An interesting first for Ipswich Choral Society, holding our Annual General Meeting via Zoom. The COVID-19 lockdown presented the committee with a real challenge on how to manage the 2020 AGM. Usually held before a rehearsal, the choir has not been able to meet up for rehearsal since 10 March, and the May deadline for the AGM was looming.

Sharing minutes, reports and details of committee post elections via email/post and the ICS website beforehand helped, and for those who would be unable to attend in person, the option to cast postal votes was given. With the Zoom session underway, we could use polling for the voting and the chat function to gather questions from those attending. The most popular comment from those attending was how great it was just to see other choir members again.

Chris Pearce stepped down as chair and received a big thank you from everyone for her hard work, endless cheerfulness and enthusiastic leadership for the past 7 years as ICS chair.

Ipswich Choral Society voted in and welcomed new chair, Phil Powditch, and this is what he had to say:

We are incredibly lucky to have some exceptionally talented singers and receive outstanding tuition and direction from both Robin and Roy. I will ensure that the choir are always in a position to take advantage of those opportunities, so that our members and supporters in the audiences are able to maximise the enjoyment from their hobby by being able to sing and listen to a mixture of both new challenging and familiar music. I believe we need to continue our tradition of forging relationships with other artists, whether they be composers, musicians, soloists or other choirs. We should all feel immensely proud of our history. To exist for nearly two hundred years speaks volumes for those who have been involved in the society over the years, and I will put the choir in best possible position to celebrate and enjoy our two hundredth birthday in 2024.

ICS wish Phil all the best in his new role, especially during these challenging times.