This year’s Spring Season of afternoon concerts at St. Andrew’s Church, Rushmere will be held in support of the local Air Ambulance Service. There is no charge for admission, but we invite voluntary donations after each event.

The season kicks off on 5 March with the guitarist James Woodrow. James studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and is one of the country’s leading contemporary classical and electric guitarists. On 12 March, local group Essentially Swing will be joining us for an afternoon of foot-tapping fun.  As their website says they offer music “from piccolo to trombone and from rags to rock and roll”. Sadly Phantom Wind Quintet’s visit to Rushmere last autumn had to be cancelled due to illness, but we are delighted to welcome them back on 19 March, hopefully fully recovered. They will be performing a couple of rare gems of the wind quintet repertoire as well as some more familiar music.

The 2023 Phyllis Dawson Memorial Organ Recital takes place on 26 March. Mrs. Dawson was the organist at St. Andrew’s for over 50 years, so she probably played for your wedding if you were married there in the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s or 90s! The recital is to be given by Christopher Moore, one of Suffolk’s best-known organists. The series concludes on 2 April with a welcome return by the Ipswich Hospital Band. They have been entertaining people in the Ipswich area for more than forty years with a range of music for brass and concert bands. All concerts begin at 3pm and are followed by refreshments (tea, coffee, and home-made cake) in the hall. We look forward to welcoming you to any or all of them.