Chester Philharmonic’s summer concert  will be dedicated to the memory of Alan Cross.

Alan was a long serving member and principal of the orchestra’s viola section who died suddenly on June 25, 2012.

He loved making music with his orchestral friends and enjoyed working with many professional conductors and soloists.

He particularly liked working with young soloists, and followed their careers with interest.

Alan’s support for the orchestra is legendary, always giving advice and a helping hand in difficult times. He was a keen organist and a great supporter of the Chester Music Festival.

The format of the concert, on Saturday, June 28 at Chester Cathedral, differs slightly from the norm in that there will be no recognised overture, nor soloist.

Instead the audience will be treated to several shorter pieces, mainly from the early part of the 20th century and all by English composers.

There will be Sir Arthur Sullivan’s Irish Symphony,Elgar’s Wand of Youth Suite, Delius’ The Walk to the Paradise Garden and La Calinda, with Eric Coates’ London Suite.

Coates who also wrote The Dambusters March and the introductory tune to Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs and was also a viola player, like Alan Cross.

The CPO’s Summer Concert starts at 7.30pm and will be conducted by David Chatwin.

Tickets are £15 for reserved seats, £10 and £8 unreserved with school children and students £5 Chester Visitor Information Centre Town Hall Square or 0845 241 7868.