African-style opening to town's festival

REHEARSALS are under way for an African-style grand opening to a market town festival.Organisers of the Bury St Edmunds Festival have decided to repeat last year's opening concert due to popular demand.

REHEARSALS are under way for an African-style grand opening to a market town festival.

Organisers of the Bury St Edmunds Festival have decided to repeat last year's opening concert due to popular demand.

Yesterday, children from Cherry Trees School in Risby and the village's primary school were perfecting their pitch with South African jazz band Mbawula in a rehearsal for their opening night performance.

The pupils have been learning songs in several African languages in preparation for the celebrations, which last year saw 200 school children work alongside adults to form the Bury Festival Township Choir.


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Paul Farmer, St Edmundsbury member for arts and culture and a former music teacher, said: “We hope this year's launch will be equally successful and will prove to be a fitting start to another superb festival.”

The free opening night celebrations take place on May 11 at 7pm on Angel Hill following the traditional Beating Retreat ceremony. Tickets can be booked at the Festival Box Office at Bury's Theatre Royal, by calling 01284 769505 or online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk .

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