Courtney Pine 

Thursday 10 October

No musician more embodies the dramatic transformation in the British jazz scene over the past twenty plus years than saxophonist Courtney Pine. The ground-breaking, multi-instrumentalist has led a generation of exciting and innovative players who have broadened their styles to take jazz out to a wider audience. His award-winning critically-acclaimed 15th studio album House of Legends is deeply steeped in the traditions of Caribbean, bringing together musicians from Africa, the Caribbean and Europe for an exhilarating mix of Merengue, Ska, Mento and Calypso,
telling tales of life from a truly multi-cultural viewpoint.

7.30pm – Great School, Ivry Street
Adults £25; Concessions £22; Students £10

Photo credit: Alexis Maryon

The Swingles

Friday 11 October

For more than 50 years, The Swingles have pushed the boundaries of vocal music. The seven young singers that make up today’s London-based group, including Old Ipswichian Imogen Parry, are masters of their craft at a time when a cappella music is more popular than ever. 

7.30pm – Great School, Ivry Street 
Adults £18; Concessions £15; Students £6

Photo credit: Nedim Nazerali


Come and Sing the Great Choruses with David Lawrence

Saturday 12 October 

For those whose passion is singing, this is the event for you. Led by David Lawrence, one of the UK’s most versatile conductors – and holder of a Guinness World Record for conducting the UK’s largest choir of 6,846 singers – this event will develop your singing as part of a massed choir. You will study a number of well-known sacred choruses including I Was Glad (Parry), Zadok The Priest (Handel) and In Paradisum (Faure).

10.30am – 4pm; 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. Tickets for Ipswich School pupils are free and available from the Music Office. 

Photo credit: Kyte Photography


The Judy Garland Story

Saturday 12 October

Travel back to a Golden Age with Sara Dowling and the Chris Ingham trio, to explore the career and catalogue of one of Hollywood’s brightest yet most troubled stars, Judy Garland, in an evening of swing, poignancy and anecdote. 

Sara Dowling – Voice
Chris Ingham – Piano
Dario Di Lecce – Bass
George Double – Drums

7.30pm – Great School, Ivry St
Adults £16; Concessions £12; Students £6

Photo credit: Bill Mudge


Family Concert - An Adventure in Space

Sunday 13 October

An opportunity for the whole family to join us on an adventure through space! Musical treats with an intergalactic theme, and there will also be a ‘have a go’ session on various instruments after the concert. The concert lasts for 50 minutes and is suitable for ages 5+

2pm – Great School, Ivry Street
Adults £10; Children (U18) and students £5

Festival Evensong 

 Sunday 13 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

Big Band Bonanza

Monday 14 October

Our tenth Festival finishes in style with the ever-popular Big Band Bonanza. Featuring the Ipswich School Big Band, and the Ipswich Musicians’ Union Big Band, this concert will get your feet tappin’ and your fingers snappin’!

7.30pm – Great School, Ivry Street
Adults £12; Concessions £10; Students £6


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 2019 will be its tenth year.

Free parking is available for all Ipswich School Festival of Music concerts and events at the Prep School.  The entrance to the Prep car park is on Anglesea Road. You can get directions here.

For further information on the festival of music please contact or 01473 408300

The Ipswich School Festival of Music 2019 is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors and media partner


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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 11 October 

Members of the Swingle Singers will run workshops for local primary schools and prep schools. In addition, they will work with the Ipswich School Chapel Choir, in preparation for participation in the evening concert.

Monday 14 October

Oompah Brass is a five-piece brass group specialising in virtuosic and high-energy performance of rock and pop classics. 

The group will lead a workshop for brass students from local schools, preparing pieces to perform at the afternoon schools’ concert. This concert will also feature performances from Oompah Brass and some audience participation!