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28-Apr-2018: Singing Workshop with Bob Chilcott

Saturday 28 April 2018

St Mary’s Creative Space, Chester CH1 2DW

A One-day Workshop led by the composer, Bob Chilcott.

Described by the Observer newspaper as “a contemporary hero of British choral music”, Bob Chilcott has always been immersed in the choral tradition of his country. He sang as a chorister and choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, and after singing professionally in London and also as a member of the vocal group the King’s Singers for 12 years, he became a full-time composer in 1997. He has embraced his career with energy and commitment, not only producing a large catalogue of music for all types of choirs, but also working with singers and choirs in more than 30 countries.


9.00am – 10.00am Arrival and Registration
Singers to register, collect loan music and be seated.
10.00am – 11.15pm Session #1
11.15am – 11.45pm Break
Tea/coffee will be served
11.45pm – 1.00pm Session #2
1.00pm – 2.00pm LUNCH
There are plenty of local cafes nearby, serving drinks and snacks; alternatively singers are welcome to bring packed lunches and eat them in the hall.
2.00pm – 3.15pm Session #3
3.15pm – 3.45pm Break
Tea/coffee will be served
3.45pm – 4.30pm Informal performance


  • Little Jazz Mass
  • Thou knowest Lord (from Requiem)
  • The real of heart
  • Thou my love art fair


The workshop will be held at St Mary’s Creative Space, St Mary’s Hill, Chester, CH1 2DW. This is easily reached by PR1 Park and Ride from the Wrexham Road CH4 9DE Park & Ride or Upton (Zoo) CH2 4BA Park & Ride. Buses are every 12 minutes until 7.00pm for £2 all day return.

The nearest car parking is at Chester Castle (Crown Court) CH1 2DN – currently £5.50 all day on Saturdays. The next nearest is Little Roodee, CH1 1SL – currently £5.80 for over six hours.


Workshop fee £22 (£10 for under 19s and students in full time education)

This cost includes loan of music also tea/coffee in the breaks.

The music will also be available for purchase from the publisher on the day.


27-Jan-2018: Come and Sing Verdi Requiem

Saturday 27 January 2018 11.00am-6.30pm

All Saints Church, Hoole CH2 3HZ

Our annual choral workshop is an opportunity for all singers, to rehearse and perform Verdi’s Requiem with Chester Bach Singers.

The Chester Bach Singers January workshops have become legendary across the North, with singers coming from places as distant as Newcastle and Aberystwyth, many returning year after year. In 2018 we invite you to Come and Sing Verdi’s Requiem! This is a choral piece like no other, dramatic, very lyrical and full of lung-bursting phrases for the singer – a chance to shake off your post-Christmas blues! Chester Bach Singers and guests will perform all the choral and soloist with choir movements of the work alongside four exciting young vocal talents as soloists. The Chester Bach Singers workshops are known for the high standards achieved in a short time under the baton of seasoned conductor, Martin Bussey.


10.15am – 11.00am Arrival and Registration
Singers to register, collect any pre-ordered hire music and be seated.
11.00am – 12.15pm Choir rehearsal #1
Dies Irae; Sanctus;
12.15pm – 1.30pm Choir LUNCH
Chester Bach Singers will provide Soup & a Roll between 12.15pm – 1.15pm
but this must be pre-ordered and paid for in advance.
There are plenty of local cafes nearby, serving drinks and snacks; alternatively singers are welcome to bring packed lunches and eat them in the church hall.
1.30pm – 2.30pm Choir rehearsal #2
Kyrie; Sanctus; Libera me; Agnus Dei
2.30pm – 4.15pm Choir and Soloists combined rehearsal
4.15pm – 5.00pm Break
Tea/coffee and cake in the church hall
5.00pm – 6.30pm Scratch performance
£5 open to the public, no charge for under 12s. This includes tea/coffee and cake beforehand.
Requiem & Kyrie
Dies Irae
~short interval~
Agnus Dei
Libera me


The Messa da Requiem is a musical setting of the Catholic funeral mass (Requiem) for four soloists, double choir and orchestra by Giuseppe Verdi. It was composed in memory of Alessandro Manzoni, an Italian poet and novelist whom Verdi admired. The first performance, at the San Marco church in Milan on 22 May 1874, marked the first anniversary of Manzoni’s death. The work was at one time called the Manzoni Requiem. It is rarely performed in liturgy, but rather in concert form of around 85–90 minutes in length. Musicologist David Rosen calls it ‘probably the most frequently performed major choral work composed since the compilation of Mozart’s Requiem’.Wikipedia contributors. 'Requiem (Verdi).' Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 18 Sep. 2017. Web. 1 Oct. 2017.


This year we are holding our workshop at All Saints Church, Hoole (CH2 3HZ). This is the church with the spire on Hoole Road, Chester. It has excellent facilities and is about 10 minutes walk from Chester railway station. There is limited parking at the church and we would like to save that for people with reduced mobility. We are very grateful to Hoole United Reformed Church (CH2 3NT) for giving us permission to use its large car park for this event. The car park is on your right as you drive towards Chester. It is then only a 5-minute walk to All Saints. We ask that you make a donation of £2 towards the URC’s programme of modernisation, if using their car park on the day. There is also parking in the streets around the church.


Workshop fee £18 (£10 for full time students)

Hire Score £2 [Ricordi Edition]

Lunch of Soup and a roll £3 [if pre-ordered in advance]

Audience ticket £5 (no charge for under 12s) – available on the door from 4.15pm onwards

BOOKINGS – please book by 13th January 2018 to ensure your space

Booking now closed.