Festival Programme 2021
Friday 1st October 7.30pm Woolpit Village Hall Tickets £12
David Cordon presents two plays by Alan Bennett from the Talking Heads series,
with Paquita Savill and Caroline Brooks.
“Her Big Chance” featuring a struggling actress who gets what she sees as a breakthrough role, but is blind to its sinister undertones;
“A Woman of No Importance” starring persistently cheerful but terribly lonely Peggy – a richly comic and desperately moving creation.
If you saw his 2019 production you’ll know that David will guarantee you a treat, great acting and thoughtful direction.
Saturday 2nd October, 2pm to 5pm Woolpit Village Hall
Tickets £3 Under 16s Free
Come and Sing: The Beatles.
Come along to The Village Hall and Tom Appleton, our local Gareth Malone, accompanied by professional musicians, will teach you 5 or 6 Beatles songs which you will get to perform later that day. This is an event for everybody of any age – especially for anyone who likes to sing but has never felt able to outside their own bathroom!
Saturday 2nd October at 7.30pm : Woolpit Village Hall – Tickets £15.
Our Saturday evening headline show with Richard returning to Woolpit – last here with a memorable 2010 Festival sell out concert. His new show will feature songs, stories, and jokes with lots of new lockdown related material and some of his old favourites with the kind of audience participation he has made his own.
A BAFTA Nominated performer and recipient of The Gold Award from the British Academy of Songwriters, not to be missed!
Sunday 3rd October 3pm, St Mary’s Church, Woolpit
The Keld Ensemble with Mona Kodama (violin) and Zoe Perkins (trumpet).
An afternoon in St Mary’s Church, Woolpit with music by Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn (an early violin concerto) Grieg, Pablo Neruda (trumpet concerto) and John Rutter. There’s lovely tuneful music for everyone to enjoy here and Zoe Perkins (BBC Young Musician Finalist) is a dynamic trumpeter with a very bright future.
2021 Festival Report
All agreed that this years Woolpit Festival has been thoroughly enjoyed,
with 4 excellent events all very well attended. The format for this festival,
running over the first weekend in October, worked extremely well, and so far
feedback has been all positive. Further feedback welcome as we begin the
process to plan for Woolpit Festival 2022.
Richard Digance used his Saturday evening slot to deliver a brief message of
support for the return of live music events such as ours, after a very
difficult period for many in the music industry whilst in lockdown. He was
saddened and emotional that many friends and colleagues had been forced to sell
equipment just to survive and were now lost to the industry. His message was
well received as he delivered a fantastic set for the Woolpit audience.
Once again David Cordon produced a superb start to this year’s festival with
two excellent performances from Paquita Savill and Caroline Brooks in “A
Woman of No Importance” and “Her Big Chance” two plays from Alan
Bennett’s Talking Heads series.
The Saturday afternoon event Come and Sing: The Beatles was a joy,
thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Keld Ensemble, our final event, held in St Marys Church was a fitting and
delightful conclusion with a full church enjoying the wonderful concert in such
a beautiful setting.
2019 Festival Gallery
Chris Ingham Quartet – Celebrating Hoagy
Eastern Angles ‘Somewhere in England’
Charlie Haylock: ‘A Manner of Speaking’
St Edmundsbury Male Voice Choir
Family Ceilidh with Skylarking
Mark Saberton and Matthew McCombie
Eastern Angles: The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart