Chester Male Voice Choir Welcomes American Singers For Special Concert



Final preparations are underway in Chester as one of the city’s top choirs prepares to welcome not one, but two visiting choirs across the pond.

Chester Male Voice Choir will extend the hand of friendship to two American choirs when they visit Chester on Wednesday July 17 at 7:30 p.m. for a joint concert at Chester Town Hall.

The Voices in Harmony concert will feature performances by the Chester Male Voice Choir, under the musical direction of Rodney T Jones with the accompaniment of Helen Jackson, and a mixed choir composed of 60 members of Orange Community Master Chorale and Master Chorale of Saddleback County in Saddleback County. California who are visiting Chester as part of a concert tour of Scotland and northern England.

Formed in 1994, The Orange Community Master Chorale is a community choir located in the city of Orange, Orange County, California, and has a reputation as one of the best community choir organizations in southern California.

The choir has participated in and created events with the goal of making the city of Orange more culturally and musically diverse and they hold large-scale community events in the city every year, including the tree-lighting and candle-light procession for the city of Orange which sees several thousand people. waiting for.

The choir has also been a featured choir for special performances each year, including the Candlelight Procession at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and they have also performed at the Disney Community Service Awards.

The choir also presents fall and spring concerts and in May 2009 performed at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York under the direction of their director Michael Short.

The choir’s most recent performance was Carmina Burana with the Saddleback Valley Master Choir joining the choir on their UK tour including the concert with Chester Male Voice Choir at Town Hall.

Formed in 1963, the Master Choir of Saddleback County celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013. The choir is dedicated to providing cultural service to Orange County in the presentation of choral masterpieces and in the encouragement of the performing arts. musical scene in general.

The oldest choral group in Orange County, the group currently has nearly 50 choral musicians in its ranks.

The American Combined Choir will be conducted by Michael Short, the founder and musical director of Orange Community Master Chorale.

Members of the Chester Male Voice Choir (LR): James Pye, David Marks, Ian Belton, Mike Heathcote, Peter Walsh, Martin Hine, David Lamb, Blair Wilson, Ron Webster, Geoffrey Hewson and (kneeling) Cerith Thomas with chairman of John Walsh Choir prepares to welcome two visiting choirs from the United States who will join them for a special concert at Chester Town Hall

In addition to his secular responsibilities as Vocal Music Director at Orange High School, Michael is also Music Director at First United Methodist Church in the City of Orange and has conducted several concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York with high school and college students. adults. and regularly hosts concert tours for both age groups in the United States and internationally, including the tour that includes the choir tour in Chester.

Under his direction, choral groups appeared in two feature films, Ed Wood and Sister Act 2, and performed the musical voiceover for a film about cult comic book legend Stan Lee.

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Chester Male Voice Choir President John Walsh said, “We are delighted to have been invited to host this joint concert for the California Combined Choir and perform at one of our favorite venues around the city.

“They’re in Chester for three days and this will be the last gig on the last day of their 10-day tour.

“We really can’t wait to be there and hear their contrasting program which should make for a memorable evening and a great memory for the tour.

“We are delighted to have both our President and our Vice President as guests of honor – Her Grace the Duchess of Westminster and the new Lord Mayor Councilor Mark Williams and his wife Denise.”

The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. and there will be an interval bar available. All the details on Voices in Harmony are available at where tickets can be purchased online. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Chester Town Hall Tourist Information Center or by phone on 07894 509529.

A limited number of tickets will also be available for purchase at the door the same evening.


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