Town Lectures & Concerts

Next in Series – Concert – Thursday 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.

Birkbeck singers photo for town concert December 2021


Town Lectures & 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.

Ipswich Arts Association is pleased to announce the 2022 series.

Lectures & Concerts are presented at:
Museum St. Methodist Church, (entrance in Black Horse Lane), Ipswich IP1 2EF
Lectures and Concerts start at 1.00pm and end at 1.50pm.  Doors open 12.30pm.

Anyone wishing to attend is advised to register in advance by emailing:

Lectures:    Concerts:

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. Thank you for your support.

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 – 12.55 are included.

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Town Lectures & Concerts 2022 programme

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Lecture – 13th January
Unpacking the Hold
Mandy Rawlins and Bridget Hanley.

The team from Suffolk Archives talk about their new Archives and Heritage Centre – The Hold – on the Ipswich Waterfront. They explore the concept, architectural and environmental design construction and journey to opening. They discuss the historical interpretation throughout the building and their hopes of engaging more people than ever in Suffolk’s archival heritage. They also showcase the types of material The Hold allows them to store, collect and preserve for posterity.

Concert – 10th February
Mim MacMahon, Sue Manley & Sophie Watson.

Triangle have been singing together on-and-off in the Felixstowe/ Ipswich/Woodbridge area since the mid-1980s. To say they are ‘an all-female, three-piece a cappella band’ identifies them, but does not describe them. Their themes mostly revolve around beer, religion, politics and things  that go bump in the night – in no particular order. All their stories are rooted in the earth of English poetic traditions. Some actually are traditional; others are written by Triangle or are poems from the
English canon they have set to music.

Lecture – 10th March
For the Love of Silk – Liz Trenow.

Liz Trenow is a former East Anglian Daily Times journalist and now the author of eight internationally best-selling novels, translated into twelve languages. She was born and brought up next to the silk mill in Sudbury, Suffolk where the family company, first started in Spitalfields more than 300 years ago, still weaves top-end fabrics that are worn by royalty and exported all over the world. Liz gives an illustrated talk about the remarkable history of the silk company and how the stories she learned when researching it first inspired her to write historical fiction. For information about Liz’s novels please visit

Concert – 7th April
Essentially Swing – Co-ordinator, Carol Goates.

From piccolo to trombone and from rags to rock ‘n’ roll Essentially Swing brings a unique sound to the music from around the great era of Swing. They take you through a journey in time, with numbers like Maple Leaf Rag, and great swing favourites such as American Patrol and Sing Sing Sing, to the early rock and roll era songs such as Rock Around The Clock. Prepare for some foot-tapping fun.

Lecture – 12th May
The Progress of the Ipswich Charter Hangings
Isobel Clover.

In 2000 a project was launched to celebrate 800 years of Ipswich being granted a Royal Charter by King John. The resulting Ipswich Charter Hangings – a series of eight large, embroidered wall panels – provide a visual record and a unique way of exploring the achievements and often hidden history of the town. Come and find out about the journey they have been on over the past 20 years, the connections made, the stories uncovered and what people have learnt from seeing them.

Concert – 9th June
Journeying – Songs and Poems of Travel
Suffolk Poetry Society with Alan Loader.

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).

Lecture – 14th July
Surrounded by Lettering – Karoline Newman.

The Lettering Arts Trust is the only UK organisation dedicated to sustaining the heritage craft of hand letter cutting. The provenance of this ancient artform and highly skilled craft can be traced back to Roman times. Today’s  lettering artists utilise the same skills which have been passed down from Master to apprentice for generations. For more than 30 years the Lettering Arts Trust has trained lettering artists and helped private clients and public authorities fulfil their project’s ambition.

Concert – 11th August
Ipswich Hospital Band
Musical Director – James Symmington.

Ipswich Hospital Band (IHB) was formed in 1976 by four musicians who worked in the Hospital. They rehearse and  hold concerts at St Peter’s by the Waterfront, which the Band was able to lease after obtaining a lottery grant of £750,000 more than 10 years ago. They play at many local fetes and shows, including the Suffolk Show, and spend December playing carols in and around Ipswich. Over the last 10 years they have raised over £40,000 for local health-related charities.

Lecture – 8th September
A Lost Medieval Port at Bawdsey
Professor Mark Bailey.

Mark is Professor of Late Medieval History and a resident of Suffolk who has become fascinated by the dynamic interaction of climate change and human responses between 1200 and 1700. Histories of Suffolk usually document how increased storminess resulted in major erosion events along our vulnerable coast, such as the fate of Dunwich, while overlooking theequally important impact of major accretion events. Using Orford Ness and Bawdsey as examples, this talk explores these fascinating and highly relevant phenomena.

Concert – 13th October
Jenny’s Accordionists.

This well-established group of accordionists enjoy playing a wide repertoire of swing, classical, showtune, festive, popular and easy listening  music from around the world. Many pieces have been arranged (and composed) by well-known accordion figures, such as Rudolf Würthner and Adolf Götz, to take advantage of the flexibility and tone of the instrument. A varied and entertaining programme.

Lecture – 10th November
From High Street to King Street: Eight Decades of the Ipswich Fim Society –Terry Cloke.

A nostalgic look back over the eight decades of the Ipswich Film Society founded in 1935. This overview takes in venues such as the Central Cinema, Oriental Café and Arts Theatre, recalls visiting speakers from the film industry and is a reminder of the stars of the silver screen that have delighted audiences for 87 years.

Concert – 8th December
The Suffolk Constabulary Male Voice Choir
Conductor, Carol Goates.

The Suffolk Constabulary Male Voice Choir is a very friendly, enthusiastic and welcoming group of individuals. The choir was formed over 50 years ago, largely from members of the Police Force, but you don’t have to be a policeman to join them. Membership is made up of men from all walks of life. They entertain audiences throughout Suffolk and beyond, usually in theatres and churches. Most importantly each year they raise thousands of pounds for local causes.


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Town Lectures and Concerts 2022

Museum Street Methodist Church (entrance in Black Horse Lane), Ipswich IP1 2EF
Lectures and Concerts start at 1.00pm and end at 1.50pm.  Doors open 12.30pm.

ADMISSION IS FREE with retiring collection.
Donations of at least £3.00 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.