"I really enjoyed singing for Ipswich Chamber Choir. The programmes are always fantastic. I am increasingly impressed by the musicality with which the choir sing."

Robyn Allegra Parton, Soprano

"It has been my great pleasure to sing with them on several occasions - they are extremely friendly and welcomingand perform with great passion and musicianship."

Rupert Reid, Baritone

"The Ipswich Chamber Choir's high standards make working with them a pleasure."

Benedict Quirke, Tenor

They are one of the most enthusiastic, well-drilled and vibrant choirs that I have had the pleasure to stand in front of. In the short time that he had been with them Chris had done a marvellous job."

Edmund Hastings, Tenor


Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610

Ipswich Chamber Choir
Choristers of St Mary-le-Tower
Ravenscroft Consort

St Mary-le-Tower Church 25th March 2017

The turn of the sixteenth century saw perhaps the most far-reaching revolution in the history of western music and towering above all other composers of his generation was Claudio Monteverdi. The Vespers of 1610, an undoubted masterpiece, not only presents intimate prayerful moments but also incorporates secular music whilst at the same time displaying an array of diverse musical forms, both traditional and contemporary.

From the opening plainchant of the Domine ad adiuvandum, the majestic fanfare of the Lauda Jerusalem and the final atmospheric Sicut Erat, the choirs, soloists and orchestra, under the faultless and sympathetic direction of Christopher Borrett, captured perfectly the different moods and musical styles presented by this difficult work. All the soloists gave excellent performances and the way, in which the performance was "staged" during many of the solos, gave these movements the perfectly intimate settings which the music demanded. The evening also provided the young Choristers of St Mary-le-Tower the perfect opportunity, which they certainly grasped, to take part in one of music's great works.

This is the first time that the Vespers of 1610 has been performed in Ipswich and I am certain that all those who were fortunate enough to attend the concert will not wish to have to wait another four hundred years before it is next performed.

Martin Favell