The busiest promoter of classical music in Ipswich

St Mary-le-Tower offers two series of lunchtime concerts a year, from May to October and in December, leading up to Christmas. Each concert begins at 1.10pm and finishes at c. 1.55pm. Concerts feature a variety of instrumentalists, singers and ensembles offering a varied programme of music throughout each series.

Light refreshments consisting of tea, coffee, rolls and biscuits are offered from 12.20pm.
Admission is free with a retiring collection.

Other concerts happen regularly throughout the year, including those given by the Tower Chamber Choir.


Lunchtime Concerts:

The 47th Summer Concert Series began May 1st 2018.


3rd Christopher Weston (piano)
Programme to be announced
10th Jacob Ewens (tenor)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
An die ferne Geliebte op.98
17th Oliver Pigram (clarinet)
Andrew Leach (piano)

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
André Messager (1853-1929)

Fantasiestucke, Op. 73
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Solo de Concours
24th James Davy (organ)
Programme to be announced
31st Zephyr Baroque (wind trio)

Liz Alexander, recorder / flute
Karen Bainbridge, bassoon
Geraldine Taylor, harpsichord

Programme to be announced
7th Taylor London (soprano)
tbc (piano)
Programme to be announced
14th Michael Nicholas (organ)

Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Alfred Hollins (1865-1942)
Charles H H Parry (1848-1918)
Henry Smart (1813-1879)

Grand Choeur in D, op.18
Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam BWV 684
Concerto in G BWV 592
Allegro – Grave – Presto
Maytime – Gavotte
Chorale Prelude on The ‘Old 104th
“Like clouds are they borne To do Thy great will.”
Postlude in D
21st Daniel Joy (tenor)
Programme to be announced
28th Jenny’s Accordionists
Including swing, classical, showtune, popular and easy listening music
4th Peter Crompton (organ)

Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
Frank Bridge (1879-1914)
Denis Bedard (b.1950)
Charles Tournemire (1870-1939)
Marcel Dupré (1886-1971)
Jospeh Bonnet (1884-1944)
Henri Mulet (1878-1967)

Imperial March
Adagio in E
Sortie Communion
Improvisation sur le Te Deum
Cortège et Litanie
11th Christopher Borrett (baritone)

George Fredric Handel (1645-1759)
Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Three arias from Judas Maccabaeus
18th Cyrill Ibrahim (piano)
Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) Sonate no. 3
25th Andrew Cantrill-Fenwick (organ)

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Carol Bohm (1844-1920)
Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
Frank Bridge (1879-1914)
Herbert Brewer (1865-1928)

Sinfonia (Cantata 29)
Vater unser
Wedding Day at Troldhaugen
Adagio in E
Marche Heroique
2nd Phillipa Barton (violin)
Alasdair Hogarth (piano)

César Frank (1822-1890)

Sonata for violin and piano
9th William Baldry (organ)
Including music by Buxtehude, Bruhns & J.S. Bach


16th Andrew Leach (piano)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)


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Forthcoming Concerts

Forthcoming concerts with visiting Choirs/Musicians