Bury St Edmunds: Bury St Edmunds Festival events are starting to sell out

Cuban band Son Yambu (pictured) will be coming to the Apex on May 24 as part of the Bury St Edmunds

Cuban band Son Yambu (pictured) will be coming to the Apex on May 24 as part of the Bury St Edmunds Festival. - Credit: Contributed

Tickets are selling fast for this year’s Bury St Edmunds Festival which kicks off tomorrow.

The annual event – which this year is back up to 10 days – is bringing a packed programme of events to venues and locations across the town until May 25.

The festival, which is managed by St Edmundsbury Borough Council, includes everything from music, art, theatre and film to juggling and guided walks.

Festival manager Nick Wells said the walks had sold out, as well as the Fureys – legends of Irish music – who are performing at the Apex tomorrow and the Kosmos concert at the Unitarian Meeting House on Saturday.

Mr Wells said: “The festival is a wonderful opportunity to get out and see some superb live performances close to home at reasonable prices.

“We have included lots of new things as well as old favourites to attract an even wider audience this year. Tickets are selling fast, so please book soon to avoid disappointment.” The festival programme kicks off at lunchtime tomorrow with 4 Girls 4 Harps at the Apex, followed by a “dazzling” choice of theatre, film, folk, singer-songwriters and classical music at venues around the town in the evening.

Festival followers booking to see Supersize Polyphony 2 with the Armonico Consort and Baroque Players English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble in St Edmundsbury Cathedral “will be treated to stunning medieval surround sound, with motets sung in up to 60 different parts, including Tallis’s rarely performed Spem in Alium”.

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The opening weekend has a host of community events with Bury Busk showcasing local musicians on Saturday, followed by free street entertainment in Charter Square and Cornhill on Sunday.

At the Apex on Saturday, a choir of local schoolchildren and adults will join Mbawula for an evening of joyous South African jazz and singing, while on Sunday there will be performances by the Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra – which first played at the festival in 2012 – and talented young musicians with West Suffolk Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Respectable Groove, who had phenomenal success with their take on Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, will be performing Bach and the Organist’s Daughter at the Athenaeum on Sunday.

The programme describes it as a semi-dramatised musical account of an imagined version of JS Bach’s adventures as a young man and features some of the folk tunes that inspired his work.

For the full Bury St Edmunds Festival programme or to book tickets, visit the festival website at www.buryfestival.co.uk or call the festival box office on 01284 758000.