Photograph by Adam Tidswell from Dave Williams Photography

Music at St. John’s Chester

At 1.00pm every Wednesday from May to October, selected musicians give recitals in St John’s ranging from recitals on the Grand Coronation Organ, Piano, Violin, Spanish Guitar and Vocal.

We also host a number of St. John’s Festival Orchestra events, details of which can be seen below.

PLEASE NOTE that any COVID Regulations in force relating to social distancing and the wearing of face masks will apply to all concerts and recitals.

Wednesday at One Schedule for 2022

Held at 1.00pm every Wednesday, May to October

Free event – A Collection for Music at St Johns will be taken at door and it is appreciated if you are able to leave a donation via Gift Aid.
Refreshments on sale


4th May – Gary O’Shea Piano
11th May – James Gaughan Baritone, David Hammond Piano
18th May – Niklas Oldermeier Piano
25th May – Valarie Watts Soprano, Rogers Stephens Piano


1st June – Alison Loran Violin, Chris Symons Piano
8th June – Theresa Ohldin Violin, Gary O’Shea Piano
15th June – Nico Buri Piano
22nd June – Imogen Garner Mezzo-Soprano, John Gough Piano
29th June – Nina Savicevic Piano


6th July – tbc
13th July – Jonathon Richards Guitar
20th July – tbc
27th July – William Smith Tenor, Simon Bate Piano


3rd August – Roger Stephens Piano
10th August – Damian O’Keefe Baritone, Martin Bussey Piano
17th August – William Smith, Tenor and Simon Bate, Piano
24th August – Rachel Payne, Contra;to and Simon Bate, Piano

31st August – Helen Thomas,  Oboe and Catherine Moon,  Piano


7th Sept – tbc
14th Sept – Philip Rushforth Organ
21st Sept – Alex Palatoi Organ
28th Sept – The Kell Wind Trio Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon


5th October – Fumi Otsuki Violin, Sarah Kershaw Piano

Musical Concerts

St. John’s Festival Orchestra – Leader Mark Lansom

Admission £12 ( Concessions £10 ) pay at the door

The Orchestra was founded in the early 1960s to perform a concert in the ancient parish church on the name day of its patron saint John the Baptist, hence the word ‘Festival’ in its name. It is composed of members who are both professional and amateur musicians who play by invitation and come from a wide area of West Cheshire, North Shropshire and North Wales under three regular conductors who are all professional musicians. For many years they have given a regular series of four concerts each year, in February in the neighbouring Wesleyan Church and in April, June and September in St John’s. Our soloists have very often been promising students from the principal music conservatoires and we have watched with interest their subsequent careers develop and their names become well known internationally.

Sunday 3rd April at 7.30 pm

Overture  Coriolanus – Beethoven
Piano Concerto in G K.453 – Mozart
Valse Triste – Sibelius
Symphony No.104 in D – Haydn

Piano:  Jane Ford
Conductor: Mark Lansom

Sunday 26th June at 7.30 pm

Overture  Rosamunde – Schubert
Piano Concerto in A minor – Grieg
Symphony No.5 in C minor – Beethoven

Piano:  Adam Davies
Conductor:  Philip  Sharpe

Sunday 18th September at 7.30 pm

Les Illuminations – Benjamin Britten
Symphony No. 2 – Sibelius

William Smith:  Tenor
Panos Karan:  Conductor

Interested in Singing?

We are always looking for additional members of our choir. If you are interested to find out more about what is involved please speak to The Rector or Jeremy Jones after one of the services. Alternately email us by clicking the link below.