Link to 2019 Booking Form

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Box Office opened on the 23rd August to book tickets for Festival Events 2019.

Programmes Available includes Booking Forms. See here for online copy of Booking Form for printing if required.

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Woolpit Festival Director’s Message for 2019

This year we have moved the Festival from June to the first two weekends in October hoping to fill the gap in village activity that seems to occur in early autumn.
We have arranged a varied programme this year and trust there is something for everyone to enjoy.

We continue to promote local performers and musicians and this year introduce our own Festival Theatre Company – Woolpit resident David Cordon MBE directing two Alan Bennett plays starring local actors Paquita Savill and Caroline Brooks.

The Common Ground Theatre Company from Ipswich make their festival debut with a new production ” A Sidecar Named Despair”. This play with original music by Pat Whymark will make you laugh uproariously and cry uncontrollably! And another first – this production will be in the Blackbourne Centre in Elmswell.

Our music theme this year recognises the fact that 2019 is the 80th anniversary of the start of the Second World War and some of the music will reflect that wartime period. The Galaxy Big Band from Huntingdon make their festival debut with a selection of dance music from the 40’s, augmented by big band music from the 50’s to the present day. Their sound is huge, their rhythm electrifying so get your dancing shoes on and waltz, rumba and quickstep the night away – or just come and listen to their fabulous sound.

Also new to the festival, the Suffolk Concert Band whose president is Martin Bell, last year’s entertaining speaker, will play a full concert of music – marches, songs and big band jazz – from the Second World War – and there will be a few surprise items too.

Pianist Matthew McCombie makes a welcome return to the church where he has played beautifully for us on several occasions. His programme will include some pieces that Dame Myra Hess made popular during WW2.

And finally the Prometheus Orchestra, based in Aldeburgh and well respected for their many performances with the Bury Bach Choir, present an evening of classical music both popular and unfamiliar. Their brilliant trumpeter Jon Jermy will set the village hall buzzing with Hummel’s trumpet concerto while Suffolk composer William Alwyn’s reflective work will remind us of the more sober moments of the mid twentieth century. The concert – and the 2019 Festival – will conclude with Mozart’s energising and uplifting 40th symphony.

We will hold our AGM and the Launch of the 2019 Woolpit Festival between 12.00 & 3.00pm on Saturday September 7th.

Nick Foster, on behalf of Woolpit Festival Committee

You can now book your tickets & pay by credit or debit card – call the Box Office 01359 240 866


Upcoming Events

October 4, 20197:30 pm

The Festival Theatre Company

Two Alan Bennett Plays from the series ‘Talking Heads’ –  ‘Bed among the Lentils’ and ‘Soldiering on’. Directed by David Cordon Talking Heads is a …

October 5, 20197:30 pm

Suffolk Concert Band

Suffolk Concert Band  (President Martin Bell OBE) Conducted by John Welton Saturday 5 October 7.30p.m. in Woolpit Village Hall The Suffolk Concert Band were formed …

October 6, 20193:00 pm

Matthew McCombie

We are delighted to welcome pianist Matthew McCombie back to the Woolpit Festival. He has been described as ‘a musician of independent thought….depth, grandeur and …