Chester Male Voice Choir

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Llay Organ Society July Concert. 23rd July 2008

23 July 2008 - Llay British Legion Club, Llay, Wrexham

The organist for the July Concert will be Ian House who is regarded as a rising star on the Electronic Organ and Keyboard circuit. Tickets will be £4 on the door or can be reserved by contacting the Chairman and Secretary (Ron Jones and Beryl Henning) of the Llay Organ Society on 01978 351475. Doors will open at 6.45pm for 7.20 when the choir will perforn their "pre-concert" spot. Our website address is

Telephone: 01978 351475

Hamilton Street Methodist Church - 21st June 2008

21 June 2008 - Hamilton Street Methodist Church, Hoole

An Evening with

The City of Chester
Male Voice Choir
Simon Bate

Saturday 21st June 2008
at Hamilton Street Church, Hoole, Chester

Hamilton Street Methodist Church is where the City of Chester Male Voice Choir hold their rehearsals, and it is fitting that they give an annual concert at this increasingly popular concert venue. Their concert this year took place on Saturday evening, 21st June, in which their conductor, Rodney T Jones, directed and introduced (in a splendidly entertaining way) a well varied programme, superbly accompanied by Helen Everett.

They performed four groups of pieces, one at the start and end of each half. “Battle Hymn of the Republic” opened the first group in a thrilling performance, with effective “drum beats” in the accompaniment as well as in the voices, followed by a contrasting quieter music in “Bring Him Home” from Les Misèrables, in which some intonation was slightly variable but did not detract from the overall moving atmosphere. Rodney Jones explained the “round” form of Mozart’s “Dona Nobis Pacem” in which the individual melodic lines came over with great clarity, while in Mansell Thomas’ arrangement of “Llanfair” the choir produced a gloriously sonorous sound in the fuller harmonies here.

Mozart was again represented in the first item of the choir’s closing group of Part One: “O Isis and Osiris” from The Magic Flute, which was given a moving performance, with good control of dynamics and a sonorous tone. Randall Thompson’s “The Pasture” was one of the most memorable items in the concert, including some lovely unaccompanied phrases before the gentle accompaniment re-entered near the end, and then we heard a great contrast in “Rhythm of Life” (from Sweet Charity), to end Part One, full of vigour, jollity, excellent diction at fast speeds, with all the contrapuntal lines clear and the modulation well brought off – splendid!

Gounod’s “Soldiers’ Chorus” from Faust made a superbly vigorous start to Part Two, including some effective, quieter phrases and an outstanding contribution from Helen Everett’s playing, which was also much in evidence in two pieces from “A Sprig of Thyme”, arranged by John Rutter – (a) “Down by the Salley Gardens”, and (b) “The Miller of Dee”, this being given a rousing performance! Rodney Jones commented that the Dee referred to in that song is the river which flows through Chester! – and that this was the first time they had sung the next item, “Portrait of my Love”, which came over as if they had given many performances!, in a lovely reading, with effective harmonies, especially in a modulation near the end. They closed this opening group of Part Two with an uplifting, sonorous performance of “Some Enchanted Evening” from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific, with much attention to detail especially in the dynamics.

To conclude the concert, the choir sang three more items, starting with a fine, stirring performance of John Tudor Davies’ “Gwahoddiad”, followed by a wonderfully moving, uplifting reading of “I Believe”, with especially effective dynamics and sonorous sound. Then the Church’s organist and concert organiser, John Evans, gave a vote of thanks before the choir gave us a splendid ending to their concert in “You’ll Never Walk Alone”.

In the middle of each half, we were treated to some amazing, absolutely outstanding performances by Simon Bate, a final year pupil from Chester’s King’s School, who plans to read music at university. His first item in Part Two was a piano solo – “Nocturne in B flat minor” by Chopin, in which he displayed a fine, accurate piano technique as well as a superb poetic feeling and control of the overall structure; really memorable! His other five contributions were on trumpet and his choice of pieces displayed a very wide range of styles, which gave him opportunity to let us hear his outstanding versatility, admirably accompanied at the piano by John Higgins, who is clearly a very fine musician, the combination of the two of them making for truly memorable music making! Simon opened his group of three trumpet pieces in Part One with a sprightly reading of Boyce’s “Trumpet Voluntary”, notable for excellent control of dynamics. Then came a moving performance of “Ave Maria” (Bach/Gounod) where Simon had fine breath control through the long, sustained notes and a good variety of tone colour, with John providing a particularly sensitive piano accompaniment. This group ended with a truly brilliant display of virtuosity from both players in the variations of Bellstedt’s “Napoli”, including some amazing agility! After the Chopin piano solo already mentioned, Simon went back to the trumpet for his remaining two pieces in the middle of Part Two – another change of style to ragtime in Alan Morrison’s “Buster Strikes Back”, again excellently characterised, followed by Jules Levy’s “Grand Russian Fantasia”, which was outstanding in every way, by both players - as well as much very sensitive playing, there was a considerable display of virtuosity, including Simon’s brilliant triple tonguing and clear high notes. He gave excellent introductions to all the pieces he played. From his performances in this concert, he has a fine musical future!

The whole concert was thoroughly enjoyed by an enthusiastic audience of about 80. On Saturday 12th July, the Church will be holding an evening of “Cabaret and Cuisine” – a 5-course meal together with cabaret-style entertainment by Church members and friends. The evening will be held in the church hall and lounge, and further details of this and other concerts at the Church can be obtained from John Evans (01244 674878).

Ian Milnes

Telephone: 01244 349931

10 May 2008 - Tarvin

Telephone: 01829 741368

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119th Festival Concert with Black Dyke Band at Chester Cathedral. For Tickets Ring the Box Office on 01244 341296

12 April 2008 - Chester Cathedral

Tickets £20 (Reserved) and £12 (Unreserved Restricted View) are available by ringing the Box Office on 01244 341296 (Credit and Debit Card Booking facilities available.)
Send E-mail enquiries for tickets to:-

Telephone: 01244 341296

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'Sounds Like Christmas' this Saturday! See below for ticket info - Tickets also available on the door on the night.

8 December 2007 - Chester Cathedral

The City of Chester Male Voice Choir celebrates Christmas this year in the Cathedral with the Chester Philharmonic Orchestra and guest soprano soloist Caroline Palmer.
Join us for a varied programme which embraces the sounds of Christmas music and carols.
Tickets £10 (unreserved seats) are available from The Tourist Information Office or by telephone 01244 349931 (Choir) or 0151 632 1633 (Orchestra)and will also be available on the door on the night!

Telephone: 01244 349931 or 0151 632 1633

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Christmas Lights Switch On

15 November 2007 - Chester Town Hall Square

The Choir will be performing on stage in the Town Hall square at 4.30pm on Thursday 15th November as part of the entertainment before the Christmas Lights are switched on in Chester

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Concert for the Hospice of the Good Shepherd. TONIGHT at 7.30pm

27 October 2007 - St. Lukes Church, Huntington

The Choir will be singing in concert at St. Lukes Church, Huntington, in a concert in aid of The Hospice of the Good Shepherd. The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets are available on the door.

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114th Festival Concert

14 October 2007 - Chester Cathedral

114th Festival Concert with Katherine Jenkins

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118th Festival Concert - TONIGHT!! Tickets will be available on the door.

12 October 2007 - Chester Cathedral

Maria Friedman, star of the West End and Broadway stage joins the Choir for its 118th Festival Concert at Chester Cathedral at 7.30pm on Friday 12 October 2007.
John Wilson again is the accompanist for the evening.
Tickets £15 (Reserved) and £10 (Unreserved and Restricted View) are available from the Chester Racecourse Booking Office (Telephone 01244 304610) from 20th August 2007.

Telephone: 01244 304610

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Prom Praise 2007 - TONIGHT! Flags will be waved!

6 October 2007 - Chester Cathedral

The City of Chester Male Voice choir are just one of the choirs taking part in this popular festival of Brass and Voices Raised in Glory!
A feast of popular words and music performed in the name of Chester Cathedral by local artistes bands and choirs.
Flags will be waved!
Tickets are available from Chester Festivals Box Office - Telephone 304618

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