Town Lectures & Concerts

 

Welcome to this years series, this page has full details of all the concerts and lectures.
A pdf of the 2019 brochure is available to view:  TL&C Brochure

Town Lectures and Concerts 2019
This twentieth annual series of popular lectures presents Ipswich, its history and cultural background through the eyes of Suffolk-based speakers. Once again, the series incorporates performances from local musicians presenting different styles of music through the ages.

All the events (unless marked otherwise) take place at lunchtime on Thursdays at Museum Street Methodist Church (entrance in Black Horse Lane), Ipswich. Each event starts at 1.00pm and ends at 1.50pm.

Tea and coffee are served from 12.30pm.

Seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. We apologise in advance if, on your arrival, the hall is full. Due to fire regulations we must comply with maximum capacity rules.
The choice of venue and timing aim to give business people, shoppers and visitors to the town the opportunity to attend.

ADMISSION IS FREE with a retiring collection to defray expenses. Donations of at least £2.00 per head are valued to maintain the series.

The Town Lectures and Concerts series is an IAA initiative, co-ordinated by Vera Rogers and Joy Bounds. For further details contact Vera Rogers on 01473 836972.

 

LECTURE 10 JANUARY

SHAKESPEARE IN IPSWICH with Simon Bridge
Although there is no direct evidence that Shakespeare travelled to this part of the world, the actors certainly did, giving local audiences something of the experience Londoners would have had at the playhouses in the capital. Experience what life was like for William Shakespeare, his actors and his audience at The Globe Theatre. And find out if you’ve got the right stuff to entertain an unruly mob of 3,000 impatient theatre-goers – with no rehearsal!

CONCERT 14 FEBRUARY

GUSFORD PRIMARY SCHOOL CHOIR Led by: Sarah Ingram
Gusford is a large urban primary school serving the community of South West Ipswich. The Gusford Choir, now in its fourth year, is open to all children across Key Stage 2. They give regular concerts at school, have also performed at Snape Maltings and alongside the Ipswich Symphony Orchestra in their family concert, and for the children at a neighbouring Special School. The choir has explored a range of songs, singing in unison, parts, rounds and different languages, and look forward to sharing these with you.

LECTURE 14 MARCH

THE EVOLVING IPSWICH TRANSPORT MUSEUM with Brian Dyes
The collection at Ipswich Transport Museum was started by the Ipswich Transport Preservation Group in 1965. Now it houses over 100 major exhibits, all with local connections in that they were either made or used in and around Ipswich. Today’s talk explores how the Museum has developed its collections, continued restoration projects and built significant library, archive and photograph collections whilst making changes to displays, improving information boards and installing video screens.

CONCERT 11 APRIL

SHINGLE STREET FOLK BAND
Stephen Harding, Chris Pearce, Jane Burn & Mike Tyndale-Biscoe
Suffolk Coastal musicians Stephen Harding, Chris Pearce, Jane Burn and Mike Tyndale-Biscoe entertain you with a mix of traditional and contemporary folk music. As Shingle Street Folk Band they are regular performers on the local music scene, as well as all being accomplished choral singers who enjoy singing in close harmony.

LECTURE 9 MAY

REDISCOVERING CEDRIC MORRIS, ARTIST AND PLANTSMAN with Diana Grace
Cedric Morris was a highly acclaimed, commercially successful artist who became disillusioned with the London art scene’s bias towards abstract paintings. On moving to Suffolk in 1930 with his partner, Arthur Lett Haines, he continued to paint prolifically while creating wonderful gardens and running an art school. Although he enjoyed a devoted following from fellow artists and friends, his work was largely forgotten until recently. This illustrated talk offers a glimpse into the world of this under-rated artist.

CONCERT 13 JUNE

SUFFOLK POETRY SOCIETY Inspired by The Ruba’iyat  Harpist: Virginie Roidiere
Suffolk Poetry Society is dedicated to promoting the art of poetry and welcomes collaboration with other art forms. Today, SPS members give readings from The Ruba’iyat of Omar Khayyam translated by Suffolk poet Edward Fitzgerald, and also read members’ poems inspired by this famous work.
The poetry is accompanied by music performed by Virginie Roidiere, an accomplished harpist.

LECTURE 11 JULY

AT THE OVERSEER’S DOOR with Ray Whitehand
Suffolk’s parish workhouses were in operation between the 1570s and the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act. Today’s talk describes the three types of workhouse that existed in the county over a period of nearly 400 years. It examines the first of these places of residence and employment – the parish workhouse – and describes the type of premises used, where to find them, how they were managed, the types of inmate, and the effect they had on the local economy.

CONCERT 8 AUGUST

ZEPHYR BAROQUE
Recorder: Liz Alexander Harpsichord: Geraldine Taylor Baroque bassoon: Karen Bainbridge
This group of friends, all local music teachers and performers, first appeared at the 300th Anniversary celebration of Framlingham’s Unitarian Chapel in 2017, subsequently giving two recitals at St Mary le Tower’s lunchtime series. They are delighted to present a varied programme of music from c1700–1750, featuring one, two and three players. All the instruments used are copies of those first created in that era, and the players describe their origins and how they differ from their modern equivalents.

 LECTURE 12 SEPTEMBER

THE TRIANON ENIGMA: PICTURES OF FRIENDS WITHIN
presented by Emeritus Professor Chris Green OBE
Trianon Music Group is one of this region’s largest music organisations. Based in Ipswich, with over 200 members, it has become a brand name for exciting classical concerts and celebrates 60 years of music making in 2019. In this talk, its founder, Chris Green OBE traces its development, starting with a small youth group in the mid 1950s which became inextricably linked with Ipswich social developments and the changing face of youth culture.

CONCERT 10 OCTOBER

DRUM & BRASS
Trumpets: Mark Cheadle & Kevin Woollard French Horn: Lisa Cheadle Trombone: David Hart Tuba: Trevor Daldry Percussion: Don Young
Drum & Brass have been together for about six years. Unusually for a brass quintet, the line-up also features a percussionist, which not only enables them to include solos for percussion instruments, but also to have a rhythmic percussion accompaniment in the more boisterous pieces they perform.

LECTURE 14 NOVEMBER

THE ANGLO-SAXON SHIP with Paul Constantine
For the last six years Paul Constantine has researched the reconstruction of the 90ft ship buried
at Sutton Hoo in AD625. It will be taking shape in a purpose-built Longshed on the Woodbridge waterfront adjacent to the iconic Tide Mill. The Anglo- Saxons that came to this part of the country flourished – what attracted them? This talk examines the construction techniques of Scandinavian ships from 325BC to about 1000AD and explores the importance of England’s first warship to East Anglia and our national history.

CONCERT 12 DECEMBER

FELIXSTOWE HARMONIES   Music Director: Chandra Grover
Felixstowe Harmonies is a female vocal harmony group that performs songs from the light classical repertoire, traditional folk, swing, jazz and blues and popular songs. Under
the leadership of Music Director Chandra Grover, their aim is to inspire creativity, encourage people to enjoy singing as part of a group and to make the best sound they can. They will be sharing their favourite songs from their Winter Wonderland programme, including Il Est Né, Little Jack Frost, The Snow and many more seasonal delights, with piano, glockenspiel and violins.


We hope you will enjoy this years series of Lectures and Concerts.