A lively look at history of town water
PUBLISHED: 21:11 07 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:59 03 March 2010
IN the past month or so there has been plenty of water near to where I live; so much, indeed, that people were evacuated from their houses. 'Water down the street' is the title of the final Ipswich Town Lecture for 2001 with Bob Malster taking the audience next Thursday on a fascinating journey down the street in the 13th century Ipswich to the more complex water supply technologies of the 19th.
IN the past month or so there has been plenty of water near to where I live; so much, indeed, that people were evacuated from their houses. 'Water down the street' is the title of the final Ipswich Town Lecture for 2001 with Bob Malster taking the audience next Thursday on a fascinating journey down the street in the 13th century Ipswich to the more complex water supply technologies of the 19th. The Ipswich Film Theatre provides the venue for the lunchtime talk which starts at 1pm. Admission is free, and it is hoped that details of the 2003 series will be available then.
Music events come thick and fast at this time of year, so here goes. Tomorrow evening the Hadleigh Choral Society presents 'A Celebration of Christmas' in St Mary's Church, Hadleigh with Christopher Phelps conducting. This is a distinctly familiar affair with choirs of the two Hadleigh primary schools taking part. In Ipswich, the Ipswich Chamber Choir perform Mozart's Requiem and Great C minor Mass – a somewhat strange choice for advent – but powerful music nonetheless. Martyn Bagnall conducts with the Suffolk Sinfonia accompanying. The performance is in St Margaret's Church at 7.30pm and tickets are available from Music World. The third event is on Sunday, December 9 when the Essex Baroque Orchestra, inspired by Peter Holman, perform Italian Baroque Christmas Music. This is promoted by the Suffolk Villages Festival, and admission is a rather steep £12 or £9. For tickets phone 01206 366603.
Each Tuesday during the lead up to Christmas there is a recital in St Mary-le-Tower Church, Ipswich. Michael Nicholas, director of music at the church, plays organ music for advent and Christmas on December 11 and conducts the church choir in 'Carols for All' on December 18. Each recital starts at 1.10pm and admission is free with light lunches available from 12.30pm.
I expect there will be plenty of folk who will find their way into local art galleries in search of that special present. While there, you can see some exhibitions. One finishes tomorrow at the Haste Gallery which has been showing the work of Miles Fairhust, a resident of North Suffolk whose love of the East Anglian landscape has found expression in paintings now part of many private collections. The John Russell Gallery has its Winter Show up and running as from this week and continuing until January 19 featuring mixed media by selected Gallery Artists, and woodcuts, monographs and much more by Judith Lockie whose first solo exhibition this is at the gallery. Then at the Christchurch Mansion, a new show opens tomorrow. 'The House Keeper, the Head Chef, and Night Porter and All Life at the Great White Horse Hotel' documents the changing landscape of this busy Ipswich venue. You can meet the artist, Jevan Watkins, and see the work in progress on Sundays between 1pm and 5pm (at the hotel presumably). On Sunday there is a special Christmas opening between 12.30 and 4pm with refreshments served and Gainsborough's William Wollaston on hand to answer questions.
December 15, 7.30pm, Ipswich Choral Society's 'A Christmas Cracker!', Ipswich Corn Exchange
December 15, 7.30pm, Suffolk Concert Band, St John's Church, Felixstowe.
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