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Chester Music Society Celebrity Concert
📅 Wednesday 9 January 2019, 7.30pm
St Mary's Creative Space, Chester CH1 2DW
Celebrity
Pixels Piano Trio
Sophie Rosa violin
Jonathan Aasgaard cello
Ian Buckle piano
J S Bach Sonata in E minor, BWV1023
Beethoven Piano Trio in E flat, Op 1 No 1
Brahms Piano Trio in B, Op 8
Sophie Rosa was a finalist in the 2006 BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition. She was First Prize winner of the 2008 Lions European Music Competition in Cannes, and was awarded the Second Prize and Audience Prize at the 2011 Manchester International Violin Competition. She has given recitals in the Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall and Bridgewater Hall and has played concertos with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Manchester Camerata. Her debut album with pianist Ben Powell, was released in 2016 on the Champs Hill Records label.
Jonathan Aasgaard enjoys a busy concert career, participating in festivals as diverse as Bergen, Evian, Prague, Washington, the Manchester Cello Festival and the BBC Lutosławski Festival. In 1999 he was appointed Principal Cello of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Since then he has performed more than 30 works for cello and orchestra with the RLPO. Chamber music collaborations have taken him around Europe, the Middle East, Japan, South Korea and the USA, appearing alongside violinists Nigel Kennedy, Henning Kraggerud and Julian Rachlin, cellists Yo Yo Ma, Christian Poltera and Giovanni Sollima and clarinettist Martin Fröst.
Ian Buckle maintains a varied freelance career working as soloist, accompanist, chamber musician, orchestral pianist and teacher. He enjoys especially strong relationships with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, having appeared with them as soloist on numerous occasions; and has also played concertos with the Royal Philharmonic, Opera North, Sinfonia Viva and the Manchester Concert Orchestra.
Tickets £16
Tickets from 0333 666 3366, Chester Visitor Information Centre, or at the door.
February Folk Day
📅 Saturday 23 February 2019
Hoole Community Centre, Westminster Road, CH2 3AU
A full day of folk music starting at 12 noon. Afternoon concert, evening ceilidh and other events. Guests include The Wilson Family, John Kirkpatrick, Full House & Phoebe Rees.
For more details see www.chesterfolk.org.uk or phone 07005 977045.

Sandbach Concert Series
📅 Wednesday 27 February 2019
St Mary’s Church Hall, High Street, Sandbach, Ches
Pianist Reiko Fujisawa celebrates the great 19th century musician Clara Wieck Schumann with a programme of works by Brahms, Chopin, Robert Schumann and Clara herself - music that Clara performed during her career as one of the major pianists of her time.

Also spotlight concert by talented local young musicians, Art exhibition by Sandbach Art Club plus interval bar and raffle raising funds for local charity. Family friendly event - free parking in Sandbach.

Why not make an evening of it and book your pre-concert dinner at La Casa Mia (not included in the ticket) who are kindly helping to sponsor the concert series.

Doors open 6.30pm concert start 7pm finishes 9pm Ticket prices - £10.00, Concessions £9.00, Family tickets £21 (2 adults & 2 children) & School Children £3


Life And Death In An Art Gallery
📅 Saturday 2 March 2019
Chester Cathedral 7.30
Rachmaninoff Isle of the Dead
Mozart Clarinet Concerto
Mussorgsky/Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition
Conductor - David Chatwin
Katherine Lacy (Clarinet)

This evening’s soloist is the principal clarinet of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Katherine, will perform Mozart’s beautiful and haunting Clarinet Concerto. The Concerto was written in the same year of Mozart’s death and the first performance took place only three months before he died.

Two pieces in this concert were inspired by paintings. Rachmaninoff saw Arnold Boecklin’s painting entitled Isle of the Dead and composed this splendid Tone Poem. Mussorgsky arranged an exhibition of paintings by Viktor Hartmann and painted musical impressions of the paintings for piano. We have Ravel to thank for the orchestration.

Tickets priced at £16; £12 and £9 (Students £5) are available from Cathedral Booking Office on 01244 500959 or www.chesterphilorchestra.co.uk
String Octet

Chester Music Society Celebrity Concert
📅 Wednesday 13 March 2019 , 7.30pm
St Mary's Creative Space, Chester CH1 2DW
Celebrity
String Octet
As a unique experience for Chester Music Society we have invited two of the most illustrious string quartets to combine forces for a programme of chamber music for octet.
Wihan Quartet Sacconi Quartet
Leoš Čepický violin Ben Hancox violin
Jan Schulmeister violin Hannah Dawson violin
Jakub Čepický viola Robin Ashwell viola
Michal Kanka cello Cara Berridge cello
Shostakovich Octet Op 11
Mendelssohn Octet in E flat Op 20
Enescu Octet in C Op 7
The award-winning Sacconi Quartet is recognised for its unanimous and compelling ensemble, consistently communicating with a fresh and imaginative approach. Performing with style and commitment, the Quartet is known throughout the world for its creativity and integrity of interpretation. Formed in 2001, its four founder members continue to demonstrate a shared passion for the string quartet repertoire, infectiously reaching out to audiences with their energy and enthusiasm. They have enjoyed highly successful international careers, performing regularly throughout Europe, at London’s major venues, in recordings and on radio.
The Wihan Quartet has been described by International Record Review as ‘ one of the best quartets in the world today.’ In 2015 the Quartet celebrated 30 years since its formation, and over the years it has developed an outstanding reputation for the interpretation of its native Czech heritage, and of the many classical, romantic and modern masterpieces of the string quartet repertoire.
This concert is supported by a Friend of the Celebrity Concerts.
Tickets £16
Tickets from 0333 666 3366, Chester Visitor Information Centre, or at the door.
Sandbach Concert Series
📅 Wednesday 27 March 2019
St Mary’s Church Hall, High Street, Sandbach, Ches
Kabantu is a quintet from Manchester who unravel new marriages of music from around the world to celebrate the space where different cultures meet, from Scotland to South Africa to Brazil, defying genre to embrace sheer joy in music. Promoted in conjunction with the Royal Over-Seas League.

Also spotlight concert by talented local young musicians, Art exhibition by Sandbach Art Club plus interval bar and raffle raising funds for local charity. Family friendly event - free parking in Sandbach.

Why not make an evening of it and book your pre-concert dinner at La Casa Mia (not included in the ticket) who are kindly helping to sponsor the concert series.

Doors open 6.30pm concert start 7pm finishes 9pm Ticket prices - £10.00, Concessions £9.00, Family tickets £21 (2 adults & 2 children) & School Children £3


Love, Life And Death
📅 Saturday 29 June 2019
Chester Cathedral 7.30 pm
Hindemith :- Symphonic Metamorphosis of themes by Carl Maria von Weber.
Shostakovich:- ‘Cello Concerto
Prokofiev:- Romeo and Juliet
Conductor - Marco Bellasi
Findlay Spence (‘Cello)

How better to close our Season of Life and Death in music than to hear these three very unusual, yet well known, pieces of (fairly) modern classical music. The Hindemith, with possibly the longest title in the musical repertoire, with it’s first orchestral performance in 1943 is tuneful with toe tapping exuberance. Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto was composed in 1959 for Mstislav Rostropovich and is unusual in that the final three of the four movement work are played without a break. Folk tunes form some of the themes and there is even a reference to Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death. The Prokofiev is probably the best known of all the contributions to this evenings concert. It is surprisingly the oldest of the three pieces being composed as far back as 1935. The Ballet for which it was composed was however not performed until 1940. The music is of course programmatic and tells the story of Romeo and Juliet in musical form. The fight between the Montagues and Capulets is well known as the introductory theme to the BBC Programme “The Apprentice”. Our soloist Findlay Spence is a young up and coming star from Scotland. He is currently Cellist and Composer studying at the Royal College of Music in London, and Musician in Residence at St. Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge.

Tickets priced at £16; £12 and £9 (Students £5) are available from Cathedral Booking Office on 01244 500959 or chesterphilorchestra.co.uk

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