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.

Richard Digance  

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

Tickets £12.   

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

The Festival Theatre Company “Talking Heads” ready to launch Fest 2019


Festival Director Nick Foster introduces Prometheus Orchestra at Fest 2019


Suffolk Concert Band preparing to go Fest 2019


Fest2019 welcomes John Jermy for trumpet solo


Galaxy Big Band in full swing at Fest2019


The Green Children

Matthew McCombie

Rebecca Welham

Family Fun Day

Clare Presland

Dance Tuition

John Kirkpatrick and Friends

Chris Ingham Quartet – Celebrating Hoagy

Swing Machine

Eastern Angles ‘Somewhere in England’


Charlie Haylock: ‘A Manner of Speaking’

The Vagaband

St Edmundsbury Male Voice Choir

The Keld Ensemble

Paul Higgs: Pavane Live

Family Ceilidh with Skylarking

Mark Saberton and Matthew McCombie

Eastern Angles: The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart


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