Chester choir are getting ready to join forces with Manchester based musicians for a special concert.

Final preparations are now nearing completion as the acclaimed Chester Festival Chorus collaborate with talented musicians from Manchester.

The highlight of the concert, taking place at the Wesley Church Centre in St John Street, Chester on June 30 at 5pm, will be the performance of Johannes Brahms' "Ein Deutsches Requiem".

That will be executed with a four-handed piano accompaniment by renowned pianist Graham Eccles and Ben Attfield from Manchester.

The performance will feature a piano duet version of the Requiem created by Brahms himself.

This version accentuates the intimate, chamber-like aspects of the piece without sacrificing the majestic choral fugues that punctuate the masterpiece, making it perfectly suited for a stellar performance at the Wesley Church Centre.

The concert will also showcase "A Glimpse of the Light" by Rory Wainwright Johnston, contemporary composer who describes the work as 'a musical glimpse of the things beyond our comprehension'.

The piece took inspiration from Robert Frost's poem ‘A Passing Glimpse’,

Also performing in the concert are the soprano Elspeth Piggott and baritone William Kyle under the musical direction of the renowned conductor Ellie Slorach.

Based in Manchester, Ms Slorach is the founder and artistic director of Kantos Chamber Choir and the engagement conductor for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra who had impressive debuts with the Royal Northern Sinfonia at The Glasshouse and with New Adventures’ production of Edward Scissorhands at Sadler’s Wells.

Ms Slorach's work extends to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Singers, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra of Opera North and Manchester Camerata.

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