St John's 175 celebration

2017 events programme. 

This year sees the 175th Anniversary of the consecration of St John's Church. 

Before the church was built, this part of the street was called Long Brackland (as it still is at the bottom)  -  and renamed St John's Street after the church was built. We are hosting a series of events to celebrate the anniversary year  - running 'til July 2017. Pick up the main brochure, which also includes workshops, in the church itself or in The Centre or Just Traid cafe / shop next door. 

 
Friday 19 May 
The Westbrook Blake
In association with Bury St Edmunds Festival
Described in The Times as 'one of Britain's most creative, experimental and daring jazz composers', Mike Westbrook's settings of William Blake's powerful poetry were originally commissioned in 1971 for the National Theatre production of Adrian Mitchell's Tyger. 
 
The Westbrook Blake has been performed many times over the years in Blake's city, London, as well as in festivals throughout Europe, and in New York and Australia; and we are delighted to host this very special concert at St John's. 
 
Featuring Mike Westbrook (piano) John Winfield and Kate Westbrook (vocals), Chris Biscoe (saxophones), Billy Thompson (violin), Steve Berry (double bass) and the St John's Festival Singers rehearsed by Christopher Moore.
Tickets £18 / £21 from Bury Festival Box Office in person, or by telephone 01284 758000 (office hours) or online by visiting www.buryfestival.co.uk  
Doors open from 7pm, (concert starts 8pm).
Refreshments available.
www.westbrookjazz.co.uk
 
Sunday 28 May
Music Worldwide presents 
In association with Bury St Edmunds Festival
An evening of classical Indian music in the company of
Mehboob Nadeem (Sitar and Voice) and Hanif Khan (Tabla Drums)
Doors 7pm, concert 7.45pm.
Refreshments available
£10 advance or £12 on door. Advance tickets from Bury Festival Box Office in person, or by telephone 01284 758000 (during office hours) or online by visiting www.buryfestival.co.uk  
for further info www.musicworldwide.co.uk
 
Saturday 10 June
Bophouse Promotions Presents
'Romancing The Sun'
From Bossa to Ballads, Swing to Bebop
An evening of Summer Jazz
Myke Clifford (saxes, flute, vocals) Ben Pringle (piano) Louis Thorne (bass) and the stunning vocals of Tiffany Gore
Four exceptional musicians present a selection of instrumentals and songs from The Great American Songbook.   Expect Cole Porter, Gershwin, Rogers & Hart...
Perfect for a summer's evening. Doors 7pm, concert 7.45pm. Refreshments available.
Tickets £10 advance or £12 on door.
Advance tickets from The Theatre Royal Box Office in person, or by telephone 01284 769505 or online by visiting
Sat 17 June
Music Worldwide presents 
Reem Kelani in concert
An evening of Arabic folk, jazz and classical music with the inimitable Palestinian singer, musician, percussionist and broadcaster. Accompanied by Bruno Heinen on piano
Doors 7pm, concert 7.45pm.
Refreshments available
£12 advance or £14 on door. Advance tickets from The Theatre Royal Box Office in person, or by telephone 01284 769505 or online by visiting www.theatreroyal.org
for further info www.musicworldwide.co.uk
 
Saturday 1 July 
Concert - Back to the 80s
Rewind back to the 1980s with four local groups
VOCA community choir for Bury St Edmunds, Bardwell Babes, Newmarket Community Choir,
and Descant Get Enough. 
Directed by Robert Cross.
Doors 7pm,concert starts 7.30pm. 
Tickets £6 in advance, £7.50 on door.
 
Saturday 8 July 
Concert - 'We Are Sound'
A 120 - strong musical collective of voices and instruments, founded by Bury born Andrea Cockerton. Described as an 'harmonic phenomenon bursting onto the sceneslike a firecracker'. Think a vast choir with an unplugged band - gorgeous, soaring and ethereal - that has sold out venues in London and Cambridge. They'll be performing a beautifully lit, genre-bending set list that will leave your ears and eyes loved. 
Tickets £14 in advance or £15 (cash) on door.  7.45pm.
Available from the Apex box office www.theapex.co.uk 01284 758000