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The Apex

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




Fri 4 May, drinks 7pm, starts 7.30pm

Fashion Fusion 2018

An exclusive evening for fashion lovers, showcasing the best of Bury St Edmunds’ retailers. There will be a mix of independent shops and high street stores, including unseen designer delights and a selection of fashion & beauty related stalls.

All tickets include a welcome drink, interval popcorn and entry into the special seat number prize draw. All proceeds to St Nicholas Hospice Care, along with the raffle taking place on the night.

£18 (£15 until end Jan)


Sat 5 May, 7pm

Pick 'n' Mix

The National Award-Winning Voice Squad bring an assortment of songs, from classical and musicals to gospel and chart hits. In aid of the Mayor’s Charities.

£12 (£10child)


Mon 7 May, 7.30pm

Kerry Ellis

Kerry embarks on a UK tour to celebrate 20 years since her West End debut, singing songs from Bond, to Bareilles to Bacharach and more, and telling stories from her career to date.



Tue 8 May, 7.30pm

Albums Show: Billy Joel Songbook

Elio Pace and his band are joined by David Brown, Billy Joel’s lead guitarist (1978-1991), to perform two classic Billy Joel albums ‘Glass Houses’ and ‘An Innocent Man’ in their entirety.



Wed 9 May, 7.30pm

Kathleen Turner

Finding My Voice: The actress known for her starring roles in Romancing the Stone, Jewel of the Nile, War of the Roses and Who Framed Roger Rabbit (the voice of Jessica Rabbit), lends her trademark husky alto to classic tunes from the American songbook. Kathleen interweaves songs including ‘Let’s Fall in Love’, ‘On the Street Where you Live’, ‘Every time we Say Goodbye’ and many more, with stories from her remarkable life and career.



Sat 12 May, 3pm

The GB Home Guard Band in Concert

Vintage military band music, marches, soloists and sing-a-longs and a tribute to mark the centenary anniversary of the end of WW 1.

£12 (£10child)


Mon 14 May, 8pm

Shappi Khorsandi

Star of Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Have I Got News for You and QI, Shappi’s new show, ‘Mistress and Misfit’ presents England's unsung heroine, Emma Hamilton in a whole new light. Shappi is effortlessly funny, with as she handles every subject with whip-crack jokes and a razor-sharp wit, softened only by her deliciously mischievous delivery and endless charm.

£15 (£13conc)



Fri 18 - Sun 27 May

10 days of great music, theatre and film in Bury St Edmunds. Apex events include:


Fri 18 May, 7.30pm

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

For over fifty years Ladysmith Black Mambazo have sung powerful, uplifting songs that emote the struggles and passion of South Africa. The group sing a cappella in a joyously energetic performance that combines loud powerful choruses with softer, almost whispering chants where voices blend harmoniously, and tightly-choreographed dance moves. Featured on Paul Simon’s Graceland album 25 years ago, they have toured the world since. In January 2018, Ladysmith Black Mambazo was awarded the Grammy Award for Best World Music Album, the 5th Grammy Award that the group has won.

£33 (£5 U25s)


Sat 19 May, 7.30pm

Aled Jones

Since his first album Diolch â Chân was released in 1983, Aled has gone on to release 30 albums selling a staggering eight million records to date.  In 2016 he achieved great success with his ‘One Voice’ albums making him the best-selling classical singer of the year.

£27.50 (£5 U25s)


Sun 20 May, 11.30am

Songbook Sunday at The Athenaeum

The Chris Ingham Trio with special guest Jessica Radcliffe: The Billie Holiday Songbook. Jessica is one of London’s most accomplished jazz singers, appearing at Ronnie Scott’s, St James Studio and other top venues. Today she takes the rich, lovelorn repertoire made famous by the jazz vocal legend, Billie Holiday, and puts her own captivating spin on it.

£12 adv, £15 door, VIP ticket £23 (includes buffet breakfast)


Sun 20 May, 4pm

Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra

Glinka: Russlan and Ludmilla Overture

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5



Mon 21 May, 1pm

Sara Dowling sings Gershwin

One of the outstanding vocal talents of her generation applies her exotic musicality to the refined and beautiful songs of one of the most beloved American composers of the 20th century. With Chris Ingham (piano).

Timeless...a heady mixture of the old-world, sultry class of Julie London and the gritty attitude of Amy Winehouse” (Jazz Journal).

£9 (£5 U25s)


Mon 21 May, 8pm

The Tap Pack

Inspired by the kings of swing: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr, The Tap Pack brings a new, exhilarating energy to a timeless style. Coming straight from a run at Sadler’s Wells, with their slick suits, sharp wit and songs from Sinatra to Ed Sheeran, Australia’s finest tap dancing performers are a cocktail of pure entertainment, serving up classics with a twist, with a live four-piece band.



Tue 22 May, 1pm

Federico Colli

Winner of the 2012 Leeds International Piano Competition plays Bach, Partita No. 4 and Bach-Busoni, Chaconne.

£9 (£5 U25s)


Tue 22 May, 7.30pm

Emma Johnson

Clarinet Goes to Town: Programme includes music by Ravel, Debussy, Dvorak, Bernstein, Joplin, Prima, Goodman and much more.

£21 /£18 (£5 U25s)


Wed 23 May, 1pm

Simon Spillett: The Great Tenors

Recent recipient of a UK Jazz Award for Services to British Jazz, renowned musician and author Simon Spillett salutes the legends of the tenor saxophone, including Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Lester Young and Stan Getz. With Chris Ingham (piano) and Arnie Somogyi (bass).

£9 (£5 U25s)


Wed 23 May, 7.30pm

Benjamin Zephaniah

He befriended Nelson Mandela, fought in the 1980s race riots and recorded radical and relevant reggae music with Bob Marley’s former band. Benjamin Zephaniah was unable to read and write at school but became one of Britain’s most remarkable poets. And now he’s back with his first tour in eight years, to coincide with his autobiography, The Life And Rhymes Of Benjamin Zephaniah. In a compelling and inspiring show, Zephaniah will explain how he fought injustice and discrimination, while sharing a selection of favourite stories and poems.

£22 (£5 U25s)


Thu 24 May, 1pm

Kosmos Ensemble

An inspirational combination of Tango, Gypsy, Balkan and Japanese music referencing classical composers including Brahms & Dvorak. Prepare to be intoxicated by entrancing dance rhythms, soulful improvisation and gypsy passion delivered with inimitable panache and virtuoso technique.

£9 (£5 U25s)


Thu 24 May, 7.30pm

Ute Lemper

World renowned chanteuse Ute Lemper performs her celebrated show ‘Last Tango in Berlin – The Best of Ute’, including Berlin Cabaret songs, French chansons, Argentinian Tango and her own material.

£30 (£5 U25s)


Fri 25 May, 1pm

The Dime Notes

Blues-drenched sounds of clarinet-driven 1920s New Orleans jazz with London's hard-swinging vintage jazz band. The Dime Notes have unearthed a repertoire of hot swinging jazz, stomps, blues, and forgotten gems of the era by musicians such as Jelly Roll Morton and James P Johnson.

£9 (£5 U25s)


Sat 26 May, 7.30pm

Brodsky Quartet & Willard White

This concert pays homage to the working relationship between the Hollywood Quartet and Frank Sinatra in the 1950s which resulted in the classic ‘Close to You’ album. The programme has a strong American theme with Barber’s hauntingly beautiful ‘Dover Beach’ and works by Copland, Gershwin and Kern amongst others.

£25 / £21 (£5 U25s)



Tue 29 May, 7.30pm

An Audience With Liverpool Legends

Hosted by sports journalists and author Ian Ridley. John Barnes, Jan Molby and Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock on stage together reflecting on their careers and discussing the forthcoming World Cup. 

£30 (£28.50 conc)


Thu 31 May, 7.30pm

Gretchen Peters

For two decades, Gretchen Peters has been one of Nashville's most beloved and respected artists. She was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2014 by Rodney Crowell, who called her "both a songwriter and a poet (who) sings as beautifully as she writes,” and said her song ‘The Matador’, "moved me so greatly, I cried from the soles of my feet”. Peters has accumulated accolades as a songwriter for artists as diverse as Etta James, Bonnie Raitt,, Bryan Adams and Faith Hill. Her 2015 album, ‘Blackbirds’, debuted at #1 on the UK Country chart and in the top 40 UK pop chart, and was awarded International Album of the Year and Song of the Year.


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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