Chester Music Festival featuring Ensemble Deva presents music spanning four centuries in a range of chamber concerts presented in the city.
The 11 day line-up includes: an evening of minimalist Steve Reich’s music, the ‘Gran Caffe Venezia’ Concert – an annual festival favourite – and a chamber rendition of one of Gustav Mahler’s great orchestral pieces; Mahler’s famous ‘song – symphony’ Das Lied von der Erde, with mezzo Jane Irwin and tenor Joshua Ellicott.
Ensemble Deva is the in-house chamber ensemble for producers Storyhouse. The ensemble will be led in turn by violinists Giovanni Guzzo and Thomas Gould, both of whom return to the festival after popular appearances in previous years.
Gould was the 2016 judge of the BBC Young Musician of the Year strings final, alongside Julian Lloyd Webber, and he leads Ensemble Deva in two concerts: firstly a rare chance to hear two of Schubert’s late great quartets (15th June, Chester Town Hall) and then a Baroque treat as Ensemble Deva are joined by soprano Mary Bevan as she sings a programme of Bach, Handel and Vivaldi (17th June, St Thomas’ Church)
Other highlights include lunchtime concerts from internationally renowned pianist Martin Roscoe and young exciting cello and percussion duo Abel Selaocoe and Delia Stevens, as well as a chance to hear Camille Saint-Saëns’ most famous work The Carnival of the Animals.
Orchestral tastes are catered for by two appearances from Manchester Camerata as they perform Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony (8th June) and Haydn Symphonies 69 and 75 alongside Mozart’s Piano Concerto 25 (10th June). With a chance to hear Hannah Roberts play Rachmaninov’s Cello Concerto (12th June) and an evening of Baroque sonatas for violin, cello and oboe (16th June), the festival once again promises to deliver music of the highest quality.
Clark Rundel, musical director said: “Another year, another array of wonderful concerts, brought to life by a host of musicians we love working with. Whether it be Mozart, Steve Reich, Schubert, Mahler, Saint-Saens, Bach or Handel, the music is always pushed to the fore; every year, in Chester with Ensemble Deva, you can be sure that there are absolutely no barriers between musicians and the audience. What you get is music in its purest form.“
Storyhouse presents Chester Music Festival
Wednesday 8th June 2016
Delia Stevens & Abel Selaocoe: Lunchtime Recital – Chester Town Hall, 1pm – £10
Manchester Camerata: Prokofiev, Classical Symphony -St Thomas’ Church, 8pm – £19.50
Thursday 9th June 2016
Ensemble Deva: Gran Caffè Jazz! – Chester Town Hall, 8pm – £15.50 to £27.50
Friday 10th June 2016
Manchester Camerata: Rococo Classics -St Thomas’ Church, 8pm – £19.50
Saturday 11th June 2016
Ensemble Deva: Caffè Venezia Concert – Chester Town Hall, 8pm – £23
Sunday 12th June 2016
Ensemble Deva: Schubert & Rachmaninov – Chester Town Hall, 8pm – £23
Monday 13th June 2016
Martin Roscoe: Lunchtime Recital – Chester Town Hall, 1pm – £10
Ensemble Deva: Steve Reich, WTC 9/11 – Chester Town Hall, 8pm – £15.50 to £27.50
Tuesday 14th June 2016
Ensemble Deva: Carnival of the Animals – Chester Town Hall, 8pm – £19.50
Wednesday 15th June 2016
Kathryn Williams: Lunchtime Recital – Chester Town Hall, 1pm -£10
Ensemble Deva play Schubert Quartets – Chester Town Hall, 8pm – £19.50
Thursday 16th June 2016
Ensemble Deva: Baroque Classic Sonatas – 8pm, Chester Town Hall – £19.50
Friday 17th June 2016
Ensemble Deva & Mary Bevan: Vivaldi & Bach – St Thomas’ Church, 8pm – £15.50 to £27.50
Saturday 18th June 2016
Ensemble Deva Finale: Das Lied von der Erde – St Thomas’ Church, 8pm – £19.50