History

Ipswich Chamber Choir was 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.

When after many years of successful concerts, Martyn left to move abroad, Tom Appleton, a professional bass soloist and conductor who sang with the Monteverdi Choir, took over as Music Director in 2008. The Choir enjoyed new repertoire and Tom’s rehearsals, which were serious about the music but a lot of fun.

He was followed in 2010 by Christopher Borrett, also a bass soloist who performed widely, including with the Monteverdi Choir and the Marian Consort.

Our last concert with Christopher took place in May 2018 at St Andrew's Church, Rushmere and was a celebration of eight years of wonderful music under his musical direction.  We are grateful for his musical interpretation, for introducing us to unfamiliar music and for helping us to improve our vocal technique.  We were pleased that we could keep in touch as he was continuing in his rôle as Music Director at St Mary-le-Tower.

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We were delighted that John Brunning, composer and Classic FM presenter, was present to hear us perform the world première of his works Ubi Caritas, Ave Maria ii, Benedictus, Agnus Dei and Prayer of St Francis.

Benedict Collins Rice was appointed as our Music Director in September 2018.

On June 1st 2019 the choir had great fun singing All That Jazz at St Andrew’s Church, Rushmere, performing Bob Chicott’s A little Jazz Mass accompanied by the amazing Chris Ingham Trio, and many well-loved jazz standards, some arranged by our talented conductor Benedict Collins Rice.

Sadly we said goodbye to our Assistant Musical Director Emma Haggar after five years, but she left us with the thrill of hearing her play an arrangement of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. We wish her well in her new life within the church.

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We look forward to welcoming William Baldry, organist at St Mary-le-Tower, as our new Assistant Director of Music in September.

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