Welcome to Ipswich Arts Association
On our website, you will find details of the IAA, its activities and those
of our many member organisations, which span a wide range of the arts.
Please take a look around, the headings and drop down menus will guide you through the various
subject pages on the site, which includes a comprehensive events listings page highlighting the
range of events and activities by our members, including, Literature, Drama, Choirs, Orchestras,
Film. Photography and more. If you have any comments or questions see the “contact us” page.
Available now to view online – September 26th – November 30th
Click here or on the images to enter
An online celebration of arts from across the region.
Literature ◆ Poetry ◆ Visual Arts ◆ Music ◆ Dance ◆ Drama
Town Lectures and Concerts 2021
Concert – Thursday 21st October – Zephyr Baroque – a live event.
Liz Alexander: Recorder; Geraldine Taylor: Harpsichord; Karen Bainbridge: Baroque bassoon
This group of friends, are all local music teachers.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.
Presented Live at Museum Street Methodist Church (entrance in Black Horse Lane),
Ipswich IP1 2EF. From 1.00 to 1.50pm.
ADMISSION IS FREE with a retiring collection to defray expenses.
Donations of at least £2.00 per person are valued and appreciated, helping to maintain the annual
series of lectures and concerts and the work of IAA on behalf of its 50+ member societies.
Future Town Lectures and Concerts – 2021 Series
Lecture – 11th November – A Lifetime in Farming, Richard Garnham.
Concert – 9th December – Birkbeck Singers led by Chandra Grover.
Two Bouys by Brian Perry. Click image or here to read more…
In addition to our Featured Artist series we are pleased to present Featured Poems,
a series featuring poems from members of the Suffolk Poetry Society.
Follow the links to view both the current and previous poems published in the series.
The Suffolk Poetry Society will be providing poems from their membership over the coming weeks.
With a new poem approximately every three weeks. The poems are presented in printed format.
The current poem and previous submissions may be found on a dedicated page by clicking HERE.
The current poem is by Peter Sanberg – Untamed Melody
In addition Peter has also written a series of poems inspired by the Ipswich Charter Hangings
These have been included in this years Arts in Celebration event and may be viewed HERE.
Ipswich Arts Association News Column in the
Community News pages of the East Anglian Daily Times
In the Community News pages of each Tuesday’s East Anglian Daily Times
you will now find the Ipswich Arts Association column with Chris Green.
Current Edition – October 12th.
Click this link or the image to read or download a pdf copy.
featuring: Music at Rushmere, Gypsy Rose Lee,
Arts in Celebration, Trio Isimiz and more.
If you would like your member society mentioned contact the Chair of
Ipswich Arts Association Chris Green, email@example.com
Ipswich Children’s Book Group
in partneship with author Beverley Birch
Ipswich Children’s Book Group is delighted to announce a Suffolk-wide writing competition
with some wonderful prizes to be won for both young people and the school they attend.
The competition – A Special Place … – is to celebrate the paperback publication of
Beverley Birch’s acclaimed novel Song Beneath the Tides.
Closing date November 5th.
Click the link to read more and for full details of prizes and how to enter.
Community Light Orchestra
IAA are pleased to share avideo of the Community Light Orchestra performing ‘The Lifeboatmen’, the Official RNLI March by Trevor Brown. All recorded separately at home during Spring 2021.
CLO’s Roger Hanes adds “It was a real pleasure putting it together, just a week to assemble the video. Carol Goates put the audio together, quite a task as the orchestra haven’t played together for over a year.”
Ipswich Charter Hangings – 21st anniversary – 2000 – 2021
The Ipswich Charter Hangings are once again on public display following the reopening*
of St Peter’s by the Waterfront on July 1st. For details see: St Peters or Ipswich Charter Hangings
Covid 19 restrictions/legislation will apply with visitors encouraged to wear a mask.
This year marks the 21st anniversary of The Ipswich Charter Hangings – (eight wall hangings that make up a remarkable work of art) and we hope to hold a number of special events and displays,
IAA monitor government legislation and advice re covid 19 and live events.
Please check our Events page for information, updates and details on forthcoming events.
IAA – Trustees needed
Ipswich Arts Association are looking for two new trustees, one to represent the Visual Arts
and the second to become the new IAA Treasurer. For more information please contact:
Chris Green – firstname.lastname@example.org
Stowmarket Chorale returned to live rehearsals this September and will present two concerts
in November. November 6th – Faure’s Requiem and on November 27th Handel’s Messiah.
Ipswich Charter Hangings
St Peter’s by the Waterfront is again open to the public at the following times:
Wednesdays 10.30am – 2.00pm (October – April)
Details at, St Peters or Ipswich Charter Hangings.
In addition Ipswich Arts Association are seeking volunteer stewards for their rota at St Peter’s by the Waterfront. If you are interested, or would like more information about what’s involved, please email – Ann Cloke; email@example.com
Gippeswyk Singers have a new conductor, Janette Ruocco, and are now rehearsing
for a Christmas Concert on December 11th at Barham Church. More details.
Town Lectures and Concerts
The next Concert in the 2021 series will take place live at Museum Street Methodist Church
(Entrance via Black Horse Lane), Lectures start at 1pm, doors open 12.40pm. Booking is required.
Please contact Joy Bounds: firstname.lastname@example.org Details – Town Lectures & Concerts
Further details, notices and updates on our NOTICEBOARD page
Current edition: Due to current circumstances, and the impact on members events and
activities the decision has been taken not to publish the usual Newsletter at this time.
We will however be publishing an online abbreviated version from time to time to keep you up
to date with both members and IAA activities. The website will also provide up to date information.
IAA newsletter is published three times each year, working in conjunction with our website,
it highlights news and forthcoming events from Ipswich Arts Association and its members.
Further details here: Newsletter homepage
Zoom Meetings for IAA Members
In 2020 IAA hosted a number ol Zoom meetings allowing societies to share their thoughts
about current planning and strategies to deal with the lock-down and the ongoing situation.
These meetings proved highly popular, with nearly forty groups being represented.
Annual General Meeting – November 4th. via Zoom. Details tba.
Have you or your society signed up for the Ipswich Arts Zoom meetings.
To pre-book contact; Mary Odam, Secretary of IAA: email@example.com
IAA Members – Keeping In Touch
Some societies have found ways to keep in touch with their members whilst unable to meet.
If you have set up a WhatsApp group or a communication circle or have found some other
way to keep in touch please let the secretary know: firstname.lastname@example.org If you
would be happy to offer advice to other societies on how to do something similar then would
you also let the secretary have a contact number or email address for advice, please.
IAA representing 50+ Arts Organisations in Suffolk
An introduction and welcome from Professor Chris Green – Chair IAA
Ipswich Arts Association has over 50 member organisations, which means also hundreds of
individuals directly and indirectly associated with its activities.The website is one of a number
of ways in which IAA aims to keep in touch not only…. click here to read full article
Ipswich Arts Association and member organisations are monitoring the situation and
government advice. This has an impact on members planning and events, we will endeavour to
keep up to date with this and details will be shown on the website listings page but we do rely
on member groups to provide information. However, with a changing situation, we would suggest
checking with the event organiser or group involved. Links may be found on most listings.
Musical Visitors to Suffolk
A Town Lecture by Chris Green – available to read online
One of the few Town Lectures to take place in 2020, with a limited audience under
Covid restrictions, was given by Chris Green, entitled Musical Visitors to Suffolk.
Suffolk Norfolk Life magazine are running the lecture as a three part series.
Published in the March, April and May issues – pages 94 / 95 / 96
Both the magazine and the article may be read online by following the links below.
A published edition is also available on subscription or from local newsagents.
Suffolk Norfolk Life magazine – May edition – (Musical Visitors to Suffolk Pt.3 – pages 94/96)
Suffolk Norfok Life magazine – April edition – (Musical Visitors to Suffolk Pt.2 – pages 94/95)
Suffolk Norfolk Life magazine – March edition – (Musical Visitors to Suffolk Pt.1 – pages 94/95)
Hanseatic Ports and Hidden Treasures
Pat Grimwade, a member of the IAA Executive (instrumental music), reveals another string
to her bow, with a knowledge of matters nautical in her book, Ipswich – A Hanseatic Port.
“During the 13th – 15th centuries east coast ports such as Ipswich, King’s Lynn and Boston
traded alongside merchants of the Hanseatic League in the North Sea and the Baltic.
In that period, at the height of the wool and cloth trade with Europe Ipswich was one of the
most important and prosperous ports in the country…” Read more (opens pdf)
Published by Ipswich Maritime Trust it is available form the following;
Tourist Information Centre, Ipswich Museum and Christchurch Mansion, price £2.
The Trianon Enigma
When not chairing IAA meetings Chris Green may, amongst other things, be found, conducting
with the Trianon Orchestra and Choir, swapping baton for pen Chris has written a new book.
Charting the sixty year history of Suffolk’s best loved Symphony Orchestra and Choir.
In The Trianon Enigma, My Friends Pictured Within its founder, Chris Green traces its
journey starting with a small youth group in the mid 1950’s, which became inextricably
linked with Ipswich, social developments and the changing face of youth culture.
Read a review by John Norman, Chair of The Ipswich Society – Review (pdf)
Books are available at the price of £10 from:
Ipswich Institute 15 Tavern Street, Ipswich IP1 3AA
Music World 16 Queen Street, Ipswich IP1 1SS
The Card Centre 6 Hamilton Road, Felixstowe IP11 7AU
Please check with listed outlets as opening will be subject to government regulations.
Books may also be ordered at the price of £10 + £2.50 P&P from:
Dominique Nightingale, 39 Quilter Road, Felixstowe IP11 7JL
email@example.com tel: 01394 286928
Ipswich Music Day 2021 – IAA Classical Stages
IBC Announcement February 2021
Ipswich Borough Council have taken the reluctant decision to cancel Ipswich Music Day 2021.
It is IBC’s firm intention that this popular event will return in 2022. More at Ipswich Entertains
Our thanks to Music World, Queen St. Ipswich, for their support in
supplying IAA with a Yamaha digital piano for the IAA Classical Stages.
Ipswich Arts Association: Privacy Information Notice – click for pdf