We are a group of enthusiastic amateur musicians who meet once a fortnight in Chester.
Our conductor is Helen Thomas and rehearsals are held at St Thomas of Canterbury Church Hall, Parkgate Road, Chester, CH1 4AG, on alternate Friday evenings from 7.00 to 9.30 pm with a short break. Our repertoire consists of symphonies and other works which are suitable for a small orchestra.
We would love to have more string players and also a second bassoon. There is no audition, just come along and give it a go but please contact us first! We do not aim to give formal concerts but may perform occasionally for charity or friends and family.
We have raised money in the past to send instruments to Baghdad School of Music, which was very successful.
We ask members to provide their own music which can easily be downloaded free of charge from IMSLP. The charge per session is £3. Our venue in Chester is easily accessible by car and has good parking.
Music currently in rehearsal for the Play Day: (see news)
1) Haydn Symphony 101, 'The Clock', Baerenreiter edition, edited by Horst Walter
2) Kelsey Two Kipling Songs
3) Richard Strauss Horn Concerto no. 1
4) Donizetti Concertino for Cor Anglais and Small Orchestra
Parts are being provided for the Donizetti and the Kipling Songs.
Friday 3rd May: Strauss and Haydn (conducted by Neil Jackson)
Friday 17th May: Donizetti and Haydn
Friday 7th June: All
Dates for 2019 are as follows. Please put them in your diaries!
NB Please note amended dates Mar/April
Jan 4th & 18th; Feb 1st & 15th; Mar 1st, 15th & 29th; Apr 12th; May 3rd & 17th; Jun 7th & 21st; Jul 5th & 19th.