Suffolk Festival of Performing Arts


Andrew Leach, the Festival’s new chairman, writes: “I am honoured to have become chairman of the Suffolk Festival and I would like to thank Gill Peck for the outstanding work that she has done as chairman over the last eight years. The Festival is clearly in wonderful shape.”

Our sincere thanks go to those who work so hard to make the Festival possible. We have a fully online entry system, but are very grateful for volunteers to help with the day-to-day running of the Festival. Please get in touch if you would like to help.

Good news this year:

Have a great Festival!

The Suffolk Festival of Performing Arts is a festival for people of all ages and a wide range of ability. It offers them the chance to perform in a friendly and supportive environment, with the constructive advice of a professional adjudicator. The Festival takes place throughout October, followed by the Gala Concert of participating performers in November and the Award Winners’ Concert the following April. Performers often appear in lunchtime concerts around the county and at other events such as the Suffolk Music Day held in Christchurch Park, Ipswich, in July.

The Festival atmosphere is relaxed, but we encourage performers to give of their very best and to work towards the highest standard that they can achieve. Many of the classes are competitive, but the key element is the chance to perform in public. The Festival is held in and around Ipswich, being the county town of Suffolk, but we often welcome performers from further afield.

Newcomers are very welcome, as are those who return year after year as their ability improves and their experience widens. The emphasis is on classical works, but we do have classes for many other tastes, including Songs from the Shows.

Suffolk Festival Dance

Since 2011 our Dance Section has been run by a new team and their new approach been warmly appreciated. As in the other disciplines, the emphasis is on helping participants to achieve their very best in a friendly environment, encouraging great performances both at the competition and at the Gala Concert.