In collaboration with creative groups from Ipswich and across the region, Ipswich Choral Society will remember the town’s part in the Great War of 1914-18 with a very special event. To mark the centenary of the end of that conflict, music, dance, poetry and animation combine to create an immersive, thought-provoking and moving performance. We will learn about the personal stories of Ipswich people, both at home and on the front lines, leading up to and during wartime.
Choreographer Mary Davies, with dancers drawn from performing companies supported by DanceEast and community groups of all ages from across Ipswich, will bring these stories to life with music specially commissioned from composer Huw Morgan. The Suffolk Poetry Society and historians from Ipswich Choral Society will recreate the news and people’s experiences amongst songs from the war years, performed by professional and local musicians and vocal soloists. The performance concludes with “Eternal Light: A Requiem” by Howard Goodall (composer of TV themes for QI, Blackadder, The Vicar of Dibley, and many more), which weaves the Requiem texts with moving and beautiful poetry. Joining Ipswich Choral Society and their Music Director Robin Walker are soloists soprano Gwendolen Martin and tenor Tom Randle.
We hope you will join us for this very special event. Performances on Saturday 17 March 2018 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm, each lasts 90 minutes including interval.
Image of Ipswich Town Hall reproduced with kind permission of Suffolk Record Office, Ipswich branch – Ref K427/9
Ipswich Remembers is supported by Arts Council England National Lottery funding.
Ipswich Choral Society Registered Charity Number 278866.