Notices, news and updates from Ipswich Arts Association and member organisations.

Vacancy – Music Director  The Edmund Octet and Friends

The Edmund Octet and Friends is a small, TTBB choir based in West Suffolk.
Post available from September 2022.
CLICK HERE for details / job description (pdf).
For further information or to express an interest, please contact;  Ivor on:
01284 719236  or  email:

Vacancy – Conductor – The Dorian Singers

The Dorian Singers, based in Felixstowe, are seeking a new conductor. Alan Loader their current conductor of many years will be stepping down at the end of this current term. Jean Shaw, Chairperson of the Dorian Singers is starting the process of identifying and recruiting a suitable replacement.
For details, please contact Jean at;

Vacancy – IAA Lunchtime Concert Co-ordinator

Would you like to become the new IAA lunchtime concert co-ordinator, to replace Joy Bounds who is stepping down soon? The role isn’t arduous and falls into two parts – to organise the programme of 6 bi-monthly concerts for the year ahead, and secondly to liaise with performers before and on the day of the concert. Click here to read / download a job description (pdf).
If you’re interested and would like to find out more,
please contact Joy on 07960 273151 or

Town Lectures and Concerts 2022

Concert – 9th June
Suffolk Poetry Society celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2022. The charity is dedicated to promoting the art of poetry and welcomes collaboration with other art forms. It runs the annual Festival of Suffolk Poetry, Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition, workshops and readings and publishes a bi-annual magazine. See
Today, SPS members perform poems themed on journeying, with songs performed by Alan Loader, including a selection from Vaughan Williams’s Songs of Travel (words by Robert Louis Stevenson).

IAA News in Community News pages of East Anglian Daily Timesimage for East Anglian Daily Times - IAA column with Chris Green

Look out for the Community News pages in each Tuesday’s edition of the East Anglian Daily Times. There you will find news from Ipswich Arts Association and member organisations.
Click here to Read the Current Column May 17th 2022.
featuring: Ipswich Chamber Choir, Ian Stanley – IAA Featured Artist, Trianon Community Concert and more.
If you would like your member society mentioned contact the Chair of Ipswich Arts Association
Chris Green,

Ipswich Charter Hangings / St Peters by the Waterfrontdetail of Ipswich charter hanging panel No1 - Viking..

The Ipswich Charter Hangings may be viewed at St Peter’s by the Waterfront, College St, Ipswich IP4 1BF Entry is via the front gates then round to the right and through  the side doorway. Admission Free.
St Peter’s re-opened in 2008 as St Peter’s by the Waterfront – Arts & Heritage Centre and runs a full programme of events throughout the year.
Details on St Peter’s website:  St Peters by the Waterfront

St Peter’s is open to the public on the following days and times;

May – September:
….Tuesdays: 10am – 4pm. Wednesdays: 12noon – 2.00pm. Thursdays: 10am – 4pm.
October – April:
….Wednesdays 10.30am – 2.00pm.

Opening times for Wednesdays have recently been amended, 12noon – 2.00pm. Older versions of the Charter Hangings leaflet, will show the older opening time of 10.30am.

For more information:  Ipswich Charter Hangings  and  St. Peters by the Waterfront

Charter Hangings – Volunteers needed!
Ipswich Arts Association are seeking stewards for their volunteer rota at St Peter’s by the Waterfront. Volunteers welcome people to St Peter’s and highlight the information available for the various displays including the wonderful Ipswich Charter Hangings.
Sessions are Tuesdays – mornings 10am-1pm and/or afternoons 1pm – 4pm.  Just one or two sessions during the season helps and is much appreciated, If you are interested, or would like more information, please email – Ann Cloke;

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:
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

Covid19 / Coronavirus

Ipswich Arts Association and member organisations continue to monitor the situation and government advice. Check the event listings page for event updates and information. We endeavour to keep as up to date as possible, but rely on member groups to provide details. We would suggest double checking with the event organiser or group involved before making a special journey. Links can be found on most listings.

IAA Subscription Rates

Current subscription rates are as follows;
Large Groups – 80 members or more:  £50 per year.
Small Groups – 79 members or less:  £25 per year.
Solo Artists / Performers: £10 per year.

For membership enquiries please see our How to join page.