Ipswich girl Lynne Mortimer sings about the delights of Christmas

As we run out of sticky tape, forget to buy eggs, survey the giblets with horror and rummage through the CDs to find the Christmas classics, remember it’s all about peace and goodwill

As the spirit of Christmas pervades the air and gets poured over the Christmas pudding and ignited, I have been feeling especially warm and fuzzy after a night at the Corn Exchange at Ipswich Sings Christmas.

The annual event is organised by Ipswich Choral Society and has, for the past two years, supported the Woolverstone Wish appeal which is raising money to improve the environment for patients undergoing chemotherapy at Ipswich Hospital. Currently, although the care is second to none, there just isn’t enough space.

Ipswich was on top form as it sung Christmas. The choir, accompanied by John Cooper on the Corn Exchange organ, sang For Unto Us a Child is Born from Handel’s Messiah and a number of other seasonal favourites. Suffolk Phoenix Band played some great numbers and the three-voice a capella harmony group the Kettle Girls were fabulous.

I joined in the audience carols with gusto although my “glorias” ran out before the music in Ding Dong Merrily on High and I was missing a couple of top notes (the ones only dogs can hear) in the Hark the Herald Angels descant.

But it was the two school choirs, both from Ipswich, that really wowed us. The Oaks primary school with their beautiful singing and St Pancras primary school with what I can only describe as a wall of sound gave jaw-droppingly good performances.

The choral society’s musical director Stephen Rumsey spoke eloquently about the importance of music in schools and paid tribute to the teachers who give children the chance to make music and the confidence to perform it in public.

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n In the town centre on Sunday it looked as if the whole world was either out shopping or selling or performing. In the Buttermarket there was a jazz saxophonist, in Tavern Street an Andean pan pipes player and in Westgate Street, a Scottish piper. We also spotted Mickey and Minnie Mouse in the Buttermarket.

n I have been roaming the countryside in search of Christmassy produce and came up with a jar of Adnams beer chutney. Not much of a chutney lover, I may have to syphon off the beer and drink it, mind you.

n Just a small seasonal celebration of the most public spelling mistakes in town. I spotted a corner shop’s window which bears the legend “stationary”.

The shop is indeed stationary but, I’m guessing it sells stationery. That’s the trouble with being my age, you get pedantic about spelling.

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