FESTIVAL PROGRAMME 2022

Friday 30 September:

Woolpit Village Hall 7.30.p.m. Tickets£12 (Under 18s £5)

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.

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.