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 46th Summer Concert Series

2nd May Christine Stevenson


Pour Le Piano – Debussy, and Preludes by Chopin & Rachmaninoff
9th May Rhiannon Humphreys

Soprano & cello

Works by Rawsthorne and Chopin’s Polonaise Brillante in C Major
16th May Alexander Binns


Assistant Director of Music, St Edmundsbury Cathedral
23rd May Jenny’s Accordionists Rudolf Wurthner: ‘Munchner Rhapsodie’
30th May Deben Jazz “All that Jazz” including

The Girl From Ipanema by Antonio Carlos Jobim

6th June Kate Symonds Joy &

Joseph Ramadan,


Cautionary Tales for the Nice and Naughty –

Songs to celebrate all things childish including Stravinsky, Britten, and Schumann

13th June Yu Zhou


Chopin Etudes, Op. 10o
20th June Stephen and John Cooper

baritone & piano

Butterworth Songs from ‘A Shropshire Lad’
27th June Christopher Borrett


Schumann’s Dichteliebe
4th July Alessandro Bianchi


Works by Bossi, Festing & Clausmann

Sponsored by the Suffolk Organists’ Association

11th July Ellis Ensemble

wind trio

Brahm’s Trio & Douglas’ Suite Cantando
18th July Jonathan Rutherford


Schumann’s Kreisleriana
25th July Goldcrest Ensemble,

wind trio

Trios by Bax & Ravel
1st August Martin Ellis


Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns & Vierne
8th August Zephyr Baroque

wind trio

Works by Handel & Telemann
15th August Kathryn Parry &

Simon Marlow,

violin & piano

Brahms E flat Major Sonata
22nd August Nicholas Freestone


Organ Scholar elect, St Paul’s Cathedral

Guilmant Sonata No 1

29th August Darren Moore &

Jâms Coleman

trumpet & piano

Enescu “Légende”
5th September Kathryn Parry &

Simon Marlow

violin & piano

Ravel’s Sonata and Theme & Variations by Messiaen
12th September Hexachordia


Sarah Doig, Bass Viol and Lute;

Tony Scheuregger, Lute

“Which was sweeter, lute or viol?”

19th September Jorge Jimenez

baroque violin


Polyphony for Solo Violin.

26th September Andrew Leach


Ravel Valses nobles et sentimentales & Messiaen Vingt

Regards sur L’Enfant Jesus (1, 11 & 20)

3rd October Wezi Elliot,

baroque lute

Music of the French Baroque
10th October Poppy Walshaw &

Dohyo Sol,

cello & baroque guitar

Boccherini for cello accompanied by

baroque guitar, and vice versa.

17thOctober Steven Grahl



Organist, Peterborough Cathedral

Music by Bach, Stanford & Vierne

The series brochure is available for downloading or printing.

The Winter Concert Series

The Winter Concert Series is now closed. The Summer series will commence in the beginning of May 2017.

Forthcoming Concerts


Forthcoming concerts with visiting Choirs