Welcome to Ipswich Arts Association

On our website, you will find details of the IAA, its activities and those
of our many member organisations, which span a wide range of the arts.

Please take a look around, the headings and drop down menus will guide you through the various
subject pages on the site, which includes a comprehensive events listings page highlighting the
range of events and activities by our members, including, Literature, Drama, Choirs, Orchestras,
Film. Photography and more. If you have any comments or questions see the “contact us” page.


Town Lectures and Concerts 2022

Concert 12th May  
Journeying – Songs and Poems of Travel –Suffolk Poetry Society with Alan Loader


Today, SPS members perform poems themed on journeying, with songs performed by Alan Loader, including a selection from Vaughan Williams’s Songs of Travel (words by Robert Louis Stevenson).
Suffolk Poetry Society celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2022.
The charity is dedicated to promoting the art of poetry and welcomes collaboration with other art forms. It runs the annual Festival of Suffolk Poetry, Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition, workshops and readings and publishes a bi-annual magazine. See:  www.suffolkpoetrysociety.org.

image for town concert Suffolk poetry Society with Alan Loader. Town concert 9th june 2022

Illustration from, Songs of Travel and Other Verses (Stevenson 1896)

Lectures & Concerts are presented Live at Museum Street Methodist Church
(entrance in Black Horse Lane), Ipswich IP1 2EF.  From 1.00 to 1.50pm. Doors open 12.30pm.

Anyone wishing to attend a Lecture or Concert is advised to register in advance.
Email:  Lectures: vera.rogers1@btinternet.com  Concerts: joybounds83@gmail.com

ADMISSION IS FREE with a retiring collection.
Donations of at least £3.00 per person are valued to maintain the series.
Refreshments, served 12.30 -1.55pm. are included. 

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Full details of the 2022 series on the TOWN LECTURES & CONCERTS page.


IAA Vacancy –
Lunchtime Concerts Co-ordinator

Ipswich Arts association are seeking a lunchtime concert co-ordinator, an oppurtunity to help IAA
maintain the popular series of Lectures and Concerts. Joy Bounds who currently holds the
post is stepping down soon.
 The role isn’t arduous and falls into two parts – to organise the
programme of 6 bi-monthly concerts for the year ahead, and secondly to liaise with performers before and on the day of the concert.
  Click this link to read / download a job description (pdf).

If you’re interested and would like to find out more, please contact 
Joy on; 
tel;  07960 273151  or  via email;  joybounds83@gmail.com


Ipswich Charter Hangings 

The Ipswich Charter Hangings are once again on public display at St Peter’s by the Waterfront.
For details see: St Peters or Ipswich Charter Hangings
Opening times:
May – September: Tuesday 12pm – 4pm. Wednesday 12noon – 2pm. Thursday 10am – 4pm.
October – April: Wednesdays only 10.30am – 2pm.
The Ipswich Charter Hangings – eight wall hangings that make up a remarkable work of art.


Featured Artist – Ian Stanley

IAA are pleased to present Featured Artists, a series with works by local artists, some from
The Ipswich Art Society  ●  Suffolk Open Studios   ●  Woodbridge Art Club
With a new artist every three weeks or so.

Winter Flypast Woodbridge, pen & ink by Ian Stanley

Winter Flypast, Woodbridge by Ian Stanley.

Click image or here to view current and previous Artists and to read more…


 Featured Poems

In addition to our
Featured Artist series we are pleased to present Featured Poems,
a series featuring poems from members of the Suffolk Poetry Society.
Follow the links to view both the current and previous poems published in the series.

A new poem will be featured approximately every three weeks. The current poem and previous
submissions are available on the dedicated Featured Poem page. To view Click Here.

The current poem is by Jen Overett – I let the sun


photo -Jen Overett, member suffolk poetry society

Jen Overett

Jen Overett

Jen, a retired social worker, combines her love of poetry with local disability and environmental campaigning and volunteering at the John Peel Centre. Mainly writing on themes of family and responsibility, her poems have been recognised in competitions by Suffolk Poetry Society, the Wolves Literary Festival, and Grey Hen Press.
Jent’s prose poem ‘ I let the sun’ which was commended in the Crabbe poetry competition 2021.

 Click here to read the current and previous poems from Suffolk Poetry Society


Ipswich Music Day 2022 – SUNDAY JULY 3rd

IAA Classical Stages


Ipswich Arts Association will be hosting four “Classical Stages’ as part of Ipswich Music Day.
St. Margarets Church,  Bethesda Baptist Church, Wolsey Gallery and The Masonic Hall.

In addition The Lower Tudor Room in Christchurch Mansion will host two organisations;
Suffolk Poetry Society and The Ipswich Childrens Book Group.

Programme of performers, times and venues for the IAA Classical Stages:
Please click image or here to view / download a pdf version
Further details of performers and venue locations can be found on the MUSIC DAY page.


Our thanks to Music World, Queen St. Ipswich, for their support in
supplying IAA with a Yamaha digital piano for the IAA Classical Stages.


Ipswich Arts Association News Column in the
Community News pages of the East Anglian Daily Times

In the Community News pages of each Tuesday’s East Anglian Daily Times
you will now find the Ipswich Arts Association column with Chris Green.

Current Edition – May 10th.
Click this link or the image to read or download a pdf copy.

Featuring: Ipswich Chamber Choir,
Ian Stanley – IAA featured Artist, Trianon concert and more.

image for East Anglian Daily Times - IAA column with Chris Green

If you would like your member society mentioned contact the Chair of
Ipswich Arts Association Chris Green,  chair@ipswich-arts.org.uk



 Vacancy – IAA Lunchtime Concert Co-ordinator
Would you like to become the new IAA lunchtime concert co-ordinator, Joy Bounds, current co-ordinator is stepping down soon? The role isn’t arduous and falls into two parts – to organise the
programme of 6 bi-monthly concerts for the year ahead, and secondly to liaise with performers
before and on the day of the concert.
 Click here to read / download a job description (pdf).
If you’re interested and would like to find out more,please contact Joy on;
tel; 07960 273151 or via email;  joybounds83@gmail.com

Vacancy – Music Director  The Edmund Octet and Friends
The Edmund Octet and Friends is a small, TTBB choir based in West Suffolk.
Post available from September 2022.
CLICK HERE for details / job description (pdf).  Or for details or to express an interest,
please contact;  Ivor on 01284 719236 or ijthulborn@btinternet.com
Website: www.edmundoctet.com/

Vacancy – Conductor – The Dorian Singers
The Dorian Singers, based in Felixstowe, are seeking a new conductor. Alan Loader
their current conductor of many years will be stepping down at the end of this current term.
Jean Shaw, Chairperson of the Dorian Singers is starting the process of identifying and recruiting
a suitable replacement. For details, please contact Jean at;  jeanmargaret671@gmail.com

Ipswich Music Day – IAA Classical Stages
Ipswich Arts Association will be hosting four venues at this years IMD on Sunday July 3rd.
Christchurch Mansion / Wolsey Gallery, St Margarets Church, Bethesda Baptist Church
and the Masonic Hall, all venues located in or close to Christchurch Park, Ipswich.
.Click here for further details 

Ipswich Charter Hangings
The Charter Hangings are on display at St Peter’s by the Waterfront, Ipswich.
St Peter’s is open to the public at the following times, May – September:
Tuesdays: 10am – 4pm. Wednesdays: 12noon – 2.00pm. Thursdays: 10am – 4pm.
Details at, St Peters by the Waterfront or Ipswich Charter Hangings.

Ipswich Arts Association are seeking volunteer stewards for their rota at St Peter’s by the Waterfront. If you are interested, or would like more information about what’s involved, please email –
Ann Cloke;  charterhangings@ipswich-arts.org.uk

Town Lectures and Concerts
Lectures and Concerts are held live at Museum Street Methodist Church,
(Entrance via Black Horse Lane), IP1 2EF  1pm – 1.50pm.  Doors open 12.40pm.
Booking advised. Please contact: (Lectures) Vera Rogers: vera.rogers1@btinternet.com 
(Concerts) Joy Bounds: joybounds83@gmail.com

Full details of the 2022 programme  – Town Lectures & Concerts

Further details of all notices and updates on our NOTICEBOARD page


Carys – Max the Pirate Cat

Carys is a singer songwriter based in Suffolk. “Max the Pirate Cat is a song I wrote for fun but has become my most popular track. I drew all the pictures for the video (they took me a year!) and I’ve since released the song as a limited edition hardbacked storybook/CD set (now sold out)”


IAA Newsletter 

Current edition: Due to current circumstances, and the impact on members events and
activities the decision has been taken not to publish the usual Newsletter at this time.
We will however be publishing an online abbreviated version from time to time to keep you up
to date with both members and IAA activities. The website will also provide up to date information.

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


Zoom Meetings for IAA Members

In 2020 IAA hosted a number ol Zoom meetings allowing societies to share their thoughts
about current planning and strategies to deal with the lock-down and the ongoing situation.
These meetings proved highly popular, with nearly forty groups being represented.

 General Meetings – next meeting tba.

If you wish to attend please email the secretary to register and obtain a link.

Have you or your society signed up for the Ipswich Arts Zoom meetings.
To pre-book contact;  Mary Odam, Secretary of IAA: secretary@ipswich-arts.org.uk


Ipswich Childrens Book Group

Ipswich Children’s Book Group are delighted to announce the winners of our recent writing competition, open to pupils in two age categories, 8-11 years and 12 years+ attending a Suffolk school. Prizes included critiques of the writing by local author Beverley Birch. For more details and to read the stories, available here on the IAA website, please click here or on the ICBG logo below.


Musical Visitors to Suffolk
A Town Lecture by Chris Green – available to read online

One of the few Town Lectures to take place in 2020, with a limited audience under
Covid restrictions, was given by Chris Green, entitled Musical Visitors to Suffolk.

Suffolk Norfolk Life magazine are running the lecture as a three part series.
Published in the March, April and May issues  –  pages 94 / 95 / 96

Both the magazine and the article may be read online by following the links below.
A published edition is also available on subscription or from local newsagents.

Suffolk Norfolk Life magazine – May edition – (Musical Visitors to Suffolk Pt.3 – pages 94/96)
Suffolk Norfok Life magazine – April edition – (Musical Visitors to Suffolk Pt.2 – pages 94/95)
Suffolk Norfolk Life magazine – March edition – (Musical Visitors to Suffolk Pt.1 – pages 94/95)

Suffolk Norfolk Life magazine – Homepage.   


Hanseatic Ports and Hidden Treasures

Pat Grimwade, a member of the IAA Executive (instrumental music), reveals another string
to her bow, with a knowledge of matters nautical in her book, Ipswich – A Hanseatic Port. 

“During the 13th – 15th centuries east coast ports such as Ipswich, King’s Lynn and Boston
traded alongside merchants of the Hanseatic League in the North Sea and the Baltic.
In that period, at the height of the wool and cloth trade with Europe Ipswich was one of the
most important and prosperous ports in the country…”
  Read more (opens pdf)

Published by Ipswich Maritime Trust it is available form the following;
Tourist Information Centre, Ipswich Museum and Christchurch Mansion, price £2.



The Trianon Enigma

When not chairing IAA meetings Chris Green may, amongst other things, be found conducting
the Trianon Orchestra and Choir, swapping baton for pen Chris has written a new book.

Charting the sixty year history of Suffolk’s best loved Symphony Orchestra and Choir.
In The Trianon Enigma, My Friends Pictured Within  its founder, Chris Green traces its
journey starting with a small youth group in the mid 1950’s, which became inextricably
linked with Ipswich, social developments and the changing face of youth culture.

Read a review by John Norman, Chair of The Ipswich Society – Review (pdf)

Books are available at the price of £10 from:
Ipswich Institute 15 Tavern Street, Ipswich IP1 3AA
Music World 16 Queen Street, Ipswich IP1 1SS
The Card Centre  6 Hamilton Road, Felixstowe IP11 7AU

Books may also be ordered at the price of £10 + £2.50 P&P from:
Dominique Nightingale, 39 Quilter Road, Felixstowe IP11 7JL
dominique.nightingale@btinternet.com   tel: 01394 286928


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