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Subscriptions (rates valid from September 2022)


Full subscription: £35 payable per term or £105 payable annually

Concession: £32 payable per term or £96 payable annually
(available to those of State Pension age who would find the concession helpful financially)

Full-time Students under age of 25: Free membership


Please ensure subscriptions are paid promptly, and certainly no later than the 6th rehearsal of each term.


Payment of Membership Subscriptions to be made by internet banking transaction please
(or, by exception only, by cheque made payable to Ipswich Symphony Orchestra, given to the Membership Secretary).  
Bank account details can be obtained from the Membership Secretary:



Officers* and Committee

President John Cooper
Honorary Patron Noriko Ogawa
Conductor Adam Gatehouse
Chairman* Sarah Ingram
Vice Chairman* Pat Grimwade
Secretary* Emma Hardy
Treasurer* Kate Pycock
Orchestra Leader Jane MacDonald
Membership Secretary Tracey Adams
Librarians Sara Rae and Helen Thorne
Ticket Sales Lisa Cheadle

Non-Committee Assistants

Concert Manager David Ferguson 
Friends' Liaison Pat Grimwade
Rehearsal Bookings Kate Pycock
Advertising/Publicity Christine Ranson
Poster Distribution Kirsten Sharpe
Refreshments Coordinator Karen Smith
Website & Social Media Mary Dickinson 


























Always Remembered

Members' Page     Liz Kennedy
22 December 2023

We were sorry to hear of the death of Elizabeth Kennedy.

Having played doublebass with the orchestra for many years, Liz became a Life Member and continued her commitment to Ipswich Symphony Orchestra as our Vice President.

Liz loved the orchestra, and it was always a delight to see her at our playday rehearsals where she enjoyed reminiscing with old friends.

A generous, kind, and lovely lady. We extend our sincere condolences to her family. 

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Peter Lister
6 February 2022

We were sad to learn that Peter passed away on Sunday 6th February 2022.

Peter played double bass with us for many years and was much loved member of the bass section.

He also enjoyed folk music, and was a trained ceramicist and a talented woodworker.

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Geoff Webb
5 February 1952 ~ 21 March 2021

Our deepest sympathy to Sally and Charlotte following the peaceful death of Geoff on 21 March 2021.

As well as being a peripatetic brass teacher with Suffolk County Council, Geoff has surely played with every local orchestra as well as many wind bands and brass ensembles.

Live music in Suffolk will not be the same without him.

Members' Page    Dennis Halstead
2 September 1931 ~ 18 January 2021

Sady Dennis passed away on 18 January 2021.

He was a long-standing member of the orchestra and many current members will remember him fondly.

We send our very best wishes to his family.

'When I come to the end of my journey 

And I travel my last weary mile
Just forget if you can, that I ever frowned
And remember only the smile'
   extract from When I'm Gone by Mrs Lyman Hancock

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Graham Ransom
8 November 2020

We were so very saddended by the sudden death of Graham in November 2020, and we send our sincere condolences to Christine and his family.

Graham was a stalwart and much loved member of the orchestra, and our lead 'cellist and Chairman for many years.

He will be missed greatly by all who were fortunate enough to have known him.