Terry Waite thanks councillors for grant aid to choir
The Stowmarket councillors of Mid Suffolk District Council voted recently to award a £750 grant to help fund the life-enhancing activities of a long-established choir based in the Stowmarket area. Stowmarket Chorale rehearses every Wednesday at Chilton Primary School in the town, and puts on three concerts a year, usually in Stowmarket’s United Reformed Church or the parish church, but sometimes at the Apex or Snape Maltings. The choir had approached Councillor Nick Gowrley with a request for help, so as to be able to keep membership subscriptions low, at only about £5 per rehearsal, and keep its concert tickets accessible. The Council’s grant will cover the cost of hiring rehearsal venues, and also help with printing posters and flyers for events, including the Chorale’s forthcoming concert of Handel’s Messiah at Stowmarket Parish Church on Saturday 3 November, – concert details
The Chorale’s President is Terry Waite CBE, the well-known humanitarian, and former hostage. Both he and Councillor Gowrley attended a recent “Come and Sing” day designed to attract new members to sing under the baton of the choir’s dynamic new Music Director, Tom Appleton, who is a former member of the world-famous Monteverdi Choir. Terry Waite took the opportunity to thank Councillor Gowrley for the grant to this choir which will enrich the cultural life of members and audience members alike, providing musical joy and social cohesion in Stowmarket and the surrounding villages.
Copy, Anna Cordon.


Ipswich Charter Hangings / St Peters by the Waterfront
Access is through the main front gates and then round to the right
and enter the church via the side doorway. The Charter Hangings
and the historic Church are very popular with visitors.
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

For more information:  Ipswich Charter Hangings  and  St. Peters


Ipswich Music Day 2018
Once again IAA hosted the “Classical Stages” at this years event. The Wolsey Gallery at Christchurch Mansion was available once more, so  four IAA ‘stages’ were held : Bethesda Baptist Church, St Margarets Church, the Masonic Hall and Wolsey Gallery.
Thanks to all who participated and those who came to listen, it was again a hugely popular event, with perfect summer weather. We look forward to next year.



IAA Subscription Rates
Following the 2017 AGM  it was approved that IAA would continue
with a two tier system for subscriptions. Current subscription rates are as follows;

Large Groups – 80 members or more:  £50 per year.
Small Groups – 79 members or less:    £25 per year.

For membership enquiries please see our How to join page.