Concert with a twist as Aldeburgh Festival performance comes to an Ipswich car park
- Credit: Su Anderson
The Aldeburgh Festival hit new heights as crowds gathered to hear a concert in an Ipswich multi-storey car park.
Symphony musicians were joined by a 100-strong choir for the performance at the Endeavour House site, given over to the festival for free by Suffolk County Council.
The Multi-Story Orchestra enthralled a crowd of around 900 people for just under an hour, performing works by Beethoven, Aaron Copland, and a piece by the group’s artistic director Kate Whitley.
Her piece included a choir formed by children from Cantabile Youth Choir as well as Northgate High, Rushmere Hall Primary and Sidegate Community Primary schools.
People travelled from across the county for the third day of the 17-day Aldeburgh Festival.
Harry Young, general manager of Aldeburgh Music, said: “It was great fun and went really well, I am thrilled.
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“We could have sold more tickets, and it really seemed to capture people’s imaginations.
“We have wanted to come to Ipswich for a while, and we looked at various unusual venues but settled on this one. Although it is the Aldeburgh Festival we would like to do more around the county.
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“The car park had great acoustics, and it was fantastic to get schools involved. We had lots of parents come along and it’s important for us to get new audiences involved.”
Bill Batten, from Snape, said: “I loved the venue, it was wonderful, and it was very interactive with the children.
“It was a great atmosphere, with children running around and doing handstands, and people really focused on the music.
“This is quite brave and I would like to see more unusual venues used.”
Carolyne Giner, from Ipswich, watched her eight-year-old son Hayden, from Sidegate Community Primary School, perform.
She said: “I am a very proud mum, and it was very good.
“It was very strange to have that in a car park, but it is a nice way for little ones to hear an orchestra and classical music as well – it is a lot more relaxed.”
Dawn Simmons, from Ipswich, added: “It was lovely to see the students involved in something they would not normally be involved in.
“The different setting made it more real for people.
“The staff have put a lot of time and effort in at the schools to get them to where they needed to be.
“It was really enjoyable.”