Local arts and activity groups

If you would like your group to be included on this list, please get in touch with the Art Team requesting a Voluntary Arts database form artswest@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

Caldy Valley Voices

Friendly community choir welcoming all ages and abilities.  Meet weekly, singing choral music from a wide range of musical genre.

​Capenhurst Art Club

Encourages members to pursue their artistic ambitions in a variety of mediums, through tutoring and personal development. We also hold an annual exhibition of our own work every October.

  • Meet at: Capenhurst and Ledsham Village Hall, Capenhurst, Chester, CH1 6HE
  • Contact: Mrs Ruth Pidsley
  • Telephone:  0151 339 3327
  • Email:  thornhey@farming.co.uk

Cheshire Chord Company

A versatile vibrant, award-winning ladies a cappella chorus, specialising in exciting, high energy performances.  Repertoire includes ballards to jazz; and pop to barbershop.

Chester and North-East Wales Organists' and Choirmasters' Association 

CNEWOCA exists to promote the organ and it's repertoire by providing events and forums for organists, choirmasters and all who enjoy listening to organ and choral music.

Chester Bach Singers

A choir of about 40 voices, was formed in 1976 and has, since then, established itself as a leading chamber choir in the North West, giving  five or more concerts per year in the Chester area. Programmes include large-scale choral works with orchestra as well as chamber works ancient and modern. The choir is committed to musical excellence and to the encouragement of young musical talent. Admission to the choir is by audition.

Chester Debating Society

Promote debate by proposing and opposing a variety of topics.  Members are invited to join in the debate in accordance with our agreed protocol.

  • Meet at: Quaker Meeting House, Frodsham Street, Chester, CH1 3LF 
  • Contact: Janet Jackson
  • Telephone:  0151 608 2918
  • Email:  jackson.janet01@gmail.com

Chester Film Society

Chester Film Society offers the chance to see some of the finer films of world cinema in a relaxing and appreciative atmosphere.

Chester Folk Survivors

Organisers of the Chester Folk Festival, February Folk Day and other folk music events.

Chester in Concert

Chester in Concert is a pressure group founded in 1988, campaigning for a concert hall (or music theatre) for Chester. We have 150 paying members, capital reserves circa £10,000 and regularly subsidise the Summer Music Festival.

  • Meet at: Meeting places vary
  • Contact: James Latham
  • Telephone:  01244 351268
  • Email: jlatham3@sky.com

Chester Ladies Choir

We are a group of 50 ladies who love to sing! We sing a varied repertoire and perform two main concerts each year as well as charity concerts and weddings. New members are welcome.

Chester Music Society

Chester Music Society promotes and encourages performances of classical music and choral music through the four arms of society: choir, celebrity concerts, club and youth choirs.

Chester Music Society Choir

A communiy choir of 170 members performing major choral classics.

Chester Operatic Society

Stages full musical theatre productions and concerts in and around the city. Concerts present lively combinations of musical theatre, light opera, classical and popular music. A registered Educational Charity keen to promote the participation in and appreciation of the operatic and dramatic arts. Established in 1922.

  • Meet at: St Andrew's United Reformed Church Hall, Handbridge
  • Contact: Will Shaw
  • Telephone: 07843 057992
  • Email: chair@chesteroperatic.co.uk

Chester Philharmonic Orchestra

Chester Philharmonic Orchestra is a non-professional orchestra that rehearses weekly from September to June. We perform four concerts a year, usually in Chester Cathedral, and collaborate in joint concerts with other local amateur music organisations.

Chester Photographic Society

Organises a programme of lectures, competitions and formal and informal instruction relating to photgraphy.  Aimed at amateur phtographers from beginners to advanced workers.

Chester Schools Concert Band

Gives young musicians the opportunity to play an extended repertoire of music in addition to that played in school bands. We undertake a foreign tour every two years. Rehearsals Tuesdays 7-9pm during term time.

  • Meet at: Bishops High School, Vaughans Lane, Chester, CH3 5XF
  • Contact: Anthony Lewis
  • Telephone:  07977 596433

Chester Theatre Club

Award winning amateur drama club presents six productions annually and welcomes new members for involvement in all aspects of producing plays and running its own theatre. 

Chester Writers

Provide constructive criticism and socialising for creative writers. We have occasional group projects and writing themes and give annual performances in the Chester Literature Festival.

City of Chester Brass Band

A local band for people of all abilities.  We are also available for concerts etc.

The City of Chester Male Voice Choir

The Choir is long established in the City, is a registered charity and performs in concert for a variety of charities, holds its own festival concerts twice a year and a Christmas concerts. The Choir is a favourite for wedding ceremonies too. The choir has won many accolades over the years and its motto is 'We Sing to Serve'.

Con Fuoco

We are a small friendly group or woodwind players - mainly adult returners and young people just out of formal education.  We play a range of charitable concerts throughout the year with a wide repertoire of music.
  • Meet: St Clare's Parish Hall, Hawthorne Road, Lache, Chester, CH4 8HH
  • Contact: Andrea Watts
  • Telephone: 07841 907000
  • Email: andreamgrant@msn.com

Deva Flamenco

Deva Flamenco are a voluntary community group who promote appreciation of flamenco. Weekly dance classes, occasional workshops by visiting dancers, talks, workshops for schools and community groups. Dance shows.

Farndon and District Brass Band

The Friendly Band, established in 1897. The band have an extremely enthusiastic MD, instruments and uniforms, they are looking to bolster their numbers with players required in all sections. The Band meets on Thursday evenings at 7.45pm, the juniors meet on Wednesdays at 7pm and the ensemble meet on Wednesdays at 8pm.

Minerva Arts

Minerva Arts is a Youth Arts Education and Development Organisation based in Cheshire running Youth Theatre and other projects
  • Meet at: Kingsway Buildings, Chester, CH2 2UB; Cheshire Military Museum, Chester, CH1 2DN; Malpas Young Person's Centre, Chester Road, SY14 8HT
  • Contact: Steph Brocken
  • Telephone: 07894 858934
  • Email: minerva_arts@live.co.uk

Music at Wesley

A Music Society, promoting recitals and concerts at the Wesley Church Centre, raising Funds for its parent charity: Wesley Methodist Church, Chester.

  • Meet at: Wesley Methodist Church, St John Street, Chester, CH1 1DA.
  • Contact: Brian Heald
  • Telephone: 01244 379275
  • Email: brian@heald67.freeserve.co.uk

One A Chord

A friendly and welcoming mixed choir, of all ages, meeting once a week on Monday’s 7-8.30pm. We sing all sorts of styles and types of music, pop, musical theatre and classical, but all with the aim of having fun and enjoying a musical start to the week! 
  • Meet at: Stanley Palace, Watergate Street, Chester, CH12LF
  • Contact: Daniel Bowman 
  • Telephone: 07882 225 752
  • Email: Dan_bowman@me.com

Rastros no Ar Capoeira and Dance Community Interest Company

Developing and sharing capoeira (energetic Brazilian art form) and dance across Cheshire West and beyond through classes, workshops, events, after-school clubs and special projects.​

Raven Creative Writing Group

We encourage like minded writers, who have a love of mysteries, whether historical, gothic or typically English based crime. Social based, and writing collaboration.

Society of Thirteen

We put on about 10 lectures a year (September to June, Monday evenings) of general interest (history, travel, art, science) and arrange occasional trips.

Still Standing

Still Standing is a small community choir comprising poets, actors, singers, musicians and others. Our aim is to enjoy singing and raise money for charity.

  • Meet at: Cross Keys, Lower Bridge Street, Chester, CH1 1RP
  • Contact: Pam Moyle
  • Telephone: 01829 771229
  • Email: pam_moyle@btopenworld.com

Tip Top Productions

TTP community theatre company producing panto yearly. All ages, experience, actors, singers & dancers are welcome.​

Upton Dramatic Society

We put on two amateur drama productions each year in December and March.

Waverton Handbell Ringers

The Waverton Handbell Ringers are a well-respected group of musicians who enjoy ringing handbells and perform often throughout the year. We currently have three levels of ensembles from beginners to advanced. We strive to be the best musicians we can be on handbells.

  • Meet at: Waverton Evangelical Fellowship Annex, Eggbridge Lane, Waverton
  • Contact: Wendy Robinson
  • Website: www.wavertonhbr.co.uk/


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