Singing with the Swingles

Shortly before half term students and parents alike were wowed by Ipswich School's incredible Festival of Music. With performances ranging from the classic Festival Evensong to the world famous acapella group The Swingles.

The Festival kicked off with a bang, with Joe Stilgoe bringing jazz and flair to Great School concert hall. Described by audience members as “so musically clever” and “amazing,” he helped many people survive what was otherwise a wet and miserable Thursday.

The next day, The Swingles brought the house down, applying their world famous acapella style to music ranging from Philippine lullabies to The Beatles. Joining them on stage for two pieces, the Chapel Choir and the Prep Super Singers sang “Air on a G String,” and “Narnia.”

On Saturday, the Solem Quartet performed Haydn, Mendelssohn and Bartok, before taking up a post at Liverpool University as Quartet in Residence.

Sunday saw not one but two concerts, with the Family concert in the afternoon, with a mix of film soundtracks and traditional childhood songs, with a performance of Paddington’s First Concert, followed by the Festival Evensong. With music sung by the Chapel Choir, and with a stirring sermon by Reverend Crompton-Battersby, this was an excellent opportunity to reflect on the Festival so far.

Next, the Big Band Night brought jazz and funk to Great School. Featuring performances from the Big Band, and the Ipswich Musicians’ Union Big Band, the evening was “relaxed and enjoyable,” and with both bands uniting at the end of the show, leaving a lasting impression on the audience.

The Festival closed with a performance from the Royal College of Music Strings, with the Ipswich School Chamber Orchestra. Preforming Vivaldi and Schubert, to name but a few, they ended the Festival with style.

As well as all of the musical mastery, The Festival offered many amazing opportunities for pupils all around Suffolk. With workshops with the Swingles and the Royal College of Music Strings on offeror primary and secondary schools, and STOMP workshops for pupils at school, the 7th Festival of Music may be the best one yet.

Year 9 Student


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