Events at the Apex Theatre November 2023
1 Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3FD
Tel: 01284 758000
Fri 3 Nov, 7.30pm
Showaddywaddy 50th Anniversary Show
‘The Greatest Rock & Roll Band In The World’ bring their dynamic live show, which includes all of their biggest hits, ‘Under The Moon of Love’, ‘Three Steps to Heaven’, ‘Hey Rock & Roll’, ‘When’, ‘Blue Moon’, ‘Pretty Little Angel Eyes’, ‘Dancin’ Party’, ‘You’ve Got What It Takes’…
Terje Isungset Ice Quartet
Tue 7 Nov, 7.30pm
Prepare to be transported by the extraordinary, beautiful and ethereal sounds of ice.
The inventor of ice music, Terje Isungset, returns to the UK with his exquisite new quartet featuring voice, ice harp, ice horn, iceophone, ice percussion and ice bass.
The instruments are made during the annual Ice Music Festival in Norway. They are carved and crafted using only natural frozen ice from the lakes.
“…it’s a chiming, intimate and utterly beautiful world of sound” BBC Music
Wed 8 Nov, 7.30pm
Coming Home: Cara’s first new material in nearly six years. Effortlessly blurring the lines between spoken word and song to stunning effect, Cara brings to life her profoundly personal memories, her native Co. Derry and the people, places and customs she holds closest to her heart.
Skilfully weaving songs from her catalogue throughout the set, Cara and her band share a unique collection of poems accompanied by original music written by Sam Lakeman.
The Gigspanner Big Band: Saltlines
Thu 9 Nov, 7.30pm
A Prose and Music collaboration between bestselling author Raynor Winn and folk-roots supergroup The Gigspanner Big Band, which features some of the most celebrated names on the British folk scene.
Together they have created an emotional odyssey which explores the beauty, stories and traditions of the South West Coast Path.
The vibrant, thought-provoking compositions by Raynor have been especially written for this show, and artfully wrapped around songs and tunes gathered from the collections of Cecil Sharp and Sabine Baring-Gould.
Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance
Fri 10 Nov, 7pm
C Group Suffolk Festival Royal British Legion of Remembrance, with the R.A.F. Honington Voluntary Band. All proceeds in aid of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
Beverley Craven & Judie Tzuke
Sat 11 Nov, 7.30pm
Performing with the Gabriella Swallow string quartet, this intimate acoustic show will feature songs and stories spanning Beverley & Judie’s careers, such as ‘Holding On’, ‘Woman to Woman’, ‘Promise Me’ and the timeless, ‘Stay With Me Till Dawn’. New and classic songs will be complimented by a witty narrative, unforgettable melodies and poignant sentiments.
Fat Cat Comedy Club
Sun 12 Nov, 8pm
See www.fatcatcomedyclub.com for line-up.
Tue 14 Nov, 7.30pm
Polish trio Kroke (Yiddish for Kraków) were initially associated with klezmer music with strong Balkan influences. Nowadays heavily influenced by jazz, contemporary and ethnic music imbued with their own stunning improvisations, the trio have honed a totally unique style which has attracted attention from renowned artists and audiences the world over.
They have played WOMAD, worked with Peter Gabriel and Nigel Kennedy and supplied music for several films.
“Kroke, a klezmer band from Poland are gems. ….. they move beyond the rumbustious towards an epic sound that’s sometimes histrionic but also deeply moving. To boot, they are the coolest-looking act in town” – WOMAD.
Thu 16 Nov, 7.30pm
Combining folk, classical, and minimalism in a style distinctive to the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Arthur Jeffes and his cohorts craft a vivid series of panoramic sonic landscapes, as rich in cerebral poignancy as they are in emotional depth. Following in his father Simon Jeffes’ footsteps, and performing music from both the Penguin Cafe Orchestra repertoire alongside the new Penguin Cafe material, this talented array of musicians make use of a variety of instrumentation: balafon, violins, cello, bass, percussion, upright and grand pianos, synthesiser, harmonium and more – to bring an effervescent and thoughtful sound.
“Some of the most unusual and delightful music of the last 40 years” – The Guardian.
The Rat Pack
Fri 17 Nov, 7.30pm
‘Rat Pack – Swingin’ At The Sands’ has three great singers, a dash of comedy some rousing camaraderie and a pinch of the greatest songs ever written. This fully choreographed homage features stars of the West End show ‘The Rat Pack, Live From Las Vegas’ and favourite songs, such as ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’, ‘Mr. Bojangles’, ‘New York, New York’, ‘That’s Life’ and ‘My Way’.
Sat 18 Nov, 7.30pm
An evening of classical favourites, with conductor Neil Carlson & guest pianist Nathan Williamson.
Mendelssohn: Overture “Ruy Blas”
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 “Emperor”
Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suites 1 & 2
Elégie: Rachmaninoff – A Heart in Exile
Sun 19 Nov, 7.30pm
Celebrating the 150th anniversary of his birth, Elégie chronicles the life of composer Sergei Rachmaninoff, scripted from letters and diaries by Lucy Parham and narrated by actor Alex Jennings (known for his roles in ‘The Lady in the Van’ and ‘The Crown’).
Known internationally for her ‘Composer Portraits’, Lucy Parham will play many of Rachmaninoff’s best-loved works for solo piano, including a selection of Preludes, Etudes-Tableaux, Moments Musicaux, and the haunting Elégie, plus works by Scriabin and Tchaikovsky.
Mon 20 Nov, 7.30pm
Representing the best in contemporary Scottish traditional music, Skerryvore create a wonderful atmosphere for all ages and deliver a high energy set with a feel-good sound of folk rock, with bagpipes, accordions and fiddle combined with kicking rhythms of guitar, bass and drums and keys.
“Quite joyous” – Zoe Ball
Wed 22 Nov, 7.30pm
Energetic and dynamic British blues band led by virtuoso frontman Alan Nimmo, an award winning bluesman in his own right and widely known for his full-blooded style, technical brilliance and charisma
Surrounding himself with the hottest talent currently working the scene the result is a sound which is energetic, potent and irresistibly funky, to quote Guitar & Bass: “King King play the kind of blues that’ll lift the most stubborn of frowns”.
Their meteoric rise saw them inducted into the British Blues Awards Hall Of Fame as winners of ‘Best Band’ for three consecutive years (2012-2014) and ‘Best Album’ on three occasions (2012 for the debut ‘Take My Hand’, 2014 for ‘Standing In The Shadows’ and 2016 for ‘Reaching For The Light’).
Eliza Carthy & Jon Boden’s Wassail
Mon 27 Nov, 8pm
Before there was carolling, there was wassailing, where seasonal songs were exchanged for money, food and ale.
Eliza Carthy and Jon Boden combine their considerable talents and reputations, touring as a duo for the first time ever, on a nationwide tour of key venues. Presenting seasonal, traditional material on a stage decorated for the occasion, they will take audiences back to some of the oldest songs in the English canon, telling Christmas tales, spreading good cheer and lighting up the darkest days of the year, ahead of Christmas Day itself.
Nine Below Zero + Dr Feelgood
Thu 30 Nov, 7.45pm
‘Maximum R&B’ Tour: Two of the finest UK Rhythm ‘n’ Blues bands on one incredible bill.
Nine Below Zero released their classic debut LP ‘Live at the Marquee’ in 1980 and kept the momentum going with ‘Don’t Point Your Finger’ in 1981 before releasing their third and final LP, ‘Third Degree’ in 1982. They toured with The Who and The Kinks around the time of this LP and also appeared on ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’, and ‘The South Bank Show’.
Dr Feelgood formed on Canvey Island in Essex in the early 1970s and have enjoyed a string of hit singles in many countries including ‘Milk & Alcohol’, ‘Down at the Doctors’, ‘Roxette’ and ‘She’s a Wind Up’.
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