The Somme 100 – Saturday 9th July 2016 – Queen’s Park High School – #chesterculture

In commemoration of the Battle of the Somme which took place 100 years ago the Chester Philharmonic Orchestra in collaboration with the Queen’s Park High School are taking part in the Somme 100 project.

img_0949The film ‘Battle of the Somme’ made in 1916 by Geoffrey Mallins and J.B. McDowell, has been re-mastered by the Imperial War Museum and an orchestral score has been written by Laura Rossi to accompany it.

The Somme 100 project aims to show the film internationally with Laura’s music at 100 different venues.

There will be two opportunities to view this moving historic film in Chester at 2.00pm and 7.30pm on Saturday 9th July 2016.

The Somme 100 Commemorative Concert
Saturday July 9th 2016
The Main Hall in Queen’s Park High School
Tickets priced at £12 and £10 for adults
Student tickets are £5
Tickets are available from Queen’s Park High School – Student Services on 01244 981506 or on the door.

#chesterculture – Chester Philharmonic present A Night At The Movies – Saturday 25th June 2016

Chester Philharmonic’s Final Cathedral concert this season will be a departure from the normal Classical Musical format.

On the 25th June you will be able to hear a selection of music which was either composed for the ‘Silver Screen’ or pieces from the Classical repertoire which have been used in Hollywood’s films.

Who can forget the sight of Mickey Mouse in Walt Disney’s film Fantasia as ”The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” or who cannot fail to be moved by the music from the film Schindler’s List?

Both these pieces along with many more will be performed by Chester’s own symphony orchestra in Chester’s cathedral. Elmer Bernstein (Magnificent 7), Leonard Bernstein (no relation….West Side Story), Eric Coates, Ron Goodwin and the prolific John Williams (W.T. Star Wars), are the major composers.

The soloist in Schindler’s List will be Lucy Holmes, a very young musician currently studying at Chetham’s School of Music Manchester.

The conductor will be Daniel Parkinson who has just graduated in conducting from the Royal Northern College of Music.  Daniel has a long history with the Chester Philharmonic. As a teenager, he played in many concerts both as a violinist and orchestral pianist. Since becoming a conductor, Daniel has returned to conduct the Chester Philharmonic on several occasions. He holds the record for the longest introduction by a compère and infamously conducted Copland’s Rodeo sporting a cowboy hat.

In 2016, Daniel was the Off-Stage and Cover Conductor for The Royal Ballet’s critically acclaimed production of ‘The Winter’s Tale.’ He will make his debut with Northern Ballet in September. In 2015, Daniel conducted Manchester Camerata in Chester Cathedral as part of the MBNA Chester Music Festival. He has also been an Assistant Conductor to the BBC Philharmonic and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras.

A Night at the Movies

Chester Cathedral

7.30pm – Saturday 25th June 2016

Tickets at £16; £12; £9 – students £5 – available  by calling 01244 500959 or www.chesterphilorchetra.co.uk.

 

#chesterculture – Chester Music Festival 2016 – Wednesday 8th June to Saturday 18th June 2016

One of the most anticipated arts events in Chester’s calendar is once again upon us.

From the producers of Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre comes Chester Music Festival, 11 days of concerts in Chester Town Hall and St Thomas’ church on Parkgate between 8th –and 18th June.

This year’s festival gets underway with cellist Abel Selacoe in concert on Wednesday 8th June at 1pm. Other highlights include an evening of Pulitzer prize winner 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 company responsible for the future operation of Chester’s £37m new theatre, library and cinema currently under construction. The ensemble will be led in turn by violinists Giovanni Guzzo and Thomas Gould, and feature Cheshire’s Sophie Rosa.

Other highlights include lunchtime concerts from internationally renowned pianist Martin Roscoe and 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 (8 June) and Haydn Symphonies 69 and 75 alongside Mozart’s Piano Concerto 25 (10 June). With a chance to hear Hannah Roberts play Rachmaninov’s Cello Concerto (12 June) and an evening of Baroque sonatas for violin, cello and oboe (16 June), the festival once again promises to deliver music of the highest quality.

Alex Clifton, Artistic Director, Storyhouse said: ‘We are thrilled to be starting our summer of wonderful events with the anticipated Chester Music Festival. Ensemble Deva is made up of musicians from across Europe who are delighted to be performing in Chester, in front of an audience they have grown to love. Whether it’s contemporary sounds, orchestral concerts or intimate chamber recitals – there’s something for every music fan to enjoy.’

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

Book here or visit Chester Visitor Information Centre.
Download the brochure here.

#chesterculture – Chester Music Society Choir Present a relaxing evening of Chorales for a Spring Evening – 14th May 2016

On Saturday 14th May 2016 join Chester Music Society Choir as they present a relaxing evening of Chorales for a Spring Evening featuring Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, Pergolesi’s Magnificat, Mozart’s Spätzenmesse and Haydn’s Insanae et vanae curae in the peaceful surroundings of Chester Cathedral.

Morten Lauridsen is one of America’s best loved modern composers. Lux aeterna was greeted by The Times after its London première as ‘a classic of new American choral writing’.

Mozart’s Sparrow Mass (Spatzenmesse) is short in a simple structure, but festively scored with brass and timpani in addition to four soloists and organ.

Giovanni Battista Draghi (1710-1736), better known as Pergolesi, wrote many works, sacred and secular, in his short life, some of which have been heard in films such as Amadeus and Farinelli.

Morwen Blythin studied harp with Ceinwen Stuart. Morwen has become a member of the Gorsedd of Bards at the National Eisteddfod and is known as Telynores Glannau Clwyd (Harpist of the Clwyd Coast).

 

Her programme will include:
Handel’s Passacaglia
Glinka’s Nocture
Hasslemans’ La Source
Mathias’ Improvisations
Grace Williams’ Hiraeth
David Watkins’ Nocturne & Fire Dance

Chester Music Society Choir Present a relaxing evening of Chorales for a Spring Evening

With Guest Recitalist: Morwen Blythin – harp, Chester Music Society Choir, Graham Eccles – Organ and Graham Jordan Ellis conducting.

Chester Cathedral
Saturday 14th May 2016
7.30pm
Tickets: £14 (Nave); £7 (Aisles, restricted view)
Reduced prices available.
Tel: 01244 500959

#chesterculture – Storyhouse presents Chester Music Festival – 8th to 18th June 2016

Chester Music Festival featuring Ensemble Deva presents music spanning four centuries in a range of chamber concerts presented in the city.

img_0501The 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.

img_0503Gould 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

Book here or visit Chester Visitor Information Centre.
Download the brochure here.

#chesterculture – Chester Philharmonic Orchestra – St George’s Day Concert – 23rd April 2016

The English do not seem to celebrate their National Day as conscientiously as the other great nations of this United Kingdom.
This year the Chester Philharmonic are determined to celebrate Saint George’s Day in style and are proud to present an all English feast of music.

The orchestra, one of the premier English non-professional orchestras, conducted by Stephen Threlfall with soloist Guy Johnston will play Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance Marches 4 and 1, his popular ‘Cello Concerto and Vaughan-Williams’ London Symphony.

Guy Johnston is one of the most exciting and versatile British cellists of his generation. He sang in the world-renowned choir of King’s College, Cambridge, where he recorded the famous carol Once in Royal David’s City, and then went on to achieve important early successes through the BBC Young Musician of the Year title. He has made many important debuts including at the First Night of the BBC Proms playing the Elgar Cello Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Brahms Double Concerto with the DSO Berlin, Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations with the St. Petersburg State Orchestra in St. Petersburg and the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Osaka Philharmonic in Tokyo. A founding member of the Aronowitz Ensemble, Guy is an enthusiastic chamber musician and regularly performs at London’s Wigmore Hall. He is also the founding Artistic Director of the Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival.

Stephen Threlfall is a hugely experienced musician. His career encompasses that of a professional cellist, conductor and, in his current role of Director of Music at Chetham’s School of Music, one of the UK’s leading musical educators. His professional engagements have taken him to the USA, throughout Europe, and especially Scandinavia, with regular visits to the Urals Philharmonic in Yekaterinburg and the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra.

This concert is also dedicated to the memory of Michael Kennedy, music critic on the Telegraph and editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Music.

Michael had a particular interest in the history of music- making in Manchester and the North West. He was particularly known for acute and sympathetic studies of the works of Ralph Vaughan Williams (who was during his last years a close friend) Edward Elgar, and Richard Strauss. Michael wrote biographies of Vaughan Williams, William Walton, and of John Barbirolli, with authorisation from the composers themselves and the Barbirolli family, respectively. He died on 31st December 2014.

Tickets for the concert priced at £16; £12; £9 with concessions for students and children

Chester Philharmonic Orchestra – St George’s Day Concert
Chester Cathedral
Saturday 23rd April
7.30pm
Call 1244 500959 or click here for tickets.

#ChesterCulture – Chester Bach Singers present Handel’s Messiah.

Tonight sees Chester Bach Singers perform a Passiontide performance of a selection of works from Handel’s Messiah which will feature many of the world’s finest and most famous arias and choruses. 

Even if you think you don’t know classical music, you will find that know the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah.

Tonight’s concert is conducted by Martin Bussey and will be featuring organ accompaniment by Andrew Dean.

No ticket required – admission will be free but at the end of the concert you will be invited to give what you feel the performance was worth.

Wednesday 16th March 2016

Doors: 7pm

Performance Time: 7.45 pm

St Thomas of Canterbury Church, Parkgate Rd, Chester, CH1 4AG