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.

Ipswich Arts Association is a registered charity. Charity number 288939


IAA Town Lectures and Concerts 2023
Concert – December 14th


Stellar Acappella
Musical Director, Gaynor Schofield.

Stellar Acappella started in 2017 with 12 singers and now has over 30 fabulous voices –
and they love singing in close harmony. They perform regularly at events in and around
Ipswich: parties, concerts, festivals, celebrations. They sing unaccompanied, so no safety
nets when it comes to tuning those wonderful harmonies. Every song they sing is an
audience pleaser: anything from Adele and Aguilera through to the Greatest Showman.
Do come along and have a listen!

Stella Acappella - IAA town Concert december 14th 2023

Lectures & Concerts
resented at Museum Street Methodist Church, Ipswich IP1 2EF
(entrance in Black Horse Lane),  From 1.00 to 1.50pm. Doors open 12.30pm.

ADMISSION IS FREE  – with a retiring collection.
Donations of at least £3.00 per person are valued to maintain the series.
Refreshments, served 12.30 -1.55pm. are included. 

Please click the button to make a secure donation to IAA via PayPal.
A Paypal account is not required to make a donation.

Full details of the 2023 series on the TOWN LECTURES & CONCERTS page.


Featured Artist – Caroline Burgess

IAA are pleased to present Featured Artists, a series with works by local artists, some from:
The Ipswich Art Society  ●  Suffolk Open Studios  ●  Felixstowe Art Group
Suffolk Art Society  ●  Woodbridge Art Club
With a new artist shown every three weeks or so.

'Macaw' by Caroline Burgess‘Blue Macaw’ by Caroline Burgess

Based in Ipswich Caroline has a practical design background in hairdressing and flower arranging that has naturally lead her into art making. A confident painter and drawer of birds, animals, or portrait style illustrative works. a member of the Suffolk Art Society she exhibits throughout Suffolk, and is a part of the ‘Art Tent Exhibition’ at Ipswich’s own Suffolk Show during May.
Click image or here to read more and view current and previous Featured Artists


 Featured Poems

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.

A new poem will be featured approximately every three weeks. The current poem and previous
submissions are available on the dedicated Featured Poem page. To view Click Here.

The current poem is by Caroline Gilfillan
My Grandmother Visits the Father she’s Never Known (1883)

poet and author Caroline Gilfillan,
Caroline Gilfillan
has published five collections of poetry. She won the Yeovil Poetry
Prize in 2019, and her collection Yes, was judged best poetry book in the East Anglian
Awards. Her collection Hail Sisters of the Revolution, with photographs by
Andrew Scott, was published in 2022. Caroline has also written crime novels.
Sadly Caroline died in September this year due to illness. An obituary by her friend
Heather De Lyon can be found on the Guardian website here

Click here to read the current and previous poems from Suffolk Poetry Society


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 – November 28th.
Click this link or the image to read or download a pdf copy.

Featuring: Dorian Singers, Music at Rushmere,
Town Lectures & Concerts – Stellar Acappella and more…

image for IAA /EADT article-community news with Chris Green -28/11/23



Ipswich Arts Association AGM – Chairs R
eport 2023
Following the AGM held on Thursday 16th November, here is the Chair’s Report 2023
Click on the link to open pdf: Chair’s Report 2023

Town Lectures and Concerts
Lectures and Concerts are held live at Museum Street Methodist Church,
(Entrance via Black Horse Lane), IP1 2EF  1pm – 1.50pm.  Doors open 12.40pm.
Please contact: Chandra Grover: townlecturesandconcerts@ipswich-arts.org.uk

Full details of the 2023 programme  – Town Lectures & Concerts
Details of the 2024 programme will be added to the dedicated TL&C page shortly,
meanwhile click the link for a pdf of the 2024 Brochure

New Wolsey Theatre
The New Wolsey Theatre – first Associate Artists and Artist Relationship programme.
Six East Anglian artists and companies – Aspire Black Suffolk, Jamie Beddard, Martha Loader,
Mae Munuo, The Paper Birds and Spinning Wheel – are delighted to have been appointed to work with the New Wolsey Theatre’s Chief Executive/Artistic Director Douglas Rintoul in Ipswich, as part of its inaugural Associate Artists programme celebrating and supporting creativity in the region.
To learn more click to open pdf file NWT/Associate Artist   

Ipswich Arts Association – Trustee vacancies
Following the AGM, Ipswich Arts Association are currently seeking
an IAA Publicity Officer to join the organisations board. Trustees have an active
role in developing plans and strategy for the organisation, for promoting the arts.
If interested please contact, Chris Green: cjc.green@talktalk.net

Ipswich Charter Hangings
The Charter Hangings are on display at St Peter’s by the Waterfront, Ipswich.
St Peter’s is open to the public at the following times during the year;
October – April: Wednesdays 12 – 2pm.
May – September: Tues: 10am – 4pm. Wed: 12noon – 2.00pm. Thurs: 10am – 4pm.
Details at, St Peters by the Waterfront or Ipswich Charter Hangings.

Ipswich Arts Association are keen to hear from volunteer stewards, covering Tuesdays.
More details are contained in this pdf – Charter Volunteers
If interested or would like to know more about being involved, please email –
Ann Cloke;  charterhangings@ipswich-arts.org.uk

Further details of all notices and updates on our NOTICEBOARD page


Ipswich Charter Hangings 

The Ipswich Charter Hangings are on public display at St Peter’s by the Waterfront.
For details see: St Peters or Ipswich Charter Hangings
Opening times:    October – April: Wednesdays only: 12noon – 2pm.
May – September: Tuesday 12pm – 4pm. Wednesday 12noon – 2pm. Thursday 10am – 4pm.

photo of Ipswich Charter hangings at st Peter's by the Waterfront.The Ipswich Charter Hangings – Eight wall hangings that make up one remarkable work.

poster for charter hangings volunteers 2023

Click image for PDF version.
Email link: Ann Cloke:  charterhangings@ipswich-arts.org.uk
Ipswich Charter Hangings website page: IAA / Ipswich Charter Hangings


Zoom Meetings for IAA Members

IAA host a number of Zoom meetings throughout the year allowing societies to share
their thoughts about current planning and strategies to deal with the ongoing issues for
performers and the arts post lock-down. These meetings prove highly popular,

Next meeting tba.

If you wish to attend please email the secretary to register and obtain a link.
Mary Odam, Secretary IAA: secretary@ipswich-arts.org.uk

Have you or your society signed up for the Ipswich Arts Zoom meetings?


 Shining Threads – A New book by IAA member Joy Bounds

Joy will be known to many for her involvement with the IAA, including till recently
organising Concerts for the IAA Town Lecture & Concerts series. Now Joy has published
a new book ‘Shining Threads’ based on events in the life of composer Ethel Smyth.
Published in paperback format it is available from all good bookshops priced £9.99.

Author Joy Bounds and the cover of her new book Shining Threads.Joy Bounds and the cover of ‘Shining Threads’

www.joybounds.co.uk   facebook


Chair of Ipswich Arts Association, Chris Green
wins prestigious prize for music

Long-time Chair of Ipswich Arts Association, Emeritus Professor Chris Green OBE,
conductor of Trianon Music Group and long-time Artistic Director of the Anglia Singers
based at Anglia Ruskin University was named as the winner of the 2023 Making Music
prestigious award on Thursday 4 October at a Zoom ceremony attended by musicians
from across the United Kingdom. Read full report here
Chris Green chair ipswich arts association pictured with debbie Wiseman who presnted him with the Makin music prize 2023Professor Chris Green with Debbie Wiseman who presented the award.
Credit: Trianon Music Group


Ipswich Music Day 2023 – IAA Classical Stages

 Ipswich Arts Association hosted four  “Classical Stages’ as part of Ipswich Music Day,
St. Margarets Church,  Bethesda Baptist Church, Wolsey Gallery and The Masonic Hall.

A big thank you to all our performers: 
South Suffolk Youth Jazz, Suffolk Constabulary Male Voice Choir, Ipswich Gilbert & Sullivan Society,
Musicology, Wildflowers, Ipswich Hospital Community Choir, Stellar Acapella, The Orwell Singers,
Blueberry Moon, Under The bridge, The Accidentals, Black Cactus Choir, Martlesham Brass,
Ipswich Choral Society, Trianon.

and to all those who attended these events.
We look forward to seeing you again at next years event.


Our thanks to Music World, Queen St. Ipswich, for their continued support in
supplying IAA with a Yamaha digital piano for the IAA Classical Stages.


The Apprentice by Chris Green
The life and work of the composer Doreen Carwithen.

Available in the August editon of Norfolk Suffolk Life magazine.

cover of august edition suffolk norfolk life magazine

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 – The Apprentice by Chris Green 

Suffolk Norfolk Life magazine – Homepage.


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 from the following outlets;
Ipswich Museum and Christchurch Mansion, price £2.



The Trianon Enigma

When not chairing IAA meetings Chris Green may, amongst other things, be found conducting
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

Books may also be ordered at the price of £10 + £2.50 P&P from:
Dominique Nightingale, 39 Quilter Road, Felixstowe IP11 7JL
dominique.nightingale@btinternet.com   tel: 01394 286928


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