Ipswich School musicians ‘go out in joy’ at Snape

From a fanfare by a massed brass ensemble to a choral performance with seven pupil soloists of Mozart’s Requiem, the Snape Maltings Concert Hall resounded to the sounds of Ipswich School choirs and orchestras on Friday 29 April 2016.

Pupils from both the Prep and Senior Schools took part in the school’s annual Spring Concert, which showcased a number of ensembles including the Prep Orchestra playing themes from Indiana Jones and Star Wars; the Prep Chamber Choir; the Big Band and the Year 7 choir singing Climbin’ Up The Mountain; and the Symphony Orchestra playing The Land of the Mountain and the Flood by Hamish MacCunn. 

Student-led a cappella ensembles proved very popular with the audience, with the Show Choir singing Goodnight Sweetheart and The Circle of Life from The Lion King, and the Barbershop Group, resplendent in matching jackets, singing Coney Island Baby/We All Fall.

The Chamber Orchestra performed a stunning Concerto for Recorder and Strings, with Year 13 pupil, Finn Collinson, as soloist.  There was also a performance of You will go out in joy, an anthem written by Old Ipswichian Ben Parry and commissioned by Ipswich School to commemorate the 450th anniversary of the reaffirmation of the school’s Royal Charter by Elizabeth 1.

Nicholas Weaver, Headmaster at Ipswich School, said: “The whole evening was a great success and is testament to the hard work and hours of practice put in by both students and staff.  We had many kind words from members of the audience afterwards, and it was evident that the performers enjoyed it as much as the audience did – we really did ‘go out in joy’.”

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