The French Connection

The French Connection

Sat. 20th May 2017

Chester Music Society Choir performs choral works by the composers Gounod, Fauré and Franck in an evening of French music.  They are joined on this evening by soloists from the Royal Northern College of Music.

Towards the end of the romantic era the 'classical' styles of the great Austrian and German composers were gradually overtaken by a more impressionistic style typified by a new generation of musicians from France.

Join the Society Choir for performances of late 19th century atmospheric French music: four ever-popular and well-known pieces by Gabriel Fauré and César Franck and the St Cecilia Mass of Charles Gounod.

This simplicity, this grandeur, this serene light which rose before the musical world like a breaking dawn”: Saint-Saens

The French Connection


  • Gounod - St Cecilia Mass
  • Fauré - Cantique de Jean Racine
  • Fauré - Ave verum corpus 
  • Franck - Panis Angelicus
  • Franck - Psalm 150


  • Soloists from the Royal Northern College of Music
  • Chester Music Society Choir
  • Graham Eccles - organ
  • Graham Jordan Ellis - conductor

Venue: Chester Cathedral, 19:30, Saturday 20th May 2017.

Tickets: £14 (Nave: numbered, reserved): £7 (Aisles, numbered, restricted view).

Concert tickets may be obtained in advance from the Chester Cathedral Ticket Desk at (tel. 01244 500959). An online £1 booking fee applies.

For information about prices, concessions and group discounts contact Choir Tickets

Tickets are also available on the door on concert day.

Chester Music Society reserves the right to alter or cancel programmes without notice.