Today’s Theatre Events
Society Guarantees a Warm Welcome as Wales Returns to Wales
Following on from the success of its May Concert, Llay Organ Society welcomes back one of the UK’s most popular Organists as Brett Wales appears in concert at Llay Royal British Legion on Wednesday 26th June at 8pm
The Llay Society will be welcoming back the popular Organ and Keyboard star by popular demand. Brett, from Nottingham has toured extensively throughout Europe and America, performing a variety of music from popular classical music to big band, west end shows, film themes and much more on his Wesri Louvre Organ. Brett has also performed alongside his idol, renowned German Franz Lambert on a number of occasions both in Germany and the UK and is a firm favourite with audiences at the many Organ and Keyboard Clubs and Festivals throughout the UK as well as running his own music events at hotels and other venues.
There will be a full bar service and refreshments will also be available at the Interval. Doors will open at 7.00pm. Tickets are £6 and will be available on the door. For further details contact 01978 351475.
City Choir gets ready to welcome American Visitors for special Town Hall Concert
Final preparations are underway in Chester as one of the City’s top choirs get ready to welcome not one but two visiting choirs from across the pond.
With a busy summer of events well underway, Chester Male Voice Choir will extend the hand of friendship to two American choirs when they visit Chester on Wednesday July 17th at 7.30pm for a joint concert at Chester Town Hall. The concert “Voices in Harmony” will feature performances by Chester Male Voice Choir under the Musical Direction of Rodney T Jones with accompaniment by Helen Jackson and a 60 strong mixed choir made up of members of Orange Community Master Chorale and Master Chorale of Saddleback County from California who are visiting Chester as part of a concert tour of Scotland and Northern England.
Formed in in 1994, The Orange Community Master Chorale is a community based choir located in the city of Orange, in Orange County, California, U.S.A and has a reputation for being one of the finest community choral organisations in Southern California. The choir has participated in and created events with the aim of making City of Orange more culturally diverse and musically aware and it annually organises large scale community events in the city including the Tree Lighting and Candlelight Procession for the City of Orange which sees several thousand people in attendance. The chorus has also been a featured choir for special performances each year including the “Candlelight Procession ” at Disneyland, in Anaheim, California, they have also performed at the Disney Community Service Awards. The choir also presents Autumn and Spring concerts and In May of 2009, performed at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York under the direction of their director Michael Short. The Choir’s most recent performance was Carmina Burana with the Master Chorale of Saddleback Valley who are joining the choir on their tour of the UK, including the concert with Chester Male Voice Choir at the Town Hall.
Formed in 1963, Master Chorale of Saddleback County celebrated its 50th year in 2013. The choir is dedicated to providing a cultural service to Orange County in the presentation of choral masterworks, and to the encouragement of the musical performing arts in general. The longest standing choral-performing group in Orange County, the group currently has almost 50 choral musicians in its ranks.
The combined American choir will be directed by Michael Short, the founder and musical director of Orange Community Master Chorale. In addition to secular responsibilities as vocal music director at Orange High School, Michael is also the Director of Music at First United Methodist Church of the City of Orange and has directed several concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York City with both high school and adult participants and regularly organises concert tours for both age groups in the United States and abroad, including the tour which the choirs’ visit to Chester is part of. Under his direction, choral groups have appeared in two feature films, Ed Wood and Sister Act 2 and performed musical voice-over for a movie about cult comic book legend Stan Lee.
Speaking about welcoming the two American choirs to Chester for the special concert, Chairman of Chester Male Voice Choir John Walsh said “We are delighted to have been asked to host this joint concert for the combined choir from California and to showcase them in one of our favourite city venues. They are in Chester for 3 days and this will be the final concert on the final day of their 10 day tour. We’re really looking forward to it and to hear their contrasting programme which should make for a memorable evening and a great memory for the touring party. We’re delighted too to have both our President and Vice President as our honoured guests; her Grace the Duchess of Westminster and new Lord Mayor Councillor Mark Williams and his wife Denise.”
where tickets can be bought online. Tickets can also be purchased in person at The Visitor Information Centre at Chester Town Hall or by telephone on 07894 509529. A limited number of tickets will also be available for purchase on the door on the night.
The producers of Chester’s very own traditional family friendly Pantomime have announced that tickets for this year’s production are already on sale with demand expected to be higher than ever following last year’s record breaking show.
Chester and Wrexham based Theatre company Tip Top Productions have announced that the popular Forum Theatre in Chester will once again be the venue for Chester’s very own Pantomime with the company bringing perennial Children’s favourite “Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs” to life on stage from Friday 29th November to Saturday 4th January 2020.
The announcement follows the sell out success of last year’s Pantomime “Aladdin” which broke all box office records at the theatre and was seen by more than 6000 people during its 51 show run. Written by Peter Swingler OBE and Directed by Steve Davies, the show and attracted several 5 star reviews on Social Media and Trip Advisor as well as receiving praise from the press including respected national trade publication The Stage, We Are Chester, The Chester Blog and local newspapers. The Pantomime was praised by Catherine Jones for The Stage as “Promising magic, mystery, song, dance and and a fat man in a frock, the show delivers a popular people’s panto that punches above its weight” whilst We Are Chester’s Antonia Jones hailed it as “A Must See Festive Treat”. Respected local journalist Jo Henwood also gave the production a glowing 5 star review calling it a “jewel of a show”. The production also attracted 5 stars from the popular Twitter account “The Chester Blog” which praised the production for its finely tuned script and audience participation and “a group of local actors and production staff at the top of their game”.
We look foward to welcoming audiences old and new to Tip Top Productions and The Forum Studio Theatre during 2019.”
Full details of “Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs” and all upcoming shows and events at The Forum Studio Theatre can be found online at www.tiptopproductions.co.uk where tickets can be booked online. Alternatively contact the Box Office on 01244 341296. Tickets can also be booked at the Visitor Information Centre at Chester Town Hall.