Suffolk churches: concerts and events

Below you can find a list of past concerts and events. My 2022 concert calendar has now moved here.


Friday 9th July 1.15pm. St Margaret’s, Lowestoft. Informal concert.

Saturday 10th July 2pm. Pakefield church (Lowestoft). Informal playing.

Saturday 10th July 4pm. Kirkley church (Lowestoft). Informal concert, repeat of 9th July.

Sunday 18th July 9.30am. Communion service in Eriswell church.

Tuesday 20th July, 7.30pm. Concert in Fornham All Saints church with Rachel Chaplin (oboe).

Friday 6th August, 7.30pm. Concert in Creeting St Mary church with Steve Lock (bassoon).

Sunday 22nd August 3pm. Concert in St Mary’s church, Ickworth, with Rachel Chaplin (oboe) and Steve Lock (bassoon).

Tuesday 24th August 12.30pm. Concert in St Peter’s church, Sudbury, with Steve Lock (bassoon).

Monday 30th August, 2pm. St George’s Hall, Thwaite. DIY village picnic with cello music in the ex-church!

Saturday 4th September, 4pm. Concert in Orford church. Bring a picnic for afterwards! My 504th and final Suffolk church! Programme: Schubert String Quintet in C major with Florence Cooke and Rosie Lowdell (violins), Kurosh Davis (viola) and Sheida and Yalda Davis (cellos).

CANCELLED Saturday 25th September, 2.30pm. Concert in Moulton church with Christopher Moore (keyboard).

Sunday 31st October. Performance (12 noon) at Community Apple Day at Wakelyns, Metfield. Movements from Britten’s 3rd suite for solo cello. Entry free but booking essential (see website).

CANCELLED Saturday 6th November, 7.30pm. Concert in Fornham St Martin church.

Friday 12th November, 7pm. Concert in Great Blakenham church with Christopher Moore (keyboard).

Saturday 4th December, 5pm. Concert in Rede church with Christopher Moore (keyboard).

Tuesday 14th December, 1pm. Lunchtime recital in St Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich, with Andrew Leach (piano). Bach viola da gamba sonata no. 1 in G major and Mendelssohn cello sonata in D major. This concert will be livestreamed: go to and click the ‘livestreamed concerts’ button or (if the website still isn’t working) go directly to


Saturday 22nd February, 3pm. Bromeswell church. Young Musicians of Woodbridge Charity Concert in aid of Benslow Music Trust. Including Bloch cello suite no. 1 and Prokofiev solo cello sonata (played by me).

Saturday 18th January, 7.30pm. All Saints’ Church, Bury St Edmunds. Haydn C major cello concerto with Churchgate Sinfonia, conducted by Neil Carlson. Programme also includes Rossini’s Italian Girl in Algiers and Beethoven’s Symphony 4. In aid of Our Special Friends.


Thursday 19th December, 7.30pm. St Peter’s Church, Bury St Edmunds. Concert with Kirbye Voices.

Sunday 17th November, 3pm. CelloAid concert in Darsham church. In aid of Suffolk Refugee Support.

Wednesday 13th November, 12.30pm. Lunchtime recital in Halesworth church with James Recknell (piano). Music including Bach, Beethoven, de Falla and Martinu.

Saturday 2nd November, 3pm. Concert in Great Livermere church with Swyft Singers. Music to include the Monteverdi Mass and Bach G major cello suite.

Saturday 26th October, 7pm. Concert in Brent Eleigh church. Music including Beethoven, Faure, de Falla, Vaughan Williams and Elgar, with James Recknell (keyboard) and pieces performed by members of the light opera group ‘Opera and More’.

Sunday 29th September, 3pm. Cello recital in Rushmere St Andrew church with James Recknell (piano).

Saturday 14th September, 7pm. Concert in Brundish church with Christopher Moore (piano) and Claire Baughan (clarinet). Music including Telemann, Lefevre, Bliss, Bridge, de Falla and Beethoven.

Saturday 7th September, 7pm. Concert in Tuddenham (nr Bury) church with James Recknell (keyboard) and the Kokopollis wind quartet.

Saturday 31st August, 7pm. Concert in Rede church with James Recknell (piano). Music including Bach, Beethoven, Schumann and Martinu.

Wednesday 14th August, 1.10pm. Recital in Long Melford church with James Recknell (piano).

Sunday 4th August, 5pm. Cream Tea (with Steve Lock, bassoon; music to include Boismortier, Mozart and Bartok) and Evensong at 6.30pm (movements from Bach suite no. 1 in G major) at Akenham church.

Sunday 28th July, 4pm. Concert in Aldringham church with Steve Lock (bassoon). Music by Bach, Boismortier, Mozart, Walton and Bartok.

Sunday 28th July, 7pm. Concert in South Cove church with Steve Lock (bassoon). Repeat of Aldringham.

Tuesday 9th July, 7.30pm. Concert in St Mary’s church, Newmarket with James Recknell (piano). Music including Telemann, Bach, Faure, Schumann, Vaughan Williams, Walton, Martinu and de Falla.

Saturday 6th July, 7pm. Concert in Hartest church (repeat of 4th July).

Thursday 4th July, 7.30pm. The Guildhall, Bury St Edmunds. Concert with Kirbye Voices. Cello music including Faure and Vaughan Williams.

Saturday 29th June, 7.30pm. Concert in Raydon church with Neil Carlson (oboe), Steve Lock (bassoon) and James Recknell (piano). Music to include Boismortier, Beethoven, Alan Richardson, Bartok, Manuel de Falla and Platti.

Sunday 23rd June, 2.30-5.30pm. Higham (near Bury). Open gardens & summer tea in the Old Parsonage garden next to the church. In aid of St Stephen’s church, Higham. Cello music from 3.30pm.

Saturday 15th June, 6pm. Concert in St Stephen’s Chapel, Bures. With Sheida Davis (cello). Programme: Barriere – Sonata for two cellos; Bartok – a selection of duets from ’44 duets for two violins’, arranged for cello; Bloch – cello suite no. 1; Klengel – Suite for two cellos; Albeniz – Sevilla.
In aid of the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust. With thanks to Geoffrey Probert for the use of his beautiful historic chapel.

(London) Sunday 9th June, 7pm. St James’ church, Prebend Street, London, N1. Solo cello concert including music by Telemann, Bach, Walton, Prokofiev and Bloch. Part of the Islington Proms

Sunday 2nd June, 3pm. Levington church. Concert followed by summer tea. With Steve Lock (bassoon) and Peter Bumstead (organ). Programme including Stanley (organ voluntary), Bach suite no 3 in C major and Bloch suite no. 1 in C minor (cello), Boismortier and Bartok duets (cello and bassoon).

Saturday 25th May, 2.30pm. Concert in St Gregory’s church, Sudbury, with James Recknell (piano). Programme: Bach: Suite no. 1 in G major (on a newly restored late 18th century cello); Schumann: Fantasy pieces; Manuel de Falla: Suite populaire espagnole; Debussy: Sonata in D minor.

Sunday 19th May, 3pm. Concert in Thornham Parva church with Sheida Davis (cello) in memory of Mandy Summers. Bach: cello suite no. 3 in C major; Barriere: Sonata for two cellos; Klengel: Suite for two cellos; Albeniz: Sevilla.

Saturday 11th May, 7pm. Concert in Gazeley church with James Recknell (piano). Music to include Bach, Beethoven, de Falla, Faure, Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Cassado.

Monday 6th May, 3pm. Cowlinge church. ‘Family’ concert with James Recknell (keyboard). Music including Bach, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saens, Vaughan Williams and de Falla.

Sunday 28th April, 4pm. Kettlebaston church. Concert with Bristol Chamber Choir. Repeat of 27th April.

Saturday 27th April, 6pm. Blythburgh church. Concert with Bristol Chamber Choir. Movements from Bach C major cello suite.

Tuesday 16th April, 12.30pm. Recital in Walsham le Willows church with James Recknell (piano).

Programme: Bach Viola da Gamba sonata no. 1 in G major, Beethoven Magic Flute variations, Debussy cello sonata and Martinu Slovak Variations. Refreshments provided, retiring collection.

Saturday 30th March, 2pm. Concert in Hepworth church with Kirbye Voices. Cello music including Walton and Bloch.

Saturday 2nd March, 7pm. Concert in Covehithe church, with James Recknell (keyboard). Music including Francoeur, Beethoven, Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Bridge and Faure.

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

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

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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