CHESTER streets were alive with song on Saturday as choirs from Cheshire, Ellesmere Port, Manchester and North Wales converged on the city for the Big Sing, part of Chester Summer Music Festival.
Primary school choirs, including Dee Point, Helsby Hillside and Frodsham, were in tune from 10am on the Chestival stage in Town Hall Square, outside Debenhams, at Chester Cross and in front of the cathedral bell tower.
At noon Matt Baker led a warm up of the massed choirs and general public in Town Hall Square. The 1,000-strong crowd learnt harmony parts for Queen’s Radio Gaga in less than one hour.
Matt said: “I was thrilled that practically everyone in Town Hall square was joining in: choir members, children and so many passers-by.”
Chestival director Tracy Lynn said: “Matt was thoroughly engaging and to see 1,000 people all singing Radio Gaga together in the Town Hall square was a fantastic sight. It sounded superb – like one BIG choir!
“We knew choirs would bring in the crowds in to Chester, but the numbers surpassed what we ever imagined.
“The Big Sing is becoming a firm favourite in the Chester Summer Music Festival and is a great opportunity for local and community choirs to show us what they can do.”
Later in the evening some choirs joined Chester Festival Chorus singing hymns at Chester Cathedral.
Choirs involved this year included Dodleston CE Primary School, Holywell High School, Tilston Primary School, St Werburgh’s & St Columba’s Primary School, the Songsmiths, Vale Royal Singers, Songbirds, Duo Decimo, City of Chester Male Voice Choir and Chester Ladies Choir.
The finale of Chester Summer Music Festival is a concert by Chester Festival Chorus at the cathedral next Wednesday (July 14). Featuring the orchestra of Opera North, conducted by David Hill, with soloist Emma Tring (soprano) and Philip Rushforth (organ), the chorus will perform works by Chabrier, Faure, Poulenc and Saint-Saens at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10-£25.
Chester St Cecilia Singers is looking for a new choral conductor.
After 25 highly successful years as director of music, Brian Greensill has decided to step down. The accomplished touring choir, which specialises in a sacred choral repertoire, seeks a qualified, energetic and inspirational leader to replace him. For more information visit www.stcecilia.co.uk