A tribute to Aretha Franklin, songs from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and a Spanish flamenco played on the harp were just some of the highlights of this year’s Ipswich School Spring Concert.
Held at the Snape Maltings Concert Hall last Friday (3 May), the concert saw over 200 pupils from both the Prep School and Senior School perform on the world-famous stage.
The concert was an opportunity for many of the school’s music ensembles to play together, including a massed orchestra on stage, with the Concert Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra joining together to play Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No 4.
Three of the Year 13 students played solos in their last concert for the school – the harp flamenco from Nadia Mason, a clarinet solo by Oliver Pigram with the Chamber Orchestra and a solo on the flugel horn by Alfie Buckley, playing with the Big Band.
Ipswich School’s Director of Music, Beverley Steensma, said: “The night was a resounding success and was enjoyed by the performers and audience alike. This was such a special opportunity for our pupils, to perform on the world class stage of Snape Maltings, and to join together to make music and have fun.”
The concert also saw the launch of this autumn’s Ipswich School Festival of Music, which runs from Thursday 10 October to Monday 14 October at the school, opposite Christchurch Park in Ipswich.
The Festival is headlined by famous jazz saxophonist Courtney Pine, and also includes performances by vocal ensemble The Swingles, a Big Band Bonanza and a Family Concert on the Sunday afternoon which has an intergalactic space theme.
Tickets are on sale now from the New Wolsey Theatre Box Office on 01473 292500, with an ‘early bird’ discount of 10% on most tickets until 1 July. More information is available here.