The Community Light Orchestra - Concert with Felixstowe Harmonies
Paul Smith

  The Community Light Orchestra Musical Director, Roger Jones… Read More

The Suffolk Constabulary Male Voice Choir - Concert for Colchester & Ipswich Hospital Blossom Appeal
Paul Smith

  The Suffolk Constabulary Male Voice Choir with guests Essent… Read More

Sunday Afternoon Concerts - John Pierce & Alan Loader - Music at Rushmere Spring 2020
Paul Smith

Sunday Afternoon Concerts -  Music at Rushmere Spring 2020 John Pie… Read More

Ipswich Symphony Orchestra - Family Concert
Paul Smith

  Ipswich Symphony Orchestra - Family Concert A whirlwind of… Read More

Decibells Brass Ensemble - Music For brass
Paul Smith

  Decibells Brass Ensemble - Music For brass 22nd February - 7.… Read More

THE MALTSTER’S TALE: MASTERY OF WATER, WIND AND FIRE - Town Lectures & Concerts Series 2020
Paul Smith


Ipswich Chamber Choir & The Façade Ensemble - Concert
Paul Smith


Suffolk Jazz School Concert
Paul Smith

  Suffolk Jazz School Concert Friday 21st Feb 2020 -… Read More

Stour Choral Society - Messiah by Handel
Paul Smith

Stour Choral Society - Spring Concert Messiah by Handel Don’t miss t… Read More

BIRKBECK SINGERS - Led by: Chandra Grover - Town Lectures & Concerts Series 2020
Paul Smith

BIRKBECK SINGERS Led by: Chandra Grover The Birkbeck Singers is a mi… Read More

Ipswich Arts Association

IAA representing 50+ Arts Organisations in Suffolk

An introduction and welcome from Professor Chris Green – Chair IAA
Ipswich Arts Association has 50+ member organisations, which means that hundreds of
individuals are associated with its activities. 
In 2020 the Association is continuing a number
of successful initiatives… click here to read full article


Ipswich Music Day 2020 – Sunday 5th July
IAA Classical Stages

Details and application forms are now available to download (click image for link)
Closing date for applications is 31st March

Ipswich Arts Association ‘Classical Stages’ 2020 will be held at three venues:
St. Margarets Church, Bethesda Baptist Church  and The Masonic Hall.


Ipswich Arts Association would like to thank Music World, Queen St. Ipswich,
for  kindly supplying a Yamaha digital piano for Ipswich Music Day.


New IAA Column in East Anglian Daily Times

Whilst the loss of Arts Scene from the East Anglian Daily Times ln the autumn of 2019 meant that many local societies lost a useful avenue for publicisng their activities, Ipswich Arts Association now has a regular column in the Community News section of the East Anglian Daily Times on Tuesdays.

During the month of January 2020, the following organisations were featured:
Anglia Singers, Ipswich Arts Association Lectures, Ipswich Bach Choir,
Ipswich Chamber Music Society, Royal Hospital School Concerts, Snape Maltings,
Suffolk Singers, Trianon Music Group, Wolsey Orchestra, Workers Educational Association.
Many have reported an increased public awareness of their activities.

If you would like your organisation mentioned, then email:
If you have a photo (high resolution) then please attach it


Town Lectures and Concerts 2020

2020 will be the twentyfirst series of the highly popular Town Lectures and Concerts.
The lectures present Ipswich, with its rich history and cultural background through the
eyes of Suffolk-based speakers and with concert performances from local musicians.

Lecture 12th March

Ivor Murrell
Today, almost all malt is manufactured using large-batch, high – technology equipment under
computerised control, but it used to be made in floor maltings, using human skills. Malting is
one of the world’s oldest food processing skills, going back beyond 5000 BC, using techniques
that took many months to learn. Where once there were thousands of floor maltings across
England, now there are only three! Ivor was the last person in Suffolk to make malt for
brewing using these empiric skills. A Master Maltster reveals all!

Full details of the 2020 series are available here:  Town Lectures & Concerts


IAA Newsletter 

Current edition: January – April 2020  Click for pdf version

IAA newsletter is published three times each year, working in conjunction with our website,
it highlights news and forthcoming events from Ipswich Arts Association and its members.
Further details here:  Newsletter homepage



Gippeswyk Singers are looking for a new conductor to replace Geoff Lavery when he
steps down as musical director in 2021 after a tenure of 10 years. Trials will take place
during the Autumn 2020 season. If you are interested in this position, applications can be
downloaded from our website. The closing date for applications is 31/03/20.
You might like to come along to one of our next concert and check us out!
28th March 2020 at 7:30pm – Spring Concert with special guests Silbury Hill

Suffolk Concert Band  has vacancies for French Horn, Bass (tuba, string bass or
electric bass) and percussion (pitched and auxiliary). If you are interested in any
of these positions please contact Angela Hope at

Further details of notices on our NEWS page


Ipswich Charter Hangings
Help celebrate the 20th anniversary – volunteers needed!

Celebrating 20 years since first being shown to the public, the Ipswich Arts Association are
seeking additional volunteers, to add to our existing dedicated group of stewards, to help keep
the Ipswich Charter Hangings on public display, at St. Peter’s by the Waterfront in Ipswich
Sessions are on Fridays, from May – September, 10am-1pm or 1pm-4pm.
In addition to welcoming visitors, volunteers also highlight the information available about
the various displays within the church including the Ipswich Charter Hangings.
If you are interested and able to help, even with just one or two sessions over the summer,
or would like more information please contact, Ann Cloke on 07715 132591, 01473 230559
or email:


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