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

Georgie Fame

Georgie Fame

Sat 2 Nov, 7.30pm

With his much-loved blend of Jazz and Rhythm & Blues, Georgie Fame has consistently worked in the highest musical circles and has become a true icon of the British music scene.


BBC Big Band

BBC Big Band

Sun 3 Nov, 7.30pm

The BBC Big Band and guest vocalist Atila will present a very special concert to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Nat King Cole. Nat conquered the world’s hearts with a voice of pure velvet. ‘Mona Lisa’, ‘Nature Boy’, ‘Stardust’, ‘Let There Be Love’ – everything he sang became a classic, and they’re all here, ready to work their magic all over again in this swinging celebration.

“World-class musicians … a brilliant musical force” ****The Telegraph

‘They brilliantly continue the tradition of Big Band music.  As such they are important, as well as marvellous!’ – Michael Parkinson

£28.50 (£6 U25s)

Nicholas McCarthy
Nicholas McCarthy / Yamaha Concert Grand Piano / Royal Festival Hall

Nicholas McCarthy

Mon 4 Nov, 7.30pm

Born without his right hand, Nicholas McCarthy has inspired thousands around the world with his acclaimed performances and passion for music. He is the only one-handed pianist to graduate from the Royal College of Music in its 130 year history. Nicholas is a champion of the dynamic world of left hand repertoire, a repertoire that first came into being in the early 19th Century and developed rapidly following the First World War as a result of the many injuries suffered on the Battlefield.

The concert will include original works such as Scriabin’s Prelude & Nocturne, Bach’s monumental Chaconne in D Minor alongside some stunning arrangements including Strauss’s Morgen, Gershwin’s ‘Summertime’ and and Nicholas’s own arrangement of the compelling Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in G minor as heard by millions on BBC’s The One Show.

A touch of genius” The Radio Times.

McCarthy is a fine pianist and the piano sings with a generous tone.” Gramophone Magazine.

£21* / £17* (£6* U25s)

Shaun Ryder

Shaun Ryder

Thu 6 Nov, 8pm

An in-depth interview with the frontman of the Happy Mondays and Black Grape, and an opportunity to ask your own questions.

He promises to talk frankly about any subject, whether it be the “Madchester” days, the crazy, drug-addled gigs and tours with The Happy Mondays, the Hacienda or his runner-up appearance on I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here.


The Blues Band

The Blues Band

Sat 9 Nov, 7.30pm

Paul Jones, Dave Kelly, Tom McGuinness, Rob Townsend and Gary Fletcher.

2019 sees The Blues Band Celebrate their 40th year together, with over 20 albums and thousands of gigs under their belt, they’ve earned a reputation around the world as one of the finest exponents of the blues tradition in all its forms.

The Searchers & Hollies Experience

Sun 10 Nov, 1.30pm

The magical hits of two of the biggest bands from the 1960s, including ‘Sweets for My Sweet’, ‘Sugar and Spice’, ‘Needles and Pins’, ‘Stay’, ‘He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother’, and many more.


Hot Club of Cow Town

Hot Club of Cowtown

Mon 11 Nov, 7.30pm

The joyful sound of this effervescent string trio blends the traditional Western swing of the American southwest with European hot jazz influences of the same era. The Hot Club of Cowtown, who celebrate their 21st year this season, also write their own material and reinterpret everything from hoedowns to American songbook standards in their own original style.

Voted Ameripolitan Western Swing Group of the Year 2015 and inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame in 2004, HCCT has toured with Bob Dylan, Roxy Music and others and represented traditional American music throughout the world for the US State Department from Azerbaijan to the Sultanate of Oman.


AKA Trio

AKA Trio

Tue 12 Nov, 7.30pm

Three world-renowned virtuosos: Antonio Forcione, Seckou Keita and Adriano Adewale bring a joyful, uplifting and life-affirming musical collaboration.

Italian guitarist-composer Antonio Forcione has released twenty albums and collaborated with many major artists, including Charlie Haden, Trilok Gurtu, Angelique Kidjo and the Bulgarian Voices. Seckou Keita from Senegal is one of the world’s foremost kora players, involved in many international projects, including his ground-breaking duo with Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and his Transparent Water project with Cuban pianist Omar Sosa.

Brazilian percussionist and composer Adriano Adewale has collaborated with Bobby McFerrin, Joanna McGregor and Benjamin Taubkin and has composed music for orchestras and dance theatre.

£19* (£5 U25s)

Delightfully Dusty

Delightfully Dusty

Thu 14 Nov, 1.30pm

The Dusty Springfield story by Joanne Dalladay.

Plus Katy Eckland as Martha Reeves and Sophie Meeson as Petula Clark.

Singing Dusty’s biggest hits such as ‘I Only Wanna Be With You’, ‘You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me’ and ‘Son Of A Preacher Man’, along with Motown classics, Joanne’s recreation of this icon is sure to take you back to the golden era of the swinging sixties.


The Selecter

The Selecter

Fri 15 Nov, 8pm

40th Anniversary Tour with extended, hit-rich set each night, plus added live favourites and surprises. They will be joined for a few songs by vocalist Rhoda Dakar who will also play a DJ Set to open the nights.

Rhoda Dakar’s career began as lead vocalist with all-woman 2-Tone band The Bodysnatchers, whose first single was double A-side ‘Let’s Do Rocksteady’ / ‘Ruder Than You’. Rhoda also later sang and collaborated with The Specials.


Bach Choir: Brahms & The Armed Man

Sat 16 Nov, 7.30pm

Bury Bach Choir perform two contrasting choral works, one an acknowledged masterpiece, the other a contemporary classic.

Karl Jenkins  Suite from The Armed Man

Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem

Brahms took a decade to complete his sublime German Requiem, choosing traditional words of comfort for the bereaved from the Lutheran Bible.

The choir will perform Brahms’ intimate, chamber music-like transcription.

Commissioned for the millennium and dedicated to the victims of the Kosovo crisis, Karl Jenkins’s The Armed Man is a powerful and compelling account of the horrors of war, before offering hope for a peaceful future.


Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers

Sun 17 Nov, 7.30pm

A brand new show of skill, stamina & red-hot rhythms to stir your soul. As Mugenkyo approach their 25th year as Europe’s longest established taiko organisation, they celebrate the growth of their Tribe of performers from across the globe, with the latest captivating performance of sharp synchronisation, dramatic choreography and sumptuous soundscapes, all wrapped up in a breath-taking display of high energy and powerful rhythms on huge taiko drums.


Academy of Ancient Music

Mon 18 Nov, 7.30pm

Viktoria Mullova joins Richard Egarr and the Academy of Ancient Music for a concert that sets the sublime against the joyful in music by Haydn, JS and CPE Bach.

J.S. Bach Concerto for Violin No. 1 in A minor, BWV1041

Haydn Concerto for Violin in G, HobVIIa:4

J.S. Bach ‘Aria’ from Goldberg Variations, BWV988 (arr. Violin)

C.P.E. Bach  Symphony No.4 in A, H66

Haydn Symphony No.4 in D, HobI:4

Haydn ‘Fac me vere tecum flere’ from Stabat Mater, HobXXa:1

Grimani Sinfonia from Pallade e Marte

£32* & £27* (£6 U25s)

Graham Parker

Graham Parker

Tue 26 Nov, 7.30pm

Graham Parker is perhaps best known as lead singer of Graham & The Rumour. Expect songs from early albums with the Rumour, including picks from the re-worked ‘Squeezing Out Sparks’ solo acoustic 40th anniversary album (released March 2019), his solo career (Cloud Symbols) and tunes from recent Rumour reunion albums.


Gigspanner Big Band

Gigspanner Big Band

Wed 27 Nov, 7.30pm

As a trio, Gigspanner, formed by multi-award winning fiddle player Peter Knight (ex-Steeleye Span), has a reputation as a ground-breaking force on the British folk scene. Now including John Spiers (Bellowhead co-founder) and BBC Folk Award winners for Best Duo, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, Gigspanner Big Band gigs are rare, but highly sought after, thanks to performances of dazzling musicianship and arresting on-stage chemistry.


Hugh Cornwell

Hugh Cornwell Electric

Thu 28 Nov, 8pm

The Monster Tour: an opening set of prime solo songs, including picks from ‘Monster’, followed by a storming set of iconic hits such as’Golden Brown’, ‘Strange Little Girl’, ‘Always The Sun’, ‘Peaches’, ‘No More Heroes’, ‘Nice & Sleazy’, sung and played by the Hugh and his band.

£26* standing / £28* seated

Suffolk Sinfonia Autumn Concert

Sat 30 Nov, 7.30pm

An unashamed evening of popular classics under the baton of Neil Carlson, our resident conductor. Khachaturian’s exciting Masquerade, the Marquez Danson No 2  (made famous by the Simon Bolivar Orchestra), and then two huge Tchaikovsky masterpieces.

Khachaturian Masquerade Suite
Marquez Danzon No. 2
Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5


Apex What's On: Click image to view full pdf programme
Apex What’s On: Click image to view full pdf programme

Old Tigers Veteran Taekwondo sessions

Old Tigers Veteran Taekwondo

Practicing Taekwon-do self-defence helps develop the power to protect!

Instructors Mr & Mrs Bedingfield are encouraging more Adults and Veterans to come and learn Taekwon-do.

Old Tigers is for anyone over 40 and upwards, no limit, making students fitter, stronger and more confident.

  Come and Try for FREE at any session: Mon and Thurs 7.00-8.30pm The Venue, Ringsfield Rd, Beccles.

You will be made very welcome by all our students young and old, as we work to help each other.

Anyone interested in this please come along, loose clothing and bring a water bottle as you may get hot!

Free T-shirts still on offer for those that give it a go!

For more details about Beccles Taekwon-do and Old Tigers Veteran Taekwon-do please visit our website: