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The Apex

Events at The Apex
1 Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3FD
Box Office Tel: 01284 758000





Events take place at various town centre venues.

Events at The Apex include:


Fri 19 May, 8pm                   

Edwin Sanz Salsa Orchestra

Bury Festival opens with a bang, with this special one-off performance by the ten piece band voted 'Best Latin act' by Glastonbury Festival.

Fronted by master percussionist Edwin Sanz, from Venezuela, who has toured with Rodrigo y Gabriela, the band features some of the top salsa musicians in Europe, plus three vocalists, including internationally acclaimed soul-diva Naomi Phillips.

‘One of the best salsa releases of the summer. “San Agustin” by percussionist Edwin Sanz is a true international salsa collaboration’ – Djlubi

This is one gig for all salsa fans and lovers of Latin music!



Sat 20 May, 7.30pm

Clare Teal’s Mini Big Band

An eclectic song list celebrating the first ladies of swing – Ella, Peggy, Doris – and more.



Sun 21 May, 11.30am

Songbook Sundays @ The Athenaeum: Joanna Eden - Embraceable Ella

“The UK’s answer to Norah Jones and Diana Krall” TIME OUT

In Ella Fitzgerald’s centenary year, acclaimed chanteuse Joanna Eden and the Chris Ingham Trio present a musical entertainment of anecdote, insight and classic songs associated with the legendary First Lady of Song. Compositions by Gershwin, Rodgers, Porter, Arlen, Ellington, Van Heusen and other writers of the Golden Age.

£10adv / £12door / VIP £19 includes breakfast


Sun 21 May, 7.30pm                       

Takács Quartet

Beethoven       String Quartet Op 18 No 6

Beethoven       String Quartet Op 135

Beethoven       String Quartet Op 59 No 3 Razumovsky

£24 / £20


Mon 22 May, 1pm

Art Themen Trio

"One of the tiny handful of undeniably perfect jazz musicians" The Observer.



Mon 22 May, 7.30pm                       

6 Hands: John Williams, John Etheridge & Gary Ryan

Last few tickets!



Tue 23 May, 1pm

Clare Hammond

Beethoven       Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 7

Debussy          L'isle joyeuse

Fauré               2 Nocturnes (No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 37 and No. 12 in E minor, Op. 107)

Stravinsky       Petroushka Suite



Tue 23 May, 7.30pm

Kathryn Tickell & The Side

Evocative slow airs, life-affirming jigs and reels, clog dance, rapid-fire piping – a very special evening in the company of Kathryn and The Side.



Wed 24 May, 1pm

Songs for Scarlet Women

Sarah Moule & Simon Wallace celebrating the Femme Fatale in all her feisty glory via intriguingly recast standards.



Wed 24 May, 7.30pm                       

Brahms 1 - from Memory

Brahms Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Aurora Orchestra with what is thought to be the first performance of a Brahms symphony by memory in Europe since the composer himself enjoyed the memorised playing of the Meiningen Court Orchestra in the 1880s.  Introduced by Tom Service

£24, £20


Thu 25 May, 1pm

Silk String Trio

Traditional and contemporary Chinese music on pipa lute, erhu fiddle and Guzheng zither.



Thu 25 May, 7.30pm

Rick Wakeman: Piano Portraits – SOLD OUT!


Fri 26 May, 12.30pm

The Dixie Strollers

Top Dixie/New Orleans seven-piece jazz band is made up of great young musicians, all graduates from the London music conservatories.



Fri 26 May, 7.30pm              

The Lark Ascending

Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra, Savitri Grier on violin and John Anderson on oboe for a programme of mainly English music including Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending, Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis, and his Oboe Concerto. Plus Elgar’s Serenade in E minor

£16 - £34


Sat 27 May, 11.30am

Silent Cinema: Chaplin

Celebrating 100 years since the creation of Chaplin’s Mutual Comedies, memorable set pieces from The Immigrant, The Adventurer, Modern Times and The Vagabond, will be screened with specially curated soundtracks for violin and piano, performed by Matthew Trusler and Ashley Wass.



Sat 27 May, 8pm                  

Harvey and the New Wallbangers

Reformed 1980s band led by Harvey Brough.  Boogie Nights, Sh Boom, Your Feet’s too big, Sweet Talkin’ Guy, Blue Skies, Sunny Side of the Street and much more.



Sun 28 May, 11.30am

Billy’s Band

A musical adventure with members of Billy’s Band - lots of singing, dancing and even a chance to conduct the band for anyone who wants to have a go.  For 3 to 9 year olds



Sun 28 May, 7.30pm                                   

Flute Fantasia with Sir James & Lady Galway

Last few tickets!

£38 to £45


Festival Ends.


Tue 30 May, 7.30pm

Ian Waite and Natalie Lowe

Last few tickets!


Wed 31 May, 7.30pm

Rachel Tucker

Following a triumphant run as Elphaba in Wicked the Musical, Rachel Tucker hits the road for her first UK solo tour. Rachel holds the title of longest consecutive running Elphaba and won the 2011 WhatsOnStage award for Best Takeover in a Role. Expect all of the best Wicked songs, mixed in with some jazz, soul and classic musical theatre numbers.
£20 (front rows £26)


Thu 1 Jun, 8pm

Soul II Soul

Last Few Tickets!



Sat 3 Jun, 1.45pm

Con & Dec - The Bachelors

An afternoon of musical memories, anecdotes & sing-a-longs, with a hint of Irish blarney.



Sun 4 June, 7.30pm

Upbeat Contemporary Choir

This concert showcases the choirs' exciting style with a superb selection of songs sung by the whole choir, soloists and small groups. All profits go to Help for Heroes.

£10 (£5conc)


Wed 7 June, 7.30pm

Leo Sayer

Last Few Tickets!

£27.50 (VIP £75)


Thu 8 Jun, 7.30pm

Juan Martín Flamenco Trio

Fire and Passion: the awe-inspiring guitarist, composer and all-encompassing musician returns with great new artists, direct from Spain. Juan’s new dancer is the 18 year old star from Cádiz, Raquel Gonzalez. Her tremendous footwork and passion is joined with the extraordinary singer Antonio Aparecida, and the poetry and emotion of one of the world’s leading guitarists.

£18 (£16 conc) £5 U25s


Fri 9 Jun, 7.30pm

Patsy Cline and Friends

Sue Lowry with her powerful rendition of ‘Crazy’, ‘Sweet Dreams’ & ‘I Fall to Pieces’ will take you back to those Honky Tonk days of pure Country Music. Marc Robinson will pay tribute to the Granddaddy of Country Music, Hank Williams with songs that include ‘Howlin’ at the Moon’, ‘I saw the Light’ and ‘Rootie Tootie’.

Lee Davidge performs a sensitive tribute to Jim Reeves with his mesmerizing voice, songs will include ‘Welcome to my World’ , ‘Distant Drums’ and ‘Bimbo’.

£19.50 (£18.50 conc)


Sat 10 Jun, 7.30pm

Carpenters Story

Last Few Tickets!



Sun 11 Jun, 8pm

Fat Cat Comedy Club

See www.fatcatcomedyclub.com for line-up.



Mon 12 Jun, 8pm

Chris Smither

Best known for writing "Love You Like A Man" (recorded by Bonnie Raitt and Diana Krall), Chris draw deeply from blues, American folk music and modern poets, melding the styles of his two major influences, Lightnin' Hopkins and Mississippi John Hurt, into his own signature guitar sound. His music has been covered by numerous artists and featured in soundtrack albums, independent film, television and commercials



Thu 15 Jun, 7.30pm

The Magic of Motown

40 back-to-back classic Motown hits, glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves and outstanding musicianship in a musical journey through all your favourite songs.

£25.50 (£23.50 conc)


Sat 17 Jun, 12-3.30pm

Harmonica Workshop

with Steve Lockwood



Sun 18 Jun, 11.30am

Songbook Sundays @ The Athenaeum:

Jo Harrop: The Music of Anita O’Day

Rich-toned, London-based chanteuse Jo Harrop, whose style is described as “jazz with soul, soul with jazz” (Blues & Soul Mag) salutes Anita O’Day, the coolest of jazz singers in the 1940s and 1950s, and star of the movie Jazz on a Summer’s Day.

£10adv / £12door / VIP £19 includes breakfast


Sun 18 Jun, 7.30pm

Vieux Farka Touré

Often referred to as “The Hendrix of the Sahara”, Vieux Farka Touré is one of the greatest living exponents of guitar Desert Blues.  Hailing from Niafunké, Mali, he is the son the late Malian guitar legend Ali Farka Touré.

Vieux is becoming known for his high-energy live sets, his effortless speed and dexterity on the fretboard, and the effect on audiences of his palpable on-stage charisma and luminous smile. His new album is a mix of impressively diverse styles, covering dance-friendly desert rock, reggae and electric funk to haunting grooves, pulsing acoustic desert blues as well a touch of melancholic beauty.



Fri 23 Jun, 7.30pm

Pasadena Roof Orchestra

A vintage dance band in every sense of the word! For 45 years the Pasadena Roof Orchestra have been re-creating the sounds of a golden era of music from the 1920’s and 1930’s. Enjoy beautifully arranged songs from Irving Berlin, Ray Noble, Cole Porter and their contemporaries, re-live the electrifying hot jazz from Fletcher Henderson and Duke Ellington.



Sat 24 Jun, 7.30pm

Suffolk Sinfonia Summer Concert

Mendelssohn - Overture The Fair Melusine

Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto

Beethoven - Symphony 4

£12 (£10 Senior Citizens / £4 Concs)


Sun 25 Jun, 7.30pm

Brian Poole & The Tremeloes

Brian, Chip & Dave bring hits such as ‘Twist & Shout’, ‘Do You Love Me’, ‘Here Comes My Baby’, ‘Candy Man’ & ‘Silence is Golden’.



Thu 29 Jun, 7.30pm

Twisting The Night Away

The powerhouse vocals of retro king, Si Cranstoun and his band’s blend of Doo Wop, Rock n’ Roll and rocking Rhythm & Blues. With distinctive tenor highs that echo that of Jackie Wilson and Sam Cooke, Si has established himself as a regular attraction at the major Swing and Blues Festivals and his energetic live performances turn every show into a party.



The apex
Charter Square,
Bury St Edmunds IP33 3BA
T 01284 758000  
E boxoffice@theapex.co.uk

Blackthorpe Barn
Rougham IP30 9HZ
T 01359 270091

Ickworth House,
Park & Garden
The Rotunda, Horringer
Bury St Edmunds IP29 5QE
T 01284 735270
E ickworth@nationaltrust.org.uk

Moyse’s Hall Museum
Cornhill, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1DX
T 01284 757160  
E moyseshall@stedsbc.gov.uk
Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm (last entry 4pm). Sunday noon to 4pm. Closed bank holidays

Smiths Row
The Market Cross, Cornhill
Bury St Edmunds IP33 1BT
T 01284 762081
E enquiries@smithsrow.org

St Edmundsbury
Abbey House, Angel Hill
Bury St Edmunds IP33 1LS

Theatre Royal
Westgate Street
Bury St Edmunds IP33 1QR
T 01284 755127
E booking@theatreroyal.org

Tourist Information Centre
Angel Hill,
Bury St Edmunds IP33 1UZ
T 01284 764667
E tic@stedsbc.gov.uk

Tuddenham Mill
High Street, Tuddenham
Nr Newmarket IP28 6SQ
T 01638 713552
E info@tuddenhammill.co.uk

West Stow
Anglo-Saxon Village
Icklingham Road, West Stow,
Bury St Edmunds IP28 6HG
T 01284 728718
E weststow@stedsbc.gov.uk
Open daily 10am to 5pm (last entry 4pm, 3.30pm in winter)


Clare Castle Country Park CO10 8NW
T 01284 757088  
E parks@stedsbc.gov.uk

East Town Park,
Haverhill CB9 7UR
T 01284 757088  
E parks@stedsbc.gov.uk
Open 8.30am to dusk. Free

Nowton Park,
Bury St Edmunds
IP29 5LU
T 01284 757088  
E parks@stedsbc.gov.uk
Open 8.30am to dusk. Free

West Stow Country Park
IP28 6HG
T 01284 728718  
E weststow@stedsbc.gov.uk
Open 9am to 8pm summer. Free

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The Apex is a new, multi-purpose public venue built as a cultural heritage investment by St Edmundsbury Borough Council

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