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 2018
This nineteenth 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 11 JANUARY

THE A-Z OF CURIOUS SUFFOLK
 – Sarah Doig
The A-Z of Curious Suffolk romps through the rolling countryside and along the shingled coastline of Suffolk, unearthing a curious, alphabetical cornucopia of strange and mysterious facts about the county. Is the supposedly ancient game of dwile flonking quite so old? What did writers such as Pepys and Defoe say about Suffolk cheese? And which tower was probably just built to curry favour with the monarch? These stories and more will appeal to Suffolk diehards and newcomers alike.

CONCERT 8 FEBRUARY

ST JOHN’S & RUSHMERE HALL PRIMARY SCHOOLS
This year St John’s School has three choirs and an orchestra with 38 members. Led by Danielle Freestone, today the KS2 choirs share some current favourite songs from their repertoire, interspersed with instrumental items.
Rushmere Hall is a large primary school in Ipswich. The choir is made up of about 40 year 5 and 6 children. Led by Liz Jones,
they perform a variety of African songs.

 

LECTURE 8 MARCH

A HISTORY OF REFUGEES IN IPSWICH – Martin Simmonds
 Over the centuries, Ipswich has become home to many different groups of refugees from around the world, from the Huguenots of the late 17th century to Basque refugee children and more recent arrivals fleeing persecution and conflict in countries such as Iraq and Syria. This talk aims to reveal the fascinating history of refugees in Ipswich, the mark they have left on the town, and the work of Suffolk Refugee Support in helping our refugee communities.

 

CONCERT 12 APRIL

CO-OP LADIES CHOIR
Conductor: Margaret Morphew Accompanist: Joe Cleary
The Co-op Ladies Choir has been in existence for over 70 years. It performs at various events, including Ipswich Music Day, IAA lunchtime concerts, weddings, social clubs and charity events. The membership is comprised of ladies who have been involved with amateur dramatic and music groups, and competed in music festivals. They perform a variety of music, much of which has been arranged especially for the choir by Joe Cleary.

 


LECTURE 10 MAY

TREASURES OF THE TURF – Chris Garibaldi
Chris Garibaldi, Director of the National Horseracing Museum in Newmarket, looks at the museum’s collections as they illustrate the history both of Newmarket and the ‘Sport of Kings’ across the UK from the early 17th century to the present day. Chris examines the history of Palace House, the last surviving element of Charles II’s racing palace in Newmarket. He looks at the royal history of the site through documents and works of art, as well as highlighting the museum’s ambitious plans for its redevelopment.

 

CONCERT 14 JUNE

FELIXSTOWE HARMONIES
Musical Director: Chandra Grover
Felixstowe Harmonies is a 35-strong vocal harmony group that performs songs from the light classical repertoire, traditional folk, swing, jazz and blues and popular songs. Under the leadership of Musical Director Chandra Grover, their aim is to inspire creativity, encourage people to enjoy singing as part of a group and make the best sound they can.

 

LECTURE 12 JULY

IPSWICH WOMEN’S BLUE PLAQUES
Ipswich Women’s Festival Group: Joy Bounds, Agnes Hallander, Pat Dobson
Ipswich Women’s Festival Group is committed to celebrating the achievements of women, past and present. In 2016, together with Ipswich Society, it commissioned four new plaques to honour Ipswich women, to add to the existing two. Today, some members of the group talk about the lives of these six women: Nina Layard, Margaret Tempest, Edith Cook, Jean Ingelow, Constance Andrews and Mary Whitmore, and discuss why it is important to recognise their contribution to Ipswich life.

 

CONCERT 9 AUGUST

SUFFOLK ORGANISTS’ ASSOCIATION

Soloists: Ben Banks & Harrison Cole
The Suffolk Organists’ Association presents a concert of light classical music played by two of Suffolk’s most able young organists: Ben Banks and Harrison Cole. They are both currently studying music at university and have received organ scholarships from their colleges. The Corn Exchange organ was built by one of the best Victorian organ builders, Thomas Lewis, allowing Ipswich to hear a distinguished concert instrument once again a hundred years after the grand opening of the old Public Hall organ, sadly lost in a fire.
Please note that this event takes place in the Corn Exchange.

 

LECTURE 13 SEPTEMBER

MINSMERE: A HOME FOR NATURE – Ian Barthorpe
The RSPB is the country’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with its partners, it protects threatened birds and wildlife, so that our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. It plays a leading role in BirdLife International, a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations. Ian Barthorpe explores the history, management and wildlife at one of the UK’s premier wildlife sites: RSPB Minsmere nature reserve.

 

CONCERT 11 OCTOBER

ROSEWOOD
Squeezeboxes and vocals: Simon Haines
Strings and vocals: Phil Lyons
Wind and vocals: Val Woollard
Rosewood brings together East Anglian folk musicians who play and sing contemporary and traditional tunes and songs. Their varied repertoire stretches from Marco Uccellini (1610-1680) to Kirsty McColl (1959-2000) with lots in between. An entertaining afternoon is guaranteed!

 


LECTURE 8 NOVEMBER

THE QUAKER INFLUENCE IN 19th CENTURY IPSWICH
Mike King

In this illustrated talk, Mike King focuses on influential Quakers in Ipswich who shaped not just the town but the world beyond, including the Alexanders, who developed local banking, and the Ransome family business which made such things as revolutionary ploughs and traction engines. Ransomes helped develop the original Ipswich Museum in 1847, the first gasworks and the docks, including the cast-iron Stoke bridge, while Charles May made telescopes for the Orwell Park Observatory, the Greenwich Observatory and contributed to the railways.

 

CONCERT 13 DECEMBER

JENNY’S ACCORDIONISTS
Accordionists: Melanie Lodge, Glenis Caley, Nina Strong, Kieren Hynd, Suzanne Shaw-Smith, Duncan Smith Keyboard: Maria Gilgar Percussionist: John Caley
Jenny’s Accordionists play a variety of compositions, including classical, swing, standards and world music. Today’s programme includes some seasonal music. The group competed at the World Music Festival in Innsbruck in May 2016 and achieved first place in the Advanced Ensemble Section. They have performed at many venues, including Bury St. Edmunds and Chelmsford Cathedrals.

 

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