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Clare Hammond piano

Chester Music Society Celebrity Concert
📅 Wednesday 13 February 2019 7.30pm
St Mary's Creative Space, Chester CH1 2DW
Celebrity
Clare Hammond piano
Haydn Sonata in C major, Hob XVI:48
Mendelssohn The Bee's Wedding, Op 67 No 4
Schumann Humoreske in B flat major, Op 20
Debussy Selection from Préludes
Rimsky Korsakov Flight of the Bumblebee
Rachmaninov Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op 36
Acclaimed as a pianist of “amazing power and panache” (The Telegraph), Clare Hammond is recognised for the virtuosity and authority of her performances and has developed a “reputation for brilliantly imaginative concert programmes” (BBC Music Magazine, ‘Rising Star’). In 2016, she won the Royal Philharmonic Society's Young Artist Award in recognition of outstanding achievements. Highlights last year included a performance at the Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia Orchestra, and a concerto tour of Poland.
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. www.chestermusicsociety.org.uk


Music @ Gallery 1, Castle Park Arts Centre
📅 Friday 15 February 2019
Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham WA6 6SE
Daniel John Martin 15 February 2019 8 pm
Music @ Gallery 1 presents one of the foremost violinists in Gypsy Jazz, the unique and charismatic Daniel John Martin, playing live with Gary Potter (guitar) and Ed Harrison (double bass). Starts 8 pm. Tickets £15. Available from the Arts Centre or telephone 01928 735832 or 07914794039
Bar available.



Chester Bach Singers
Bach Comes Back To Town

📅 Saturday 16 February 2019
St Werburghs Catholic Church
Chester Bach Singers performs all six of J.S.Bach’s motets over two lunchtime concerts.
Including some of the composer’s most exciting and daring writing for choir, Bach’s motets are varied, vibrant and vivid in illustrating their German texts (translations provided!). Sometimes in four parts and sometimes in as many as eight, with voices divided into two answering choirs, Chester Bach Singers forms the perfect companion to Saturday shopping or lunching. The concerts present the motets alongside some of Bach’s most memorable organ works and choral music by composers influenced by him.In this concert, Bach’s Komm, Jesu, komm, Fürchte dich nicht and Singet dem Herrn are complemented by motets by Mendelssohn, who rescued so much of Bach’s music from obscurity in the early nineteenth century.
www.chesterbachsingers.org.uk
Phoebe Rees

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 chesterfolk.org.uk or phone 07005 977045.
Pianist Reiko Fujisawa

Sandbach Concert Series
📅 Wednesday 27 February 2019
St Mary’s Church Hall, High Street, Sandbach
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, Concessions £9, Family tickets £21 (2 adults & 2 children) & School Children £3.
Mica Millar

Live Music - Mica Millar
📅 Friday 1 March 2019
Chester Abode Hotel 7:00pm
Mica’s powerful and emotive performances have quickly established her as one of the North West’s most revered, up and coming female artists. Her shows bring together a soulful sixpence line up of musicians with gospel-inspired harmonies and vocals that have been compared to the likes of Etta James, Janice Joplin, Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin.


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. www.chestermusicsociety.org.uk
Music @ Gallery 1, Castle Park Arts Centre
📅 Friday 22 March 2019
Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham WA6 6SE
Music @ Gallery 1 presents the Lollo Meier Quartet
Lollo Meier - Lead Guitar
Andre Doni - Clarinet
Filippo Dall'Asta - Rhythm Guitar
Umberto Calentini - Double Bass
The Legendary Dutch Gypsy Swing guitar Master, composer, bandleader and arranger, Lollo comes from an elite family of Gypsy players. His goal: to carry on the music of Django, with a style and technique that’s traditional, melodious, lyrical, sensitive and joyful. His mellifluous compositions have a refreshing authentic Django flavour and are played with extraordinary talent, unique style and amazing suppleness that clearly reflects that he makes music he loves.
Doors open at 7.30 pm, Starts 8pm.
Tickets £15 in advance, £18 on the night.
Available from the Arts Centre or telephone 01928 735832 or 07914794039
Bar available
Kabantu

Sandbach Concert Series
📅 Wednesday 27 March 2019
St Mary’s Church Hall, High Street, Sandbach
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
Music @ Gallery 1, Castle Park Arts Centre
📅 Friday 29 March 2019
Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham WA6 6SE
Music @ Gallery 1 presents Keith James
With the songs of Nick Drake - a haunting and immaculately crafted concert.

This unique and dedicated concert begins with an introductory set of timeless songs by brilliant songwriters – all contemporary to Nick Drake.
Starts 7.30pm.
Tickets £15 Available from the Arts Centre or telephone 01928 735832 or 07914794039
Bar available




Chester Bach Singers - The Roaring 20's
📅 Saturday 30 March 2019
St Marys Creative Space
Join Chester Bach Singers as they don their tap shoes, feather boas and pearls to enjoy music from the Roaring Twenties. Fats Waller, Gershwin and Cole Porter appear alongside an invitation to Tea for Two while a little bit of context is provided by choral music by Vaughan Williams and Bax, as well as Ketelby’s Bells across the meadows. It’s possible The Master himself (Noel Coward) may appear in the programme again this year. www.chesterbachsingers.org.uk
Ben Haenow

Live Music - Ben Haenow
📅 Saturday 20 April 2019
Brasserie Abode Chester
Join us at Brasserie Abode Chester for an exclusive evening and see Ben perform a special line up of his hit singles in an intimate setting, with the opportunity to enjoy a meet and greet with a VIP ticket! When the live music ends, party until the small hours with our DJ.
Sandbach Concert Series
📅 Wednesday 24 April 2019
St Mary’s Church Hall, High Street, Sandbach, Ches
This special evening of virtuosic and lyrical favourites for clarinet and piano from Sarah Douglas & Amy Wakefield includes Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, Adagio from Mozart's Clarinet Concerto and a pair of Schubert Impromptus.

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
Come & Sing Mozart Requiem
📅 Saturday 27 April 2019
All Saints Church, Hoole
An opportunity to spend a day working on Mozart's Requiem with our Music Director Marc Murray and the Chester St Cecilia Singers. The day starts at 10.30 and the performance begins at 4.30pm. Cost for the day is £15 or if you just fancy coming along to listen to the concert there is a small charge of £5. Application form and further details available to download from our website: www.stcecilia.co.uk
Come And Sing - The Gondoliers
📅 Saturday 11 May 2019
St Marys Creative Space
It’s been a while since CBS trod the boards with G & S but they invite you to swell the chorus as Gondoliers or Contadine in one of the duo’s most tuneful creations. Italian opera joins with farce in this story of one of two babies stolen in infancy who may (or may not, it turns out) be a King – but which of the brothers is it? Dance a Cachucha with members of CBS, who will also delight again as soloists, and narrate the story, with Catherine Barnett conjuring up Venetian magic from the piano as Martin Bussey aims to make sure you catch the last park-and-ride gondola.
Sandbach Concert Series
📅 Wednesday 29 May 2019
St Mary’s Church Hall, High Street, Sandbach, Ches
A welcome return to Sandbach Concert Series from Foden's ten piece ensemble, featuring virtuosic solos in a specially created programme from soloists in our local world famous band!

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
Chester Bach Singers - Monteverdi Vespers Of 1610
📅 Saturday 8 June 2019
Chester Cathederal
The 2018-19 season climaxes with one of the most memorable concert experiences: Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, performed in the inspiring architecture of Chester Cathedral, a worthy stand-in for St Mark’s Venice. This sequence of vocal and choral masterpieces, composed just at the time when opera was taking off, is unique in its colour and vivid, virtuosic vocal writing. Chester Bach Singers performs alongside the talented young singers who make up the Fieri Consort, whose debut CD in 2017 focused on the music of Monteverdi and who the BBC Music Magazine described as ‘giving some of the best in the business a run for their scudi’. Accompanied by regular partners the Eighteenth Century Sinfonia and, for the first time, The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, this should be a high point of Chester music making in 2019.
Sandbach Concert Series
📅 Wednesday 26 June 2019
St Mary’s Church Hall, High Street, Sandbach, Ches
Tiptoe are intimate, soulful earth music delivered in an artfully unassuming style. Captivating voices (trumpet, vocals) interweave over a grounded electro-acoustic core (electric guitar, double bass) - they call it chamber-funk, but we’re sure they won’t mind if you called it something else.

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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