FINAL preparations are underway for the staging of a special concert by one of the region's top choirs featuring what is considered by many to be one of the finest works of one of the world's greatest composers of classical music.

The concert, on Saturday, March 7, at St Werburgh’s Church in Chester, will see The Creation by Joseph Haydn performed by the Chester Bach Singers accompanied by the 18th Century Sinfonia under the baton of Musical Director Martin Bussey.

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Lizzie Humphries

The performance, starting at 7.30pm, will also feature soloists soprano Lizzy Humphries, Tenor Tom Kelly, and bass Damian O'Keeffe.

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Damian O'Keeffe

Until recently Damian was a lay clerk at Chester Cathedral, taking an active part in musical and choral life there.

Most recently Chester Bach Singers took part in a popular staging of Handel's Messiah in Whitchurch alongside the 18th Century Sinfonia, organised by local Baritone Peter Edge.

Written by Haydn between 1797 and 1798, The Creation (Die Schöpfung) is considered by many to be one of his masterpieces.

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Conductor Martin Bussey with Chester Bach Singers

Nicola Stewart, of Chester Bach Singers, said "We are very much looking foward to performing with The 18th Century Sinfonia once again and to welcome our three talented guest soloists to Chester. The beautiful surroundings of St Werburgh's Church will provide the perfect backdrop to the staging of one of Haydn's most well known works. We are sure it will one of the highlights of our concert programme for 2020."

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Tom Kelly

Full details of the concert and all upcoming events being staged by Chester Bach Singers can be found at where tickets priced at £15 (full price) and £5 (for students and under 18s) can be booked online.