The star item on this year’s Ipswich School Snape Spring Concert programme was a medley of songs from the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, in celebration of the movie’s 50th anniversary.
The songs were arranged and conducted by celebrated choir director and composer Ben Parry, who is a former pupil of Ipswich School, and featured six student soloists, as well as pupils from the Prep School, Chapel Choir and the entire Year 7.
The concert took place on Friday 27 April, with student ensembles showcasing a number of polished performances. These included traditional folk songs performed by the Prep Chamber Choir and Prep Orchestra, a Rachmaninov Piano Concerto by the Symphony Orchestra, which gained its pupil soloist a standing ovation, a cappella harmonies from the Senior School’s many vocal ensembles and a performance of City of Stars from the movie La La Land which featured the Ipswich School Big Band and Chamber Orchestra and a student vocal solo.
The programme also included a performance of John Rutter’s choral work Gloria. Mr Rutter will be leading a ‘Come and Sing’ day during the school’s Festival of Music this autumn, the line-up for which was launched at the Spring Concert.
Nicholas Weaver, Headmaster at Ipswich School, said: “The whole evening was a great success and what we experienced was just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the hard work and hours of practice put in by both students and staff. Every year we say ‘how can the Snape Concert get better?’ but it does!”
You can see some photos from the evening here.