Nearby: Ipswich

'Has 50+ member organisations, which means also that hundreds of individuals are associated with its activities ... The Website is one of a number of ways in which IAA aims to keep in touch not only with its members but also with the wider community. It provides an excellent way for societies to publicise their events as well as a diary of proposed events, which has long proved invaluable to those keen to avoid clashes with other events of the same kind or in the same locality.'


'Each year the Society arranges four Saturday concerts of chamber music, usually held in October, November, January and February. All concerts start at 7:30 pm. Concerts are held in an intimate concert hall in the centre of Ipswich, UK.'


‘We are a non-profit organisation, run by a group of friends, bringing the best live mainstream jazz to Ipswich. Students half price, parking available.’


Category Jazz Clubs

A free music festival featuring blues, jazz, world and Caribbean music - part of the Ipswich Music Weekend.  Normally held Early July.


Category Ipswich

'Formed in 1946 as the Ipswich Gramophone Circle to provide classical music on records to all of those who have an interest in listening to serious music of a wide variety in a fast changing world and in comfortable surroundings.'


‘SVAM arranges five concerts and one lecture, plus one or two extra events each season, usually between October and April. Our events are held at the beautiful parish church of St Mary's, East Bergholt and at the Constable Hall, East Bergholt. We are proud to present a mixture of well-established professionals and promising young artists each season. Our events are open to all, and most concerts are free for children accompanied by paying adults. Free programmes are provided, and refreshments are available at all our events.’


‘Orchestra of around 70 amateur and semi-professional musicians who meet ... every Tuesday morning during school term times. We perform concerts of “light classical” and popular music in aid of charities ... We expect members to attend rehearsals and to participate in our Saturday evening concerts (normally three per year).’


Category Light Orchestras

'The name comes from the Anglo-Saxon name for Ipswich. Founded in 1972 we are a chamber choir, performing several concerts each year supporting local  charities ... We are a non audition choir. Our repertoire includes Classical, Madrigals, Carols, Folk and Spirituals. We perform at many venues throughout Suffolk and go on tour every second summer.'


Category Chamber Choirs

‘Founded in 1984 by Martyn Bagnall to fill a perceived gap in the musical scene in Suffolk at the time. Although there were several large choral societies, there were no quality chamber choirs for good singers to experience the wealth of repertoire available to smaller groups. The Choir quickly established a name for itself in terms of the music undertaken and the quality of the singing ... We are a friendly choir of around 40 voices and are pleased to collaborate with other groups ... Membership is by application with a voice check carried out by the Music Director after one or two rehearsals.’


Category Chamber Choirs

‘A friendly choir of around 100 members. It was formed in 1824 and is the second longest established choral society in the UK. The Society has attracted a membership with a wide range of musical experiences and has entertained the public with performances across a wide musical repertoire.‘


Category Choral Societies

‘Band membership is open to all adult members of the local community who are suitably proficient (grade 4 and above) and are willing to pay an annual subscription. We play all types of wind band music, including original wind band scores and arrangements by our musical director or other musicians. This includes popular classics, show songs, and marches. We perform on request at local summer fetes, fairs and bandstands as well as formal concerts.’


'We are a community theatre group based in Suffolk, UK. We have been performing for over 60 years. Whether it’s classic shows such as Oklahoma or regional premieres such as The Producers and Sunset Boulevard, we have a rich history of performing award-winning musical theatre.'


Also indexedIODS Theatre Company

‘The Ipswich Symphony Orchestra Society has performed concerts in Ipswich since 1902 and has built up an enviable reputation for high quality music making. We pride ourselves in offering our players and our audiences the chance to explore the full orchestral repertoire, ranging from well known favourites to the lesser known challenging works not often performed live in East Anglia. We welcome local amateur and professional players alike, rehearsing weekly to prepare three concerts each year, and we are extremely pleased to invite world-renowned soloists to perform with us – bringing some of the very best talent to Ipswich audiences every season. Working within our community is important to us. Our summer concert has been a significant component of the Ip-Art Festival for many years and, in March each year, we present an afternoon Family Concert which, by careful choice of popular music, aims to inspire our young audience to take part in live musical performance.’


‘We are a friendly ladies' choir based in Ipswich. We sing all sorts of music from traditional to modern and perform in Suffolk several times a year ... Today there are choirs for everyone. The formal and the informal but The Orwell Singers bridge the gap. We are united by a passion for singing and love to perform everything from classical to modern, show songs to spirituals and folk songs to festive numbers.‘


Category Ladies Choirs

‘The Band was formed in 1967, when several amateur musicians attended an adult education class. The class was run by the Ipswich Civic College (now Suffolk College) for people interested in playing military and brass band music. The nucleus of the class were members of the Ipswich Town Brass Band, and the Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Territorial Regimental Band. The band split from the College and became the Suffolk Military Band ... In 1992 the band changed its name to the Suffolk Concert Band in order to reflect the full range of the ensemble's repertoire ... We are available all year round for concerts, fetes, weddings, dinners and garden parties. We rehearse on Wednesday evenings ... Visitors and potential new members are always welcome.’


"The Suffolk Constabulary Male Voice Choir is a very friendly, enthusiastic and welcoming group of men. We enjoy the camaraderie that comes from singing together. The choir was formed originally from members of the Police Force, but you don't have to be a policeman to join us now. Today our membership is made up of men from all walks of life.  We entertain audiences with concerts throughout Suffolk and beyond, usually in theatres and churches. However we’ve also sung on boats, including a Thames sailing barge in dock. We’ve traveled all over Europe and sung twice at the Royal Albert Hall alongside hundreds of other performers. And most importantly each year we raise thousands of pounds for local causes."


Ipswich-based: ‘The Band enjoys a local following, providing a number of indoor concerts during the year and performing in the various local parks throughout the summer. The band also plays at a number of fetes and charity events. Currently, the band is not contesting but this is not necessarily ruled out in the future if that is the will of the members. Visitors and new members are welcome ... The Band has evolved from the Suffolk Fire Service Band and has been in existence for over thirty years. The band is now fully independent and self-financing’.


‘We're a group of non-professional musicians and dancers, from across East Anglia.  We love playing music and dancing but most importantly we love having fun.  We call ourselves a samba school after the large samba groups in Brazil.  These groups often have thousands of members, and spend all year working towards a carnival where they compete against other schools in the area ... We perform music and dance inspired by Brazil, Cuba, Africa and our home town of Ipswich.’


‘A non professional symphony orchestra and choir, with 220 regularly performing members. Originally formed as an orchestra in 1959 the addition of the choir led to the creation of Trianon Music Group in September 1963. The Group performs three major concerts each year ... In addition, groups of singers and instrumentalists perform smaller scale concerts across the region at local venues to help local projects and charities with with fundraising ... Trianon has developed a tradition of rehearsing for and performing major concerts during university holidays. In this way we can include students who live away. This also suits those who are members of other groups which meet during term time as they have the opportunity to perform with us as well as their regular groups.‘



‘The School is well known for its musical excellence and music is embedded in the School’s wider culture and ethos. The facilities offered through the Music School are outstanding, with a concert hall, recital rooms, practice rooms, recording studio, music technology suite ... Over 400 pupils learn to play at least one instrument and there is an orchestra, 80-strong chapel choir, chamber choir, ceremonial marching band, concert band, big band and numerous ensembles, including many rock and pop groups ... Situated beside the Music School is the magnificent 1930s chapel which is of cathedral proportions and has seating for over 1000 people. It is famed for its exceptional four-manual “romantic” organ and the smaller two-manual “classical” instrument.’


‘Since 2007 a series of concerts has been held on five consecutive Sunday afternoons every spring and autumn; these have become a regular feature not only of our Church calendar but also of Ipswich’s musical life. A wide variety of music is performed by soloists, instrumental ensembles and choirs, and an emphasis is placed on encouraging young local talent ... Other occasional concerts take place throughout the year.’


Category Churches
Also indexedMusic at Rushmere | Friends of Rushmere Organ

‘Important during the times of Henry VIII when it was the base of Cardinal Wolsey's short-lived college the Church has now been regenerated for the 21st Century. As well as being a heritage centre St Peter's is a venue for music and the arts, and is home to the Ipswich Hospital Band, Suffolk School of Samba and Ipswich Youth Steel Band, who all use the centre for rehearsals and concerts ... There is live music in St Peter’s every Wednesday lunchtime, which is free for visitors to listen to while exploring the centre, as well as the many concerts and events which happen throughout the year, performed by local, national and international groups.’


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