We have a very varied programme so we trust there will be events of interest to our regular audience and to lots of new people.

We continue this year to focus on artists with local connections so on Friday 26th May, we welcome Eastern Angles Theatre Group’s production of ‘The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart’ by Scottish playwright David Greig. Originally produced by the National Theatre of Scotland in 2011 this is part play, part folk gig and part barn storming comedy and not to be missed. On Thursday 8th June the Keld ensemble will be performing works by Britten, Elgar, Dvorak and Neruda.

Then on Friday 9th June Suffolk raconteur Charlie Haylock returns with “A manner of speaking”, the story of spoken English. No doubt he will have you falling off your seats with laughter. On Saturday 10th June there will be a Family Ceilidh with local band ‘Skylarking’. The first week concludes with Paul Higgs and friends playing his composition ‘Pavane’ on Sunday 11th June. This will fill St Mary’s church with a gentle atmospheric melange of classical, jazz and new age vignettes. Ideal for a Sunday evening!

On Thursday 15th June the English National Opera baritone Mark Saberton will sing a wonderful selection of songs taking us from opera to Broadway musicals via English folk songs. He will be joined by accomplished pianist Matthew McCombie, who graced last year’s Festival with his solo piano performance. Friday 16th June features Vagaband an 8 piece Norfolk based band performing their very original mix of blues, Americana, jazz and rock with an underlying Celtic Britishness! The St Edmundsbury Male Voice Choir brings the Festival to a rousing end on Saturday 17th June.

Once again we are very grateful to our generous sponsors and we look forward to seeing you all at the Festival.

Nick Foster, Chair, on behalf of Woolpit Festival Committee