January 2017 Elijah: from start to finish
A live concert is the culmination of hours of rehearsals which audience members are blissfully unaware of when enjoying the performance. An exciting collaboration between two long established Ipswich Societies will highlight the work involved with staging a very special concert at Snape in April 2017.

Ipswich Choral Society has begun work on Mendelssohn's popular oratorio Elijah with rehearsals being caught on camera by members of Ipswich and District Photographic Society. An exhibition will be held at Snape Malting Concert Hall on 29 April showcasing the best photos from rehearsals and the Elijah performance in Halifax.

Add to this, a collaboration with the oldest Choral Society in the World, and there is the making of a very special experience. Halifax Choral Society, founded in 1817, celebrates its 200 th anniversary this year and will be performing Elijah with Ipswich Choral Society at the Snape concert as well as a performance in Halifax on 19 th March.

Members from Ipswich and District Photographic Society will be travelling up to Yorkshire with Ipswich Choral Society to also record the pre-concert rehearsal and concert itself on film at The Victoria Theatre in Halifax. These photographs will be part of the Snape exhibition too.

Ipswich Choral Society presents Mendelssohn's Elija
Saturday 29 April 2017, 7.30pm
Snape Maltings Concert Hall
Snape, Suffolk IP17 1SP

Ipswich Choral Society with Halifax Choral Society
Conductor: Robin Walker, ICS Music Director
Soprano: Claire Weston
Contralto: Susan Moore
Tenor: James Elliott
Baritone: Garry Magee
Kingfisher Sinfonietta, leader Beth Spendlove

In collaboration with Ipswich and District Photographic Society
Tickets: £16, £18, £20 (students £8)
Available direct from ICS members or Snape Maltings Box Office 01728 687110 or

Ipswich & District Photographic Society

The society can trace its origins back to the very earliest days of photography. On 6th March 1888 a number of keen photographers met to form the first Photographic Society in Ipswich. This first society was reformed as Ipswich Social Settlement Camera Club in June 1904 and this became the Ipswich and District Photographic Society in the late 1920s. In 1988 the Society celebrated 100 years of club photography in Ipswich.

There have been regular annual exhibitions since 1926 and these have usually been opened by the Mayor of the Borough. This has been a continuous tradition for over 40 years. IDPS is proud of its long association with Ipswich Borough Council and with other Arts organisations in the area.

Over the years IDPS has had a number of prominent citizens and leading photographers of the day among its membership. These associations are represented by the names on the collection of IDPS cups and trophies which are awarded annually.

IDPS has always responded to the interests of its membership and in 1982 formed specialist sections for prints and transparencies. There are now specialist groups for audio-visual, beginners, digital imaging, monochrome, and studio photography. With over 100 members, IDPS continues to be one of the largest photographic societies in East Anglia and one of the leading photography clubs in the country. Our programme of activities runs from September to May with competitions, lectures and practical meetings. Each Spring we stage one of the largest Exhibitions of photography in East Anglia. Help and advice is available for new members. President: Peter Cox LRPS CPAGB Ipswich & District Photographic Society is a member of Ipswich Arts Association and The East Anglian Federation of Photographic Societies and is affiliated to The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain.

Halifax Choral Society

Is believed to be the oldest choral society in the world the Halifax Choral Society has an unbroken record of performance since its foundation in 1817 by William Priestley, a gentleman wool merchant as well as a talented amateur musician and antiquarian. The choir was to be known as the Halifax Choral Society. Its permanence was remarkable! The first performance took place in the Halifax Court House: Haydn's The Creation, performed on Monday 9th February 1818. Another early work to become a fixture was Handel's Messiah which is believed to have been performed annually by the choir each Christmastide since 1818. The Halifax Choral Society is a thriving and enterprising choir, widely considered to be amongst the foremost of its genre. To ensure continuing high standards of singing the HCS has engaged its current professional artistic director, John Pryce-Jones, for the past 25 years. John is also Music Director of the Northern Ballet Sinfonia, based in Leeds. He takes the HCS weekly rehearsals as well as conducting all performances. In addition the HCS engages a regular professional accompanist.

The choir is made up of around 110 amateur members, from all walks of life, who enjoy singing to professional standards. Members range in age from teenagers to octogenarians and come mainly from the local community, but increasingly from other parts of West Yorkshire - and Lancashire! HCS is a very friendly, open organisation that extends a warm welcome to all new members. New singers are actively encouraged to join the choir.

Each season the choir usually promotes and presents a full season of concerts in its home concert hall - the Victoria Theatre, Halifax - and on occasion in the town's beautiful medieval Minster. The programme usually comprises major concerts in spring and autumn, an annual performance of Handel's Messiah and, with the Black Dyke Band, two Carol Concerts in December and a Summer Concert in June that aims to be light hearted in the spirit of the Last Night of the Proms. There may also be external engagements carried out during the year.

The choir is now fast approaching its bicentenary concert season in 2017-2018 when it hopes to celebrate with concerts that both mark its long history and emphasise its commitment to the future.

January 2017 Home-Start nominated charity for 2017

Ipswich Choral Society is keen to support local charities, both financially with fund-raising events and by raising awareness amongst ICS members and concert audiences. Home-Start East Ipswich & Coastal has been chosen as our nominated charity for 2017. Look out for collection buckets at Ipswich Choral Society concerts and events.

About Home-Start East Ipswich & Coastal

In an ideal world Home-Start wouldn't be needed. But for many parents the pressures of family life are simply too much to cope with alone. There are so many reasons for this including -poverty, illness, family breakdowns, isolation, addiction and physical and mental health issues.

And this is where Home-Start steps in...

Home-Start East Ipswich & Coastal aims to give children the best possible start in life. We support parents to grow in confidence, strengthen their relationships with their children, improve their Health and wellbeing and widen their links locally.

The Home-Start Approach -

Home-Start schemes are rooted in the community they serve. We are managed locally but are supported by a national organisation, Home-Start UK, which offers direction, training, information and guidance to schemes and ensures consistent and quality support for parents and children.

Home-Start has a proven, lasting, positive impact on the development of children and the health and welfare of the family.

Our Mission -

Home-Start offers a unique service. We recruit and train volunteers, who are usually parents themselves, to visit families at home and offer them informal, friendly and confidential support. The families we help have at least one child under 12.

To help give children the best possible start in life, Home-Start supports parents as they grow in confidence, strengthen their relationship with their children and widen their links with the local community.

Our vision -

Home-Start wants to see a society in which all parents have the support they need to give their children the best start in life by:

  • Offering support and friendship
  • Visiting families at home, where the dignity and identity of individuals can be respected and protected
  • Developing relationships with the family in which they gain time to share their thoughts
  • Encouraging parents' strengths and wellbeing for the benefit of their children
  • Encouraging families to widen their network enabling them to access support and services
  • Encouraging and providing practical assistance to ensure that parents are attending required health appointments for themselves and dependents.
  • For further information on the work of Home-Start East Ipswich & Coastal, getting involved and upcoming events, please visit Home-Start

    Home-Start East Ipswich & Coastal
    Registered charity no. 1105001
    Company no. 5169779

    By using the links below Ipswich Choral Society will receive a small commission.

    Saturday 29 April 2017, 7.30pm
    Mendelssohn's Elijah
    With special guests Halifax Choral Society

    Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    IP17 1SP
    Tickets £16, £18, £20 (Students £8)
    Available from Aldeburgh Music Box Office
    01728 687110 or Aldeburgh Music

    Sunday 18 June 2017, 3pm
    Summer Concert

    Burns Recital Hall
    The Royal Hospital School
    Ipswich IP9 2RX

    Strawberry tea 3pm, Concert 5pm
    Tickets £12 (includes strawberry tea)
    Available from ICS Members or
    ICS Ticket Line 01473 625208 or 07597 052572

    Saturday, 2 December 2017, 7.30pm
    Winter Concert

    Ipswich Corn Exchange
    Ipswich IP1 1DH

    17/18 March 2018
    Eternal Light:
    A Requiem

    In collaboration with DanceEast

    Venue: TBC

    Tickets direct from:
    ICS Members
    ICS Ticket Line
    01473 625 208
    0759 705 2572
    Music World,
    Queen Street,
    Ipswich IP1 1SS