Vocal ensemble The King’s Singers to top the bill at this autumn’s Ipswich School Festival of Music

Described as a “superlative vocal sextet”, The King’s Singers will open the Ipswich School Festival of Music this autumn, and are sure to delight the audience with their a cappella close harmonies.  The group – one of the world’s most celebrated ensembles – will appear in the Great School concert hall on Thursday 1 October.

The line-up for the Festival, now in its sixth year, and sponsored once again by Seven Telematics, also includes Grammy nominated American jazz singer Stacey Kent, who will be appearing along with her band on Monday 5 October as part of her European tour. 

The Great School concert hall will be given a jazz club vibe on Friday 2 October, when the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Ipswich School Big Band will play together to get the weekend off to a swing.  Ticket prices include canapes, and audience members will be able to buy drinks to take to their tables.

For the younger audiences, the Family Orchestral Concert takes place in the afternoon of Sunday 4 October, and will feature popular film and tv themes, as well as a performance of Roald Dahl’s Little Red Riding Hood brought to life through music and drama.

Once again this year the Festival will link up with the Ipswich Chamber Music Society on Saturday 3 October, when local concert pianist, and former Ipswich School Director of Music, Andrew Leach will give a piano recital.  The Royal College of Music Strings will bring the week to a close on Tuesday 6 October with a performance which will include Ipswich School string musicians.

The Ipswich School Festival of Music would not be complete without its exciting and innovative education programme, and this year is no exception.  The King’s Singers will lead workshops for the Ipswich School Chapel Choir and Prep Chamber Choir prior to a performance in the evening concert.  With the help of funding from Arts Council England, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra will raise the profile of jazz amongst local primary school children with improvisation workshops for singers and instrumentalists.  Street Dance workshops led by Urban Strides will take place on Monday 5 October, fusing music and dance, whilst a mass string orchestra from primary and prep schools led by the Royal College of Music’s strings students and Ipswich School teachers will bring the week to a fitting climax.

Sion Parry, Ipswich School’s Director of Music, who takes over as Festival Artistic Director this year, said: “I’m delighted to announce another great line up of top professional musicians who will be joining us at Ipswich School this October.  We hope they will entertain audiences and inspire young musicians with a diverse range of musical styles.”

He added: “As well as offering our special ‘early bird’ reduction of 10% on many tickets bought before the beginning of July, we have maintained our £5 student tickets for most concerts.  I would encourage people to book their tickets as soon as possible, ready for some memorable concerts in the autumn.”

The Festival runs from Thursday 1 October to Tuesday 6 October at Ipswich School.  The main venue is Great School on Ivry Street, opposite the Preparatory School.

Tickets are available from 1 May, with an advance purchase offer of 10% off ticket prices until 1 July, excluding the £5 student tickets, the Family Concert 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 fifth year, and we are also delighted to have the support of Landex as the education programme sponsor, Hudson Signs, Ipswich Audi, Karl Daniels and the Old Ipswichian Club.

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

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