Top names for Bury St Edmunds Festival

Organisers of one of the region's biggest music festivals have unveiled a packed programme for this year's event - including guitarist John Williams, jazz singer Clare Teal and 80s star Toyah Willcox.

Organisers of one of the region's biggest music festivals have unveiled a packed programme for this year's event - including guitarist John Williams, jazz singer Clare Teal and '80s star Toyah Willcox.

Bury St Edmunds Festival 2006 (May 12-28) will once again bring top-flight entertainment to the town.

There will be a mix of orchestral concerts, the popular open-air party nights, new music, choral fusions and lunchtime jazz and folk sessions. Top classical players, community workshops, dance, theatre, comedy, art, film and walks are also in the programme.

The full details will be unveiled at the Angel Hotel, Bury, on February 16. But some glimpses of what will be on offer during the St Edmundsbury Borough Council-managed festival have already been revealed.


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Up to 300 children and adults will give a rendition of South African songs on stage with township jazz band Mbawulu for the Opening Night Celebrations in the Abbey Gardens. The Buda-pest Symphony Orchestra is returning with conductor Tamas Vasary, there will be a UK premiere from Britten Sinfonia, and the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is expected to attract fans from across the country.

There will be the usual outdoor concerts, this year featuring a '70s night with the Glambusters and the Funking Barstewards, and an '80s night featuring Toyah with tribute bands Bleach and Wham Duran. Bookings for the outdoor concerts will start on February 13 at www.buryfestival.co.uk or by calling 01284 769505. Tickets for other events go on sale on February 27. For those, call 01284 769505 or visit www.theatreroyal.co.uk

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