Past Events – 2020
The VIPs, Ipswich's own Barbershop Chorus, was hired to entertain the assembled brothers, family members and guests.
After dinner, guests replete and refreshed, the music from The VIPs was warmly received and provided a fitting introduction to the Ladies Song, performed for the assembled wives and partners by Alan Herring, Chairman of The VIPs, and Brother Andrew Watkins, Bass singer and PRO for The VIPs.
Past Events – 2019
Photo courtesy of Karen McAllister - Thanks Karen!
But we did provide some good Barbershop for the small crowds that stopped to listen, and might have signed up a few interested singers too.
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In Concert for Heartbeat East Suffolk
in aid of The British Heart Foundation
In Concert with Stellar Acapella
at The United Reform Church, Stowmarket
Friday 29th November 7.00pm
The VIPs supplied some of our old favourites and a group of new songs including one we hope to take to Convention next May.
Reports from the organisers, Gipping Rotary Club of Stowmarket suggest that the funds collected in aid of The British Heart Foundation exceeded £1,000, so thank you to all who braved the cold.
The VIPs on Facebook here carries several video snippets for you to see and hear.
And you can find Stellar Acapella on Facebook here
Gipping Rotary Club, who organised this event in aid of The British Heart Foundation, made a video of the concert and have been kind enough to post a video of highlights on YouTube. You can view it free here. If you can beg or borrow a pair of headphones you will find the audio quality much better than iPhone or Laptop.
In Concert with
Bury St Edmunds Male Voice Choir,
In aid of Tear Fund
Saturday 2nd November 7.00pm
Concert – Cockfield Village Hall
An evening's entertainment for
Thursday 3rd October
The Risby Singers – Charity Concert
Saturday 20th July
All Saints Church, Barrow
A quick check at the end of the evening revealed that aproximately £800 had been raised for The Samaritans, principal beneficiary for the event.
Newmarket Community Choir – Charity Concert
Friday 12th July
All Saints Church, Newmarket
For some of us, the enjoyable evening was extended with a busking session at The Bushel, a nearby hostellry happy to host our brand of entertainment.
36th Ipswich Scouts Group - Annual Fete
Saturday 6th July
Sprites Playing Field
The rest of the afternoon was spent sheltering from the rain and singing to ourselves under a gazebo, watched by a few hardy souls under umbrellas!
Sudbury Festival of Performing Arts
The VIPs with our awards
We were hoping to compare our performance with more conventional groups in the Adult Choir class (40) as well as the expected Barbershop Chorus class (55). Sadly this didn't happen, as the other groups pulled out of the competition. However, we gave the judges a creditable performance of two songs in each class and came away with two cups, one “Distinction” and one “Outstanding” certificate as a result.