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Posted by Simmons, Sunday, 28th September 2014 @ 3:54pm


    A message to everyone who supported the Beccles Festival 2014

    Many thanks to all of you who attended Beccles Festival events this year, and special thanks for supporting our fund-raising events so enthusiastically. It was good too to get positive feedback about the new format for 2014, with three themed weekends spread over the year.

    Everyone will have their own special memories of course, but for me the highlights were the concerts involving local musicians from the community: the rousing Festival Concert Band & String Orchestra performances, the stunning quality of playing and singing from the Waveney Young Musicians and the enthusiasm of the 100 strong Festival Chorus.

    Presenting a Festival like this - and raising the funds to do so - involves a phenomenal amount of work and I would personally like to thank the Festival team, all volunteers, for their commitment, perserverance and cheerful support. A very special thanks is reserved for the generosity of individuals and organizations, just a few of whom are listed below, who were an essential part of the festival this year, and without whom it could not have happened.

    Finally a special thanks to those individuals and organisations who helped the Group in putting together this year's Festival: Edge Computer Solutions SirJohn Leman High School and the staff at all our our other venues; among many others Elgar Howarth, Julia Gooding, Vetta Wise, Joe Knight and Frankie, Philip Thorby and all their friends and assistants, coaching from the Kingfisher Sinfonietta and of course Councillor Bee for his generous donation; on the technical side Jim Laws (lighting), Dan Simmons (web design and maintenance) and Andy Mackney (web management).

    We are indebted to all the artists involved and above all we express our gratitude to you, the public, for your loyal support.

    Eunice Simpkins (chairman)

    on behalf of the Beccles Festival Management Group:

    Laura Aldis
    Stuart Carpenter
    Joy Jeffrey
    Clare Mackney
    Stephanie Madden
    John Nicholson
    Ray Simmons
    Netta Swallow
    Karen Wareham

    with fond memories of Ian Bauers who put so much into the Festival before his untimely passing in November 2013.

NYBB of GB play to a packed St Michael’s Church

Posted by Simmons, Saturday, 16th August 2014 @ 11:59am

  • Many thanks to the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain who put on a  memorable performance at St Machael's Church. (Photo courtsey of James Laws).

    Photos of the event  are here: view the gallery

New posters produced!

Posted by Simmons, Tuesday, 22nd July 2014 @ 5:06pm

  • We have produced some new posters to promote the September Jazz weekend.

    The first poster is for all three Jazz events, and the second poster is just for the special Sunday night event featuring the fantastic Tina May and her band.

Waveney Young Musicians

  • Saturday, 28th June 2014 at 7:30pm
    Location: Sir John Leman High School, Beccles

    Musical talent from the Waveney Valley area's under 25s.

Festival Concert Band & Orchestra CONCERT

  • Saturday, 29th March 2014 at 6pm
    Location: Sir John Leman High School, Beccles

    This concert showcases music that the Festival Orchestra and Concert Band will have been…

The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain

  • Friday, 8th August 2014 at 7:30pm
    Location: St Michael's Church - Beccles

    A return visit to Beccles from this hugely talented group of players. Tonight's…

Tina May celebrates the legendary Edith Piaf

  • Sunday, 21st September 2014 at 7:30pm - 10pm
    Location: Waveney House Hotel, Puddingmoor, Beccles

    Tina May brings to Beccles her highly acclaimed celebration of France's most famous and…

Choral Concert - "Requiem"

  • Sunday, 29th June 2014 at 7:30pm
    Location: St Michael's Church - Beccles

    Victoria - Officium Defunctorum,
    (Requiem for Empress Maria)

Jazz Trumpet

  • Sunday, 23rd March 2014 at 3pm
    Location: Blyburgate (St John's Ambulance) Hall

            JAZZ TRUMPET  
    A tribute to the Great Jazz Trumpeters from Louis "Satchmo"…

Beccles Festival Concert Band and Festival Orchestra PLAY DAYS

  • Saturday, 22nd March 2014 at 9am, Saturday, 29th March 2014 at 9am, Saturday, 29th March 2014 at 6pm
    Location: Sir John Leman High School

    Beccles Festival Orchestra
    Conductor Elgar Howarth
    Beccles Festival Concert Band

Pearl in the Egg

  • Saturday, 8th March 2014 at 7:30pm
    Location: Hungate Church

    Music from the 11th to 17th centuries. An unmissable presentation of medieval and Tudor music…

Festival Chorus Rehearsals

  • Saturday, 14th June 2014 at 10am, Wednesday, 18th June 2014 at 7pm, Friday, 20th June 2014 at 7pm, Wednesday, 25th June 2014 at 7pm, Sunday, 29th June 2014 at 2pm
    Location: Various: see below

    The event on the Saturday 14th June is an all-day workshop, 10am to 4pm at St Michael's Church,…

Ron Hockett & Ray Simmons with the Simon Brown Trio

  • Friday, 19th September 2014 at 7:30pm - 10pm
    Location: Waveney House Hotel, Puddingmoor, Beccles

    Chicago born Ron Hockett was clarinet soloist and principal saxophone with 'The…

Music for harp, lute and voice

  • Friday, 27th June 2014 at 7:30pm - 9:30pm
    Location: Hungate Church, Beccles

    Julia Gooding (soprano), Frances Kelly (harp) and Paula Chateauneuf (lute) perform music from…

Simon Nelson's Dixiemix

  • Saturday, 20th September 2014 at 7:30pm - 10pm
    Location: Waveney House Hotel, Puddingmoor, Beccles

    DixieMix, led by cornetist Simon Nelson, has established itself as East Anglia's…

Beccles Festival

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