Notices, news and updates from Ipswich Arts Association and member organisations.

Covid19 / Coronavirus
Ipswich Arts Association and member organisations continue to monitor the situation and government advice. Check the event listings page for event updates and information. We endeavour to keep as up to date as possible, but rely on member groups to provide details. We would suggest double checking with the event organiser or group involved before making a special journey. Links can be found on most listings.

Town Lectures and Concerts
Ipswich Arts Association Town Lectures and Concerts 2021 season.
We are pleased to announce that the first Town Lecture will take place on Thursday April 8th via zoom at 1pm. Booking required.
Robin Gaylard presents Public Art in Ipswich,  based around a recently published guide by The Ipswich Society.
To book please email:

Ipswich Chamber Choir
ICC with conductor Benedict Collins Rice will present a concert of
Handel’s Coronation Anthems on Saturday June 12th 2021

ICC invite you to join their online rehearsals – 7.30pm on Tuesdays
From February 2nd – March 23rd
More details and rehearsal link – email:
( a donation toward costs will be requested with the rehearsal link)

Gippeswyk Singers
Gippeswyk Singers are searching for a new conductor. Geoff Lavery, our current musical director, will be stepping down in June 2021 after a tenure of 10 years. We’re hoping to attract an experienced and enthusiastic new conductor to lead us into the future and many more years of successful singing. For more information and application details Click Here (pdf)
Web: www,

Stowmarket Chorale
Christmas comes early for Stowmarket choir.
Stowmarket Chorale, a 65-member choral society with a 120-year history of putting on concerts in Stowmarket and beyond, received a nice present just before Christmas.  Stowmarket Town Council approved a grant of £500 towards helping the choir get through this difficult time when in-person concerts, and even rehearsals, have been impossible to provide.  The choir is still meeting on Wednesday nights at 7.30pm, but instead of Combs Ford Primary School the rehearsal is held online, on the Zoom platform.
The choir has had to adapt its choice of rehearsal music since the Covid crisis struck, and has now offered so far a wide assortment of material to keep members interested – from the soaring harmonies of sacred favourites such as Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus, to the evergreen tunefulness of A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square.

For further information, contact:
or visit our website:

IAA News in Community News pages of East Anglian Daily Times
Look out for the Community News pages in each Tuesday’s East Anglian
Daily Times.
There you will find news from Ipswich Arts Association.

Click here to Read the Current Column– featuring: Town Lectures, Suffolk Poetry Society, Lettering Arts Trust, Elgar’s football tune and more.

If you would like your member society mentioned contact the Chair of Ipswich Arts Association
Chris Green,

IAA Members – Keeping in Touch
Some societies have found ways to keep in touch with their members whilst unable to meet.  If you have set up a WhatsApp group or a communication circle or have found some other way to keep in touch please let the secretary know:
If you would be happy to offer advice to other societies on how to do something similar then would you also let the secretary have a contact number or email address.

Ipswich Charter Hangings / St Peters by the Waterfront
Celebrating 20 years, 2000-2020 The Ipswich Charter Hangings may be viewed at St Peter’s by the Waterfront, College St, Ipswich IP4 1BF Entry is via the front gates then round to the right and through  the side doorway. Admission Free. St Peters is open as follows:
May – September:  Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10 am – 4 pm
and Wednesday: 10.30 am – 2pm
October – April:  Wednesday: 10.30 am – 2 pm
Please note, due to the situation re coronavirus details of St Peter’s summer opening times (summer season 2021 May-September) have yet to be announced. This will be kept under review and updates will be posted as available.

For more information:  Ipswich Charter Hangings  and  St. Peters

IAA Subscription Rates

Current subscription rates are as follows;
Large Groups – 80 members or more:  £50 per year.
Small Groups – 79 members or less:  £25 per year.
Solo Artists / Performers: £10 per year.

For membership enquiries please see our How to join page.