Town Lectures & Concerts

 

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

Town Lectures and Concerts 2017
This eighteenth 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  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 836973.

 

LECTURE 12 JANUARY

SOME TWENTIETH CENTURY SUFFOLK PAINTERS
Mark Beesleyjan-nash-j-boxtead
Besides the famous artists who have worked in Suffolk, there have been many others, some well-known, others less so. This talk introduces eight painters from the twentieth century who lived and worked for all or part of their careers in Suffolk: Rose Mead, John Arnesby Brown, Anna Airy, John Nash, Cor Visser, Peggy Somerville, Prunella Clough and Colin Moss. Some responded to Suffolk’s landscape, others painted its people and way of life in ways that reflect the wider artistic trends of their time.

 

CONCERT 9 FEBRUARY

MUSICOLOGYfeb-musicology-copy
Soprano Ruth Symington & Kathryn Bryant Alto Lisa Cheadle & Sally Webb Tenor James Hayward Bass Mark Cheadle & Julian Illman Accompanist David Butcher
Musicology was founded in April 1994, originally formed as a ‘one- off’ group to provide entertainment for a village concert. However,
so successful was the event that the group remained together and almost 23 years later still very much enjoy what they do. Their repertoire ranges from light classics to popular songs – basically anything with a ‘good tune’.

 

LECTURE 9 MARCH

WOODBRIDGE WITS
Bob Merrettmarch-fitz
From around 1835, the Woodbridge Wits met to share a passion for paintings, literature and the beauty of the surrounding area. The most famous of them was Edward FitzGerald, the translator of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. His life and work is the central theme of the talk, interwoven with details of the lives and achievements of other group members.

Following this lecture, at 2.30pm, everyone is invited to join members of IAA, Suffolk Organists’ Association and Ipswich Borough Council in the Grand Hall, Ipswich Corn Exchange for a brief introduction to the organ, the plans for its restoration and the launch of the Friends of the Ipswich Corn Exchange Organ. Admission is totally free; duration about one hour; musical entertainment guaranteed.

 

 

CONCERT 6 APRIL

WAVENEY WIND QUINTETapril-waveney
Oboe Catherine Ross Clarinet Steve Johnson Flute Christine Adelson Horn Chris Robinson Bassoon Tim Hughes
The Waveney Woodwind Quintet is composed of the principal wind players of the Waveney Sinfonia, a community orchestra based in Lowestoft. They enjoy playing a broad repertoire of quintet music, ranging from Mozart to Shostakovich, and have been performing concerts in Lowestoft and beyond for the past five years.

 

LECTURE 11 MAY

REMEMBERING THE BATTLE OF ARRAS 1917
Andrew Bealmay-arras
The Battle of Arras (9 April to 16 June 1917) cost the lives of nearly 160,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers, as well as over 125,000 German casualties. Andrew Beal examines the tactics, the battle and the story of over 80 Ipswich men who lost their lives and
are remembered on the Arras Memorial in France.

 

 

CONCERT 8 JUNE

ST HELEN’S SCHOOL AND THE OAKS SCHOOLjune-st-helens-choir-copy-2
St. Helen’s School choir was formed in 2013 to bring together 38 talented and enthusiastic boys and girls. They often sing without accompaniment and in unison, harmony and rounds. Today’s choice of songs reflects the multicultural makeup of the school and promotes the cultural diversity of Ipswich.
The Oaks School choir is made up of mostly Year 6 pupils who have collaborated on a production to be performed at the Red Rose Theatre. They will be performing songs and raps that they have helped to compose and arrange, as well as more well-known tunes.

 

LECTURE 13 JULY

OTLEY HALL: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
The Rev. Catherine Beaumontjuly-otley-hall-copy-2crop
Rev Catherine Beaumont and her family have lived at Otley Hall since 2004. In her illustrated talk she tells the story of the Hall and its gardens, including the story of Bartholomew Gosnold and his voyages to the USA. She discusses the opening of the Hall and gardens to the public, and describes the joys and pressures of being stewards of this beautiful Grade 1 listed home.

 


CONCERT 10 AUGUST

SILBURY HILL
Flute, guitar, vocals Scott Dolling
Guitar, mandolin, vocals David Staineraugust-silbury-hill
Silbury Hill, an East Anglian- based duo, play throughout the region at events, festivals, bars and clubs, as well as in France and Belgium. They have produced three CDs of original material: The Tudor Rose, Broadside and Mayhem and Justice of the Rowan. Much of their original music is inspired by their Suffolk roots and this is what they bring to us today. Expect songs and stories of Thomas Wolsey, Dunwich, St. Edmund, plus a few surprises along the way!

 

LECTURE 14 SEPTEMBER

CHARLES II AND IPSWICH: THE MYSTERY OF THE ANCIENT HOUSE
John SuttonMicrosoft Word - Charles II and Ipswich Poster.doc
Did Charles II hide in Ipswich’s Ancient House during his epic flight after the battle of Worcester in 1651? While compelling evidence exists to refute this idea, a more distant association between the
two can be established. For the woman who played the most vital role in Charles II’s preservation – the royalist heroine Jane Lane
– almost certainly took refuge in the Ancient House when she herself was on the run shortly after the Merry Monarch’s Great Escape. This is a tale of derring-do, intrigue and suspense.

 

CONCERT 12 OCTOBER

THE WEDNESDAY MENoct-jazz-copy
Bass Doug Newton Guitar Keith Robinson Vocals Jenny Robinson Drums Dominique Gloaguen Keyboards Chris Westren Saxophones and Clarinet Bernard Westren
The Wednesday Men were formed by the late Vic Lowne in 2011. Vic was the driving force behind the current use of St. Peter’s by the Waterfront. He sadly died in August 2013 and since then the band has raised over £5,000 for the St. Elizabeth Hospice. The band’s repertoire consists predominantly of jazz standards, but they also play popular songs, the occasional penny whistle tune and some Jewish Klezmer on the clarinet!
 


LECTURE 9 NOVEMBER

BEHIND THE COUNTER: IPSWICH SHOPS IN THEIR HEYDAY
Roger Kennellnov-crowdons-copy
This illustrated presentation explores the shopping experience in Ipswich during the twentieth century and concentrates especially on two major department stores – Footman Pretty in Westgate Street and Frederic Corder nearby in Tavern Street. Mention will be made
of some other long-established and remembered shops, including Edwards, Grimwade’s, Croydon’s, Masons and the Ancient House, among others.

 

CONCERT 14 DECEMBER

SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY MALE VOICE CHOIR
Conductor: Colin Edgardec-scmv-choir-copy
Formed in April 1968, the SCMV Choir has built a reputation and tradition for music to entertain a wide variety of audiences. One of its main purposes is to assist local communities and charitable organisations in their fundraising, whilst representing the Constabulary. The choir is pleased to recruit and welcome members from all walks of life, with or without a connection to the Constabulary. It is currently busy planning celebrations to mark its fiftieth anniversary in 2018.

 

 

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