Former Norfolk music teacher and Aldeburgh Festival singer, Janet Ingamells dies, aged 79

Janet Ingamells in Malta.

Janet Ingamells in Malta. - Credit: Archant

Tributes have been paid to a former Norfolk music teacher who sang in the chorus at the opening of the Snape Maltings concert hall, at the start of the 20th Aldeburgh Festival, in the 1960s.

Janet Ingamells, wife of the Revd Ron Ingamells, died on Sunday, August 24, aged 79.

As a member of the Aldeburgh Festival chorus during the time of Benjamin Britten, she also sang at the reopening of the concert hall after a fire.

The composer had lived in Snape, near Aldeburgh, in the 1930s, and had the vision that the largest of the malthouses could be converted into a concert hall. The new concert hall was opened by the Queen.

Mrs Ingamells' husband, who was a former Norwich diocesan youth officer and on the staff of St Peter Mancroft Church, said that singing at the Aldeburgh Festival was a 'magical' time for her.

He said: 'She was also a member of the Broadland Singers for a number of years and visited Canada and France with them.

'And she sang for many years with the BBC Chorus taking part in a number of 'Last Night of the Proms'.'

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During her time in Norwich Mrs Ingamells trained as a teacher at Keswick College.

She taught music for short periods at the City of Norwich School and at the high school in Long Stratton.

She also taught at the former Lonsdale private school in Norwich, as well as private tuition.

When her husband started working for the National Council of YMCA, they moved to Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire.

She retired with her husband to Buckden, near Huntingdon, in Cambridgeshire.

She leaves her husband, two daughters, Sue and Liz, four grandchildren and one great-grandson.

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