FESTIVAL PROGRAMME 2022
Friday 30 September:
David Cordon presents two plays by Alan Bennett from the Talking Heads series,
A Lady of Letters
Spinster Irene Ruddock (played by Paquita Savill) puts pen to paper to complain about the many, many wrongs she sees about her. However, she ends up in the wrong side of the law when she misreads completely the situation of the family living opposite
The Hand of God
Celia (played by Caroline Brooks) runs an antiques shop, but after she is given an old frame containing a smudgy drawing of a finger, she discovers she’s less of an expert than she thought. Alan Bennett has given special permission for the Company to perform The Hand of God.
Saturday 1 October Woolpit Village Hall 7.30.p.m.
Features Live Music from two sets of fine musicians
Tickets for the Evening £10 (Under 18s £5)
(Part 1) Cardinal Green
Cardinal Green are five highly talented musicians with eclectic musical backgrounds. Based in the East of England, this new band deliver their own original creations and upbeat joyous renditions of traditional and well-known songs, always with a nod to the unexpected.
Band members are Chris Bullen, (bass, guitar, mandolin); Ian Pease (melodeon, percussion); Suzy Cramer (banjo, mandola, guitar); Daniel O’Toole (guitar, mandolin, bass); & Moose Rosser (vocals).
This is a band that clearly enjoy playing together and are not to be missed.
(Part 2): The Shackleton Trio
Captivating songwriting and fiery tunes that combine mandolin, fiddle, guitar and banjo with powerful three part harmonies. The unmistakeable sound of The Shackleton Trio brings to life the stories of their native East Anglia and beyond.
Touring their brand new album ‘Mousehold’, the trio features Georgia Shackleton (fiddle, vocals), Aaren Bennett (guitar) and Nic Zuppardi (mandolin and banjo).
Seven years performing together has seen the band played on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4, with gleaming ★★★★★ reviews, an appearance on Cambridge Folk Festival’s prestigious main stage & a host of UK and European festivals & international tours.
Sunday 2 October: Churchgate Sinfonia Concert
in St Mary’s Church, Woolpit at 7.00pm (please note start time)
Tickets £10 (Under 18s £5)
The Churchgate Sinfonia (a group of professional musicians and some gifted amateurs based in Bury St Edmunds) gave us a memorable concert back in 2015 with a notable performance of Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro for Strings.
This time it is their string orchestra bringing us the magical world of Josef Suk (a contemporary of Dvorak) and his signature work the Serenade for Strings. This is followed by a well-loved Concerto Grosso by Handel and the tuneful Holberg Suite by Greig, beautifully evocative of the wild landscape and peaceful fjords of his native Norway. And we are back in England – London no less – for the final work by Gustav Holst the ever popular and invigorating St Paul’s Suite. The proceeds of this concert will be split between the orchestra’s charity and St Mary’s Church.