Suffolk churches: concerts and events

As part of my project to play the cello in all of Suffolk’s medieval churches, I am giving fundraising concerts and playing at church fundraising events around the county (and a few just over the border!). I am also available for weddings, funerals and other events. If you would like a fundraising concert at your village church, or cello music for a service or other church event, please contact me.

I am also now offering cello lessons to adults; please contact me.


Thursday 20th December 7.30pm. Great Barton Church. Kirbye Voices concert.

Saturday 22nd December 7.30pm. St Mary’s Church, Bury St Edmunds. Kirbye Voices, repeat of 20th December.

Concerts in Semer, Raydon, Whitton, Akenham, Newmarket (St Mary’s) and Sudbury (St Gregory’s) churches are also planned for 2019. Dates and details will be posted here as they are confirmed.
Saturday 2nd March (evening). Concert in Covehithe church.
Saturday 27th April, 6pm. Blythburgh church. Concert with Bristol Chamber Choir.
Sunday 28th April, 4pm. Kettlebaston church. Concert with Bristol Chamber Choir.
Saturday 11th May (evening). Concert in Gazeley church.
Saturday 15th June, 7pm. Concert in St Stephen’s Chapel, Bures.
Saturday 7th September (evening). Concert in Tuddenham (near Bury) church.


Picnic at Glemsford church

Sunday 18th November, 5pm. 
Darsham church. CelloAid concert.

Sunday 11th November, 7pm. Monks Eleigh church. Music and readings to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Music to include Elgar, Frank Bridge and Vaughan Williams.

Saturday 3rd November, 3pm. Brockley church. Concert with James Recknell (keyboard). Music including Francoeur, Beethoven, Elgar, Faure, Vaughan Williams, Frank Bridge and Cassado.

Thursday 1st November, 7pm. Barningham church. Music and poetry to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Music including Elgar (Salut d’amour, Sospiri), Holst (I vow to thee my country), John Lennon (Imagine) and John Williams (Schindler’s List).

Sunday 21st October, 4pm. Lavenham Children’s Literary Festival, Lavenham Village Hall. Creating art to music with children’s author & illustrator, James Mayhew. Accompanist: James Recknell. Music including Tschaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and Saint Saens’ Carnival of the Animals.

Friday 21st September, 1.10pm. Recital at St Edmundsbury Cathedral with James Recknell (piano). Programme: Francoeur sonata in E major, Debussy Sonata in D minor and Martinu Slovak Variations.

Saturday 8th September, 7pm. Wattisfield church, concert with John Wilkin (keyboard). Music by Bach, Mendelssohn, Faure, Elgar and Granados.

Saturday 1st September, 7pm. Lackford church, concert with John Wilkin. Music by Bach, Mendelssohn, Faure, Elgar and Granados.

Sunday 29th July, 4pm. Aldringham church. Concert with Will Bass (cello) and John Wilkin (keyboard) followed by refreshments and choral evensong at 6pm.

Thursday 26th July, 1pm. St Mary’s church, Newmarket. Music by Francoeur, Beethoven, Granados, Faure, Elgar and Cassado. With James Recknell (piano).

Saturday 30th June, 2.30pm. Ipswich Unitarian Meeting House. Concert followed by cream tea; music by Francoeur, Beethoven, Granados, Faure, Elgar and Cassado. With James Recknell (piano).

Saturday 30th June, 6.30pm. Onehouse church. Cello solos and duets. With Will Bass (cello).

Saturday 16th June, 7pm. Concert in Dalham church. Music by Bach, Mendelssohn, Granados, Faure, Elgar and Cassado. With James Recknell (piano).

Monday 4th June, 6pm. Get Classical with FJ: interview with Fiona Jessica Wilson of Get Classical, on Ipswich Community Radio, 105.7FM and online at

Saturday 2nd June, 1pm. Hartest church. Solo cello concert. Bach suite no. 2 in D minor and Bach suite no. 3 in C major.

Saturday 12th May, 7.30pm. Lavenham Guildhall. Chamber concert with music by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Bloch, Shostakovich, Mendelssohn and Granados. Alison Glaister (violin), Stephen Glaister (oboe), Yalda Davis and Will Bass (cello), John Wilkin (keyboard).

Sunday 29th April, 4pm. Badley church. 2 Bach cello suites: No. 5 in C minor and No. 3 in C major.

Friday 30th March, 2pm. Holy Trinity church, Long Melford. Concert with Kirbye Voices: repeat of 22nd March.

Thursday 22nd March, 7.30pm. St John’s church, Bury St Edmunds. Concert with Kirbye Voices: Music for Passiontide. Performance of movements from Bach suites.

Thursday 21st December, 7.30pm. St Mary’s church, Bury St Edmunds. Concert with Kirbye Voices. Repeat of 14th December concert.

Sunday 17th December, 2.45pm. Hitcham church.
Performance of Handel Trio Sonata for 2 cellos and keyboard before the carol service (3pm). With Will Bass (cello) and John Wilkin (piano).

Thursday 14th December, 7.30pm. Great Barton church.
Concert with Kirbye Voices. Seasonal music and carols, including O Holy Night and the Dance of the Snowmen on cello.

Wednesday 6th December 12.30pm. Woolpit church.
Advent service for the Lavenham Deanery. Performance of Handel Trio Sonata for two cellos and keyboard, with Will Bass (cello) and John Wilkin (keyboard).

Saturday 2nd December, 12.45pm. St Michael’s church, Framlingham.
Cello quartet playing seasonal arrangements (30 mins) at the opening of the Christmas Tree Festival.

Saturday 25th November, 7pm. St John’s church, Elmswell.
Performance of 3 movements from the Bach cello suite in G major, as part of Variety and Spice: a fun evening of comedy, music and poetry.

Sunday 5th November, 3.30pm. Bradfield St Clare church.
Informal afternoon concert (30 mins); Bach cello suite in C minor. Free entry, donations to church funds.

Sunday 5th November, 6pm. Liston church (near Long Melford).
Performance of Bach cello suite in C minor during Compline. Free entry.

Friday 8th September. St Peter’s Church, Monks Eleigh. Music including Bach, Beethoven, Fauré, Elgar and Granados. With Stephen Glaister (oboe), Alison Glaister (violin) and John Wilkin (piano).

Saturday 2nd September. St Mary’s church, Raydon.
Cello duets with Will Bass at the church’s annual fundraising event (running from 10.30am to 3pm).

Monday 28th August. Monks Eleigh, private nature reserve. ‘Coffee Morning Plus’. Bach cello suite in G major performed outdoors. Donations split between St Peter’s Church, Monks Eleigh and Pancreatic Cancer Research UK.

Saturday 12th August. St Mary’s Church, Bungay.
Cello duet concert with Will Bass in aid of the Churches Conservation Trust.

Thursday 10th August. Organised day tour of Stanstead, Glemsford, Boxted and Somerton churches, with picnic lunch in Glemsford churchyard. Cello duets and solos (with Will Bass) played at each church with audiences from each village. Donations made in aid of church funds.

Saturday 5th August. St Mary’s Church, Stoke by Nayland. Performance of a Bach cello suite at a private event in the church.

Sunday 25th June. St Peter’s Church, Cretingham. Performance of Bach cello suite at Cretingham’s Peace Bell fundraising weekend.

Wednesday 14th June. Holy Trinity church, Long Melford. ‘Melford Music’ series, lunchtime cello recital. James Recknell, accompanist.

Sunday 21st May. All Saints’ Church, Darsham. ‘Cello Aid’ concert – all cellos, all ages, all levels! – in aid of Suffolk Refugee Support.

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