Part of 1904 concert poster

1824 Ipswich Choral Society is founded, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony premiered
1829 Earliest surviving ICS concert programme
1837 Queen Victoria acceded the Throne
1838 ICS sang at Queen Victoria’s coronation celebration at St Mary-le-Tower
1846 Railway opened through Ipswich
1849 ICS performed in a charity concert for Ipswich & East Suffolk Hospital
1851 Great exhibition held in The Crystal Palace, Hyde Park
1854 Madame Amadei (who claimed to be from La Scala) sang with ICS
1868 Loss of £69 7s 4d on Elijah concert
1875 Phonograph invented, dry plate photography commercialised
1877 Michael Maybrick (composer of The Holy City) sang with ICS
1878 Ipswich Town Football club formed
1887 ICS performed at the Public Hall, lit for the first time by electricity
1899 6 sandwich board men hired for 1 day to advertise ICS concert – cost 12s
1900 Samuel Coleridge-Taylor conducted ICS
1901 Queen Victoria died
1904 Sir Hubert Parry conducted ICS in a concert of his own works
1914 World War I started
1924 ICS chorus of 300 people performed Elijah
1930 Empire State building opened
1931 ICS caused a local stir by performing Handel’s Messiah on Good Friday
1939 World War II started
1946 Owen Brannigan sang with ICS in Messiah
1950 Benjamin Britten became ICS President
1952 Queen Elizabeth II acceded the Throne
1960 Janet Baker sang with ICS
1969 Robert Tear sang with ICS, 1st Moon landing
1978 Ipswich Town win FA cup
1979 Lesley Garrett sang with ICS
1982 1st commercial Compact Disc produced
1986 Stephen Rumsey appointed Music Director of ICS
1989 1st demonstration of the World Wide Web
1999 Cem Mansur became ICS President
2004 ICS’s 50th consecutive Christmas concert
2005 ICS perform with City of London Sinfonia
2014 ICS perform world premiere of Stevie Wishart’s “Seasons” at Snape Maltings Concert Hall
2015 ICS welcome new Music Director, Robin Walker, ICS History book launched
2017 ICS perform Elijah with Halifax Choral Society for their 200th anniversary at Victoria Theatre, Halifax and Snape Maltings Concert Hall in Suffolk.