CORONAVIRUS. Please note that due to the current situation, regrettably some lectures and concerts are being cancelled/postponed. It is hoped later programmes in the series may be able to take place.
We will keep the situation under review. Please check back for updates.
Welcome to this years series, this page has full details of all the concerts and lectures.
A pdf of the 2020 brochure is available to view: TOWN LECTURE & CONCERT Brochure
Town Lectures and Concerts 2020
The twenty first 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 9 JANUARY
GAINSBOROUGH AND CONSTABLE ARE MISSING
An alternative look at Suffolk art from the eighteenth century to the present day that can be found in the Ipswich Borough art collection. (There will be no mention of the usual suspects Gainsborough and Constable.) Find out who sketched a beached whale, and how the town was painted and sculpted. Ipswich Borough Council Collection
CONCERT 13 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 fifth year, is open to all children across Key Stage 2. They give regular concerts at school, have also performed for wider audiences at Snape Maltings and alongside
the Ipswich Symphony Orchestra in their family concert, and for the children at a neighbouring Special School and OAPs at a lunch-club in the town. The children have explored a range of songs, singing in unison, parts, rounds and different languages. They look forward to sharing these with you.
LECTURE 12 MARCH
THE MALTSTER’S TALE: MASTERY OF WATER, WIND AND FIRE
Today, almost all malt is manufactured using large-batch, high – technology equipment under computerised control, but it used to be made in floor maltings, using human skills. Malting is one of the world’s oldest food processing skills, going back beyond 5000 BC, using techniques that took many months to learn. Where once there were thousands of floor maltings across England, now there are only
three! Ivor was the last person in Suffolk to make malt for brewing using these empiric skills. A Master Maltster reveals all!
CONCERT 9 APRIL – CANCELLED
Led by: Chandra Grover
The Birkbeck Singers is a mixed choir that enjoys singing rock and pop, swing and folk and songs from musical theatre. They love to share their music with the wider community and hold two concerts a year in aid of local charities. New members are always very welcome. The only prerequisite is to love singing!
LECTURE 14 MAY – CANCELLED
THE PROGRESS OF THE IPSWICH CHARTER HANGINGS
In 2000 a project was launched to celebrate 800 years of Ipswich being granted a Royal Charter by King John. The resulting Ipswich Charter Hangings – a series of eight large, embroidered wall panels – provide a visual record and a unique way of exploring the achievements and often hidden history of the town. Come and find out about the journey they have been on over the past 20 years, the connections made, the stories uncovered and what people have learnt from seeing them.
CONCERT 11 JUNE – CANCELLED
Mim MacMahon; Sue Manley; Sophie Watson
Triangle have been singing together on-and-off in the Felixstowe/ Ipswich/ Woodbridge area since the mid-1980s. To say they are ‘an all-female, three-piece a cappella band’ identifies them, but does not describe them. Their themes mostly revolve around beer, religion, politics and things that go bump in the night – in no particular order. All their stories are rooted in the earth of English poetic traditions. Some actually are traditional; others are written by Triangle or are poems from the English canon they have set to music.
LECTURE 9 JULY – CANCELLED
HIDDEN IPSWICH: LESS WELL- KNOWN PARKS AND WILD SPACES
An illustrated talk by James Baker of the Greenways Project, exploring some of Ipswich’s less well-known parks, open spaces and nature reserves – and showing how they contribute to the wildlife network. From former landfill sites and allotments to historic gardens and recent new spaces – you will be surprised by the variety and diversity of the town’s open spaces.
CONCERT 13 AUGUST
Stephen Hogger and friends
A rare chance to hear the Corn Exchange organ in a programme of popular organ music and transcriptions. The three-manual and pedal instrument was installed when the Corn Exchange became a
concert venue, and was the special project of Robert Cross, the then Chief Executive of Ipswich Borough Council. It came from Paddington and was restored and enlarged by Bishop & Son in Ipswich. Despite age and lack of use it can still thrill and this concert is part of a drive to get it heard more often.
Please note this event takes place at Ipswich Corn Exchange.
LECTURE 10 SEPTEMBER
JOHN DAYE: INFAMOUS AND NOTORIOUS PROTESTANT PRINTER
John Daye was born in the parish of St Peter’s, Dunwich, Suffolk in 1522 and became apprenticed to the printer and physician Thomas Raynalde in London. He went into partnership with William Seres, printing works by Robert Crowley the theologian. His Protestant literature pamphlets were anti-Catholic and in 1554 he was imprisoned in the Tower
of London for printing ‘Naughty Books’. The inscription on his brass memorial at Little Bradley, Suffolk reads ‘Heare lies the Daye that Darkness could not blynd when popish fogges had overcast the sunne’.
CONCERT 8 OCTOBER
MUSIC FOR ONDES MARTENOT AND PIANO
Ondes Martenot: Malcolm Ball Piano: Peter Humphrey
The Ondes Martenot was invented in 1928 by the French musician Maurice Martenot who was inspired by the accidental overlaps of tones between military radio oscillators, and wanted to create an electronic musical instrument with the expressiveness of the cello. This is a rare opportunity to see and hear the rich and expressive nature of the instrument in original works and arrangements of popular classics.
LECTURE 12 NOVEMBER
A LIFETIME IN FARMING
Richard has been involved in the farming industry for over 60 years. During this time farming has changed dramatically, embracing many challenges and opportunities. Those employed in the industry are loyal and passionate about their roles, and Richard will demonstrate their willingness to adapt to ever-changing scenarios.
CONCERT 12 DECEMBER
SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY MALE VOICE CHOIR
The Suffolk Constabulary Male Voice Choir was formed 52 years ago. In that time the choir has raised thousands of pounds for good causes in Suffolk and beyond. Last year the choir helped raise £24,750 in a charity concert at the Royal Albert Hall. The choir sings a wide range of songs, from welsh hymns to music by Queen. Membership of the choir is open to all men and there is no audition. Visit the website www.suffolkconstabularymalevoicechoir.co.uk for more details.
We hope you will enjoy this years series of Lectures and Concerts.