Proudly at the heart of the Suffolk town of Sudbury, St. Peter’s Church has been at the head of the town’s Market Hill since the 12th Century. Nowadays, the Grade I-listed building is a thriving community and arts venue, used for a variety of events including concerts, recitals and exhibitions.
The first documentation of St. Peter’s existing in Sudbury dates back to 1180, when it was a chapel of ease to the nearby St. Gregory’s church. Over the years it has undergone several restorations, but became redundant in 1972. In 1976 it was taken over by the Churches Conservation Trust and the registered charity The Friends of St. Peter formed with the aim of keeping the building open for use by the community.
No longer a place of worship, St. Peter’s now facilitates shows for the whole community. Recent events at St. Peters include the Suffolk-based performance poet Luke Wright, the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra’s summer concert, and folk artists Anna Tivel and Jeffrey Martin. St. Peter’s also hosts a series of regular free lunchtime concerts, Music at Lunchtime.
If you’re in Suffolk or wider East Anglia and are looking for an intimate and atmospheric evening, St. Peter’s is the place to go.