Jennifer Pike

Thursday 11 October

Renowned for her “dazzling interpretative flair and exemplary technique” (Classic FM), violinist Jennifer Pike has taken the musical world by storm.  One of the most exciting classical musicians performing today, she was the winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 2002, aged just 12 years old.  We look forward to welcoming Jennifer to Ipswich School at the 2018 Festival’s opening night.

7.30pm – Great School, Ivry Street

Adults £16; Concessions £12; Students £6

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Alex Mendham and his Orchestra

Friday 12 October

Alex Mendham and his Orchestra perform “the sophisticated and stylish music of the 1920’s and 30s with the modern energy and passion of their youthful years.” They epitomise Hollywood’s golden age, presenting a unique combination of dance band music and film scores from the Hollywood musical.  
7.30pm – Great School, Ivry Street 
Adults £16; Concessions £12; Students £6

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Come and Sing with John Rutter

Saturday 13 October 

If your passion is singing, then this is the day for you! World-renowned composer and conductor of choral music John Rutter will develop your singing ability as part of a massed choir in the Great School Concert Hall.  
This is not a usual Festival of Music event, where you are the audience – this event will help you to improve your choral singing techniques because you will be performing!
10am – 4.45pm; Great School, Ivry Street.
All tickets £15,and include a sandwich lunch, refreshments and copies of the music (no concessions available). Limited spaces are available and tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis. 

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Jazz Night: Claire Martin and the David Newton Trio

Claire Martin and the Dave Newton trio will be providing the music at this year’s Jazz Night. Claire Martin OBE - Voice; David Newton - Piano; Arnie Somogyi - Bass; George Double - Drums
7.30pm – Great School, Ivry Street 
Adults £16; Concessions £12; Students £6

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Festival Evensong

Sunday 14 October

Featuring the Ipswich School Chapel Choir, the Festival Evensong provides a chance to pause and reflect.
6.30pm – School chapel.

Admission free; retiring collection for charity.

Gentlemen of St John’s College

Monday 15 October

The Gentlemen of St John’s College are formed from the Choral Scholars of St John’s College, Cambridge. Their versatile repertoire ranges from early sacred music, to folksongs, to more modern close-harmony singing. This concert will also feature choral groups from Ipswich School.
7.30pm – Great School, Ivry Street
Adults £10; Concessions £8; Students £6

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Sam Wilson and 4-Mality

Tuesday 16 October

4-Mality are described as “one of the world’s most compelling and innovative percussion quartets”.  In a first for the Ipswich School Festival of Music, Old Ipswichian Sam Wilson and his group 4-Mality will finish the 2018 Festival with a bang!
7.30pm – Great School, Ivry Street
Adults £10; Concessions £8; Students £6

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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 2018 will be its ninth year.

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


The Ipswich School Festival of Music 2018 is made possible by the generous support of our sponsers and media partner

The Festival of Music Education Programme

From School Hall to Concert Hall

Inspiring musical creativity, our education programme offers school children throughout Ipswich and Suffolk the chance to be enthused by some of the world’s leading musicians.  Aged from 3 to 18, pupils are invited to take part in a week of workshops encouraging not only their musical skills but also their imagination and creativity.

Friday 12 October 

Members of The Alex Mendham Orchestra will run workshops for pupils from local primary and prep schools and will rehearse with Ipswich School’s Big Band for a joint performance in the evening concert.

Saturday 13 October

Ipswich School Chapel Choir and Prep Chamber Choir will take part in choral workshops with world-renowned composer and conductor of choral music, John Rutter.

Monday 15 October

The Gentlemen of St John’s will take part in vocal workshops with choral groups from Ipswich School.

Tuesday 16 October 

Top percussionist, Sam Wilson, will run percussion workshops for pupils from local primary and prep schools as well as from our senior school.

The Festival Education Programme is sponsored by Christchurch Veterinary Referrals.