Festival of Music 2019

10-14 October 2019

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Festival Round-up

The tenth Festival of Music came to a triumphant conclusion on 14 October, having featured a number of amazing concerts from world class musicians and our own talented pupils.

Director of the Britten Faculty of Music, Mrs Steensma said: “It was the perfect celebration to mark ten years of the festival. Everything went to plan and there were many ticket sales and happy customers.” The fact that so many of the concerts were sold out or nearly sold out certainly attests to this fact.

In terms of her favourite act or moment, Mrs Steensma said she was torn between the Family Concert, which was “such a highlight, seeing a roomful of children really engage with some amazing music,” and the return of OI Imogen Parry singing with The Swingles, particularly leading a workshop with the Show Choir, the student led a capella group that she helped to establish during her own time at the school.

The Education and Outreach programmes were also a success this year, particularly the visit of Oompah Brass on the final day of the festival. The group of five musicians led a workshop with brass players from the Prep and local primary schools, and also one for Senior School pupils. Mrs Steensma said:”It’s what the festival is all about – it’s great to get young children listening to live music.”

Congratulations to everyone who took part in this year’s Festival of Music, particularly to our student musicians who performed with such poise and professionalism alongside our guests.

As well as this, congratulations and thanks must go to all of the staff involved, be that in the preparation and rehearsal of music for the Festival or working ‘behind the scenes’ to ensure that every concert went off without a hitch.

Ben A and Jasmine S, Occasional journalists


Festival 2019 Artists

  • Thursday 10 October: Courtney Pine
  • Friday 11 October: The Swingles
  • Saturday 12 October: Come and Sing with David Lawrence
  • Saturday 12 October: Jazz Night – The Judy Garland Story
  • Sunday 13 October: Family Concert – An Adventure in Space
  • Sunday 13 October: Festival Evensong
  • Monday 14 October: Big Band Bonanza

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 was its tenth year.

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


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

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KARL DANIELS