Chester Music Society - Aurora Ensemble - Aspects Of Christmas

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Wed. 14th December 2016

Our Christmas Concert this season is by the reknown Aurora Ensemble visiting Chester Celebrity Concerts for the first time. The instrumental wind quintet will be playing works by Rossini, Vivaldi, Walton and others.

Prizewinners at the European chamber music competition Musique d'Ensemble held at the Paris Conservatoire in 2001, the Aurora Ensemble has performed in many major venues and festivals including the Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall, Manchester's Bridgewater Hall, Cardiff's St. David's Hall and the Warwick, Thaxted, Ryedale and Petworth Festivals.

They have broadcast on ORS Television (Austria) and BBC Radio 3 for the Young Artists' Forum and were selected as one of the featured ensembles in Making Music's Concert Promoters' Network brochure for the 2005 - 2006 season.

The Aurora Ensemble players are:

Maxine Willis - flute

Gwenllian Davies - oboe

Andrew Mason - clarinet

Richard Bayliss - horn

Stuart Russell - bassoon


Rossini (arr Sheen) - Overture Italian Girl in Algiers

Reicha - Wind Quintet in E flat, Op 88 No 2

Beach - Pastorale

Medaglia - Suite Popular Brasileira

Vivaldi - Trio in G minor RV103

Klughardt - Wind Quintet in C major, Op 79

Walton (arr Mason) - Façade suite (excerpts) 



Aspects Of Christmas 

Mon. 19th December Tues. 20th December

Chester Music Society Choir's annual celebration of Christmas in words and music with guest reader Ian McMillan and Chester Philharmonic Orchestra.

Celebrate a family Christmas with carols and Seasonal music, and enjoy the humour of The Bard of Barnsley, Ian McMillan, who is returning for a second visit to Chester following his outstanding success with the Music Society in 2014. Also this time he will be bringing with him a new “Carol for Chester” written especially by Ian for the Choir with the melody composed by Luke Carver Goss. With accompaniment from Chester's own Philharmonic Orchestra, we can promise you another Chester Music Society Choir Christmas concert full of fun and surprises.

Guest Reader: Ian McMillan

Conductor: Graham Jordan Ellis

Chester Philharmonic Orchestra

Chester Music Society Choir 



Daniel Shelvey, baritone and Dylan Perez, piano 

Wed. 11th January 2017

January's Chester Celebrity Concert features two rising young artists - baritone Daniel Shelvey accompanied by Dylan Perez, piano.  They perform an exciting programme of works by Schubert, Schumann, Barber and Vaughan Williams.

Liverpool born baritone Daniel Shelvey is 23 and has just finished his fifth year of study at the Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of David Maxwell Anderson. His studies were kindly funded by the RNCM and an Independent Opera scholarship. Daniel will continue his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Robert Dean. Daniel is a Jerwood Young Artist 2014 and is supported by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Dylan Perez, 26, is in his second year in the Artist Master's Program at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he studies piano accompaniment with Pamela Lidiard and Julius Drake. He also holds degrees from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Martin Katz. He has participated in The Song Continues at Carnegie Hall, New York and Opera Bastille, Paris. He has worked closely with Graham Johnson on two Song Guild recitals and was subsequently awarded the Paul Hamburger Prize for accompaniment. Last summer, he attended the Franz Schubert Institut in Baden bei Wien, Austria. His studies are generously supported by the Norman Gee Foundation.

This concert is supported by The Countess of Munster Trust.


Vaughan Williams - Songs of Travel

Barber - Op 45 Three Songs:

Now have I fed and eaten up the rose;

A green lowland of pianos;

Oh boundless, boundless evening

Schumann - Dichterliebe

Schubert - Piano Impromptus D899


Schubert - Der Wanderer, Die Forelle



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