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13-Oct-2018 Bach Comes to Town

Saturday 13 October 2018 1.15pm – 3.00pm

Wesley Church Centre, St John St., Chester, CH1 1DA

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 Lobet den Herrn, Der Geist hilft and Jesu meine Freude are complemented by short choral pieces by Brahms and Reger.

Tickets: £10 adults; £5 Full-time students and Under 18s

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14-Dec-2018 Handel’s Messiah

Friday 14 December 2018, 7.30pm

St Alkmunds Church, Church Street, Whitchurch SY13 1LB

Composed by Handel in 1741, the Messiah reflects on Christ’s birth, the Passion and Christ’s life, death and resurrection. St Alkmund’s Church hosts this concert, with fantastic soloists and the Chester Bach Singers. Do come along!

Performers:
Soprano – Charlotte Trepess
Alto – Lucy Vallis
Tenor – Will Smith
Bass – Peter Edge
with Chester Bach Singers

Conducted by Martin Bussey

Tickets: £10 in advance; £12 on the door
From: www.peteredgebaritone.co.uk/stalkmunds

Handel’s Messiah retains its place as a must-hear piece at Christmas. Chester Bach Singers is delighted to have been invited to perform all the Christmas music and selections from the later sections of Handel’s masterpiece with celebrated rising star baritone Peter Edge and three of his highly talented friends in the beautiful setting of St Alkmund’s Church, Whitchurch, directed by Martin Bussey. Not to be missed!

16-Dec-2018 Carols by Candlelight (Tattenhall)

Sunday 16 December 2018 7.30pm

St Alban’s Church, Tattenhall CH3 9QE

Tickets: £12 adults; £5 students and under 18s. Includes seasonal refreshments.

Join us for a mix of carols and seasonal music. Audience participation optional but more fun if you do. Enjoy a complimentary seasonal glass of mulled wine or soft drink if you prefer) and mince pie during the interval.

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22-Dec-2018 Carols by Candlelight (St Werburgh’s)

Saturday 22 December 2018 7.30pm

St Werburgh’s RC Church, Grosvernor Park Road, Chester, CH1 1QJ

Tickets: £12 adults; £5 students and under 18s. Includes seasonal refreshments.

Join us for a mix of carols and seasonal music. Audience participation optional but more fun if you do. Enjoy a complimentary seasonal glass of mulled wine or soft drink if you prefer) and mince pie during the interval.

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02-Feb-2019 Come & Sing Handel’s Samson

Saturday 2nd Feburary 2019 – timings to be confirmed

All Saints Church, 2 Vicarage Rd, Hoole, Chester CH2 3HZ

** Exact Timings and full details to be confirmed**
Our winter choral workshops have become legendary across the North with singers coming from as far as Newcastle and Aberystwyth. In 2019, we invite you to Come and Sing Handel’s Samson. You get to act as a real Philistine and also watch the pillars come down on poor Samson’s head while singing some of his liveliest choruses, such as ‘Let their celestial concerts all unite’. You also get to hear some of Handel’s most famous arias, including ‘Let the bright Seraphim’ and ‘Total eclipse’ sung by some of the North West’s rising young soloists.

 

16-Feb-2019 Bach Comes Back to Town

Saturday 16 February 2019 1.15pm – 3.00pm

St Werburgh’s Church, Grosvenor Park Road, Chester.  CH1 1QJ

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.

Tickets: £10 adults; £5 Full-time students and Under 18s

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30-Mar-2019 The Roaring Twenties: music from the 1920s

Saturday 30th March 2019, 3.30pm – 5.30pm

St Mary’s Creative Space, Chester

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.

11-May-2019 Come & Sing Gilbert & Sullivan – The Gondoliers

Saturday, 11 May 2019 at 13:00–17:00

Venue: to be confirmed

**Timing and venue to be confirmed**
It’s been a while since Chester Bach Singers 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.

08-Jun-2019 Monteverdi Vespers of 1610

Saturday, 8 June 2019 at 19:30–22:00

Chester Cathedral, St Werburgh St, Chester CH1 2DY

Tickets: £20, £10 side aisles and students
Online from Chester Cathedral Box office

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 Orchestra and, for the first time, The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, this should be a high point of Chester music making in 2019.

21-Jun-2018: Mary’s Hand – first public performance

Saturday 21 June 2018 7.30pm

St Mary’s Creative Space, St Mary’s Hill, Chester CH1 2DW

Tickets: £10

Mary’s Hand is a new music theatre work about the life and reign of Queen Mary I, with words and direction by Di Sherlock and music by Chester Bach Singers’ Musical Director, Martin Bussey (Through a Glass Darkly, The Windhover). Mary’s Hand is scored for mezzo-soprano, cello, trumpet and oboe doubling cor anglais. This will be the first public performance of Mary’s Hand, which will be touring later in 2018 and 2019.

Mary Tudor, first Queen of England, invites the audience to help tell her story in a game of cards. The cards represent the key players in her life – her father, Henry VIII, her mother Katherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn – and for the show to begin the audience must first call a card. The choice of that and subsequent cards determines the order in which she will sing her story.

Mary loved games of chance and the hand that Fortune dealt her was a tricky one.

Surrounded by political and religious intrigue, the stakes are high as she risks head, heart and even soul. Remembered, if at all, as ‘Bloody Mary’ and eclipsed by her celebrated halfsister, Elizabeth, History has given Mary bad press. Meet the real Queen who made the glorious reign of Elizabeth I possible.