Bringing smiles in village halls, community centres, hospitals and hospices.

We have already been to village halls and community centres in:​

Bramford, Bury St Edmunds, Debenham, East Bergholt, Exning, Eye, Freckenham, Hadleigh, Harleston, Hawstead, Holbrook, Hoxne, Kesgrave, Needham Market, Rattlesden, Shotley, Somersham, Stoke-by-Nayland, Tattingstone, Trimley and Yoxford.

Free Community Concerts

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SPO Community Concerts are FREE to audience members.

They are relaxed, friendly, informal, and happen "on your doorstep" in daylight.

  • Enjoy a visit to your own village or neighbourhood by a group of our top musicians. We visit village halls and community centres across Suffolk.

  • Our musicians introduce and play favourite pieces and chat with you about the music. The concert lasts about an hour.

  • Lunch or tea is provided - all free - often by our very good friends of the Rural Coffee Caravan.

  • It happens in daylight somewhere near you - usually your village hall or community centre.

  • It's informal. There is no need to dress up.  

  • Often, lifts are available. It's fun, friendly, and welcoming.

  • We also visit the hospitals and hospices.

Helping in the fight against loneliness

The written audience feedback we receive is rich with the most heartwarming - and humbling - words, including:

  • "Loved the music, the fellowship, the food, and the opportunity to get out." (Felixstowe)

  • "The music was sublime" (Needham Market)

  • "Every second of every sound was superb. Visually and audibly brilliant" (Stowmarket)

  • "Joyful and uplifting, and I enjoyed having the musicians 'amongst us'." (Hadleigh)

  • "I was awestruck! Enchanted! (Bramford)

  • "You have cheered and soothed a very troubled soul - thank you." (Needham Market).

  • "The joy it brought me was the highlight of many years. I was uplifted in my spirits. Not bad for a 60-year-old who hates classical music!! Now converted. Thank you a million." (Bramford)

  • "What a wonderful afternoon!! What a privilege to be able to listen to such talented musicians." (Kesgrave)

  • "Wow! Your coming to Holbrook enabled me to get to hear and enjoy your music. At nearly 90 I can't get round to places." (Holbrook)

Can I arrange a visit near me?

We would love to hear from you with a view to arranging a Community Concert in your neighbourhood. To explore the possibility, please email our Artistic Director Leslie Olive at leslie.olive@suffolkphil.org

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