recent years, electrifying audiences across the globe with their immediacy and virtuosity. For this special performance, the orchestra harnesses the extraordinary potential of playing without sheet music or music stands to give a unique look under the skin of Beethoven’s ‘ ‘Eroica’ symphony, with player movement (and

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even audience participation!) used to give us a richer understanding and appreciation of this masterpiece. Tom Service joins Principal Conductor Nicholas Collon to present this special performance, originally developed for the BBC Proms in 2016. Expect sparks to fly at this unmissable festival opening concert, which includes an opportunity to experience Beethoven’s music from physically inside the orchestra.   This event features a 35-minute presentation on Beethoven’s Eroica, with musical excerpts and spoken word, followed by a complete performance of the symphony from memory in the second half. 7.30pm • THE APEX • £26, £23 F Under 25s £5

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FRIDAY 15 MAY

5

LAURA DOCKRILL WHAT HAVE I DONE? As many as 8 out of 10 new mums struggle in the weeks after birth. Laura became paranoid and delusional, was institutionalised and separated from her baby – a devastating experience, but this will be an event full of hope. Laura recovered, coming out the other side stronger and more assured about parenting. Join Laura, and a special guest, as she shares her story in order to break the silence around post-natal health and to tell new parents: you are not alone. ‘Having had a terrible time after the birth of my first born I was so overwhelmed with relief that Laura wrote this book for those of us who didn’t have the fairy-tale. A must read for all of those muddling through’ – Paloma Faith 11am • THE APEX • £13.50 F Under 25s £5

BRYONY GORDON GLORIOUS ROCK BOTTOM Respected journalist and number-one bestselling author, Bryony Gordon opens up about a toxic twenty-year relationship with alcohol and drugs and explains exactly why hitting rock bottom saved her life. Known for her trademark honesty, Bryony will discuss the darkest and most terrifying moments of her addiction, but also the chink of light as the hard work begins; rehab; AA meetings; endless, tedious, painful selfreflection. Join Bryony in this shocking, dark, funny and uplifting evening, leaving you feeling empowered to confront, and rise up from, your own glorious rock bottom. 6pm • THE APEX £19.50 F Under 25s £5 TICKETS: 01284 758000

AN AFTERNOON WITH

JENNI MURRAY

The inimitable Jenni Murray, journalist, broadcaster and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, celebrates great women from around the world – rescuing some from obscurity and shining a new light on familiar names. Marie Curie discovered radium and revolutionised medical science. Empress Cixi transformed China and Anna Politkovskaya dared to speak truth to power, no matter the cost. Their names should be shouted from the rooftops. And that is exactly what Jenni Murray is here to do. 3.30pm • THE APEX £26, £23.50 F Under 25s £5 WWW.BURYFESTIVAL.CO.UK


FRIDAY 15 MAY

6

DICKENS COMES TO BURY

ALASTAIR CAMPBELL BETTER TO LIVE

The Friends of Moyse’s Hall Museum and The Guildhall (Bury St Edmunds Heritage Trust) jointly present a reading / performance of selected works of Charles Dickens by his Great, Great Grandson Gerald Dickens.

We all know someone with depression; we may be talking about it more than we did, but still not enough. There is still stigma, and shame, and taboo.

7pm • THE GUILDHALL £16, £15 (Students and Friends of Moyse’s or Guildhall)

Supported by St Edmundsbury Financial Services

Join Alastair in a life affirming evening celebrating the power of speaking honestly about our feelings and experiences... as well as a fair bit about his beloved Burnley FC. Alastair Campbell is best known for his role as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s spokesman, press secretary and director of communications and strategy. A former ‘Mind Champion of the Year’, he is an ambassador for several mental health charities.

BEN HOLDER QUARTET GYPSY JAZZ SPECTACULAR! Foot-tapping, fingerpoppin’ Hot Club swing excitement. Classics from the 1920s and 1930s with the incredible Ben Holder, genius of Stephane Grappelli-style jazz fiddle, with Simon Hurley (guitar), Chris Ingham (piano) and Owen Morgan (bass). ‘Holder is an extraordinary talent’ – Festjazz (France) 8pm • HUNTER CLUB • £17

‘Last Christmas I almost killed myself. Almost. I’ve had a lot of almosts. Never gone from almost to deed. Don’t think I ever will. But it was a bad almost.’

8pm • THE APEX £21 (£33.50 with book)

REVIVAL Appearing regularly at folk clubs and at festivals across East Anglia, Revival are a trio who play a mix of folk and familiar acoustic songs. 8pm RISBYGATE SPORTS CLUB £6 (£5 Milkmaid Friends)

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SATURDAY 16 MAY

7

KATIE PIPER IN CONVERSATION In a time of glossy magazines, Photoshop, Instagram filters and app dating, remaining in touch with reality has never been harder. Katie will share what she has learnt and what helped her remain positive even through the toughest of times. She will discuss her own battles with anxiety and explain how she has overcome its crippling clutches. Katie is opening her own diaries, photo albums and personal memories in this most intimate and revealing talk about her life. Insecurities exist in us all and adversity in life is unavoidable, but how can it be managed? This is her story, this is her life, this is her wisdom.

FESTIVAL WALK BURY IN WORDS Since Jocelyn the Cellarer first wrote his journal about the life of the Abbey here, Bury St Edmunds has featured in great works of literature in many styles throughout many centuries. Join our guided walk, full of words from 14th Century poetry to Victorian comedy, from radical tracts to Gothic rock lyrics. Characters from the stories will be brought to life along the route by performers from the Theatre Royal’s community groups as part of the ‘Beyond Walls’ project. 10.30am MEET ON ANGEL HILL BY WAR MEMORIAL £10 (includes coffee and a pastry) F Under 25s £5 TICKETS: 01284 758000

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ROBERT WEBB COME AGAIN Best known for his roles in Mitchell & Webb and the acclaimed Peep Show, Robert Webb took the nation by storm with his memoir How Not To Be A Boy, an irreverent and incisive look at the state of modern masculinity, considering the absurd expectations boys and men have thrust upon them at every stage of life. His debut novel, Come Again, is a story of friendship, love, time travel, 90s nostalgia, and at least one car chase. Come and join Robert for a special event celebrating its publication with an evening full of laughter, wisdom and maybe even time travel. 6pm • THE APEX • £26 F Under 25s £5 WWW.BURYFESTIVAL.CO.UK


SATURDAY 16 MAY

8

ROBIN INCE I’M A JOKE AND SO ARE YOU

BURY BACH CHOIR HANDEL

Messiah

FAE EVELYN soprano VALERIE REID mezzo soprano AUSTIN GUNN tenor GRAEME DANBY bass NORWICH BAROQUE BURY BACH CHOIR PHILIP REED conductor

A show about brain and minds and the voices in our head, being absurd, creating nonsense and how a wizard beat Brian Cox in an argument. I’m a Joke and So Are You is about why we become the humans we are and how best to cope with that, using himself and other comedians, including Tim Minchin, Noel Fielding, Nina Conti, and many others, as test subjects. Robin Ince is many things. A comedian, an author, a broadcaster and a populariser of scientific ideas. The Guardian once declared him a ‘becardiganed polymath’ which seems about right. Probably best known as the co-host of the award-winning BBC Radio 4 series The Infinite Monkey Cage with Professor Brian Cox, he also co-hosts the podcast Robin and Josie’s Book Shambles. 8pm • THE APEX • £24.50 F Under 25s £5

The Bury Bach Choir celebrates the Bury Festival and Abbey 1000 by performing the most popular work in the choral repertoire, Handel’s Messiah, with four professional soloists and period orchestra, directed by Philip Reed. Composed in just three weeks in 1741, Handel’s Messiah has been a huge success ever since its very first performance to a packed house in Dublin in April 1742. Now firmly established as the most famous oratorio in the English language, Messiah narrates the whole life of Christ, from birth through crucifixion to resurrection, alternating lyrical arias with rousing choruses, including the famous Hallelujah chorus. 7pm • ST EDMUNDSBURY CATHEDRAL £25 (reserved), £20 & £15 (unreserved)

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SUNDAY 17 MAY

FESTIVAL EUCHARIST For the Festival Eucharist this year, the Celebrant and Preacher will be The Dean of St Edmundsbury, the Very Rev’d Joe Hawes. St Edmundsbury Cathedral Choir will sing Mozart’s Missa Brevis in D K194 accompanied by the St Edmundsbury Players. 10am • ST EDMUNDSBURY CATHEDRAL

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CTRL ALT DELETE EMMA GANNON AND ADELE PARKS Join Emma Gannon and Adele Parks, in an exclusive edition of Ctrl Alt Delete podcast live at The Apex. Ctrl Alt Delete is a conversational interview show about tech, careers and creativity. Emma will interview multimillion bestselling author Adele Parks. Adele worked in advertising until she published her first novel, Playing Away, in 2000. It was the debut bestseller of that year and since then she has published 18 novels. The pair will talk about the novel writing process, the business of being an author, and wherever else the conversation takes them! 1pm • THE APEX • £16, £13.50 F Under 25s £5

FESTIVAL WALK ABBEY HABITS Would you have liked to be a monk in the Abbey? Soak up in 90 minutes, information on how they lived their lives, what they did for the town and how they looked after St Edmund. 10.30am MEET ON ANGEL HILL OPPOSITE ABBEY GATE £10 (includes coffee and a pastry) F Under 25s £5 TICKETS: 01284 758000

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SUNDAY 17 MAY

10

VIV GROSKOP

CATHEDRAL CHOIR

LIFT AS YOU CLIMB: WOMEN AND THE ART OF AMBITION

JAMES THOMAS Conductor

Viv Groskop presents a dynamic guide to owning your ambition – without having to become someone you don’t want to be. Full of tips, takeaways and invaluable insights, this masterclass is everything you need to know about making life better for yourself – without making it worse for others.

St Edmundsbury Cathedral Choir’s concert will feature English Anglican choral music. 5pm ST EDMUNDSBURY CATHEDRAL • £6

Writer, stand-up comedian, TV and radio presenter, Viv has hosted book tours for Graham Norton and Jo Brand, is the veteran of four Edinburgh Fringe shows and fronts the cult podcasts Dear Viv and We Are Women. 3.30pm • THE APEX • £18.50, £16 F Under 25s £5

MADRIGALS AT HENGRAVE HALL A rare chance to visit and enjoy an evening in one of England’s most glorious Tudor manor houses. A favourite visiting place for Queen Elizabeth the First when visiting Suffolk, Hengrave was also the working home for 50 years of one of England’s greatest composers, John Wilbye. Lutenist Jamie Akers, acknowledged as one of our finest players of music of this period, will accompany solo songs which would have been performed at Hengrave for entertainment, alongside songs from Italian composers from whom he drew inspiration. 7pm • HENGRAVE HALL • £15 (ticket includes wine and canapes) Proceeds to local charities. TICKETS: 01284 758000

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SUNDAY 17 MAY

11

DEAN STOTT RELENTLESS SBS soldier. World Record breaker. Charity fundraiser. Mental health advocate. In 16 years of service Dean rose to the top of Britain’s fighting force, taking part in some of the most daring and dangerous operations in the war on terror. Then, having never cycled more than a few miles and not even owning a bike, he decided to cycle the 14,000 mile route that stretches from Argentina to Alaska. After 99 days, 12 hours and 56 minutes of cycling, Dean crossed the finish line, smashing the former world record by 17 days.

ALDEN PATTERSON & DASHWOOD Presented by Bury Folk Collective, Alden Patterson and Dashwood are Christina Alden (guitar, vocals), Alex Patterson (fiddle, vocals) and Noel Dashwood (dobro, vocals). This highly acclaimed trio weave rich vocal harmonies and uplifting instrumentals around beautifully written original songs and melodies. Their music takes influence from English folk traditions with self-penned songs depicting tales of young travellers on sleepy seas and their affection for home. With support from Kelly and Woolley.

Join Dean as he talks you through the highs and lows of his adventures so far. Expect to be shocked, entertained and truly inspired. ‘Dean’s journey from the Special Boat Service to intrepid adventurer is truly inspirational’ – Sir Ranulph Fiennes 6pm • THE APEX • £24.50, £19.50 F Under 25s £5

‘It’s lovely stuff’ – Mark Radcliffe (BBC Radio 2 Folk Show) ★★★★★ Editors’ Choice Album of the Year (fROOTS Magazine) 7.30pm UNITED REFORM CHURCH £14 (Under 16s FREE) TICKETS: 01284 758000

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MONDAY 18 MAY

12

ATILA

THE SIXTEEN

THE CONNOISSEUR’S SINATRA

HARRY CHRISTOPHERS Conductor

One of the UK’s top swing singers (often with the BBC Big Band), Atila delivers an intimate interpretation of some of the lesser-known but delightful Sinatra repertoire in the company of pianist and author of Rough Guide To Frank Sinatra, Chris Ingham.

2020 marks the 20th anniversary of The Sixteen’s Choral Pilgrimage tour. Since 2000 they have travelled the length and breadth of the UK, discovering some of the country’s most beautiful architecture and we are delighted that they are able to come to Bury St Edmunds as part of the 1000 year celebrations.

‘I was knocked out… Atila has the voice and the class to show the world what great music is all about’ – Buddy Greco 1pm • THE APEX £10 F Under 25s £5

This year’s tour focuses on Rome, a city which has inspired countless pilgrimages, and where each of the four composers in this year’s programme created some of their finest work. PLAINSONG

De Lamentatione

VICTORIA

Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday 1-6

JOSQUIN

Pater noster / Ave Maria

F. ANERIO

Litaniae Beatissimae Virginis Mariae

JOSQUIN

Gaude virgo Mater Christi

ALLEGRI

‘Gloria’ from Missa In lectulo meo

JOSQUIN

Illibata Dei Virgo nutrix

ALLEGRI

Miserere (evolution version)

F. ANERIO

Regina caeli laetare a8

VICTORIA

Salve Regina a8

7.30pm • ST EDMUNDSBURY CATHEDRAL £30, £25, £18 F Under 25s £5

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TUESDAY 19 MAY

13

JULIE FELIX A LEGEND In 1964 Julie arrived in England after leaving California and hitchhiking through Europe with the guitar her father (a Mexican Mariachi musician) had given her. It wasn’t long before Julie became the resident singer on the ‘The Frost Report’, and quickly became a household name in the UK. Within four years she had her own TV series of 17 shows, Once More with Felix, the first colour series produced by the BBC that sold to virtually every country in the world. Guests included Spike Milligan, Richard Harris, Leonard Cohen, Dusty Springfield, Donovan, Jimmy Page and many more…

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Last year Julie appeared on BBC Radio 2’s The Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe. After the show Mark posted this on Twitter: ‘A total honour to meet the legend that is Julie Felix – still performing, campaigning and creating at the age of 80. Inspirational.’ And last Summer she was playing on the Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury; 30 years or so since performing on the Theatre Stage there for the first time. 8pm • RISBYGATE SPORTS CLUB • £16 (£14 Milkmaid Friends)

We’re big fans of the trombone here at Bury Festival and so it is a huge pleasure to be inviting this wonderful trombone quartet back to the festival. Showcasing the music of female composers and songwriters including Hildegard Von Bingen, Lili and Nadia Boulanger, Nina Simone and Joni Mitchell, this concert will also explore music inspired by female icons throughout history from Boudicca to Calamity Jane! 1pm • THE APEX £10 F Under 25s £5 TICKETS: 01284 758000

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TUESDAY 19 MAY

14

STACEY KENT Returning to the UK for a select number of dates with her 5-piece band, Stacey will be performing music from her new album ‘I Know I Dream’. The gig will feature a beautiful collection of songs including American Standards, Bossa Nova classics, Chansons, original songs and reprises of some of Stacey’s most loved repertoire – including numbers co-written by Nobel prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro, whose songwriting partnership with Stacey has formed an essential plank of her repertoire. ‘She has charm to burn, a smile that could give you hope in February and sings like nobody’s business’ – The Wall Street Journal ‘Devastatingly stylish’ – The Observer ‘Stacey Kent has been quietly sitting on top of the world of jazz vocals for many years’ – Jamie Cullum 7.30pm • THE APEX £26 F Under 25s £5

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WEDNESDAY 20 MAY

15

ALAN BARNES THE MUSIC OF BILLY STRAYHORN A brilliant musician and a national treasure, Alan has won numerous UK Jazz Awards and is one of the UK’s most entertaining jazzmen. Today he ruminates on the beautiful and haunting music of the 1940s-1960s from Duke Ellington’s musical partner Billy Strayhorn, including his signature piece ‘Take The A Train’. With Chris Ingham (piano).

BALLET CENTRAL

‘A master saxophonist… faultless virtuosity’ – The Guardian 1pm • THE APEX • £10 F

GIOTTO QUARTET The Giotto Quartet play music by Haydn and Beethoven in the perfect chamber music setting of Bury’s 18th-century gem, the Unitarian Meeting House. 6.30pm • UNITARIAN MEETING HOUSE • £10 (in aid of Unitarian Meeting House maintenance)

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Ballet Central presents a captivating and diverse repertoire created by internationally acclaimed choreographers. An extract from Wayne McGregor’s Symbiont(s) will be performed as well as scenes from Petipa’s iconic 19thcentury Russian ballet La Bayadère. Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s work Requiem for a Rose explores a beautiful metaphor of romance whilst Scottish Ballet’s Sophie Laplane creates a new work George(ette) based on the story of George Elliot to a newly-commissioned score by resident composer Philip Feeney. Finally Jenna Lee will present Rock ‘n’ Roll, a new work inspired by the upbeat music and style of the 1950s dance halls. 7.30pm • THEATRE ROYAL Starting from £10.50 Tickets available from Theatre Royal box office on 01284 769505 or www.theatreroyal.org Additional performance on Thursday 21 May WWW.BURYFESTIVAL.CO.UK


WEDNESDAY 20 MAY

16

DEAD RINGERS LIVE Step into the world of one of the most influential and critically acclaimed radio shows of the last 20 years as this legendary BBC Radio 4 programme comes out of the studio to be performed live. In the current political climate, there’s never been a better time to bring this unique show to the stage. First aired on BBC Radio 4 in January 2000, it has poked fun at the great, the good and the ridiculous without censor. The show will star the Dead Ringers dream team - Jon Culshaw, Lewis MacLeod, Jan Ravens and Duncan Wisbey – cue cards in hand, bringing their radio studio to life in a stage show of acerbic political humour. Expect special appearances from Donald Trump, Theresa May, Boris Johnson, Jeremy Vine and John Humphrys, all given the Dead Ringers treatment.

JO EDEN & CHRIS INGHAM A 1970S SONGBOOK After the resounding success of 2019’s lunchtime session, an extended cherrypicked selection of the more subtle, refined and surprising examples of the songwriter’s art from the era of glitter, flares and safety pins. Featuring singer Jo Eden – long-time mentor to pop superstar Sam Smith – and Chris Ingham rated as ‘among the cream of UK pianists’ (Jazz Journal).

Dead Ringers Live will be a mixture of classics such as ‘Disney Takes Over The Today Show’ and the unique Dead Ringers take on The Archers, combined with new sketches written on the move as major events evolve on the day. Dead Ringers Live promises to make audiences laugh – and cry – at the state of domestic and international political life in 2020. 7.30pm • THE APEX • £36, £26 F

‘Sophisticated, stylish vocals… performance and production quality remain high throughout’ – Jazz Journal 8pm HUNTER CLUB • £15 TICKETS: 01284 758000

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WEDNESDAY 20 MAY

17

ST PETERSBURG SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA JENNIFER PIKE Violin BEN PALMER Conductor SIBELIUS TCHAIKOVSKY PROKOFIEV

Finlandia Violin Concerto Romeo & Juliet

Hearing a large Russian orchestra performing in the Cathedral in past festivals has always been a special occasion and we’re really looking forward to this. The concert opens with Sibelius’s patriotic hymn to his homeland and concludes with Prokofiev’s ballet score of Romeo & Juliet. The orchestra is joined by former BBC Young Musician of the Year, Jennifer Pike, for Tchaikovsky’s virtuosic violin concerto and we’re delighted that Ben Palmer will be conducting; a former student at King Edward School in Bury St Edmunds, Ben now regularly appears on the podium in front of top orchestras around the world. 7.30pm ST EDMUNDSBURY CATHEDRAL £32, £26, £19 F Under 25s £5

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THURSDAY 21 MAY

19

4 GIRLS 4 HARPS 4 Girls 4 Harps return to the festival as they celebrate their 20th anniversary as an ensemble. Following the words weekend that opened this year’s festival, this programme is influenced by literature featuring pieces such as Mendelssohn’s Incidental music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Prokofiev’s March of the Montagues and Capulets from Romeo and Juliet. 1pm • THE APEX £10 F Under 25s £5

OZ & ARMONICO DRINK TO MUSIC GIN AND PHONIC! WILLIAM TOWERS CHRISTOPHER MONKS OZ CLARKE

Countertenor Music Director Narrator

Oz & the Armonico team revisit the festival, this time to investigate the highs and lows (mainly highs) of the relationship between gin, music and humans over the centuries. International wine expert, author and TV presenter Oz Clarke returns to host the perfect evening of music, gin, incredible facts and blunt fiction. Enjoy a few glasses of gin whilst hearing the incredible music of Purcell, Handel and Dowland whilst learning of the incredible tales of human endeavour, and failure, which has given us one of the most celebrated resurgence in alcoholic modern history.

BALLET CENTRAL

7.30pm • THE ATHENAEUM • £24.50 F

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Gin generously supplied by Palmers Gin

7.30pm • THEATRE ROYAL Starting from £10.50

Sponsored by Ashtons Legal

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THURSDAY 21 MAY

20

ADY JOHNSON IN CONCERT ‘He’s damn good live!’ – Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music Suffolk born singer-songwriter / antique furniture restorer Ady Johnson, had his guitar playing career threatened, after severing two tendons in a finger with a chisel – thankfully he made a full recovery. Playing in Moyses’s Hall’s 12th Century Undercroft, Ady will deliver his unique and timeless songs, with heartfelt tenderness, Waitsian growls and masterful acoustic guitar chops. 7.30pm MOYSE’S HALL MUSEUM • £12

LATE NIGHT ORGAN RECITAL A recital by St Edmundsbury Cathedral’s organists will feature music by Louis Vierne on the 150th anniversary of his birth. 10pm • ST EDMUNDSBURY CATHEDRAL • £6 TICKETS: 01284 758000

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THURSDAY 21 MAY

21

JUSTIN ADAMS & MAURO DURANTE Justin Adams, guitarist, producer and composer, has been a creator of wonders with Robert Plant in the Sensational Spaceshifters. His production on landmark albums by Tinariwen and Rachid Taha highlights his feel for North African groove, while his awardwinning collaborations with Juldeh Camara linked griot tradition with raw blues spirit. His work with artists such as Jah Wobble and Sinead O’Connor was infused with the spirit of post-punk London, while his solo guitar album Ribbons was cited by Songlines magazine among the top 50 albums of the past decade. This new collaboration with Mauro Durante stems from a concert led by Ludovico Einaudi, the legendary

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Notte de Taranta in Puglia, where the two first played together, recognising kindred spirits in the trance rhythms of Taranta which transcend ‘melancolia’ or the blues. Mauro Durante toured the world for many years with Ludovico Einaudi playing violin and frame drums. He is one of the leading players in the pizzica style of Southern Italy and leads Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, who have played great festivals all over the world. Last year they were featured in their own concert at the BBC Proms (where Justin Adams guested with them) and they won Best Group in the Songlines Music Awards. 7.30pm • THE APEX • £21 F Under 25s £5

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FRIDAY 22 MAY

22

DIME NOTES

GETZ

RORY McLEOD

The Dime Notes went down a storm here two years ago and they’re back to swing the roof off with their blues-drenched 1920s New Orleans jazz, and a repertoire of stomps, blueses, and forgotten gems of the era.

A MUSICAL PORTRAIT

Rory Mcleod – ex-circus clown and fire eater. A one-man soul band, poet and storyteller, singing his own unique upbeat dance stories and using tap shoes, a cappella, harmonica, guitar, trombone, spoons, finger cymbals, bandoura, djembe and various percussion instruments! Voted Best Live Act at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2002 he also composed the music for the award-winning TV animation series Creature Comforts, from the makers of Wallace and Gromit.

Featuring Chris Barber’s long-time clarinetist David Horniblow, U.S pianist and Morton specialist Andrew Oliver, and the unstoppable pulse of London’s knockout rhythm section, guitarist Dave Kelbie of Evan Christopher’s Django a la Creole fame, and bassist Louis Thomas. ‘Inspired!’ – Sunday Times 1pm • THE APEX £10 F Under 25s £5 TICKETS: 01284 758000

An acclaimed, careerwide celebration of the great lyrical genius of the saxophone, Stan Getz, taking in the swinging 1950s, the 1960s bossa nova years and beyond. With the Chris Ingham Quartet featuring the woodwind star of the John Wilson Orchestra, Mark Crooks. ‘Crooks’ tenor raises the hairs on the back of the neck…’ – London Jazz News 8pm HUNTER CLUB • £17

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FRIDAY 22 MAY

23

12 YEARS AN INSIDE-OUT PIANO RECITAL ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE Acclaimed pianist and composer Sarah Nicolls’ new Inside-Out Piano project 12 Years was inspired by the 2018 IPCC Special Report that said we had just 12 years to radically change our behaviour to save the planet. With her striking vertical grand piano, Nicolls combines original music and recorded speech in a compelling performance. Piano melodies and textures interweave with phone calls between three fictional characters challenging each other to either worry less or do more. We hear from environmental experts, survivors escaping from a wildfire and a glacier melting, eloquent speeches from Greta Thunberg and finally the sound of hope emerging. ‘What she does should be happening every week of the year’ – The Guardian Post show discussion with Rupert Read. Produced by Sound UK. Funded by Arts Council England. 7.30pm • THE ATHENAEUM £12 F Under 25s £5

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FRIDAY 22 MAY

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AMADOU & MARIAM WITH BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA A sensational double bill where the great ambassadors of Malian music Amadou & Mariam join forces with the Blind Boys of Alabama, the living legends of gospel music. Amadou & Mariam have released a string of great albums, working with producers like Manu Chao and Damon Albarn to create joyous music that inspires great live shows, festival stages and wild remixes. TICKETS: 01284 758000

It was on a festival bill that they first met the Blind Boys of Alabama and forged a friendship that has led to a worldwide tour together. The Blind Boys have won multiple Grammy awards with their remarkable interpretations of everything from traditional gospel favourites to contemporary spiritual material by songwriters such as Eric Clapton, Prince and Tom Waits. 8pm • THE APEX • £36 F Under 25s £5 WWW.BURYFESTIVAL.CO.UK


SATURDAY 23 MAY

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FESTIVAL WALK

TEDDY THOMPSON

THE DARK SIDE OF THE ABBEY

Called ‘one of the most gifted singer-songwriters of his generation’ by The New York Times, singersongwriter Teddy Thompson is a native Englishman who has adopted New York City as his home. Famously the son of singer-songwriters Richard and Linda Thompson, he emigrated to the States, barely out of his teens, to embark on a career of his own. He was heavily influenced not by folk music but by such artists as Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley and the Everly Brothers. As NPR reported, ‘Teddy says he didn’t listen to any music made after 1959 until he was 16. As a kid, he listened to early rock ‘n’ roll and country music exclusively.’  This resulted in a unique voice that is at once rock and country, then pop and folk.

Throughout the 500 years of its existence the tranquillity and calm of the abbey was often disrupted by its fair share of natural disasters including Fire, Flood and Plague. Combine all that with times of dissent and bloody violence and you have a rich story book of tales to bring to life as we examine the turbulent side of the abbey’s history. 10.30am • MEET ON ANGEL HILL BY THE WAR MEMORIAL £10 (includes coffee and a pastry) F Under 25s £5

He has released five albums to critical acclaim and has contributed to the soundtrack of the Golden Globe and Bafta-winning film Brokeback Mountain. He has also collaborated on projects with Rufus and Martha Wainwright and recorded two songs for the soundtrack to the Leonard Cohen tribute I’m Your Man. He contributed two songs to the Nick Drake retrospective Way to Blue. Teddy Thompson’s new album, Heartbreaker Please, comes out on April 24th on 30 Tigers. 7.30pm • THE APEX • £26 F

MILKMAID FESTIVAL CEILIDH Local folk/rockers The Bounty Hounds join forces with highly accomplished accordionist Anne and experienced caller Gill to present a high energy evening of ceilidh dancing. Come and dance the night away with us, and it matters not whether you are an old hand or a complete novice, as Gill will guide you through the dances. 8pm • RISBYGATE SPORTS CLUB £12 (£10 Milkmaid Friends) F TICKETS: 01284 758000

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SUNDAY 24 MAY

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FESTIVAL WALK

SARA DOWLING

THE LEGACY OF THE ABBEY

THE COLE PORTER SONGBOOK

With the dissolution of the abbey in 1539, its story does not end. In the centuries that followed, this solid focal point of the town has continuously played host to historical events of local and national importance, as well as adding richly to the social life of the town. This walk brings to life the journey of regeneration through stories which span the nearly 500 years since the last Benedictine monk departed.

Recently rated Best Singer in the 2019 UK Jazz Awards, Sara brings her own unique nuance, sensitivity and swing to the witty and poignant songs of Cole Porter. With Chris Ingham (piano), Dario DiLecce (bass) and George Double (drums). This is one of the Athenaeum’s Songbook Sundays that feature special guest singers from the world of jazz. With delicious food on sale and a well-stocked bar, it’s relaxed and informal and it’s what Sundays were made for!

10.30am • MEET ON ANGEL HILL BY THE WAR MEMORIAL £10 (includes coffee and a pastry) F Under 25s £5

‘The old-world, sultry class of Julie London and the gritty attitude of Amy Winehouse’ – JAZZ JOURNAL ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 11.30am • ATHENAEUM • £13 – £24 F

A LIGHT EXISTS IN SPRING A celebration of the natural world in music as we embark on a journey from the Bohemian Forest to the mountains and islands of Finland. David le Page (violin), Jack McNeill (clarinet) and Clare O’Connell (cello) bring you an exquisitely interlaced programme of music as diverse as Henry Purcell, Leoš Janáček and Finnish composer Toivu Kuula, as well as their own compositions and arrangements of music by Finnish folk legends, Frigg. Plus words from Emily Dickenson and a very special story from the creator of The Moomins, Tove Jansson. 1pm • UNITARIAN MEETING HOUSE £12 F Under 25s £5 TICKETS: 01284 758000

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THE NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA WITH TONY CHRISTIE Legendary crooner Tony Christie teams up with the iconic Nelson Riddle Orchestra to celebrate the life and music of FRANK SINATRA and friends, for the very first time. Tony is perhaps best known for his back catalogue of hits including ‘Is This The Way to Amarillo’, ‘Avenues and Alleyways’, ‘I Did What I Did For Maria’ and ‘Walk Like a Panther’ to name a few, but long before that he took inspiration from the greats who came before, his heroes – Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Sammy Davis Jr. Tony has long held an ambition to perform music from The Great American songbook. Nelson Riddle worked with all the greats and both composed and conducted many of Frank’s iconic arrangements. Now conducted by Nelson Riddle’s son Christopher Riddle (hailing from Los Angeles), Christie teams up to perform hits aplenty including ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’, ‘Ain’t That a Kick’, ‘New York, New York’, ‘My Way’, ‘I Get a Kick Out of You’ and many more as they celebrate the legends who paved the way. 7.30pm • THE APEX • £32 F Under 25s £5

WEST SUFFOLK YOUTH JAZZ ENSEMBLE West Suffolk Youth Jazz Ensemble will get you on your feet with their lively set of jazz music. The musicians are aged between 10–17-yearsold and in the last year have performed at the Ipswich Jazz festival, the High Sheriff’s awards and the Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre. 12.30pm • THE APEX Free TICKETS: 01284 758000

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A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF THE APEX To help celebrate its 10th anniversary, photographer Geoff Price spent twelve months documenting everyday life at The Apex. The results beautifully capture every aspect of what this much loved venue has to offer, as well as the major role it plays in the community of Bury St Edmunds and West Suffolk. THE APEX GALLERY WEDNESDAY 29 APRIL – MONDAY 25 MAY (Open MON-SAT 9.30am – 5.30pm and SUN 10.30am – 4pm) www.theapex.co.uk/gallery

CREATION: A CELEBRATION 42 breathtaking panels of embroidery, painting and mixed-media have been created by artist Sue Symonds depicting the Creation story from Genesis. The art is rich in detail, vitality and even humour, helping viewers to reconnect with the natural world through a blend of historic and contemporary artistry. TRINITY METHODIST CHURCH MONDAY 11 MAY – SUNDAY 24 MAY (OPEN MON, WED, THU & SAT 11am – 4pm and SUN 12pm – 4pm) TICKETS: 01284 758000

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FESTIVAL DIARY THURSDAY 14 MAY AURORA ORCHESTRA

WEDNESDAY 20 MAY The Apex

7.30pm

FRIDAY 15 MAY LAURA DOCKRILL JENNI MURRAY

The Apex The Apex

11am 3.30pm

ALAN BARNES

The Apex

1pm

BALLET CENTRAL

Theatre Royal

7.30pm

DEADRINGERS LIVE

The Apex

7.30pm

ST PETERSBURG S.O.

St. Ed. Cathedral

7.30pm

A 1970S SONGBOOK

Hunter Club

8pm

BRYONY GORDON

The Apex

6pm

DICKENS COMES TO BURY

The Guildhall

7pm

THURSDAY 21 MAY

BEN HOLDER QUARTET

Hunter Club

8pm

4 GIRLS 4 HARPS

The Apex

1pm

REVIVAL

Risbygate Sports

8pm

ADY JOHNSON

Moyse’s Hall

7.30pm

ALASTAIR CAMPBELL

The Apex

8pm

OZ & ARMONICO DRINK TO MUSIC

Athenaeum

7.30pm

JUSTIN ADAMS & MAURO DURANTE

The Apex

7.30pm

BALLET CENTRAL

Theatre Royal

7.30pm

LATE NIGHT ORGAN RECITAL

St. Ed. Cathedral

10.00pm

SATURDAY 16 MAY WALK: BURY IN WORDS

Meet on Angel Hill

10.30am

KATIE PIPER

The Apex

1.30pm

ROBERT WEBB

The Apex

6pm

FRIDAY 22 MAY

BURY BACH CHOIR

St. Ed. Cathedral

7pm

DIME NOTES

The Apex

1pm

ROBIN INCE

The Apex

8pm

12 YEARS

Athenaeum

7.30pm

AMADOU & MARIAM WITH BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA

The Apex

8pm

SUNDAY 17 MAY FESTIVAL EUCHARIST

St. Ed. Cathedral

10am

GETZ: A MUSICAL PORTRAIT

Hunter Club

8pm

WALK: ABBEY HABITS

Meet on Angel Hill

10.30am

RORY McLEOD

Risbygate Sports

8pm

CTRL ALT DELETE

The Apex

1pm

VIV GROSKOP

The Apex

3.30pm

CATHEDRAL CHOIR

St. Ed. Cathedral

5pm

WALK: DARK SIDE OF THE ABBEY

Meet on Angel Hill

10.30am

DEAN STOTT

The Apex

6pm

TEDDY THOMPSON

The Apex

7.30pm

MADRIGALS AT HENGRAVE HALL

Hengrave Hall

7pm

MILKMAID FESTIVAL CEILIDH

Risbygate Sports

8pm

ALDEN PATTERSON & DASHWOOD

United Reform

7.30pm

WALK: LEGACY OF THE ABBEY

Meet on Angel Hill

10.30am

SARA DOWLING

Athenaeum

11.30am

WEST SUFFOLK YOUTH JAZZ

The Apex

12.30pm

A LIGHT EXISTS IN SPRING

Unitarian House

1pm

NELSON RIDDLE / TONY CHRISTIE

The Apex

7.30pm

MONDAY 18 MAY ATILA

The Apex

1pm

THE SIXTEEN

St. Ed. Cathedral

7.30pm

TUESDAY 19 MAY BONES APART

The Apex

1pm

STACEY KENT

The Apex

7.30pm

JULIE FELIX

Risbygate Sports

8pm

TICKETS: 01284 758000

SATURDAY 23 MAY

SUNDAY 24 MAY

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FESTIVAL MAP

THE APEX

UNITARIAN MEETING HOUSE

ANGEL HILL

THEATRE ROYAL

MOYSE’S HALL

ATHENAEUM

ST. ED. CATHEDRAL

HUNTER CLUB

RISBYGATE SPORTS CLUB

THE GUILDHALL

HENGRAVE HALL

UNITED REFORM CHURCH

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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 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 FRIDAY 21 FEBRUARY General booking opens MONDAY 24 FEBRUARY BOOKING FEE The ticket price for all events at The Apex includes a £1 booking fee.

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.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Concerts in St Edmundsbury Cathedral are given by kind permission of the Dean and Chapter. Brochure designed by MightyGrand.co.uk • Brochure printed by Swallowtail TICKETS: 01284 758000

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