Chester Cathedral - A Choral Christmas at Chester Cathedral - Christmas Crackers with Ian McMillan

Chester Cathedral

 
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With a capacity of 1500, disabled access, comprehensive PA system and flexible staging arrangements we have been able to host concerts, drama productions, awards ceremonies, formal dining, conferences and television productions in the main body of the building.

 

The English choral tradition is the lifeblood that turns our cathedrals from silent spaces into resounding places of glory. Singing eight choral services each week, shared between the boy and girl choristers and the lay clerks, Chester Cathedral Choir sings some of the greatest music from the fourteenth century to the present day.

The Cathedral Choir and the Nave Choir (the longest-serving voluntary cathedral choir in the country) rehearse weekly in the purpose-built Song School, which stands on the site of the monks’ dormitory. In addition to the daily worship of the cathedral, the choir perform at least three concerts a year, record CDs and regularly appear on radio and television and, when time permits, undertake tours to other countries.

 

There is no choir school at Chester and the choristers are recruited from schools all over the city and surrounding area. The cathedral itself provides bursaries for the choristers and this level of support, together with the commitment of the choir members, is absolutely vital to ensure consistently high musical standards.

Chester Cathedral hosts one of the most extensive series of organ recitals in the country, with a weekly Thursday recital throughout the year. Recitalists from all over the world come here to perform, along with the cathedral’s own organists. Originally built by the Chester firm of Charles Whiteley in 1876, the organ enjoys a world-wide reputation as one of the finest in the country.

 

 

 

Christmas Tree Festival 2016

26th November 2016 9:00 am - 8th January 2017 6:00 pm

OPEN DAILY – FREE ADMISSION

Back for a fourth year – and bigger and better than even before!  From the end of November, Chester Cathedral cloisters will be filled with more than 50 majestic Christmas trees.

Escape from the hustle and bustle and lose yourself in our astonishing tree-lined winter walkways.  Don’t forget to vote for our favourite tree too!

Want to get involved?

Are you a business or school interested in sponsoring a tree as part of our festival?  Get in touch today!

Contact: Amie Jones  (01244) 324756

 

 Carols for the city: singing for Syrians

December 18th 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Join Chester Cathedral Nave Choir for a free Christmas carol concert to support Christian Aid’s appeal for the crisis in Syria.  Enjoy popular Christmas music and carols for all to sing.

All are welcome to attend, no ticket required.

 

 

Public workshop: Try a sound bath

December 18th 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Need a break from the Christmas rush? Why not try a relaxing sound bath led by sound therapist Gavin Kendrick here at the cathedral?

Sound meditation is based on the principle that everything in the universe is in a state of constant vibration. Every molecule, tissue, cell, organ, gland, bone and energy centre in our bodies has its own specific rate of vibration. Like a well-tuned musical instrument, the body has a rhythmic, harmonious form unless its vibratory field is disrupted.

The sound meditations offered by Gavin Kendrick, a sound therapist, combine overtone singing with acoustic instruments from across the world. During the sound bath we will explore the sound of the cathedral organ and the way different notes and chords resonate in the body and in the building.

Tickets on the door on the day: £10/£8. No need to pre-book. Please wear warm clothes!

 

 

Permaculture Course 

December 14th 

Permaculture is a design system based on the observation of natural systems; it is the application of the principles of ecology to create genuinely sustainable outcomes. Permaculture draws from nature, traditional practices and contemporary thinking to create a solutions and function based approach to design. This subject is potentially of interest for everyone as it applies to food, energy, waste, soil, water, housing, local economies, people and enterprise.

This permaculture design course is a carefully constructed educational experience, including elements of both theory and practice, that provides the knowledge and tools to live on this planet in a harmonious and restorative way.

The course will be led by Steve Jones, a permaculture teacher and designer from Sector39, which is recognised by the Permaculture Association (Britain), and which will issue internationally recognised certificates of completion to the course participants.

 

 

Will Young presents the Soi Dog Foundation Carol Concert

December 14 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm 

Hosted by Will Young and special guests For a good old festive bark-along! Soi Dog UK Ambassador Will Young and guests invite you to a charity Christmas carol concert. With performances by a local performing arts choir from The Hammond School, and readings by selected friends of the Soi Dog Foundation. All proceeds from this event will go directly to the charity and will be used to end the suffering of dogs and cats in Asia and fight the illegal dog meat trade.

 

 

A Choral Christmas at Chester Cathedral

December 17 7:30 pm - 9:45 pm

Chester Cathedral Choir, directed by Philip Rushforth, sings a selection of traditional carols for all to enjoy. There will also be seasonal readings and a chance for all to join in and sing some festive songs and carols.

 

 

Christmas Crackers with Ian McMillan

December 19 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Chester Music Society Come and celebrate a family Christmas with carols and seasonal music from the Chester Music Society Choir and Chester Philharmonic Orchestra. Enjoy the humour of Ian McMillan, The Bard of Barnsley, returning for a second visit to Chester following his outstanding success with the Music Society in 2014. As an added treat he is bringing a new “Carol for Chester” written especially by Ian for the Choir, with music by Luke Carver Goss. Another CMS Choir Christmas concert full of fun and surprises!

 

 

Christmas Crackers with Ian McMillan

December 20 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Chester Music Society Come and celebrate a family Christmas with carols and seasonal music from the Chester Music Society Choir and Chester Philharmonic Orchestra. Enjoy the humour of Ian McMillan, The Bard of Barnsley, returning for a second visit to Chester following his outstanding success with the Music Society in 2014. As an added treat he is bringing a new “Carol for Chester” written especially by Ian for the Choir, with music by Luke Carver Goss. Another CMS Choir Christmas concert full of fun and surprises! 

 

 

March 2017

Chester Philarmonic presents ‘Shostakovich’s Answer to Stalin’

4th March 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:45 pm

The second Cathedral Concert in the “High Fives” Season sees a performance of the dark brooding Fifth Symphony of Shostakovich. Composed in 1937 and later described as, “An expression of suffering to which the population had been subjected by Stalin,” it is non-the-less triumphant and tuneful. We will also hear Weber’s Clarinet Concerto performed by the BBC Philharmonic’s Principal Clarinet John Bradbury. The conductor is David Chatwin, also from the BBC Phil, and the concert commences with Rossini’s William Tell Overture, the tune you can’t hear without thinking of ‘The Lone Ranger.’

 

 

April 2017

Chester Philarmonic presents ‘Celebrating 100 Years of Finnish Independence’

29th April 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:45 pm

This year sees the 100th anniversary of Finnish independence and the orchestra are proud and honoured to be appointed as official partners by the Finnish Government in their anniversary celebrations. To honour this event the orchestra have chosen to perform an all Sibelius programme. The conductor, Italian Marco Bellasi and soloist from the Netherlands Olivia Doflein (formerly Scheepers), reflect the international emphasis of this event. We will hear Finlandia, The Violin Concerto and Symphony Number Five.

 

 

June 2017

Chester Philarmonic presents a ‘Russian Evening’

24th June 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:45 pm

The final concert in the season is a performance of Russian music. Richard Howarth will conduct the orchestra in a performance of Balakirev’s Overture on Three Russian Songs, Koussevitzky’s Double Bass Concerto, In the Steppes of Central Asia by Borodin and finally Tchaikovsky’s Symphony Number Five. The soloist and winner of the Chester Philharmonic/Chetham’s Concerto prize is Hannah Godfrey-Clarke. This concert concludes the 2016/17 ‘High Fives Season’ but, at the time of writing, it is proposed to continue the theme into 2017/18 with a performance of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. 

 

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