Concerts in 2022

 "World class musicians who make magic in our communities – turning the everyday into something extraordinary. 
Jayne Knight, Arts Development Officer, Suffolk County Council


A major concert in celebration of 1000 years of the Abbey of St Edmund.
Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra 10th Anniversary

James Gilchrist, one of the UK's most distinguished tenors, sings the tenor role in Paul Carr's "Into The Light."

Saturday 28th May 2022 7.30pm

St Edmundsbury Cathedral

World première of 1,000th Anniversary commission:

Britten: Fanfare for St Edmundsbury

Parry: I Was Glad

Paul Carr: Into The Light

Elgar: Enigma Variations

The English Arts Chorale
Eye Bach Choir
James Gilchrist, tenor
Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra
Leslie Olive, conductor


Find out about composer Paul Carr - click the button:

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LEARN MORE about this music from conductor Leslie Olive

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Bury St Edmunds

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Ely Arts Festival
Ely Cathedral
Saturday 25th June 2022


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Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux
plays Mendelssohn's violin concerto

Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux, violin
Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra
Leslie Olive, conductor

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Read conductor Leslie Olive's introduction to this music. (Click photo)

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"..within reach of everyone in Suffolk.."

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The Lark's Flight over Suffolk is supported by:

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The Lark's Flight over Suffolk

Summer 2022

The Lark Ascending, by Ralph Vaughan Williams (RVW), is today one of the best-loved pieces of classical music in the UK. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of the composer, Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra aims to bring this glorious music within reach of everyone in Suffolk.

"The Lark's Flight over Suffolk" tells the story of The Lark Ascending and of RVW's live, his triumphs and his disappointments, in music and words. The Lark Ascending features along with his Oboe Concerto and other captivating music by this outstanding and influential British composer. 

Launching at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds on Thursday 30th June 2022, "The Lark's Flight" then goes on tour to five further venues around the county of Suffolk. As well as RVW himself (played by an actor, of course), there will be a small orchestra of 14 musicians, and outstanding soloists.

"The Lark's Flight" is conceived and directed by conductor Leslie Olive.


Bury St Edmunds, Theatre Royal

Thursday 30 June 7.30pm

Eye, Town Hall
Friday 1 July 7.30pm

Aldeburgh, Jubilee Hall
Sunday 3 July 4.00pm

Carlton Marshes, Visitor Centre
Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Friday 8 July 7.30pm

Felixstowe, St Andrew's Church
Saturday 9 July 7.30pm

Hadleigh, Church
Sunday 10 July 4.00pm


Ralph Vaughan Williams 150th Anniversary Celebrations

St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Saturday 15th October 2022

Vaughan Williams

Symphony No.1: A Sea Symphony

Symphony No.2: A "London" Symphony

Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra

Leslie Olive, conductor