This year’s programme of Sunday afternoon Spring Concerts at St Andrew’s Church, Rushmere will be held in support of the local Air Ambulance Service.  There is no charge for admission and everyone is welcome to attend. Refreshments are provided and we invite voluntary contributions after each event.

As usual, the concerts present a high quality of performance and a wide range of musical styles. This year’s programme is:

5 March:        James Woodrow
James trained at the Royal Northern College of Music and quickly became established as one of the country's leading contemporary classical and electric guitarists. Equally at home with the traditional guitar repertoire and new works, we welcome him for what will be a very stimulating and enjoyable recital.

12 March:        Essentially Swing
Essentially Swing brings a unique sound to the music of the big band era. You can expect a journey in time with numbers like ‘Maple Leaf Rag’, ‘American Patrol’ and ‘Sing Sing Sing’ to early rock and roll songs such as ‘Rock Around The Clock’. An afternoon of foot-tapping fun! 

19 March:      Phantom Wind Quintet;
A re-scheduled visit to Rushmere (after Covid struck in 2022) by this talented group of five wind and brass instrumentalists: flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon. They will be performing a couple of rare gems of the wind quintet repertoire as well as some more familiar music.

26 March:        Christopher Moore 
The 2023 Phyllis Dawson Memorial Organ Recital will be a presentation of varied music by one of Suffolk’s best-known organists. Christopher has worked in Sudbury, Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds, as well as further afield in London, Cambridge and South Africa before his retirement.  

2 April:        Ipswich Hospital Band
A welcome return to Rushmere by the Ipswich Hospital Band to perform from its broad repertoire of brass band and concert band compositions and arrangements. The Band has been entertaining people in the Ipswich area for more than forty years – what better way to conclude our concert series!

All concerts begin at 3.00pm and we look forward to welcoming you to any or all of them.

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                                  Autumn 2022 Music at Rushmere Sunday afternoon concerts 

Our Sunday afternoon series of Autumn concerts in 2022 was held in support of The Treehouse, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice in Ipswich. Thanks to the audience’s generosity at the four concerts, we were able to donate £500 and the picture shows four members of the congregation handing over the cheque on 11 November.

The Treehouse is located just beyond our parish boundary and currently provides care and support to 358 children and young people with life-threatening conditions as well as to another 229 family members in the Ipswich area. We wish it every success with its truly admirable endeavours in the future.