The Choirs of St. Mary-le-Tower

The Civic Church of Ipswich, Suffolk



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Updated 26/08/13

St Mary-le-Tower has two choirs. The Church Choir of children and gentlemen, and the Tower Singers, a ladies’ group. Three fully choral services are held each Sunday:

 - 9.30 am Choral Matins  (Traditional—Book of Common  Prayer).

 - 10.30 am Parish Eucharist  (Modern—’Common Worship’)

 - 6.30pm   Choral Evensong (Traditional—Book of Common  Prayer) Or on the first Sunday  in the month:  Holy Communion (Traditional—Book of Common  Prayer).-


Click here for a Schedule of services and the current Music List


Children are professionally taught to sing and to read music from the age of about six, and are encouraged to progress towards the Bishop’s Chorister examination. New recruits aged between about six and ten can enter after introductory Open Mornings which are held every May and October, or enquiries are welcome at any time.


New from September 2013: recruitment starts for a GIRLS’ section to the Choir.


There are vacancies for men with a reasonable proficiency in sight-reading: altos (counter-tenors), tenors and basses.


Rehearsals are on Friday evenings. The gentlemen usually sing at two or three services each Sunday. For gentlemen who cannot commit themselves to full regular attendance, there is also an occasional and deputy list.


The Tower Singers is a choir of ladies, and girls are also welcome to join the group from the age of about 13. This choir usually sings two or three services a month, most of them jointly with the gentlemen of the Church Choir. There is no regular rehearsal time but a schedule of commitments is announced well in advance of any given period.


A wide and challenging repertoire is covered, from the medićval to the modern.


Overseas tours are undertaken, recently to USA, France, Germany and Holland.


If you are interested in singing yourself, or if you would like to discuss introducing your children to the Choir, please contact the Director of Music Stephen Bullamore


Or come to an Open Evensong: men and women singers are welcome to participate, whether on a trial or a one-off basis. To make sure you are alerted to the next one, contact the Director of Music




Ipswich Choirs : Come and help maintain the Anglican choral tradition: sing beautiful music in a beautiful church.