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Bury St Edmunds Festival – Varied Selection

Robbie - He's the one

Bury St Edmunds Festival is renowned for tempting top musicians to perform at the heart of Suffolk each spring attracting enthusiastic audiences from across East Anglia.

This year’s festival runs from Thursday 17th May to Sunday 27th May, making the most of its historic market town setting with atmospheric venues ranging from the award-winning Apex Concert Hall to St Edmundsbury Cathedral and the glorious Abbey Gardens.

The Festival is based at the Apex, which has won acclaim for its superb acoustics and BBC Radio 3 will be using the 500-seat venue to record Britten Sinfonia performing during the Festival as part of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Encore concert series.

Festival Manager, Nick Wells, has put together a packed 11-day Festival programme with the usual lively and challenging mix of contemporary and classical music, outdoor concerts, jazz, folk, film, walks, street theatre and much more.

Tim Minchin

With a nod to the Olympics, the 2012 festival highlights music from around the world, notably a 1000-strong choir of school and community groups singing songs from five continents – the Americas, Africa, Europe, Asia and Australasia – on a huge outdoor stage in the Abbey Gardens for the opening weekend.

There’s also another Greene King Real Beer and Food Festival showcasing local produce, more Shakespeare in the Streets exploring the town’s secrets, and a film season of biopics at the Abbeygate Picturehouse plus the topical Not so Silent Movies with improvised music at the apex.

The final weekend of the Festival will have a party atmosphere with open-air concerts in the Abbey Gardens including an ABBA and Robbie Williams tribute night, and a glamorous finale featuring Clare Teal and the BBC Big Band celebrating the classic songs of legendary jazz divas. And that’s not all, because a late but very welcome addition to the last night of the festival is a Fat Cat Special at the apex with comedy star Tim Minchin.

The Festival brochure is now widely available and can be viewed as an e-magazine on the Festival website at www.buryfestival.co.uk. Keep up to speed with all the latest news and behind the scenes action by following the Festival on Twitter.

Tickets for all Festival events are on sale at the Festival Box Office in the Apex, Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds. They can be booked online at www.buryfestival.co.uk, by calling 01284 758000 or email bookings@theapex.co.uk

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