Town Lectures & Concerts

Town Lectures & Concerts – 2021 Season:

Ipswich Arts Association is very pleased to announce the resumption of its very popular series of Town Lectures and Concerts at Museum Street Methodist Church. Here you will find details of events for the remainder of 2021. A leaflet (pdf) of the programme may also be viewed/downloaded here

Presented at Museum Street Methodist Church (entrance in Black Horse Lane), Ipswich IP1 2EF from 1.00 to 1.50pm.

Anyone wishing to attend an event must register in advance.

Lectures: email vera.rogers1@btinternet.com   Concerts: email joybounds83@gmail.com

Socially distanced seating will be allocated on a first- come first-served basis and everyone attending will be sent details of the arrangements before the day. In this way we hope to continue offering an interesting and entertaining programme. Thank you for your support.

ADMISSION IS FREE with a retiring collection to defray expenses. Donations of at least £2.00 per person are valued to maintain the series and the work of IAA  All donations are much appreciated.

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Next in Series – Concert – 21st October

Zephyr Baroque

Liz Alexander: Recorder; Geraldine Taylor: Harpsichord;
Karen Bainbridge: Baroque bassoon.

This group of friends, who are 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. All the instruments used are copies of those first created in that era.

Zephyr baroque for IAA town concert 2021

Zephyr Baroque

 

Town Lectures & Concerts 2021  July – December


Lecture – 8th July 

Hidden Ipswich – Less Well Known Parks and Wild Spaces – with James Baker.

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 – 12th August
Organ Recital – Stephen Hogger.

Stephen Hogger is organist at Christ Church in Ipswich and works for Bishop and Son, organ builders. He was house musicologist for Chandos Records where he edited several works by Vaughan Williams and J N Hummel. He enjoys the lighter side of organ music as will be reflected in his programme of transcriptions as well as original organ pieces.

Lecture – 9th September
Falling in Love with Libraries: How and Why I Became an Author – Sophie Green.

Librarian and writer Sophie Green discusses her experiences on the long road to publication, life as a children’s author and how public libraries inspired a love of writing and a second career.

Concert – 21st October
Zephyr Baroque.

Liz Alexander: Recorder; Geraldine Taylor: Harpsichord; Karen Bainbridge: Baroque bassoon

This group of friends, who are 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. All the instruments used are copies of those first created in that era.

Lecture – 11th November
A Lifetime in Farming – Richard Garnham.

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 – 9th December
Birkbeck Singers – led by: Chandra Grover.

The Birkbeck Singers is a mixed choir of some 30- plus singers who love to sing contemporary popular songs, traditional folk, blues and a touch of jazz. Their programme includes Karl Jenkins, Paul Simon, Smokey Robinson, Bill Withers and a sprinkling of seasonal treats.

 

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Previous Lectures from the 2021 season.

Lecture – May 13th (via Zoom)
Wolsey vs Cromwell: Who Did for Ipswich Theatre?
with Ivan Cutting, Artistic Director, Eastern Angles

In 1504 the Annals of Ipswich record “Granted to John Stangilts, 20s 8d yerely for 12 yeres to find the stageing for Corp’ Chr’i  play”. And yet, in 1531 they include the command: “Corpus Christi play laide for ever aside by order”. So, what happened in those 27 years to prompt this change of heart?
Why was this important and popular piece of street theatre shelved?
Ivan Cutting of Eastern Angles takes a journey of discovery through this crucial period
of history and speculates on the town’s theatrical heritage tourist appeal.


Lecture –  8th April
Public Art in Ipswich – Robin Gaylard

In January The Ipswich Society published a 32-page guide to the most notable works of public art in Ipswich. We don’t go in for statues of the great and the good often seen in other towns and cities, perhaps because of a history of non-conformism and radicalism in the town. There is much to celebrate here and, it is to be hoped, there will be more to come in the future.

Robin Gaylard will present a lecture about Public Art in Ipswich, the subject of his recent publication. Robin will give his talk via Zoom.

IAA are pleased to share this video of the Lecture given (via Zoom) by Robin Gaylard
from The Ipswich Society. Recorded during the live lecture on April 8th this year.


Town Lectures and Concerts
 

The 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.

The following information regarding the venue is subject to confirmation and ongoing Covid legislation.
Lectures and Concerts (unless marked otherwise) take place on Thursdays at
Museum Street Methodist Church (entrance in Black Horse Lane), Ipswich.
Lectures and Concerts start at 1.00pm and end at 1.50pm.  Doors open 12.40pm.

ADMISSION IS FREE – Donations invited on admission.
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.

 

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