About Halesworth Arts Festival
The Halesworth Arts Festival originated 17 years ago.
Now a major force in the arts in North Suffolk, it attracts capacity crowds every October, who come
for the chance to see top quality artists in small, intimate surroundings.
The HAF is a non profit making charity, relying on the generosity of many local businesses and
individuals essential to help fund an event of this nature. Unlike many other Festivals, it receives
no Arts Council, Lottery or other central Government help.
The Festival is proud to have as Patrons: Bernard Hill, Maggi Hambling, Diana Quick, Kenneth Sillito
and Julia Blackburn
The HAF is run by entirely voluntary people, both on the organising committee and at the venues.
Originally worked in the music industry and subsequently devised and produced business presentations.
Moved to Suffolk 25 years ago. After 23 years running the delicatessen in the town, he now spends
many hours sourcing the best artists and projects for the Festival. Has been HAF director for the
last 15 years.
Works tirelessly on contracts for all the Festival artists. Now retired, Hazel is the archivist for
the Halesworth Community Choir.
HAF Artists & Repertoire
Professional trombonist Halle & BBC Symphony Orchestras; in retirement plays classical concerts &
jazz in East Anglia; Chairman Halesworth Festival Voices.
Box Office Manager
Twenty-five years administrator at a music college; concert agent; manager of an introduction
agency; enthusiastic belly-dancer.
Lived in Germany for 25 years where she managed a travel and insurance
agency. For several years Fionna ran the local amateur dramatic group, but is now happily retired
and loves living in Suffolk.
Ran the delicatessen in Halesworth with Matthew and now keeps a sharp ear out for new and upcoming
artists for future HAF events.