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Welcome to the Chester Music Society website. We have been engaged in the promotion and performance of classical music in the City of Chester since 1946 and are committed to providing direct musical involvement and enjoyment for many, particularly by bringing increased musical experience to the rising generation. As a Charity our objectives are to provide, maintain, improve and advance education in the widest sense of the word by furthering public appreciation of music. We present more than 20 concerts and musical events in Chester each year; our concert season begins in October and continues through May.


Unfortunately at present during the Coronavirus pandemic all our 'live' activities have been suspended. Instead, the Concerts sections of the Society (Celebrity and Showcase)  have created a YouTube channel, Chester Music Society Virtual Concerts which will help keep society members and the general public in touch with the Chester Music scene during the Covid-19 lockdown. The Society intends to commission concert programmes to be played on the channel, which will also to help artists through these difficult times.

The channel will also host pre-recorded videos by artists who have played for CMS in the past or are expected to play in the future when 'normality' returns.

The first concert in the Showcase On-line series will be by Bethan Griffiths, Harp. This will go live at 7.30pm, on Wednesday 24th June,

The second concert is a recital of solos and duets by soprano Heather Heighway and tenor Joseph Buckmaster which will be streamed on 15 July.

For full details of these On-line performances see the Showcase Concerts section on this website.

The third concert in our Virtual concert series will be performances of Mozart: Violin Sonata in B-flat major, K.378 and Brahms: Violin Sonata No.1, Op.78 by Alexandra Lomeiko, accompanied by John Paul Ekins. This will go live at 7.30pm, on Wednesday 12th August.

For full details of this On-line performance see the Celebrity Concerts section on this website.

If you enjoyed these videos please consider making a donation to the CMS Charity to help us through Lockdown. Just Click here to go to our Paypal giving page (Where you can also take advantage of Gift Aid if you are a qualifying UK tax payer.)


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Celebrity Concerts

Stringed Instruments

The Celebrity Concerts section promotes six concerts each year of high quality performances from the chamber music repertoire by national and international professional musicians.

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Showcase Concerts

Piano and Score

Showcase  is a long established section which features outstanding young musicians from the Chester area as well as more established local artists.

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Choir on Tour

The Society Choir is a community choir of 160 members giving performances of the major choral classics in Chester Cathedral. New members in all voice parts are always welcome to attend rehearsals prior to audition.

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Other Events

Chamber Music Workshop

Each season the Society organises a number of musical events in Chester in the form of workshops and competitions. The three principal events are: the Chester Young Musicians of the Year Competition; a Choral Workshop; and a Chamber Music Workshop.

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