Ipswich School celebrated its long history on Friday 18 March with a special Chapel Service to mark the re-affirmation of the school’s Royal Charter by Queen Elizabeth I in 1566.
Ipswich School’s thoroughly modern approach to education is set within the context of a rich historical legacy.
We are proud to be continuing a six hundred year old tradition. The Royal Charter, which was originally granted to the school by King Henry VIII, makes Ipswich School a royal school. As a royal school the Chapel Choir, who sang during the service in the school’s Chapel, wear red cassocks, and the school’s Visitor is the reigning monarch.
Ipswich School was first granted a Royal Charter by Henry VIII, but this document has not survived and was quite probably mislaid or accidentally destroyed at some time in the distant past.
Elizabeth I reaffirmed the Royal Charter in 18 March 1566 (450 years ago to the day) by Letters Patent – a legal document monarchs used to grant an office or a right. Elizabeth I’s Royal Charter confirmed that Ipswich School was a royal school Additionally, as a royal school our Chapel Choir wear red cassocks.
The musical history of the school was underlined on the same day, when celebrated cellist and Principal of the Birmingham Conservatoire, Professor Julian Lloyd Webber, officially opened the new Music School on the Henley Road site.
Music is a cornerstone of life at Ipswich School and the campaign for a new music school to house Ipswich School’s Britten Faculty of Music was launched in June 2012. The new building includes teaching and practice rooms – two main rehearsal rooms, a technical suite and eight practice rooms. A concert hall, recording studio and four further practice rooms are planned as the final part of the development.
It is the school’s intention for this new facility to become one of East Anglia’s main musical hubs, attracting performers from Suffolk and beyond.
See East Anglian Daily Times coverage of the Music School here.