The Chester Philharmonic Orchestra The High Five Season

 The Chester Philharmonic Orchestra




Christmas Crackers with Ian McMillan

Chester Cathedral

Monday 19, December 2016 7.30

The Chester Philharmonic join together with the Chester Music Society Choir for a family Christmas with carols and seasonal music. Enjoy the humour of Ian McMillan, The Bard of Barnsley, returning for a second visit to Chester following his outstanding success 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. 


This concert is repeated on Tues 20th December at 7.30pm

Conductor - Graham Jordon Ellis

Ian McMillan



Shostakovich's answer to Stalin

Chester Cathedral

Saturday 4, March 2017 7.30

The second Cathedral Concert in the “High Fives” Season is a performance of the dark brooding Fifth Symphony of Shostakovich. Composed in 1937 and initially entitled, “A Soviet artist’s response to just criticism” but later described as “An expression of suffering to which the population had been subjected by Stalin.” Should you be unfamiliar with this piece don’t let these descriptions discourage you because it is brilliantly triumphant and very tuneful. We will also hear Weber’s more cheerful but less triumphant 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.’

Conductor - David Chatwin

John Bradbury:- Clarinet





Celebrating 100 years of Finnish independance

Chester Cathedral

Saturday 29, April 2017 7.30

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 welcomed return from the Netherlands of the acclaimed violinist Olivia Doflein performing this evening under her former name of Scheepers, and the engagement of the Italian Marco Bellasi as conductor reflects the international emphasis of this event. With the Tone Poem Finlandia, the beautiful Violin Concerto and the spiritually uplifting Symphony Number Five, we trust that you will come from this concert with your spirits soaring with the swans.

Conductor - Marco Bellasi

Olivia Scheepers:- Violin




Russian Evening

Chester Cathedral

Saturday 24, June 2017 7.30

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

Conductor - Richard Howarth

Hannah Godfrey Clarke:- Contra Bass.





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