Ipswich School Festival of Music

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. 

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.  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.

Festival Tickets

Tickets for all Festival events will be available from 1 May 2017.  The 10% discount offer applies to tickets bought before 1 July 2017. It does not apply to the £5 student tickets.
Tickets available via the New Wolsey Theatre’s Box Office
Phone: 01473 295900
Online: www.wolseytheatre.co.uk/whats-on/upcoming

CONCESSIONS: Concession tickets apply, unless otherwise stated, to those over 65.  STUDENT TICKETS: These are available to young people aged 18 or under, or those in full time education, on production of a valid student ID card. Most major cards accepted

Programme of Events

Thursday 12 October

London Mozart Players
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.
“We are dedicated to harnessing the passion and talent of our musicians, so that our audiences can experience and delight in the joy of world-class live performance.”
The programme will include Haydn’s C Major Cello Concerto with Kristiana Ignatjeva and Mozart’s Symphony No 29.
7.30pm
Great School, Ivry Street
Adults £15; Concessions £10; Students £5

Friday 13 October

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.
7.30pm - Great School, Ivry Street
Adults £12; Concessions £10; Students £5

Sunday 15 October

Afternoon Tea Concert with Nicholas McCarthy
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!
2pm - Great School, Ivry Street
All tickets £15 including tea and cakes. £5 student tickets available for the balcony*
*no refreshments included with these seats

Festival Evensong
6.30pm - 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.

Monday 16 October

Jazz Night: Chris Ingham Trio and special guest Alan Barnes
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.
7.30pm - Great School
All tickets £15 including canapes. Drinks available to buy. £5 student tickets available for the balcony*
*no refreshments included with these seats

Tuesday 17 October

The Big Band Bonanza: The Parachute Regiment and Ipswich School Big Band
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
7.30pm - Great School, Ivry Street
Adults £12; Concessions £10; Students £5

Contact Information for the Festival Team

Email: festivalofmusic@ipswich.school or tel: 01473 408300.

Festival Sponsors

The Ipswich School Festival of Music 2017 is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors and media partner.
Festival Sponsor: Seven Telematics
Education Sponsor: Christchurch Veterinary Referrals
Sponsors: Karl Daniels; Old Ipswichian Club
Media partner: East Anglian Daily Times

The Festival 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.

If you’d like to listen in on one of our education workshops, contact our Festival team: festivalofmusic@ipswich.school

Thursday 12 October

The Parachute Regiment Band will perfom a march past at Ipswich School and run workshops for pupils.  Ipswich School Chamber Orchestra will take part in a workshop with members of the London Mozart Players culminating in a joint performance in the evening concert.

Friday 13 October

Dominic Peckham and members of the NYCGB Fellowship Octet will run a workshop for Prep School pupils and pupils from local primary schools culminating in a short concert.  Ipswich School Chapel Choir and Ipswich Prep Chamber Choir will take part in a workshop with Dominic Peckham and members of the NYCGB Fellowship Octet culminating in two performances as part of the evening concert.

Tuesday 17 October

Ipswich School Big Band will take part in an afternoon workshop with members of The Parachute Regiment culminating in a joint evening concert.