CITY arts organisation Chester Performs has announced a one-off concert at Chester Cathedral on Friday, September 27.
Celebrating the success of the 2013 MBNA Chester Music Festival in the summer, the special concert also marks the centenary year of composer Benjamin Britten.
Andrew Bentley of Chester Performs said: “The MBNA Chester Music Festival was a uniquely new event for the city and we were delighted with its success.
“It just goes to show there is an audience in Chester for this kind of home-produced festival and this concert is a great way to celebrate that success.”
The festival’s orchestra-in-residence Manchester Camerata will be returning to the city for the concert and will be joined by the award-winning conductor John Wilson.
Best known as the creator of the John Wilson Orchestra, which performs annually in the BBC Proms, Wilson is also a celebrated conductor and arranger, having produced many arrangements for film, radio and television.
His scoring for the BBC production of Gormenghast won him the Ivor Novello Award for best film score in 2000 and he has been appointed a patron of The British Art Music Series.
Joining John Wilson and Manchester Camerata is popular English tenor Ben Johnson. Johnson trained at The Royal College of Music, was the winner of the 2008 Ferrier Prize and was one of the BBC’s New Generation Artists. He was awarded the coveted audience prize at this 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.
Chester Festival Chorus will also be performing alongside members of the Hallé Youth Choir and choristers from Chester Cathedral Choir.
The concert programme is set to include Benjamin Britten’s Saint Nicolas Cantata, Richard Rodney Bennett’s Reflections on a Sixteenth Century Tune and Lennox Berkeley’s Serenade for Strings.
Tickets are on sale now and cost £25 or £20 for aisle seats. Under 16s and students can save £4 and under 12s go free when accompanied by an adult.
For tickets and more details go to www.chestermusicfestival.co.uk, phone 0845 241 7868 or visit Chester Visitor Information Centre.