Five young classical music stars are joining Chester music societies for a special concert.

These budding musicians will perform in 'Crowning Glory' on May 18 at Chester Cathedral, as they join forces with the Chester Music Society Choir and Liverpool Sinfonia for an evening of music written for coronations and state occasions.

Under the direction of Graham Jordan Ellis, the concert will spotlight Mezzo Soprano Sophie Clarke, Soprano Jess Hopkins, Tenor Liam Forrest, Baritone Ishay Ravina and horn player David Tillotson.

These young performers are all graduates of the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Chester and District Standard: The stars will join the choir for the event

The concert will honour the first anniversary of King Charles’s coronation with a grand performance of Handel's Coronation Anthems.

Among these, Zadok the Priest stands out as the most well-known, with a history of being performed at every coronation since 1727.

The evening will continue with a rendition of Mozart's Coronation Mass, completed on March 23, 1779 for the annual service in Plain, near Salzburg.

Known for its miraculous Virgin image, the mass has earned its coronation label over the years.

The concert will also include a performance of Mozart's Fourth Horn Concerto, showcasing the versatility of the natural horn.

Chairman of Chester Music Society, John Ferrari, is excited for the concert, as he said: "We are delighted to bring our 2024 season of concerts to a close with this special celebration of the music of Coronation."

Adding that the choir, orchestra and the five budding stars "are well worthy of support from the good people of Chester," Mr Ferrari is looking forward to welcoming the audience to the celebratory evening.

Concert tickets range from £15 - £30 and can be booked online at or by calling the box office on 01244 500959.

Tickets can also be purchased in person at Chester Cathedral.