An esteemed choir from Chester is preparing to perform a special concert that was delayed due to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.
The Chester Festival Chorus’ “Music All Around Me” concert will feature performances of light classical pieces by Edward Elgar, Thomas Tallis, and Charles Villiers Stanford a cappella. The concert will donate 50% of the proceeds to Chester Aid For The Homeless.
The concert will be led by the choir’s popular conductor Ellie Slorach, who is based in Manchester. A graduate of The Royal Northern College of Music, Ellie is the assistant conductor for the Orchester Philharmonique de Liege and the artistic director of Kantos Chamber Choir. Ellie has currently worked with the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra as well as Northern Ballet.
Speaking about the hour-long concert, Andy Ashton, the Chair of Chester Festival Chorus said
You don’t have to understand anything about music to come to this concert. Just switch off your phone, chill out and enjoy the amazing sound of unaccompanied voices singing in harmony. The concert is only an hour in duration and the pieces are all quite short and so it’s the perfect introduction to classical music for anyone who is unfamiliar with the genre but equally, there is much for classical music aficionados to enjoy too. We are so looking forward to this concert, we’ve waited 2 years to get to perform it”.
Chester Festival Chorus prepares for its annual performance in July every year with some of the world’s finest choral music and has had the honour of performing with world-renowned orchestras, conductors, and soloists. Originally scheduled for 2020, this concert was postponed due to the Covi-19 pandemic.