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Fressingfield gears up for music event

PUBLISHED: 20:39 03 September 2008 | UPDATED: 11:21 28 May 2010

The bells will be ringing in Fressingfield on Wednesday, September 24 as the fourth annual Fressingfield Music Festival is set to draw some high profile local and international figures.

The bells will be ringing in Fressingfield on Wednesday, September 24 as the fourth annual Fressingfield Music Festival is set to draw some high profile local and international figures.

The four-day event is raising money for the restoration of the St Peter and St Paul's church bells and will be opened by new patron, the Rt Rev Nigel Stock, Bishop of St Edmondsbury and Ipswich.

The festival showcases some of the finest talents in their fields, starting on the 24th with big band jazz led by Paul Eshelby, one of the foremost jazz trumpeters in the country. It continues with performances of Vivaldi's Gloria and Magnificat by Christ's College Cambridge Choir on Thursday, rising opera star Siphiwo Nteshebe on Friday and virtuoso woodwind performances on Saturday, from baroque chamber ensemble Badinage.

On Thursday 25 September, Keith Lawson, chairman of Fressingfield Music Festival Committee will present a locally made jug of historical significance, called a Gotch, to the bell ringers of St Peter and St Paul's church. A Gotch is a large, big bellied earthenware jug or pot. They are said to have been used by bell ringers to go around town collecting liquid contributions to sustain them during the thirsty work of bell ringing.

On the same day, Councillor Guy McGregor from Suffolk County Council will also present a cheque to the church to help in its efforts of restoring the church bells.

Further details of each night's concerts are available on www.onesuffolk.co.uk/fressingfieldPC

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