Chester Summer Music Festival

Date: Friday 10th July 2009 19:30

Venue: Chester Cathedral, Chester


  • Handel Concerto Grosso Op.6 No.1
  • Fitkin Vassal
  • Elgar Introduction and Allegro
  • Handel Concerto Grosso Op.6 No.4
  • Mendelssohn String Symphony No.9

Performed By

  • Andrew Watkinson Director
  • Graham Fitkin Conductor

Pre-concert Performance, 6.45pm As part of Chester Festivals Education Partnership, pupils from a local primary school will be performing a newly composed work, inspired by music of Purcell, which they have created with Artist in Residence, Graham Fitkin, and musicians from Manchester Camerata. You will also have the opportunity to hear a further piece they have composed especially for Manchester Camerata in the main evening concert.

Three of the Summer Music Festival composers feature in this concert programme. Handel&s Concerti Grossi are miniature masterpieces and often a world away from his grand choral works in their wit and sparkle. Mendelssohn&s lively and charming precocious String Symphony, written when he was 14, was inspired by a Swiss yodelling song for one of its themes. Graham Fitkin’s Vassal, arranged for full orchestral strings in 1998, requires the strings to play as one, before dividing into many voices. The sumptuous sounds of Elgar provide and elegant contrast.

Ticket Prices£22, £18, £15, £8 Children under 16 – 50% discount on all performances. Groups of 10 or more – 10% discount on all performances. Standby (evening concerts only) for students, under 18s and the unwaged – half price tickets for available seats 1 hour before the performance.

Booking Information

Telephone: Box Office 0845 241 7868

In person: Festival Box Office, Chester Tourist Information Centre, Town Hall, Northgate St, Chester, CH1 2HJ

Box Office opening hours: Monday – Saturday, 9.30am – 4.30pm. Sunday, 10am – 3.30pm