Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons to top the bill at the fifth Ipswich School Festival of Music

An exciting line-up for the fifth Ipswich School Festival of Music has been announced with the most popular piece of classical music of all time – Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons – taking centre stage on the opening night of the festival, which is sponsored once again by Seven Telematics.

Chamber orchestra La Serenissima, one of the UK’s leading historical performance ensembles specialising in the music of Antonio Vivaldi and his contemporaries, will be joining the Festival of Music whilst celebrating their 20th anniversary.  The ensemble, who won a Gramaphone Award in 2010, will be performing The Four Seasons and other works by Vivaldi, on Thursday 2 October to open the Festival week.

Also on the bill this autumn are four members of The Full English, who were winners of the Best Group and Best Album awards at this year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards recently.  The Full English Quarter will bring the group’s interpretations of folksong collections to Ipswich School, providing new life to traditional songs, with exciting instrumental textures and irresistible singalong choruses. Fellow folk duo Megson will also be performing, fresh from their Family Folk Show as part of the Festival Education Programme.

Popular jazz saxophonist Alan Barnes returns to the Festival, as a special guest with George Double and Jazz at the Movies on the Friday night, and the Festival closes with its traditional Big Band Bonanza, featuring the Ipswich School Big Band and the Ipswich Musicians’ Union Big Band.

The Family Orchestral Concert, billed as the “perfect introduction to live classical music” will take place on Sunday 5 October, and we are delighted to welcome the Suffolk Concert Band and Travelling by Tuba to tell the musical tale of Tubby the Tuba, as well as performing some film and family favourites.

Ipswich School Festival of Music is also delighted to host one of the 2014 series of Ipswich Chamber Music Society concerts as part of this year’s Festival.  The Hieronymus Quartet, a young international quartet formed in 2011 at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, will play on Saturday 4 October.

The education programme – From School Hall to Concert Hall - is a unique and essential part of the Ipswich School Festival of Music, which gives children the opportunity to be excited and inspired by live music, and the chance to learn from some of the world’s top musicians.  This year is no exception; Mr Junk Orchestra will be demonstrating his Flip Flop pipes and Tube Trombones, the Jazz at the Movies stars will give a workshop for aspiring jazz musicians, and there will be a fabulous Folk Day with workshops lead by The Full English Quartet for pupils aged 11 to 18 and a Family Folk show for younger children aged 3 to 7 years old featuring folk duo Megson.

Andrew Leach, who is the Artistic Director of the Festival, as well as being Director of Music at Ipswich School, said: “We are going back to our classical roots this year with the wonderful Four Seasons, and introducing something new with our Folk Night, but as ever, we are delighted to be welcoming another great line-up of top musicians to Ipswich this year.”

He added: “As well as offering our special ‘early bird’ reduction of 10% on most tickets bought before the beginning of July, we have also introduced a new £5 student ticket this year for most of the Festival concerts.  I would encourage people to book their tickets now, ready for some memorable concerts in the autumn.”

The Festival runs from Thursday 2 October to Tuesday 7 October at Ipswich School.  The main school venues are Great School and Little School, both off Ivry Street, opposite the Preparatory School.

The full line-up for the Ipswich School Festival of Music 2014 is:
• Thurs 2 Oct: Vivaldi - The Four Seasons performed by La Serenissima; 7.30pm - Great School.  Tickets: Adults £20; Concessions £15; Students £5
• Fri 3 Oct: Jazz Night! Jazz at the Movies with special guest Alan Barnes; 7.30pm - Great School. Tickets: Adults £15; Concessions £10; Students £5
• Sat 4 Oct: Ipswich Chamber Music Society presents The Hieronymus String Quartet; 7.30pm - Great School.  Non-members of the Society will be very welcome; tickets available at the door. Non-members: £15; Students over 18: £1.50; 18s and under: Free
• Sun 5 Oct: Family Orchestral Concert; 2pm - Great School.  Tickets: Adults £10; Concessions £8; Students £5; Family ticket (two adults, two children) £25
• Sun 5 Oct: Festival Evensong; 6.30pm – Chapel; Admission free; retiring collection
• Mon 6 Oct: Folk Evening featuring The Full English Quartet and guests Megson; 7.30pm - Great School. Tickets: Adults £15; Concessions £10; Students £5
• Tues 7 Oct: Big Band Bonanza featuring Ipswich Musicians’ Union Big Band and Ipswich School Big Band; 7.30pm - Great School. Tickets: Adults £10; Concessions £8; Students £5

Tickets are available from 1 April, with an advance purchase offer of 10% off ticket prices until 1 July, excluding the £5 student tickets and those for the ICMS concert.  Tickets are available from the Ipswich Regent Box Office, telephone 01473 433100 or online: www.ipswichregent.com.  Concession tickets apply to those over 65.  The student tickets are available to young people aged 18 or under, or those in full time education, on production of a valid student ID card.

We are very grateful to our sponsors who are supporting the Festival this year – Seven Telematics are the main festival sponsor for the fourth year, and we are also delighted to have the support of Hudson Signs, Karl and Janice Daniels and the Old Ipswichian Club.

The Festival of Music website is: www.ipswichschoolfestival.org.uk

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