Chester Music Society

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Chester Music Society is based in the City of Chester in the North West of England and has been engaged in the promotion and performance of live classical music in Chester since 1946.

The Society comprises three sections: Celebrity Concerts; Showcase Concerts and Choir. We present more than 20 concerts and musical events in Chester each year. Our concert season begins in October and continues through May.

Check out the Concert Calendar for details of this season's concert programme. We are sure you will find many events here to suit all tastes for classical music and you'll be warmly welcomed at any of our concerts.

Full information on all the society’s events will be found throughout this website, together with ticket prices, contact details and an application form for season tickets. For more information on any of our activities download this season's Brochure or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Choir Membership Vacancies

Have you ever considered joining a Choir?, if so there is still time to sign up with the Chester Music Society Choir for the 2017/18 season

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Celebrity Concerts

Stringed Instruments

The Celebrity Concerts section promotes six concerts each year of high quality performances, mainly of chamber music, by both established and rising professional musicians. An opportunity to hear current and future stars.

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Showcase Concerts

Piano and Score

Showcase is the new name for the performances formerly known as the Club. We promote a wide variety of music covering a broad range of music styles and ensembles in a relaxed and informal setting. The concerts feature outstanding young musicians from the Chester area as well as more established local artists.

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Choir on Tour

The Chester Music Society Choir is a community choir of 170 members giving performances of 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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Lila Hallett


It is with great sadness that we have to announce the sudden death of Lila Hallett on 2 January at the age of 86.
Lila devoted her life to participating in and involving others in the field of music, particularly young people. From the age of 17 she was a piano teacher and accompanist, as well as a music teacher in four Chester schools for 20 years, and a lifelong accompanist for concerts, examinations, and ballet classes.

For nearly 40 years she was a committee member of Chester Competitive Music Competition, for 13 years accompanied Brymbo Male choir, for 25 years she was a committee member and adjudicator for the Lakewood scholarship which sent Chester Based Musicians to Lakewood to represent the best of Chester.
Over the years, she has organised numerous musical events for fund raising activities for charities such as The British Heart Foundation, Friends of the Phil and the Breast Care Unit at the Countess of Chester hospital.

Lila was instrumental in proposing the Young Musician of Chester competition and, as accompanist and supporter, in enabling the Chester Music Society Youth Choir to become established in 1988. She continued as a committee member of both Showcase and the Celebrity Concerts up until her death.

She was delighted to be awarded the Outstanding Contribution to the Arts award at the first Cheshire West Voluntary Arts awards in 2015. In 2016 she was awarded the Lady Hilary Groves Award by Making Music in 2016 for her outstanding contribution to Music in the community.

Lila was warmly open and welcoming to all members of the community regardless of their disabilities or background. She had an intense musical ability, with high standards, an unbridled enthusiasm and a passion for including others in music. Her knowledge and life long experience of the musical world enabled her to contribute in an extensive way to the musical culture in the area. She provided a wide range of people with an opportunity to experience and enjoy music whether participating as a player or listener.

Her involvement as a music teacher and various committee activities enabled her to have a finger on the pulse for up and coming musicians. She has always ‘gone the extra mile’ in devoting far more time and energy than expected to enable people to achieve their absolute best.

David Woods