The seventh annual Ipswich School Festival of Music took place between 6th and 11th October 2016.
The Festival started with Joe Stilgoe performing his stand-out brand of jazz which combined wit and musicality with flair at the Great School concert venue on Ivry Street.
Vocal group, the Swingles, performed on the Friday night, ably assisted by members of the school choir.
The Solem Quartet took to the stage on Saturday night, and were followed on Sunday by a fun-packed Family Concert featuring Paddington Bear.
Monday night saw the Ipswich School Big Band and the Ipswich Musicians’ Union Big Band front a jazz evening, and the Festival was brought to an end with the Royal College of Strings playing classical greats, accompanied for a few pieces by the Ipswich School Chamber Orchestra.
An extensive education programme complemented the Festival concerts. This programme is a key part of Ipswich School’s community work and gave school children throughout Ipswich and Suffolk the chance to be inspired by some of the world’s leading musicians. Over three thousand children have taken part in this programme since the first Festival.
This year’s education programme included STOMP leading a series of workshops that fused music, rhythm and dance. The Swingles also ran choral workshops. And the Royal College of Music string players ran a Strings Day.
We are grateful to our sponsors – Seven Telematics, Christchurch Veterinary Referrals and the Old Ipswichian Club – for their generous support.