Covid19 / Coronavirus
Ipswich Arts Association and member organisations are monitoring the situation and government advice. Regrettably event cancellations and postponements are occurring, these will be shown on the event listings page. We will endeavour to keep as up to date as possible, but rely on member groups to provide information. With changes happening daily, 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 Concert series 2020 is now complete. Whilst at the beginning of the year the Lectures and Concerts ran as normal the lockdown and  Covid 19 restrictions caused cancellations midway through the year. The series was able to re-start in the autumn with restrictions, the September and October audience reported feeling very safe. Regrettably the final November lecture and December concert had to be cancelled.
News of the 2021 season will be made available in due course

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 the FREE online rehearsals – 7.30pm on Tuesdays in January. First rehearsal January 12th.
More details and rehearsal link – email:

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)
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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.
In the run up to this most peculiar Christmas, participants were invited to put in requests for favourite carols to sing. It was decided to make the sessions open to the public – guest singers are allowed to participate without charge and without commitment, and are warmly welcomed.  It is always hoped that guests will enjoy the experience and become full members.

For further information, contact:
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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, Ipswich Chamber Choir,
Trianon Music Group, Roger Wright, Fran Reader, Suffolk Poetry Society.

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 for advice, pleas

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 St Peter’s will not be opening for the summer season 2020. (May-September). A reduced programmed of events may take place, later in the year.
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.