Chester Philharmonic Orchestra


JUNE 2018 POSTER amended

Town Hall Concert

Chester Town Hall

Saturday 30, June 2018 7.30

It’s not often that the folk of Chester and surrounding area have the opportunity to hear the World Premier of a Classical Music item. However, our June Concert will feature the first performance of Adam Kornas’ “Celestial City”. Adam will also conduct the orchestra in performances of Copland’s “Quiet City”, Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto and Beethoven’s Symphony No 8. The soloist in the Copland and Hummel will be Shannon Harper a young student from Chetham’s School of Music and this year’s winner of the Chetham’s/CPO Concerto Prize.


Tickets priced at £16 and £12 with Children and Students £5 available from the Chester Town Hall  Visitor Information Centre tel: 0845 647 7868 or Orchestra’s Ticket Secretary tel: 0151 632 1633

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Conductor - Adam Kornas

Shannon Harper

(Winner of the CPO/Chethams School Concerto Prize)

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Nov 2018 POSTER


Chester Cathedral

Saturday 17, November 2018 7.30pm

A Shropshire Lad  Butterworth

Violin Concerto  Glazunov

Symphony No 6 (Pathetique) Tchaikovsky

Conductor - Richard Howarth

Joo Yeon Sir (Violin)

The Chester Philharmonic’s new season commences with  a commemoration of the ending of the 1914/18 war, by completely contrasting pieces of music.  Butterworth’s incredibly moving Tone Poem, A Shropshire Lad, based on the poems of A.E. Houseman, with its invocation of the English countryside contrasts with the dark brooding Pathetique Symphony of Petr Tchaikovsky. Separating these we will hear the contemplative Violin Concerto by Glazunov which ends full to the brim with life and toe-tapping exuberance. Butterworth was killed on the Somme and Tchaikovsky died just days after he composed this symphony. What better way of starting the Chester Phil’s current season with the theme of “Life and Death.”


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Christmas Crackers

Chester Cathedral

Wednesday 19, December 2018 7.30

Conductor - Graham Jordan Ellis


Ian McMillan (The Bard of Barnsley)

Join with us and the Chester Music Society Choir for two nights of Christmas Celebrations with Ian McMillan who is returning by special request, for the third time. Come, sing your hearts out and enjoy our special run up to Christmas. Note that the concert takes place on two nights Weds 19th and Thurs 20 December. Tickets are available from 

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Mar 2019 POSTER

Life and death in an art gallery

Chester Cathedral

Saturday 2, March 2019 7.30

Rachmaninoff   Isle of the Dead

Mozart                Clarinet Concert

Mussorgsky/Ravel        Pictures at an Exhibition

Conductor - David Chatwin

Katherine Lacy (Clarinet)

This evening’s soloist is the principal clarinet of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Katherine, a native of Wrexham, will perform Mozart’s beautiful and haunting Clarinet Concerto. The Concerto was written in the same year of Mozart’s death and the first performance took place only three months before he died.

Two pieces in this concert were inspired by paintings. Rachmaninoff saw Arnold Boecklin’s painting entitled Isle of the Dead and composed this splendid Tone Poem. Mussorgsky arranged an exhibition of paintings by Viktor Hartmann and painted musical impressions of the paintings for piano. We have Ravel to thank for the orchestration. We have bizarre subjects, the ballet of the unhatched chicks, the hut on hens legs etc. Perhaps the most famous “picture” is The Great Gate at Kiev, a gate which didn’t exist. Hartmann, an architect, submitted the picture of a proposed gate to celebrate the failed assassination attempt on Tsar Alexander II .

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Chester Cathedral

Saturday 18, May 2019 7.30

Haydn     The Creation

Conductor - Graham Jordan Ellis

Milly Forest (soprano)

Toby Ward (Tenor)

Peter Edge (Baritone)

Chester Music Society Choir have joined together with the Chester Philharmonic to bring one of the worlds best loved Oratoria to Chester. Written between 1797 and 1798, with libretto by  Gottfried van Swieten  it is considered by many to be Haydn’s masterpiece. Soprano Milly Forest will be remembered as the young student working in the Wigmore Hall cloakroom who in 2017 was suddenly offered the chance to perform Schubert’s songs as the singer had suddenly had to cancel. Toby Ward is a Yorkshire Lad and recording artist for Hyperion records is a Graduate of King’s College Cambridge and Peter Edge is no stranger to the good people of Cheshire and a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music.

Please Note:- This is a Chester Music Society Choir Concert and does not constitute part of the reductions for Chester Philharmonic Orchestra Associate Members.

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