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Bury Festival – Smaller but perfectly formed

The 2013 Bury St Edmunds Festival will run from Thursday 16th until Sunday 19th May offering an intense burst of world class performances at venues throughout the town including the award-winning apex.

Sierra-Maestra-2Organisers are trialling a ‘smaller but perfectly formed’ Festival distilling the best of classical and contemporary music plus dance, film, art, walks and much more over four days.

A packed programme of over 30 events from morning coffee concerts to late night ghost walks and recitals means followers will have plenty of great entertainment to choose from including the return of many Festival favourites.

Festival Manager, Nick Wells, says, “This year’s Festival is shorter than usual but rest assured that the programme is still packed with a wide variety of renowned musicians, films, walks and exhibitions; a great opportunity to immerse yourself in an intense burst of arts activity.

“We’ve tried to cram in all the elements of the Bury Festival that have been so popular over the years and we are looking forward to using the coming months to think about how the Festival should develop in the future; please do let us have your thoughts too.”

Lesley-Garrett-red-door-1Festival highlights include:
Soprano Lesley Garrett and clarinettist Emma Johnson perform together; actor Timothy West performs with Pavao String Quartet; and Aurora Orchestra joins forces with dancers from BBoy’s Attic and Company Decalage to perform a playlist that includes works by Holst and Shostakovich.

Britten’s centenary is marked by cellist Matthew Barley while the Tallis Scholars return to celebrate their 40th anniversary.

There is partying in the Abbey Gardens with a Michael Jackson show. Sierra Maestra, the stars of Cuban music, are back with their infectious rhythms while Stacey Kent makes her first appearance at the apex with a sneak preview of her new album.

Pianist Jayson Gillham plays Beethoven, Debussy, Liszt and Chopin, award-winning musicians from the Royal Academy of Music perform Mendelssohn’s Octet and Retorica play music for two violins.

Ramble with the Romantics promises poetic surprises in hidden corners of Bury St Edmunds – inspired by Keats, Wordsworth, Blake and Coleridge. The Greene King Real Beer and Food Festival is back, and the Picturehouse hosts four festival films on the theme of Putting on a Show.

The 2013 Festival brochure is widely available or can be viewed online on the Festival website at www.buryfestival.co.uk Keep up to speed with all the latest news by following the Festival on Twitter @buryfestival and let them know your views by emailing info@buryfestival.co.uk

Tickets for all Festival events are available from 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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