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Our Next Online Meeting is Wednesday 27th January at 7.30pm

Creating a musical tribute using Zoom, GarageBand and iMovie

In 2016, Gallery Players staged a production of the musical ‘Spring Awakening’ at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich. The themes of the musical resonate today, especially the final number, 'The Song Of Purple Summer’, which looks forward to a time of hope and change after repression.

The director of the production, Steve Wooldridge (who is also a member of Suffolk Mac User Group) felt it timely to reunite his talented cast and invite them to reflect on what lockdown has meant to them. With the help of fellow Gallery Players steering group member and film-maker, Wade Ablitt, and the show’s musical director, Richard Healey, the company members performed in the safety of their own homes, and created a film of 'The Song Of Purple Summer’ that pushed Zoom, GarageBand and iMovie to their limits.

Join us on 27th January to see their fabulous work, and enjoy the company of Steve and Wade as they discuss and illustrate the process of recording and creating this moving tribute to hope and the future.


Our meeting content is always subject to change if, for example, Apple surprise us with new technology at any point. But our future plans include:

24 February 2021 - Take Control Books - Joe Kissell

31 March 2021 -  Astrophotography - Martin Richmond-Hardy

28 April 2021 - Creating a document using Affinity Publisher - Simon Parnell

26 May 2021 -  iCloud - Mark Elliss

26 June 2021 - (Special Saturday meeting) Internet security - Josh Summers,

28 July 2021 - WWDC Innovations and updates to Mac OS and iOS - Brad Clark

25 August 2021 - Apple TV - James Corsica

29 September 2021 - Life with the M1 Chip - Mark Elliss

27 October 2021 - iMazing - Gregorio Zanon

24 November 2021 - DaVinci Resolve - Tony Bramley


If you'd like to have a look at our archives of past meetings, they're just a click away ....

How to get to a Suffolk Mac User Group meeting

We meet every other month on Wednesday evenings - from 7.30pm to 10pm - in the comfortable surroundings of Rushmere Village Hall, very close to Ipswich. 

 Access to the hall’s car park is from Humber Doucy Lane in Ipswich. Head towards Rushmere from the Rushmere Road roundabout on Colchester Road. A quarter mile or so up the road, at the mini roundabout, turn left in to Humber Doucy Lane. The first building you will see on the right is the Rushmere Community Centre (it has a bus stop right outside it) which is immediately followed by the drive leading to the Village Hall.

 If you’re using sat nav, the hall’s post code is IP4 3PD, which will get you to within 200 yards of the building.

Come and see for yourself - you’re assured of a very warm welcome.