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.

12th Ashley Grote (organ)

Charles H H Parry (1848-1918)
John Ireland (1879-1962)
Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876)
Ralph Vaughan-Williams (1872-1958)
Sir Edward Elgar (1865-1937)

Fantasia & Fugue in G
Choral Song & Fugue
Three preludes founded on Welsh Hymn Tunes
i.                     Bryn Calfaria
ii.                   Rhosymedre
iii.                  Hyfrydo
Pomp and Circumstance March No.4 in G
19th Jonas Stonkus (accordian)  

A.      Versjurens (?)
Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
Albert Vossens (1910-1971)
Vladimir Vlasov (1902-1986)
J. Peskovs (?)
Antonio Bazzini (1818-1879)
Vittorio Monti (1868-1922)
Robert Ruggierri (20th century)
Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov (1844-1908)
Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Waltz Musette
Largo al factotum (from The Barber of Seville)
Bossa Nova
Goblin’s dance
Flight of the Bumble bee

Winter (1st mov from the Four Seasons)
26th Dora Chatzigeorgiou (violin)
Alexander Binns (organ)
Music by JS Bach, Bednall and more


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