Music organisations

Aldeburgh Productions - events including the Snape Proms, masterclasses and the Aldeburgh Festival.

Balaam's Music - a privately owned business in Bury St Edmunds, established in 1957, specialising in the supply of musical instruments and music in print and other media. A workshop on the premises deals with repairs and setting up of stringed instruments, as well as brass & woodwind. There is a Rental Scheme for children learning to play.

Blackthorpe Barn Arts - Blackthorpe Barn is situated three miles east of Bury St Edmunds, in the village of Rougham. Most events are clearly signed by the AA, from the main A14 road. In addition the Blackthorpe Barn's own brown signs direct visitors from local roads.

Bury Festival - The Bury St Edmunds Festival is one of East Anglia's premier arts events attracting thousands of people to the historic market town at the heart of Heritage Suffolk.

East Anglian Academy of Organ & Early Keyboard Music promotes concerts and other events using historically appropriate instruments and also provides Bursaries for young students of the harpsichord and organ. Most concerts are given at St Michael's Church, Framlingham, Suffolk, with its two historic organs by Thomas Thamar (1674) and William Allen (1797).

Eastern Early Music Forum The Eastern Early Music Forum organises Early Music workshops in East Anglia. Anyone is welcome to join ; the annual subscription is £5 or £8 for families. Members receive a quarterly newsletter and reduced admission fees for Forum events, and those of other regional fora in the United Kingdom.

Lights, Music, Action (LMA) - the place to be for Performing Arts. Although initially conceived with the younger student in mind, there are classes designed for those in their late teens and adults of all ages… check out the Musical Theatre/Cabaret classes, LMA Stage Band and dance classes. There is no audition to become an LMA student, nor do singers need to read music: The only requirements are enthusiasm and dedication. Age 5 – 105. All student classes take place on Saturdays at King Edward VI Upper School, Bury St. Edmunds. Further Adult classes happen at Cavendish Hall, Thurston (just outside Bury) on Friday evenings. Visit www.lma-online.co.uk for more information.

St Edmundsbury Cathedral concert diary - the cathedral in Bury St Edmunds is a venue for many music events both by the cathedral and other music groups.

Southwold Concert Series The success of one-off concerts in his hometown prompted composer and pianist Nathan Williamson to found the Southwold Concert Series in 2008, with generous support from the Southwold-based design and advertising agency, Spring. Since then, its reputation has quickly grown as both internationally renowned musicians and exciting rising stars have come to perform in Southwold. Audiences are growing as word spreads about the high quality of the music and the friendly and informal atmosphere of the concerts. The aim is simple: music-making of the highest level ‘in your own backyard’, in the belief that a local, grass-roots connection between artist and audience needs no compromise on quality and enjoyment. The Southwold Concert Series thrives on its roots in the local community and the strong relationship between its organisers and audience.

Stowmarket Concerts The Society promotes a season of 5 concerts each year. These are held at 2:45pm on Sunday afternoons at the Regal Theatre, Stowmarket.

Woodbridge Concerts is a popular and successful series now in its 11th season: at least six professional concerts are given each year, mostly in the new Seckford Theatre, and tickets are fee to school-age students. www.seckfordtheatre.org

Woolpit Festival - a well established and very popular annual event which has been running since the mid 1970s, and takes place over 10 days in June.

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