The Suffolk Villages Festival, based in ‘Constable Country’ on the Suffolk-Essex border, offers about ten concerts throughout the year,¬†four at the Festival itself during the August bank holiday weekend and more in its Winter Series, from October to May.

Today the Festival offers music from the middle ages to the nineteenth century, sacred and secular, vocal and instrumental; semi-staged and concert performances of early operas are a regular feature.

The director of the Festival, musicologist-performer Peter Holman, plans concerts that mix familiar masterpieces such as Monteverdi’s Orfeo, J. S. Bach’s B minor Mass, Handel’s Messiah and Haydn’s Creation, with the unfamiliar, including Heinrich Biber’s monumental Missa Salisburgensis.

The Festival has three resident ensembles, the chamber choir Psalmody and the period-instrument chamber ensemble The John Jenkins Consort and the Essex Baroque Orchestra.