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Events in Sudbury to highlight Gainsborough’s circle of musical friends

PUBLISHED: 14:26 04 November 2014 | UPDATED: 14:26 04 November 2014

Karl Friedrich Abel

Karl Friedrich Abel

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Three events have been organised to celebrate the artist Thomas Gainsborough and his circle of musical friends.

Gainsborough’s House in collaboration with the Suffolk Villages Festival is staging two talks and a concert to coincide with the current exhibition, “Karl Friedrich Abel, Composer and Impresario”.

Beginning tonight at 7pm, Suffolk Villages Festival director Peter Holman will give a talk at the house on “Gainsborough and Music”. Then, this Sunday at 4.30pm, a second talk on the same subject will be given by Mark Bills, director of Gainsborough’s House.

A concert will follow at 6pm in Sudbury’s St Peter’s Church, directed by Peter Holman and featuring soprano Philippa Hyde, Mark Caudle on bass viol and the Essex Baroque Orchestra. The concert will explore music composed by Gainsborough’s friends, particularly as heard at the famous Bach-Abel Concerts in London.

For details, visit www.suffolkvillagesfestival.com or call the box office on 01904 651485. The Abel exhibition will continue at Gainsborough’s House until January 11.

The Orwell Bridge has reopened this morning after 80mph winds battered Suffolk and brought its closure.

Across Suffolk, dozens of bands, singers, solo acts, choirs and orchestras ply their trade on evenings and weekends as part of the county’s eclectic night time economy.

High winds have led to rail service cancellations including on the mainline from Suffolk and Essex to London and local routes between Sudbury and Marks Tey.

High winds have brought down overhead power cables leaving homes in many Suffolk and Essex communities without electricity.

A well known west Suffolk pub has suddenly closed its doors after the district council received a licence review application from police, stating the premises was ‘associated with serious crimes and disorder’.

Several schools in Suffolk are to remain closed or open later this morning amid high winds.

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