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Call for Strings


Sudbury Symphony Orchestra is calling for viola players and violinists to join their friendly upper strings. If you are Grade V or above, are learning, have not played for years and would like to give orchestra a     try, or already play and are curious, please call Clare Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic and ask for Uschi. They look forward to hearing from you!




Sunday classical!


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Sudbury Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce the return of Thomas Isaac, one of Britain's up and coming cello superstars, to perform Dvorak’s masterful cello concerto in their concert on Sunday 26th November.  Thomas began playing cello at the age of 6, and is continuing his studies at the Royal Academy of Music where in 2015 he won first prize for his performance of Bach’s Suite for Cello no 2.  He performs with many leading orchestras and as Principal Orchestral cellist both in the UK and Europe and has appeared in a BBC Proms Extra concert.  As a soloist Thomas has performed in many venues including the Wigmore Hall. 


Dvorak's cello concerto is an exquisite piece, giving voice  to the whole range of cello registers from soprano to haunting soft melodies to deeper, passionate  intensities and stunning chords, neatly blended with instrumental leads and echoes from woodwind, brass all interwoven into a backdrop of orchestral sound.


Sudbury Symphony Orchestra will also be performing Beethoven's 1st symphony. The lyrical but unusual introduction, sometimes referred to as a 'musical joke' as the chords are in 'the wrong key', gives way to a vast spectrum of melodic sounds as the movement and the symphony unfold around you.


We hope you will join us for a very special musical evening.


Concert details:

Sunday 26th November 2017 at 6.00pm

St Peter’s Church, Market Hill, Sudbury CO10 1TL


Conductor: Matthew Andrews –

Soloist: Thomas Isaac

Leader: Steve Calder


Dvorák: Cello Concerto in B Minor

Beethoven: 1st Symphony in C Major


Tickets: Adult £12, Child £2

Available mid October onwards from Compact Music, North Street, Sudbury and Sudbury Tourist Information (library).  Or email:

A limited number of tickets will be available on the door.


Contact for photos or  further info:

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Nethergate Brewery on the move

Big changes are underway at  local company Nethergate Brewery. Currently the Brewery  operates from a site in Pentlow but all that will change when the brewery moves to its new site at Rodbridge just outside Long Melford.


The Brewery recently announced the purchase of the Rodbridge site, which has been the home to a car sales company for many years, and has already begun works to convert the existing building into a new  brewery, visitor centre and shop with a tap room. The new brewery will allow different styles of beer to be brewed, as well as the favourites already in the range, which includes

Suffolk County and Old Growler. Externally there have been few changes so far, but builders are     removing internal walls and doing a lot of preparation work on the inside of the new building for the building works on the new brewery.  The next step will be new signage for the brewery logo underneath the apex of the existing wood faced building and the removal of the existing signs.


A new Silo will be added to the rear of the building to allow Malt to be stored on site, and a cold store and warehouse in the same style as the current building will sit to the rear of the site, enabling Real Ale to be correctly stored and conditioned. The new brewery will be open for tours and events also, and the staff hope that local people will take full advantage of the opportunity to become “members” of the brewery and to engage with the brewers on some of the products! The new tap room will be used to showcase the companies’ beers and for people to experience true brewery fresh beer on the premises, as well as to offer take-outs in a number of different formats.

The company branding will also be updated over the coming months, with a refreshed look and feel on the bar, in the company’s glassware, and online purchase functionality through a new website.”The new Shop and visitor centre is expected to be open for Easter, with the brewery to be fully operational toward the end of Summer 2017. Rob Crawford, general manager of the brewery said”: “We are completely happy that our new equipment can produce our existing beer range perfectly, but we will also be developing new beers to reflect consumer trend changes within the industry”. The Brewery site will feature increased closed top fermenting capacity, and will significantly add to the brewing capabilities of the company, which has historically specialised in dark beer and ales. A new flagship beer will be launched alongside the new plant, which will be christened through a brew naming competition with local people.“We aim to provide great traditional beers with a modern twist, and to develop ales which provide huge drinking satisfaction to our consumers across our free trade, with our national partners, as well as within our own shareholder pub estate,” said Richard Gray, director of sales.