The Apex Theatre Bury St Edmunds

Events at the Apex Theatre

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

Tel: 01284 758000

Here’s a list of some of the delights in store at the Apex


Fri 1 Mar, 8pm

These dub-dance pioneers are one of the most energetic, exciting and powerful live bands to emerge from the post-rave scene. Still going strong after 25 years, Dreadzone are focusing more on the sound they developed in their early years; new album, ‘Dread Times’ digs deep into their dub and reggae roots whilst still keeping the beats fresh and the textures electronic.


Bury Friendly Orchestra

Sun 3 Mar, 6pm

David Sims: Fanfare for Brass,

Johann Strauss II: Spanischer March,

Georges Bizet: Habanera from Carmen,

Rimsky-Korsokov: Capriccio Espagol,

Frank Bridge: Coronation March,

Johan Svendsen: Swedish Folk Melodies,

Jose Pablo Moncayo: Huapango.

£11* (£3* U17s)

Martin Taylor & Ulf Wakenius

Wed 6 Mar, 7.30pm

Two of the greatest jazz guitarists in the world. Martin Taylor worked with Stephane Grappelli for 11-years, filling the guitar chair for Django Reinhardt while Ulf Wakenius worked with Oscar Peterson for 10 years.  Taylor and Wakenius have also collaborated with greats including Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, Jeff Beck, George Harrison, Jamie Cullum, Ray Brown and Michel Legrand to name just a few.

“[Martin] out-shreds all of us put together… I’ve never seen anything like it” (Jeff Beck).

“Ulf Wakenius is one of the greatest guitar players in the world today!” (Oscar Peterson)

£21* (£5 U25s)

BurySOUND 2019 Grand Final

Fri 8 Mar, 6pm doors

Five heat winners plus guest headliners, last year’s BurySOUND winners, Influx of Insanity.


The Fureys

Sat 9 Mar, 7.30pm

Stalwarts of Irish music, The Fureys have been entertaining audiences for 41 years, with songs such as ‘I Will Love You’, ‘When You Were Sweet 16’, ‘The Green Fields Of France’, ‘From Clare To Here’, ‘Her Father Didn’t Like Me Anyway’ and many more.



Mon 11 Mar, 7.30pm

Andy Cutting (button accordion), Sam Sweeney (fiddle) and Rob Harbron (concertina) are exceptional performers and masters of their instruments.  Together their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity.

Leveret’s music is not arranged in the conventional sense and the trio rely on mutual trust and musical interaction to create relaxed and natural repertoires set in the moment, with no two performances alike.


Steve Harley – Acoustic Trio

Thu 14 Mar, 7.30pm

Steve Harley, the original Cockney Rebel, and his Acoustic Trio promise subtle lyricism, great improvisation and rocky rhythms built around tracks from any or all 13 of Steve’s original albums, including all-time favourites like ‘Mr Soft’, ‘Judy Teen’, ‘Mr Raffles’, ‘Sebastian’, and of course the world-wide hit, ‘Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)’, together with more recent tracks from critically-acclaimed albums.


Suffolk Sinfonia

Sat 16 Mar, 7.30pm

Led by guest conductor Christopher Braime, for symphonic poems Tintagel and Isle of the Dead, culminating in Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony.

Bax: ‘Tintagel’,

Rachmaninov: ‘Isle of the Dead’,

Beethoven: Symphony No 6 ‘Pastoral’.


Patsy Cline & Friends

Sun 17 Mar, 7.30pm

Tribute Concert to Patsy Cline, Hank Williams & Jim Reeves. Sue Lowry brings her renditions of Cline classics, ‘Crazy’, ‘I Fall to Pieces’, & ‘Sweet Dreams’, Marc Robinson  plays Hank Williams’ ‘Howlin’ at the Moon’, ‘I saw the Light’, and ‘Rootie Tootie’, while Lee Davidge performs Jim Reeves’ songs such as ‘Welcome to my World’ and ‘Distant Drums’.


here come the girls

Here Come The Girls

Mon 18 Mar, 7.30pm

Dianne Buswell and Amy Dowden from Strictly Come Dancing are joined by Chloe Hewitt & BBC Voice singer Leanne Jarvis to make it this the first Girls tour.  The show will have a mix of fresh and innovative Ballroom and Latin routines choreographed by Patrick Helm, who will also perform on the show with Dianne.


The Syd Lawrence Orchestra

Wed 20 Mar, 7.30pm

The ‘Best Big Band in the Land’ is back with a stunning performance packed with your Big Band favourites. Directed by Chris Dean, their new show dazzles with the dynamic and thrilling energy of that glorious music and a hearty helping of nostalgia.

In 1967 Syd Lawrence formed what was to become the UK’s most successful and longest running Big Band, performing in theatres all over Europe and featuring on many TV shows. With Radio 2 broadcasts every week and numerous album recordings, The Orchestra also toured with Tony Bennett, Matt Munro, Frankie Vaughan, Mel Torme and played concerts with Shirley Bassey.

The Orchestra, directed since Syd’s retirement in 1996 by virtuoso trombonist Chris Dean, has a repertoire of  over 1,200 classic Big Band titles including Glenn Miller´s ‘Moonlight Serenade’ and ‘In the Mood’, Tommy Dorsey´s ‘I’m Getting Sentimental Over You’ and ‘Opus One’, Benny Goodman´s ‘Sing, Sing, Sing’, Artie Shaw´s ‘Begin The Beguine’, Woody Herman’s ‘Blues on Parade’, Duke Ellington’s ‘Satin Doll’, and Count Basie´s ‘April in Paris’, along with hits from the Great American Songbook by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Nat ‘King’ Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee.

£23* (£5 U25s)


Sat 23 Mar, 7.30pm

East Anglian Chamber Orchestra and Fairhaven Singers with a world premiere by Jonathan Dove.

Beethoven: Mass in C,

Mozart: Symphony No 35 ‘Haffner’,

Jonathan Dove: ‘Sappho sings’.


Mayor’s Charity Concert

Sun 24 Mar, 3pm

The vocally versatile Voice Squad perform a huge range of songs, from the Beach Boys to Justin Timberlake, John Lennon and Destiny’s Child, with a smattering of Gospel and show tunes thrown in.

In aid of this year’s Mayor’s Charities.


John Illsley

Mon 25 Mar, 7.30pm

Dire Straits, music & memories. Along with Mark Knopfler, John was a founder member of the legendary band who sold over 120 million albums.

John will reveal the story and development of the band, from its humble beginnings in a council flat in South London, to playing all over the world to millions of fans.

John will also be joined by his band to play music from the Dire Straits back catalogue including ‘Money for Nothing’, ‘Brothers in Arms’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Sultans of Swing’.


John Etheridge’s Sweet Chorus

Tue 26 Mar, 7.30pm

A tribute to Stéphane Grappelli. 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of John Etheridge’s Sweet Chorus debut, formed by the guitarist as a personal tribute to Stephane Grappelli, arguably the greatest jazz violinist of the 20th Century. Etheridge accompanied Grappelli on numerous world tours between 1976 and ’81.

Inspired by the classic sounds of Django Reinhardt and Grappelli, Etheridge and violinist Christian Garrick bring a dazzling and varied display of acoustic jazz rather than ‘Hot Club’ mimicry. The repertoire consists of a mixture of standards, American swing, Latin American and original compositions played with wit, humour and virtuosity.


Chantel McGregor

Fri 29 Mar, 8pm

A female guitar prodigy, at fourteen Chantel was told by major labels that she had a “great voice, but girls don’t play guitar like that!”  Wisely ignoring the comments, she went to Leeds College of Music and became the first student in the college’s history, to achieve a 100% pass mark, with 18 distinctions.  Chantel left with a First Class Honours degree in Popular Music and a coveted prize for outstanding musicianship. She has performed with Joe Bonamassa and has twice been voted Guitarist of the Year by the British Blues Awards.  She has also previously been voted Young Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year.

£15*adv / £17*door

Johnny Cash Roadshow

Sat 30 Mar, 7.30pm

Clive John’s tribute to The Man In Black is the only show to be endorsed by the Cash family. This concert celebrates the 50th anniversary of the legendary San Quentin State Prison recordings.



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