Category Archives: Past Concerts

8th November 2014: For M is Musick

Saturday 8 November 2014 7.30pm

Wesley Church Centre, Chester CH1 1DA

For M is Musick

This concert will feature pieces that weave through the renaissance of English Choral Music that emerged from the late 19th century with works of Stanford, Elgar, Naylor and Bairstow, published in the first decades of the 20th century and show how these have influenced later, more modern works. For example, the title for the concert, For M is Musick, comes from Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, a cantata first published in 1943 which sets extracts of a eccentric poem by eighteenth century clergyman, Christopher Smart to the new irregular rhythmic motifs made notorious by Stravinsky earlier in the 20th century. This is particularly challenging in the fast section about ‘Nimrod, the mighty hunter’ which changes time signature in nearly every bar based around groupings of five notes – very difficult to count but once learnt, this passage stays with the singer forever! Musically, however, the shape of the work derives much from the anthems of Henry Purcell from the seventeenth century, with its ‘verse’ sections for solo singers from the choir and the recurring ‘Hallelujah’ section. And there are other connections between Purcell and the other works in what promises to be an exciting and diverse programme:

Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb
Stanford: 3 Motets (Beati quorum, Coelos ascendit, Justorum animae)
Bairstow: Let all Mortal Flesh
Elgar: Give unto the Lord
Tavener: Ikon of St Cuthbert
Naylor: Vox dicentis
Howells: Requiem
Whitacre: Sleep

Adults £12
Under 18s £5


5th September 2014: Joint Concert with Le Voci

Friday, 5th September, 2014, 8pm

Venue: St Mary’s Centre, Chester, CH1 2DW

Norway comes to Chester! Le Voci (from Oslo) in a joint concert with Chester Bach Singers. English and Scandinavian songs and madrigals, including:

  • Rutter: Sprig of Thyme
  • Hovland: Karin Boye
  • Grieg: Ave Maris Stella
  • Havroy: Noringen
  • Elgar: As Torrents in Summer
  • Lindberg: Shall I compare Thee
  • Stanford: Heraclitus
  • Mantyjarvi: Come Away Death

£10 adults
£5 Under 16s and students

14th June 2014 : Bravo for Bach!

Saturday, 14th June 2014  7.30pm

Venue: St. John’s Church, Vicars Lane, Chester, CH1 1SN

Bach-themed concert including Magnificat, Air on a G String and Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring. With members of the 18th Century Concert Orchestra in costume.

Conductor: Martin Bussey

Soprano: Amy Wood
Alto: Abigail Thompson
Tenor: Thomas Kelly
Bass: James Berry

Feedback – Mar2014

Just to say how much we enjoyed the last concert. The Vaughan Williams was the first choral piece I ever sang, 43 years ago as a young teacher in Nigeria. Haven’t heard it since so it was very nostalgic.
Also thought Martin’s piece was great. So quirky and lively and reachable. Glad I wasn’t doing the piano duet – looked hard!
– Greg and Anne Yates

15th March 2014 : The Springtime of the Year

Springtime_concertSaturday, 15th March 2014  7.30pm

Venue: Wesley Methodist Church, St. John Street, Chester, CH1 1DA


Vaughan Williams: Five English Folk Songs
Rutter: The Sprig of Thyme
Bussey: The Pied Piper

Tickets £12 (£11 concessions, £5 children)


Conductor: Martin Bussey

Countertenor: James Neville

Baritone: Andrew Davies

With the Choir of St David’s High School, Saltney trained by Lauren Faulkner as the children in The Pied Piper.

Pianists: Catherine Barnett and Nicholas Oliver

Flute: Martin Hoffman

Percussion: Ed Cervenka and David Lewis

English folk music lovers will have an opportunity to enjoy the music of John Rutter and Ralph Vaughan Williams at Chester Bach Singers’ Spring Concert. The choir will perform a collection of John Rutter’s folksongs known as The Sprig of Thyme. These short folksongs are performed by different arrangements of voices to create a beautifully harmonious sound that harps back to traditional England. Alongside this the choir will perform Five English Folk Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams, who was fascinated by the beauty of folksong and music. They will be joined for the second part of the evening by the Choir of St David’s High School, Saltney in a performance of Martin Bussey’s The Pied Piper. This lively choral work for soloists, choir and children’s choir was first performed in 1987.

Tickets: £12

18th December 2013 : Carols at Chirk Castle


The Chapel at Chirk Castle

Enjoy a magical evening of carols and singing in Chirk Castle’s magnificent Chapel.

On 18 December join the wonderful Chester Bach Singers as they perform a festive programme of carols and seasonal music. Tickets £10 – does not include homemade mince pies and mulled wine during the interval. A delicious pre-concert meal is also available to book in the Tea-room. 01691 777701

More Information: Chirk Castle, 01691 777701,

National Trust – Chirk Castle Event website

As this is a National Trust organised event, tickets are only available through Chirk Castle.