The MBNA Chester Music Festival 2016 June 8th – 18th


The Ensemble plays an active part in the MBNA Chester Music Festival; programming their own concerts and performing with friends. For the audience, this means access to incredibly immersive performances that would ordinarily be off-limits, all in the intimate yet spectacular surroundings of our specially constructed stage at Chester Town Hall.

Ensemble Deva regularly features soloists and section leaders from the country’s greatest symphony orchestras – Tim Jackson from the Liverpool Philharmonic, Lynsey Marsh from the Hallé and Rachael Clegg, Hannah Roberts and Richard Williamson from Manchester Camerata. Add world-renowned soloists Martin Roscoe (piano), Ksenija Sidorova (accordion) and Thomas Gould (violin) along with the highly respected pianist Gwilym Simcock and Ensemble Deva is truly a force to be reckoned with.

Formed just a few years ago and debuting at the 2013 MBNA Chester Music Festival, the ensemble have quickly earned enviable praise and recognition having been declared a ‘god-send to the music circuit’ by the Daily Telegraph’s Michael White. The Ensemble have gone from strength to strength and now embark on a new adventure as they invest in young and aspiring talent through the Deva Academy. In a unique partnership with the Royal Northern College of Music, the 2015 festival featured an Academy Concert where student players had the opportunity to perform alongside senior members of Ensemble Deva. Plus, the Ensemble’s saxophonist Rob Buckland hosted a dedicated education day for aspiring musicians.

Each year at the festival, the Ensemble perform in a selection of events, concerts and recitals for which tickets are made available at fantastic prices. Chester Performs members can purchase an Ensemble Deva pass, offering great savings and gaining access to all the Ensemble’s fabulous concerts.

Alongside the festival in 2016, Ensemble Deva will be performing in specially programmed concerts across the year.






Chester Music Festival 2016 June 8th – 18th

Get close to the music you love this summer with the Chester Music Festival featuring Ensemble Deva; eleven sunny days of sublime music enjoyed with friends.


Another year, another array of wonderful concerts, brought to life by a host of musicians I love working with. Whether it be Mozart, Steve Reich, Schubert, Mahler, Saint-Saens, Bach or Handel, the music is always pushed to the fore; every year, in Chester with Ensemble Deva, you can be sure that there are absolutely no barriers between musicians and the audience. What you get is music in its purest form.

Clark Rundell, Musical Director






Delia Stevens & Abel Selaocoe: Lunchtime Recital

Delia Stevens (percussion) and Abel Selaocoe (cello) open the festival with their unique youthful blend of music, encompassing everything from South African song to Bach.

Wednesday 8th June13:00 Chester Town Hall £10.00





Manchester Camerata: Prokofiev, Classical Symphony

Manchester Camerata return to the festival with a programme including Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony and Mendelssohn’s much loved Violin Concerto (soloist Kana Ohashi).

Wednesday 8th June20:00 St Thomas’ Church £19.50





Ensemble Deva: Gran Caffè Jazz!

Mike Walker (guitar) and Iain Dixon (saxophone) join forces with pianist Les Chisnall and our Ensemble Deva string quartet for a jazz-inspired classical evening.

Thursday 9th June20:00 Chester Town Hall £15.50






Manchester Camerata: Rococo Classics

Manchester Camerata turn to the 18th century, with two Haydn symphonies and two of Mozart’s masterpieces.

Friday 10th June20:00 St Thomas’ Church £19.50






Ensemble Deva: Gran Caffè Venezia!

A wonderful evening of sheer entertainment is in store as the festival favourite returns. This year theCaffè Venezia Concert features the exceptionalCraig Ogden on guitar.

Saturday 11th June20:00 Chester Town Hall £23.50






Ensemble Deva play Schubert & Rachmaninov

Giovanni Guzzo, Hannah Roberts and Martin Roscoeperform sublime chamber music, including Rachmaninov’s Cello Sonata.

Sunday 12th June20:00 Chester Town Hall £23.50






Martin Roscoe: Lunchtime Recital

Audience favourite Martin Roscoe returns for what is sure to be a compelling afternoon treat.

Monday 13th June13:00 Chester Town Hall £10.00






Ensemble Deva: Steve Reich, WTC 9/11

Steve Reich’s mesmerising WTC 9/11 combines and counteracts recorded voices and a live string quartet to beautiful effect. Not to be missed.

Monday 13th June20:00 Chester Town Hall £15.50






Ensemble Deva: Carnival of the Animals & Mother Goose

A 10 strong iteration of Ensemble Deva brings to life Camille Saint-Saëns’ much-loved masterpiece The Carnival of the Animals.

Tuesday 14th June20:00 Chester Town Hall £19.50






Kathryn Williams: Lunchtime Recital

Flautist Kathryn Williams performs in a wonderful lunchtime concert with accompanist Ben Powell.

Wednesday 15th June13:00 Chester Town Hall £10.00






Ensemble Deva play Schubert Quartets

The incomparable Thomas Gould leads Ensemble Deva in a programme which includes Schubert’s magnificent String Quartet No. 15.

Wednesday 15th June20:00 Chester Town Hall £19.50






Ensemble Deva: Baroque Classic Sonatas

Giovanni Guzzo (violin), Hannah Roberts (cello) andRachael Clegg (oboe) play some of the finest sonatas in the canon, including Handel and Vivaldi.

Thursday 16th June20:00 Chester Town Hall £19.50






Ensemble Deva & Mary Bevan: Vivaldi and Bach at St Thomas

Directed by harpsichordist Roger Hamilton and led by Thomas Gould, we present a programme of Handel favourites, featuring Royal Opera House and ENO soprano Mary Bevan.

Friday 17th June20:00 St Thomas’ Church £15.50







Ensemble Deva Finale: Das Lied von der Erde

The spectacular surroundindgs of St Thomas’ Church play host to Mahler’s ‘Song Symphony’, Das Lied von der Erde, arranged for chamber ensemble by Arnold Schoenberg.

Saturday 18th June20:00 St Thomas’ Church £19.50









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