The Apex Bury St Edmunds

Events at The Apex

1 Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3FD

Tel: 01284 758000

 Mon 1 May, 3pm

March, Swing & Sing

The GB Home Guard Band provides a musical experience dedicated to the music from the World War Two era. Many of the musicians previously served in our armed forces. The concert will include classic marches celebrating our armed forces, our very own bagpiper, sing-a-long vocals, a showcase of swing music including the Glenn Miller sound and a tribute to Vera Lynn.

£12 (£9conc)

Tue 2 May, 8pm

Peatbog Faeries

Hailing from the Isle of Skye, the Peatbog Faeries are the figurehead trailblazers of the Celtic Dance Music renaissance. Drawing upon a dazzling myriad of influences from traditional jigs and reels through jazz, hip hop, reggae and more, they take traditional Scottish music and bring it fresh-faced and breathless into the 21st century.

Nothing prepares you for the high octane music of the Peatbog Faeries. Powerful melodies are dextrously pumped out with a smart degree of techno attitude, while cross-rhythms ricochet over a heavy bass that hits you forcefully like a massive heart beat.”   – The Scotsman.


Fri 5 May, 7pm

Fashion Fusion

An exclusive evening for fashion lovers, showcasing the best of Bury St Edmunds’ retailers. With a mix of independent shops and high street stores, including unseen designer delights. All tickets include a welcome cocktail, interval refreshments and entry into prize draw. There will also be a selection of fashion & beauty related stalls upstairs.

Event & raffle proceeds go to St Nicholas Hospice Care.

£15 b4 31 Jan, £18 after

Sat 6 May, 12pm & 3.30pm

Magic of The Musicals

Brandon School Of Dance: Ballet, Tap, Freestyle, Contemporary, Cheer and Musical theatre.

£6 / £4child

Sun 7 May, 4pm

Prometheus Orchestra

Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto ( soloist John Paul Ekins), Mozart’s magnificent Symphony No 41, Jupiter, Rossini’s overture Il Signor Bruschino and Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll.  Conducted by Edmond Fivet.

£20 (child £10)

Tue 9 May, 7.30pm

Dutch Swing College Band World Tour

The world’s longest established international jazz band, DSCB were officially launched on D Day 5th May 1945 and have over 100 albums to their name.  The fiery, soulful, enthusiastic young players in this traditional Dixieland band have appeared at festivals, theatres and royal occasions in all continents.


Thu 11 May, 7.30pm

An Evening With Ed Balls: Speaking Out

Interviewed by Jonathan Freedland. Speaking Out is a record of a life in politics, but also much more. It is about how power can be used for good, and the lessons to be learned when things go wrong It is about the mistakes made, change delivered and personalities encountered over the course of two decades at the frontline of British politics.


Fri 12 May, 8pm

Robin Nolan

One of the world’s best known and most admired Gypsy Jazz acts of the last 20 years. Legendary in the Django Reinhardt world, Robin has played with every major Gypsy Jazz artist and headlined every major Gypsy Jazz festival across the globe.


Sat 13 May, 12-3.30pm

Harmonica Workshop

with Steve Lockwood


Sun 14 May, 8pm

Fat Cat Comedy Club

See for line-up.


Bury Festival
Kathryn Tickell & The Side


Events take place at various town centre venues.

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Events at The Apex include:

Fri 19 May, 8pm                    

Edwin Sanz Salsa Orchestra

Bury Festival opens with a bang, with this special one-off performance by the ten piece band voted ‘Best Latin act’ by Glastonbury Festival.

Fronted by master percussionist Edwin Sanz, from Venezuela, who has toured with Rodrigo y Gabriela, the band features some of the top salsa musicians in Europe, plus three vocalists, including internationally acclaimed soul-diva Naomi Phillips.

‘One of the best salsa releases of the summer. “San Agustin” by percussionist Edwin Sanz is a true international salsa collaboration’ – Djlubi

This is one gig for all salsa fans and lovers of Latin music!


Sat 20 May, 7.30pm

Clare Teal’s Mini Big Band

An eclectic song list celebrating the first ladies of swing – Ella, Peggy, Doris – and more.


Sun 21 May, 11.30am

Songbook Sundays @ The Athenaeum:

Joanna Eden – Embraceable Ella

The UK’s answer to Norah Jones and Diana Krall” TIME OUT

In Ella Fitzgerald’s centenary year, acclaimed chanteuse Joanna Eden and the Chris Ingham Trio present a musical entertainment of anecdote, insight and classic songs associated with the legendary First Lady of Song. Compositions by Gershwin, Rodgers, Porter, Arlen, Ellington, Van Heusen and other writers of the Golden Age.

£10adv / £12door / VIP £19 includes breakfast


Sun 21 May, 7.30pm                        

Takács Quartet

Beethoven String Quartet Op 18 No 6

Beethoven String Quartet Op 135

Beethoven String Quartet Op 59 No 3 Razumovsky

£24 / £20


Mon 22 May, 1pm

Art Themen Trio

“One of the tiny handful of undeniably perfect jazz musicians” The Observer.



Mon 22 May, 7.30pm                        

6 Hands: John Williams, John Etheridge & Gary Ryan

Last few tickets!


Tue 23 May, 1pm

Clare Hammond

Beethoven Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 7

Debussy L’isle joyeuse

Fauré 2 Nocturnes (No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 37 and No. 12 in E minor, Op. 107)

Stravinsky Petroushka Suite


Tue 23 May, 7.30pm

Kathryn Tickell & The Side

Evocative slow airs, life-affirming jigs and reels, clog dance, rapid-fire piping – a very special evening in the company of Kathryn and The Side.


Wed 24 May, 1pm

Songs for Scarlet Women

Sarah Moule & Simon Wallace celebrating the Femme Fatale in all her feisty glory via intriguingly recast standards.


Wed 24 May, 7.30pm                        

Brahms 1 – from Memory

Brahms Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Aurora Orchestra with what is thought to be the first performance of a Brahms symphony by memory in Europe since the composer himself enjoyed the memorised playing of the Meiningen Court Orchestra in the 1880s.  Introduced by Tom Service

£24, £20

Thu 25 May, 1pm

Silk String Trio

Traditional and contemporary Chinese music on pipa lute, erhu fiddle and Guzheng zither.


Thu 25 May, 7.30pm

Rick Wakeman: Piano Portraits – SOLD OUT!


Fri 26 May, 12.30pm

The Dixie Strollers

Top Dixie/New Orleans seven-piece jazz band is made up of great young musicians, all graduates from the London music conservatories.


Fri 26 May, 7.30pm               

The Lark Ascending

Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra, Savitri Grier on violin and John Anderson on oboe for a programme of mainly English music including Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending, Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis, and his Oboe Concerto. Plus Elgar’s Serenade in E minor

£16 – £34

Sat 27 May, 11.30am

Silent Cinema: Chaplin

Celebrating 100 years since the creation of Chaplin’s Mutual Comedies, memorable set pieces from The Immigrant, The Adventurer, Modern Times and The Vagabond, will be screened with specially curated soundtracks for violin and piano, performed by Matthew Trusler and Ashley Wass.


Sat 27 May, 8pm                   

Harvey and the New Wallbangers

Reformed 1980s band led by Harvey Brough.  Boogie Nights, Sh Boom, Your Feet’s too big, Sweet Talkin’ Guy, Blue Skies, Sunny Side of the Street and much more.


Sun 28 May, 11.30am

Billy’s Band

A musical adventure with members of Billy’s Band – lots of singing, dancing and even a chance to conduct the band for anyone who wants to have a go.  For 3 to 9 year olds


Sun 28 May, 7.30pm                                    

Flute Fantasia with Sir James & Lady Galway

Last few tickets!

£38 to £45

Festival Ends

Tue 30 May, 7.30pm

Ian Waite and Natalie Lowe

Last few tickets!

Wed 31 May, 7.30pm

Rachel Tucker

Following a triumphant run as Elphaba in Wicked the Musical, Rachel Tucker hits the road for her first UK solo tour. Rachel holds the title of longest consecutive running Elphaba and won the 2011 WhatsOnStage award for Best Takeover in a Role. Expect all of the best Wicked songs, mixed in with some jazz, soul and classic musical theatre numbers.
£20 (front rows £26)


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