• Chester Music Society have announced their 2022/23 season: The Society’s new season opens on Wednesday October 12th with a showcase concert at St Mary’s Creative Space at 7.30pm featuring piano duets performed by Martin Cook and John Bowen with works including music by Beethoven, Dvorak, Brahms and Grieg.The Society’s popular series of Celebrity concerts also resume from Wednesday October 19th when internationally acclaimed Shropshire based Baritone Peter Edge joins renowned concert Pianist John Gough at St Mary’s Creative Space at 7.30pm for a performance of the Winterreise song cycle by Schubert. Other celebrity concerts include a visit to Chester by the Goldscheider Ensemble led by French Horn player Ben Goldscheider. The concert, also at St Mary’s Creative Space takes place on Wednesday 12st December at 7.30pm Speaking about launching the new season, Mick Clarke, Chairman of Chester Music Society said “Like many other organisations, we have found the past two years incredibly difficult but, we are now able to put together a full, exciting season of music to which our very supportive audiences are cordially invited.” Other highlights during the season include a celebration of the 150th anniversary of Ralph Vaughan Williams as Chester Music Society’s choir performs two of his best-known works – “The Lark Ascending” and his Sea Symphony, at Chester Cathedral on Saturday 19th November at 7.30pm. The concert will also feature Soprano Susanna Fairbairn, Baritone James Cleverton, Violinist Caterina Bordoni and Liverpool Sinfonia, all under the musical direction of conductor Graham Jordan Ellis.  The Society’s famed Christmas Carol concert – “Christmas Crackers” makes a welcome return on Tuesday 20th December at 7.30pm when acclaimed Liverpool poet and “national treasure” Roger McGough will join  Chester Music Society Choir, Chester Philharmonic Orchestra, Chester Cathedral Saturday Singing Club and Conductor Graham Jordan Ellis in the suitably festive and historic surroundings of Chester Cathedral for a concert featuring favourite Christmas Carols, readings and “Walking In The Air” from Christmas classic The Snowman. Highlights in 2023 include a celebrity concert with world renowned Pianist Martin Roscoe, a showcase concert featuring young musicians, and performances by The Vale Royal Singers and The Jan Modelski Community Orchestras. www.chestermusicsociety.org.uk 
  • There is still time to have your say on the services provided by Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Mobile Library before the consultation closes on 2 October. The consultation was launched in August, asking residents for their comments on proposed changes to the Mobile Library’s activities, routes and locations. The Mobile Library offers a wide range of stock including adult and children’s books as well as audiobooks. It also provides access to the Library Management System, enabling customers to borrow books from across the library service and to make reservations, as well as update their library accounts. Mobile Library staff can also provide online Council information and a Council enquiry service.  Library members have free access to a wide range of online resources, including eBooks, via the libraries’ webpage. The Library Service will be introducing a new modern mobile library later this year.  The new vehicle, which will replace the existing mobile library vehicle, will be fully-electric and therefore much cleaner and greener. Other sustainable features include solar panels and LED lighting. There will also be improvements to services offered, such as an awning for summer activities and onboard Wi-Fi and digital access for customers. Council Leader Louise Gittins said: “If you would like to give your views to shape our Mobile Library Service, it’s not too late, you have until Sunday 2 October. It’s really exciting to be getting a new all-electric mobile library vehicle.  With the introduction of a new vehicle, we would like to take the opportunity to review existing mobile library stops and the activities held at some stops. We want to understand the views of service users, residents, and stakeholders on the proposals for the mobile library service.” Proposals include enhancing some stops by adding activities, such as a Storytime or Craft Session in partnership with community centres or village halls; reviewing existing stops on a six-monthly basis; and withdrawing five stops that are not well used, but adding three additional stops, some near to the stops being removed from current mobile library routes. Complete an online survey here: www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/mobilelibraryconsultation
  • A road closure will be needed in Pepper Street, Chester in early October, for Cheshire West and Chester Council to install a permanent pedestrian crossing. The project is for a new ‘Puffin’ crossing near the Grosvenor Precinct, to replace the existing temporary one. A ‘Puffin’ crossing controls traffic using a set of sensors. They allow traffic to continue if a pedestrian presses the control box and walks away and they are set diagonally on the kerb to allow pedestrians to monitor traffic as they wait. A full road closure will be needed on Sunday 9 October, so teams are able to install a duct under the carriageway for the permanent signal cables to feed through.  A diversion will be in place which will be via the inner Ring Road. Other works will take place between Monday 3 October to Friday 14 October.  Here teams will be working under narrow lanes, allowing the two-way traffic flow to continue.  However, at times temporary two-way traffic signals may be required, but it is hoped that the work can progress without the need for this, to reduce any traffic delays. A final phase will be needed to install traffic signal equipment, involving another road closure at this point, which will be on an evening or night works.  This will be for cutting signals loops and cabling in the carriageway.  Details of this final closure will be confirmed as soon as possible.

  • Ellesmere Port Library continues its series of events by hosting Fifi la Mer and Oliver Wilby, who will take you on a journey through 100 years of French music, from Offenbach to Gainsbourg. The show features the dulcet tones of Fifi on accordion and voice, and the talents of Oliver on clarinet, members of the saxophone family, and accordion. Together they will transport you to “the city of lights” with their repertoire of musical gems, and along the way you will get to enjoy tales of mystery, romance and heartache that we so often associate with Paris. Councillor Karen Shore said: “This is going to be an amazing event.  Fifi La Mer have played at major hotels and restaurants in the UK including The Dorchester, The Manoir Aux Quat Saisons and The Ivy, as well as at music venues including the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and the National Theatre. The duo has also played on the Orient Express and on boats including the Belle Vallee on the River Seine, Paris and music festivals such as the London City festival.  We are really looking forward to welcoming them to Ellesmere Port Library in October.” More information on Fifi La Mer can be found at www.ohlalamusic.co.uk and on the Council’s website at www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/residents/libraries. The show is part of the Cheshire Rural Touring Arts programme www.cheshireruraltouringarts.co.uk. The show will be at 7.30pm on Friday 7 October at Ellesmere Port Library. Tickets cost £10 and are available via the library or online via Ticketsource.  Wine and other refreshments will be available.

  • Spooky half-term, action-packed fun at West Cheshire Museums from 24-31 October  West Cheshire Museums is encouraging children to ‘get into the spirit’ this half-term with fun, spooky Halloween drop-in craft activities at three of its museums in Chester and Northwich. From creepy tales in a ‘haunted house’ to mask and spider-making; Halloween trails and skeleton-making, there is something to thrill most young visitors. Many of the events are free (though donations are gratefully received) but for the squeamish, there will also be drop-in craft activities where children can design and make a Roman coin, as well as find out first-hand about Victorian chores. At the Grosvenor Museum- 25-27 October, 10.30 – 12.30pm – Halloween Horrors – mask, spiders and skeletons : Youngsters can get set for Halloween by creating a ‘spooky’ starter set by making a creepy mask, dangly spider and a deadly 3ft ‘glow-in-the-dark’ skeleton. 31 October, 6pm – 8pm, Spooky Stories in the Historic Haunted House  : Creepy tales of witches, ghosts and eerie goings on will keep young visitors on the edge of their seats in the ‘House Through Time’ area of the museum, which will be transformed into a terrifying haunted house for the evening. £2 for an adult and up to two children (extra children £1 each). Suitable for children over 8-years old.   Visitors do not have to pay to go into any of the museums to take part in these activities. For more information including details of events at The Lion Salt Works and Weaver Hall Museum (Northwich) go to www.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk 
  • Phoebe Cheffings (12) from Wrexham, North Wales, Eve Corbishley (13) from the Wirral and Eva Johnson (11) from Salford have all been cast as Young Clare in the world premiere of The Time Traveller’s Wife: The Musical, based on the best-selling novel by Audrey Niffenegger and the New Line Cinema film screenplay by Bruce Joel Rubin.  All three girls were found at open auditions which took place at Storyhouse in July.   The new musical will premiere at Storyhouse in Chester from this Friday 30 September to Saturday 15 October 2022.  The two-week season will precede a West End transfer, to be announced at a later date.   They join the previously announced David Hunter as Henry and Joanna Woodward as Clare.  Henry and Clare’s love story is like no other and yet like all others; they meet, flirt, fight, love, marry… but all out of order.  Henry is often and uncontrollably ripped out of time, because he suffers from a rare condition where his genetic clock periodically resets, pulling him into his past or future, vanishing before one’s eyes, never knowing where or when he’s going next.  Except he knows he’ll always come back to Clare, at some point in time, dreaming of her time-travelling husband.  For further information, visit https://www.storyhouse.com/event/the-time-travellers-wife

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