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The Apex

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




Tue 4 April, 7.30pm

The Battle of the Somme: SYO

As part of the international Somme100 FILM project, Suffolk Youth Orchestra will be performing Laura Rossi’s acclaimed score to the Imperial War Museum’s iconic 1916 silent film The Battle of the Somme by Geoffrey Malins and J B McDowell.

£12, £10, £5

Thu 6 Apr, 3pm & 7pm

Treasure Island & the Caribbean Pirates

Ahoy there Ship Mates! Sail with us this Easter for a swashbuckling adventure on board the Jolly Rodger. Join Jim Hawkins on his quest to find the treasure & rescue the Princess from the terrible Black Beard. After last year’s successful offering of ‘The Wizard Of Oz’, KD Theatre Productions return to The Apex with another family show.

£15 (£13 conc)

Fri 7 Apr, 7.30pm

Sinatra, Sequins & Swing

The Capitol Years Live! With swing vocalists Kevin Fitzsimmons & Kitty La Roar, plus the 15-piece Pete Long Orchestra. Classic songs include ‘Come Fly With Me’, ‘You Make Me Feel So Young’, ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’, ‘Fever’, ‘Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend’ and many more.


Sat 8 Apr, 12-3.30pm

Harmonica Workshop with Steve Lockwood


Sat 8 Apr, 2.30-4.30pm

Strictly Saturdays

Ballroom and Latin dancing


Sat 8 Apr, 7.30pm

The Searchers

Famous hits: Sweets For My Sweet; Needles and Pins; Don’t Throw Your Love Away; Sugar and Spice and When You Walk In The Room, plus anecdotes and reminiscences.


Sun 9 Apr, 8pm

Fat Cat Comedy Club

See www.fatcatcomedyclub.com for line-up.


Mon 10 Apr, 2pm

Alice In Wonderland

Take a wonderful voyage of mayhem and madness in this fast-paced Easter Pantomime. Gaze in amazement as Alice has tea with the Mad Hatter and avoids losing her head to the Queen of Hearts. 

£12, Children £10, Family £40

Wed 12 Apr, 7.30pm

At Last - The Etta James Story

Starring Vika Bull and The Essential R&B Band, this narrative concert tells the story of soul legend Etta James’ turbulent life and features some of her most beloved songs, including ‘Tell Mama’, ‘Something’s Got A Hold On Me’, ‘I’d Rather Go Blind,’ & her iconic signature song ‘At Last’.

During a long and tumultuous career that saw her win six Grammy Awards and a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame, Etta James has influenced a vast array of artists from Diana Ross & Janis Joplin to Adele & Amy Winehouse.


Fri 14 Apr, 8pm

Wilko Johnson - SOLD OUT!

Sat 15 Apr, 8pm

Lindisfarne - SOLD OUT!

Sun 16 Apr, 11.30pm

Songbook Sundays @ The Athenaeum

The Chris Ingham Trio, with Joan Viskant: The Songs of Peggy Lee.

With fans ranging from Michael Parkinson to William Shatner, Joan has released CDs featured as Album of the Week on BBC Radio 2 and Jazz Fm. Recently seen with Pete Long’s Rhythm Kitchen specialising in 1940s and 1950s swing, today she visits the Peggy Lee Songbook.

"Viskant caresses a lyric like a reunited lover" Richard Niles, BBC Radio 2.


Sun 16 & Mon 17 Apr, 8pm

Omid Djalili
Schmuck For a Night. Intelligent, sometimes provocative and always entertaining, his stand-up is a hugely energetic and captivating comedy masterclass.

‘Belly laughs with a subtle blend of mainstream gags and subversive twinkle’ Sunday Times.


Wed 19 – Sat 22 Apr, (12 noon-11pm tbc)

26th East Anglian Beer Festival

More than 95 Real Ales and Ciders from local brewers are served direct from the casks, souvenir glasses available and free soft drinks for drivers.


Sun 23 Apr, 7.30pm

Suffolk Soul Singers Concert

An uplifting evening of soul and gospel influenced music: this dynamic community choir packs its performances with an exciting mix of old and new foot-stomping, finger-snapping songs, sung in rich four part harmony.


Tue 25 Apr, 7.30pm

Tasmin Little & Piers Lane

Brahms Sonata No. 2 in A major

Brahms Sonata No. 1 in G major

Brahms Sonatensatz

Brahms Sonata No. 3 in D minor

£20 / £16 / £5 U25s

Fri 28 Apr, 8pm

King King

One of the most explosive rock-blues bands on the planet, King King have scored three hit singles on Planet Rock: ‘Crazy’, ‘Hurricane’ and most recently, ‘Rush Hour’.

£20 standing / £22 seated

Sat 29 Apr, 7.30pm

Stacey Kent

Internationally acclaimed and Grammy-nominated vocalist brings jazz standards & classics.


Sun 30 Apr, 3pm & 7pm

Because We Can Can Can!

Theatretrain present drama, dance & song from box office smashes including Star Wars, Moulin Rouge, Sister Act, Frozen, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Hairspray.

£14 (£10conc)

Mon 1 May, 3pm

March, Swing & Sing

The GB Home Guard Band provides a musical experience dedicated to the music from the World War Two era. Many of the musicians previously served in our armed forces. The concert will include classic marches celebrating our armed forces, our very own bagpiper, sing-a-long vocals, a showcase of swing music including the Glenn Miller sound and a tribute to Vera Lynn.

£12 (£9conc)


Tue 2 May, 8pm

Peatbog Faeries

Hailing from the Isle of Skye, the Peatbog Faeries are the figurehead trailblazers of the Celtic Dance Music renaissance. Drawing upon a dazzling myriad of influences from traditional jigs and reels through jazz, hip hop, reggae and more, they take traditional Scottish music and bring it fresh-faced and breathless into the 21st century.

“Nothing prepares you for the high octane music of the Peatbog Faeries. Powerful melodies are dextrously pumped out with a smart degree of techno attitude, while cross-rhythms ricochet over a heavy bass that hits you forcefully like a massive heart beat.”   - The Scotsman.



Fri 5 May, 7pm

Fashion Fusion

An exclusive evening for fashion lovers, showcasing the best of Bury St Edmunds’ retailers. With a mix of independent shops and high street stores, including unseen designer delights. All tickets include a welcome cocktail, interval refreshments and entry into prize draw. There will also be a selection of fashion & beauty related stalls upstairs.

Event & raffle proceeds go to St Nicholas Hospice Care.

£15 b4 31 Jan, £18 after


Sat 6 May, 12pm & 3.30pm

Magic of The Musicals

Brandon School Of Dance: Ballet, Tap, Freestyle, Contemporary, Cheer and Musical theatre.

£6 / £4child


Sun 7 May, 4pm

Prometheus Orchestra

Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto ( soloist John Paul Ekins), Mozart’s magnificent Symphony No 41, Jupiter, Rossini’s overture Il Signor Bruschino and Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll.  Conducted by Edmond Fivet.

£20 (child £10)


Tue 9 May, 7.30pm

Dutch Swing College Band World Tour

The world’s longest established international jazz band, DSCB were officially launched on D Day 5th May 1945 and have over 100 albums to their name.  The fiery, soulful, enthusiastic young players in this traditional Dixieland band have appeared at festivals, theatres and royal occasions in all continents.



Thu 11 May, 7.30pm

An Evening With Ed Balls: Speaking Out

Interviewed by Jonathan Freedland. Speaking Out is a record of a life in politics, but also much more. It is about how power can be used for good, and the lessons to be learned when things go wrong It is about the mistakes made, change delivered and personalities encountered over the course of two decades at the frontline of British politics.



Fri 12 May, 8pm

Robin Nolan

One of the world’s best known and most admired Gypsy Jazz acts of the last 20 years. Legendary in the Django Reinhardt world, Robin has played with every major Gypsy Jazz artist and headlined every major Gypsy Jazz festival across the globe.



Sat 13 May, 12-3.30pm

Harmonica Workshop with Steve Lockwood



Sun 14 May, 8pm

Fat Cat Comedy Club

See www.fatcatcomedyclub.com for line-up.




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)


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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