The SRP National Festival 2022 will be hosted by Suffolk branch from 22-24 April in Ipswich. It will be held at Chantry Academy, Ipswich, IP2 9LR
Ipswich, our county town, received its Royal Charter in 1200 and has many historic buildings including the 14th century Ancient House, and Christchurch Mansion, a substantial Tudor house in its own grounds. It also has a vibrant waterfront with hotels and restaurants. Further afield, Suffolk has many beautiful places to visit, including the coastal towns of Felixstowe, Aldeburgh (home of Benjamin Britten), and Southwold (home of Adnams). Inland you will find the Dedham Vale, still as recognisable today as it was when painted by Constable and Gainsborough, plus the ancient town of Bury St Edmunds (home of Greene King). Other breweries are available!
The SRP Delegates Conference will be held in the afternoon. A buffet supper will be followed at 7:30 by an evening concert presented by Parandrus (Daniel Swani, Grace Shih and Thomas Pickering).
The day opens with massed playing of a commissioned piece at 10am. There will then be 5 sessions during the day with a choice of up to 7 conductors (ranging from easy to very difficult). In the evening there will be a participative performance of the Masque of Oberon.
There will be 3 multi-choice sessions (similar to Saturday) starting at 9.30 and a final massed playing after lunch, ending at 3.30.
As always, there will be a range of shops, including instrument makers, repairers and music publishers.
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 2 floors with a lift available.
CONDUCTORS AND MUSIC
The following have kindly agreed to conduct and we are enormously grateful that they are doing so without a fee:
Anne Martin, Alyson Lewin, Helen Hooker, John Fenn, Liz Alexander, Lyndon Hilling, Marg Hall, Mary Tyers, Michael Graham, Moira Usher, Ruth Burbidge, Pamela Flanagan, Sandra Foxall, Sarah Whomersley, Sheila Richards, Stephen Watkins, Sue Handscombe, Terry Smurthwaite
Music will be supplied for each session and a draft programme can be downloaded below.
TICKET OPTIONS, COSTS and BOOKING
The Friday evening festival concert with Parandrus costs £12.
A complete PLAYING+FOOD PACKAGE for Saturday and Sunday (Saturday+Sunday playing, Saturday lunch+dinner, Sunday lunch) costs £98. There are price options for playing only on Saturday and/or Sunday, and for ordering meals separately, for those who prefer to cater for themselves. See the booking form below for the full range of ticket options and costs.Download Booking form Festival 2022
A confirmation will be sent, by email where possible. “Joining information” will be sent shortly before the Festival and if you’ve booked meal/concert tickets these will be issued as you register at the Festival. Please note that the final date for booking meals is 7 April.