Thank you for visiting our website, I hope you enjoy seeing what we have in store for you this year. So what is new? We have moved the festival start date back a week to put more time between the end of the Bury Festival and the beginning of ours. We have a new venture with BBC Radio Suffolk in the form of Stephen Foster (“Fozz” to his many Drivetime friends) and one of his famous blues nights. We have also introduced a festival weekend at the end of October to bring some cheer as the clocks go back and the long evenings take hold.

We continue to bring the best regional musicians to Woolpit: Sound Tradition sing wonderful old songs in beautiful 4 part harmony while Georgia Shackleton has a more modern take on lots of folk classics old and new. The Churchgate Strings will give us an evening of gorgeous sound in St Mary’s Church and DixieMix will get everyone going with their energetic evening of traditional jazz. Stephen Foster is bringing two of East Anglia’s best blues/rock bands for the first time to Woolpit.

Clare Hammond a rising start of the classical piano has an unusually interesting programme for her recital culminating in a highly energetic account of Stravinsky’s Petroushka. Terry Waite and Martin Bell need no introduction but they have not shared a stage together before and should provide a fascinating evening of reminiscence and comment.

As always our festival is grateful to the many local businesses which have sponsored us – either by advertising in the brochure or by helping to fund one of the events. We hope everyone in Woolpit and ondeed further afield will find something to interest them in this year’s programme. Enjoy!

Nick Foster, Chair, on behalf of Woolpit Festival Committee