Classical Summer

My husband has decided to turn the shed into a pub.  I’ve never seen him so happy, nor so determined to complete a project by deadline day, my birthday in mid-July.  And rather than morph into the nagging newly-wed who tries to force her own ideas, morals, musical tastes, bizarre diets, quirky routines and sassy female behaviour onto a relationship, I’m encouraging the pub project with the view that when he’s enjoying a pint of Adnams in his very own watering hole, I can be up in my little box room playing music at the level I wish, trying out embarrassing dance moves in front of the mirror and practising newly acquired accents from my Impressions Bank.  We’ll both be very happy.

But thank heavens both of us also realise that one of the best parts of a relationship (and life) is getting out of the four walls and going to an event.  Not turning on the tele hoping to be ‘entertained’ whilst texting, but seeing a live performance, meeting new people with a common purpose and returning to man cave/ little box room, renewed and refreshed.  So in July this is what we’ll be up to…

There’s Ipswich Music Day on Sunday 2nd July, ‘the largest free one-day music event in the UK’ with 3 venues devoted to classical music.  Yay!  Soloists, Choirs, G&S Society and Hospital Bands at Masonic Hall/ Bethesda Baptist Church/ St Margaret’s Church ( for more details).

If French music and culture is more your tasse de thé then Roman River Music’s Summer Weekend, 14 -16 July, will give you a feast of La Belle Époque: ‘we aim to challenge, inspire and surprise audiences with magical and unique experiences in unusual and unexpected venues in Colchester and Essex.’ (

The Felixstowe Music Series continues its exciting and varied summer season with an event in the beautiful Library at the Orwell Hotel on 5th July at 11.30am entitled An Indian Summer, Music and Words from India for voice and sitar; an evening event continues at the Orwell on July 11th at 7pm with primary school children presenting a feast of Disney songs; a Carnival String Prom on July 23rd comes to St John’s Church at 7.30pm with the superb Mendelssohn Octet. In addition, the Young Musicians’ Series presents concerts in St Andrew’s Church, each Wednesday from noon starting on 12th July (

Voilà.  See you there!