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
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.