Ipswich Chamber Choir

Since its formation in 1984, Ipswich Chamber Choir has established a reputation for a high standard of performance.   We employ a professional Music Director and Assistant Music Director, and we engage professional soloists and instrumentalists to perform at least three concerts a year in and around Ipswich.

Benedict Collins Rice is our Music Director, assisted by Will Baldry.


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Come and join the fun and fabulous Ipswich Chamber Choir in a day of challenging but enjoyable choral singing, working on three rarely performed choral gems. The day will enable you to explore 400 years of choral masterpieces spanning from the sublime polyphony of Victoria's 'Officium Defunctorum' to the powerful emotion of MacMillan's 'Seven Last Words' via the bubbly Baroque fun of Bach's Advent Cantata. 

Our talented Music Director Benedict Collins Rice has great skill at vocal coaching and interpretation.  He will help us improve our vocal technique and guide us towards a beautiful and satisfying performance at the conclusion of the day.

 Music:  JS Bach's Advent Cantata BWV36, James MacMillan's Seven Last Words From The Cross and Tomas Luis de Victoria's Officium Defunctorum

Venue: St Andrew's Church, Rushmere St Andrew, Ipswich IP5 1DH.  Large free car park a short walk from the church in The Street.

Time:  10.30am - 4.00pm. Registration from 10.00am.

Cost: £15 (free for students) including hire of scores, coffee, tea and cake.  Please bring a packed lunch and a soft pencil.

Closing date: 21st October

Application form: please download from here and follow the instructions on the form.


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Our Next Concert

Saturday 7th December 2019

at St Mary-le-Tower Church, Ipswich

7.00 pm

Advent Cantata - JS Bach

Tomorrow shall be my dancing day - John Gardner

Seinte Mari moder milde - James MacMillan

A babe is born - William Mathias

The three kings - Peter Cornelius arr. Frank A. Atkins

In Dulci Jubilo - Robert Lucas Pearsall

Sir Christèmas - William Mathias

In the bleak midwinter - Darke

Shepherd's pipe carol  John Rutter

Out of your sleep - Rodney Bennett

Ring the Bells - Paul Fincham (royalties to Crisis)

Some classic congregational carol favourites to join in

retiring collection in aid of the Ipswich Night Shelter


Concert tickets £15 (under 18s free) will be available nearer the time from ipswichchamberchoir@gmail.com



I really enjoyed singing with you and would love to come back and do so again! I thought the chorus did a fantastic job.

— Tom Lilburn, Countertenor
The choir was terrific, and I was blown away by the period instrumentalists. I still have the sound of the baroque flutes ringing in my ear!
— Sylvia Fairley
A wonderful concert at St Mary le Tower with some challenging pieces that the choir and organist accomplished with real verve. A great evening.
— Sally Wilden
Ipswich Chamber Choir were extremely impressive, and managed to pull off a diverse programme of emotional music with aplomb. The strong rapport between them and Benedict was palpable in the rehearsal and concert, and they were a pleasure to sing with.

— Robbie Haylett, Baritone
It was a great pleasure to work with such a talented musician as Benedict. Ipswich Chamber Choir performed with great musicality and impressively brought to life their challenging concert repertoire. I am sure that there are many exhilarating concert seasons to come under Benedict’s assured baton.

— Anna Cavaliero, Soprano
The Ipswich Chamber Choir’s high standards make working with them a pleasure.
— Benedict Quirke, Tenor
It has been my great pleasure to sing with them on several occasions. They are extremely friendly and welcoming and perform with great passion and musicianship.
— Rupert Reid, Baritone
“I really enjoyed singing for Ipswich Chamber Choir. The programmes are always fantastic. I am increasingly impressed by the musicality with which the choir sings.”
— Robyn Allegra Parton, Soprano
They are one of the most enthusiastic, well-drilled and vibrant choirs that I have had the pleasure to stand in front of.
— Edmund Hastings, Tenor