Arts at the Cathedral

This information on this page is for those wishing to put on or take part in an event at the Cathedral.


St Edmundsbury Cathedral is a popular venue for concerts and a major venue for the annual Bury St Edmunds Festival. It regularly hosts international performers, and boasts two superb musical instruments: the Cathedral organ is a large four manual instrument built in 2010 by Harrison and Harrison and the grand piano is a Steinway model D (2007).

There are regular performances by groups such as the Bury Bach Choir, and those touring from further afield. Each summer there is a popular series of lunchtime recitals, which feature a wide variety of musical styles and groups.

The concert capacity of the Cathedral is currently 726, and television monitors can be fitted for the benefit of areas with less good sight lines. The Cathedral can also offer modern and spacious changing facilities, interval drinks and private receptions for sponsors of VIPs. Tickets can be sold through the Theatre Royal or Apex box offices.

To hire the Cathedral for an evening concert please contact the Senior Events Verger on 01284 748736 or
From May to October each year we have a series of weekly lunchtime recitals. Anybody interested in giving a lunchtime recital as part of this series should contact the Assistant Director of Music, Richard Cook, on 01284 748720 or For enquiries about lunchtime recitals outside of this series, please also contact the Assistant Director of Music.


The Cathedral has been an alternative venue for theatrical productions. Both the Nave and the Cloister Garth can be used, and provide stunning backdrops for an evening’s theatre. As well as local groups, major stars such as Philip Voss and Robert Hardy have performed here in recent years, and the Cathedral has been a venue for musical productions by the Suffolk Young People’s Theatre.

The Cathedral is also a stylish backdrop for evenings of music and readings (most recently hosted by Sue Lawley), and has hosted a number of special events, including a Son et Lumière performance and a dinner in the Nave. The Cathedral has close relationships with St Edmundsbury Theatre Services, the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, and the annual Bury St Edmunds Festival.

If you would like to put on a production at the Cathedral, please email