Chantry Academy, Mallard Way, Ipswich IP2 9LR.

This was previously called Suffolk New Academy and some satnavs may still show this. It is a modern high school, with playing on 3 floors (with a lift). There is disabled access to all of the site.

There is ample parking at the venue.


Friday – Delegates’ Conference pm, buffet supper, evening concert by Parandrus (Charlotte Barbour-Condini, Daniel Swani and Grace Shih).

Saturday – Opening massed playing of commissioned piece at 10am, 5 sessions during the day with a choice of up to 7 conductors (ranging from easy to very difficult), with a participative evening performance of the Masque of Oberon.

Sunday – 3 multi-choice sessions (similar to Saturday) starting at 9.30 and a final massed play after lunch, ending at 3.30.

There is also a composers’ competition with winner’s performance and the usual shops will be present selling music and instruments.

Multiple tickets are available for all meals and the concert.


The following have kindly agreed to conduct and we are enormously grateful that they are doing so without a fee. Music will be supplied for each session. There is also a draft programme available (PDF version).

  • Adam Dopadlik
  • Ann Marshall
  • Anne Martin
  • Annemarie Klein
  • Alyson Lewin
  • Helen Hooker
  • John Fenn
  • Liz Alexander
  • Pamela Flanagan
  • Marg Hall
  • Mary Tyer
  • Michael Graham
  • Moira Usher
  • Ruth Burbidge
  • Sandra Foxall
  • Sarah Whomersley
  • Sheila Richards
  • Stephen Watkins
  • Sue Handscombe

See booking form for ticket options and costs. A confirmation will be sent (by email where possible). “Joining instructions” will be sent shortly before the Festival and if you’ve booked meal/concert tickets these will be issued when you register at the Festival.

Last updated 30 January 2020