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London Mozart Players

Thursday 12 October - 7:30 pm - Great School Concert Hall, Ivry Street

Founded in 1949 as the UK’s first chamber orchestra, the London Mozart Players (LMP) has achieved international renown for its outstanding live performances and CD recordings of the core Classical repertoire.

The programme will include Haydn’s C Major Cello Concerto with Kristiana Ignatjeva and Mozart’s Symphony No 29.

  • Adults £15;
  • Concessions £10;
  • Students £5
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National Youth Choir Fellowship Octet

Friday 13 October - 7:30 pm - Great School Concert Hall, Ivry Street

National Youth Choir Fellowship Octet with Ipswich School Chapel Choir and Prep School Chamber Choir

Listen to some of the country’s finest young voices as the National Youth Choir of Great Britain’s Fellowship Octet perform at this year’s festival. They will be joined on stage by the Ipswich School Chapel Choir and Prep School Chamber Choir.

  • Adults £12;
  • Concessions £10;
  • Students £5
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Afternoon Tea Concert with Nicholas McCarthy

Sunday 15 October - 2:00 pm - Great School Concert Hall, Ivry Street

Concert pianist Nicholas McCarthy first played at Ipswich School Festival of Music in 2013 with the British Paraorchestra. Now famous across the world as a champion of the left hand alone repertoire, Nicholas returns to Great School on the back of his first album for Warner Music, the critically acclaimed ‘Solo’. A wonderful afternoon of tea, cakes, humour and sublime piano-playing await!

  • All tickets £15 including tea and cakes;
  • £5 student tickets available for the balcony*

*no refreshments included with these seats

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Jazz Night: Chris Ingham Trio and special guest Alan Barnes

Monday 16 October - 7:30 pm - Great School Concert Hall, Ivry Street

Our jazz-club styled night features the Chris Ingham Trio and their special guest star Alan Barnes. Jazz saxophonist and clarinetist Alan will join Chris on piano, George Double on drums and Arnie Somogyi on double bass for some exciting jazz..

  • All tickets £15 including canapes. Drinks available to buy.
  • £5 student tickets available for the balcony*

*no refreshments included with these seats

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The Big Band Bonanza: The Parachute Regiment and Ipswich School Big Band

Tuesday 17 October - 7:30 pm - Great School Concert Hall, Ivry Street

The Band of The Parachute Regiment is currently based in Colchester and supports not only The Parachute Regiment but the rest of the Army as required around the world.

The Regiment’s Big Band musicians will join Ipswich School’s flagship Big Band for a rousing end to the 2017 Festival of Music

  • Adults £12;
  • Concessions £10;
  • Students £5
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The Ipswich School Festival of Music is an annual event which brings professional musicians from a diverse range of musical genres to the Great School Concert Hall, performing in concerts for the public and for local school children. The Festival takes place each autumn, and 2017 will be its eighth year.

For further information on the festival of music please contact festivalofmusic@ipswich.school or 01473 408300

On Sunday the 15th of October we host the Festival Evensong from 6:30pm in the Chapel

Prayer, reflection and stirring music to celebrate the Festival in this service of thanksgiving featuring an introit, canticles and an anthem sung by the Chapel Choir.   Admission free; retiring collection for our Festival charity, the African Children’s Choir.


The Ipswich School Festival of Music 2017 is made possible by the generous support of our sponsers and media partner

Education Programme

An essential part of the Ipswich School Festival of Music is the Education Programme which offers school children throughout Ipswich and Suffolk the chance to be enthused by some of the world’s leading musicians – taking part in workshops and masterclasses and performing with them on stage, encouraging not only their musical skills but also their imagination and creativity.

The Africa Childrens Choir

The African Children's Choir is made up of children aged 7 to 10 years old, and many have lost one or both parents through the devastation of war, famine and disease. The Choir gives them an education, a home, and support throughout their young lives right up until they start work. There will be collections at the end of Festival concerts for the African Children’s Choir.

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Past Events

Musical acts that have performed at the Festival include Julian Lloyd Webber, Courtney Pine, Joe Stilgoe, The British Paraorchestra, The King’s Singers, VOCES8 and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.