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THURSDAY, JANUARY 5

CHESTER: Laurence Lyndon-Jones, now assistant director of music at Coventry Cathedral, gives the lunchtime organ recital in Chester Cathedral at 1.10pm. Admission £5, concessions £4.

LIVERPOOL: National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, conducted by Paul Daniel with soloist Natalie Clein (cello), perform works by Elgar and Walton at the Philharmonic Hall in Hope Street at 2.30pm and 7pm. Tickets £20-£18. Call 0151 709 3789 or visit www.liverpoolphil.com.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 7

LIVERPOOL: Discover The Classics - Behind the Music at Liverpool Philharmonic - Beethoven II Au Naturel - Classic FM creative director and presenter Tim Lihoreau presents the second of two sessions on Beethoven, looking at Symphony No 6 - The Pastoral, at the Philharmonic Hall in Hope Street from 11am-1pm. Tickets £15, concessions £10. Call 0151 709 3789 or visit www.liverpoolphil.com.

LIVERPOOL: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Paul Agnew with soloists Klara Ek (soprano), Iestyn Davies (counter tenor), Allan Clayton (tenor) and Roderick Williams (bass), perform Handel’s Messiah at the Philharmonic Hall in Hope Street at 7pm. Tickets £40-£16. Call 0151 709 3789 or visit www.liverpoolphil.com.

MANCHESTER: Music For Forty Voices with The Tallis Scholars, conducted by Peter Phillips, performing works by Jackson, Tallis, Sheppard and Walker, at the Bridgewater Hall at 3pm. Tickets £30-£10. Ring 0161 907 9000 or visit www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk.

MONDAY, JANUARY 9

NEWCASTLE-UNDER-LYME: Bluegrass combo The Coal Porters, led by Kentuckey-born Sid Griffin, in concert at the New Vic Theatre in Etruria Road at 7.30pm. Tickets £15.50, £13.50. Call 01782 717962 or visit www.newvictheatre.org.uk.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 10

CHESTER: Chester Federation of Arts Tuesday lunchtime recitals present pianist Selim Ungut at 12.45pm at Wesley Church Centre, St John Street. Admission £3. Call 01244 379275.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11

CHESTER: Chester Music Society Celebrity Concert featuring Nestor Bayona Pifarre (piano) performing works by Haydn, Liszt, Schumann, Janacek, Albeniz and Chopin at St Mary’s Centre at 7.30pm. Tickets £12. Call 0151 339 7326 or visit www.chestermusicsociety.org.uk.

LIVERPOOL: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Vasily Petrenko with soloist Nikolai Lugansky (piano), perform works by Beethoven at the Philharmonic Hall in Hope Street at 7.30pm. Tickets £36-£13. Call 0151 709 3789 or visit www.liverpoolphil.com.

MANCHESTER: Manchester Mid-day Concerts Society presents Craig Ogden (guitar) performing works by Scarlatti, Granados, Callum Dewar and Joaquin Turina at the Bridgewater Hall at 1.10pm. Tickets £9, concessions £7. Ring 0161 907 9000 or visit www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk.

MANCHESTER: Organist Jonathan Scott performs a richly varied programme which ranges from the grand symphonic style of Widor and Vierne to the minimalist repetitions of contemporary American composer Philip Glass, at the Bridgewater Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets £14. Ring 0161 907 9000 or visit www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 12

CHESTER: Bangor Cathedral director of music, Graham Eccles, plays music by Bach, Howells and List, in his lunchtime organ recital in Chester Cathedral at 1.10pm. Admission £5, concessions £4.

LIVERPOOL: Lunchtime concert featuring Adi Brett (violin) and Ian Buckle (piano) performing sonatas by Elgar and Janacek at the Philharmonic Hall in Hope Street at 1.05pm. Tickets £6. Call 0151 709 3789 or visit www.liverpoolphil.com.

LIVERPOOL: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Vasily Petrenko with soloist Nikolai Lugansky (piano), perform works by Beethoven at the Philharmonic Hall in Hope Street at 7.30pm. Tickets £36-£13. Call 0151 709 3789 or visit www.liverpoolphil.com.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 13

MANCHESTER: RNCM Chamber Music Festival presents the Finzi Quartet performing works by Dutilleaux and Franck, at the Royal Northern College of Music in Oxford Road at 4pm. Tickets £9. Call 0161 907 5555 or visit www.rncm.ac.uk.

MANCHESTER: RNCM Chamber Music Festival presents the Gould Piano Trio performing works by Faure, Tailleferre, Martinu and Saint Saens, at the Royal Northern College of Music in Oxford Road at 7.30pm. Tickets £17. Call 0161 907 5555 or visit www.rncm.ac.uk.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 17

MANCHESTER: Piano Due Prize - This competition gives an opportunity for selected RNCM piano duos to perform a varied 30 minute programme and will be adjudicated by renowned pianist and chamber musician Noriko Ogawa at the Royal Northern College of Music in Oxford Road at 7.30pm. Tickets £7. Call 0161 907 5555 or visit www.rncm.ac.uk.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18

MANCHESTER: Manchester Mid-day Concerts Society presents Eloisa-Fleur Thom (violin) and Tom Poster (piano) performing works by Mozart, Ravel and Gershwin at the Bridgewater Hall at 1.10pm. Tickets £9, concessions £7. Ring 0161 907 9000 or visit www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 19

MANCHESTER: The Halle, conducted by Sir Mark Elder and featuring soloist Nelson Goerner (piano), performing works by Messiaen, Ravel and Beethovenat the Bridgewater Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets £35-£9.50. Ring 0161 907 9000 or visit www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 20

FRODSHAM: Frodsham Music and Arts Club meeting featuring There’ll Be A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight with the Salt City Jazzmen in the community centre in Fluin Lane at 7.45pm. Contact 01928 724296.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 21

MANCHESTER: Spotlight: Moments of Plastic Jubilation - A bold introduction to the eclectic and wildly exciting fusion music emerging from 21st century Australian composers at the Royal Northern College of Music in Oxford Road at 6.30pm. Free admission, no ticket required. Call 0161 907 5555 or visit www.rncm.ac.uk.

MANCHESTER: Empirical - Nathaniel Facey (alto saxophone), Shaney Forbes (drums), Tom Farmer (bass), Lewis Wright (vibes) - the project of four young British jazz musicians who aim to expand on the traditions of jazz. In just a few short years, they have carved out a place as one of jazz’s most exciting young bands and have won numerous awards, including the 2010 MOBO for best jazz act. They will play music from their third album Elements of Truth at the Royal Northern College of Music in Oxford Road at 7.30pm. Tickets £18-£14. Call 0161 907 5555 or visit www.rncm.ac.uk.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25

CHESTER: Chester Music Society Club concert featuring Laurie Ashworth (soprano) and John Gough (piano) at St Mary’s Centre at 7.30pm. Club members free, non-members £5. Call 0151 339 5219 or visit www.chestermusicsociety.org.uk.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 27

CHESTER: Victor Michael (tenor) and his orchestra – following a worldwide tour in 2011, Victor will perform his classic collection of Bocell, the Three Tenors, the Marriage of Figaro, and all your favourite songs from the musicals, with his now infamous tribute to Mario Lanza, at Hamilton Street Methodist Church, Hoole, at 7.30pm. Admission £10. Call 01244 674878 or email: [email protected].

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28

CHESTER: Chester Bach Singers holding a choral workshop with international choral director Robert Hollingworth at a venue to be be confirmed. For details, call 01244 383746 or visit www.chesterbachsingers.org.uk.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10

MANCHESTER: To celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, broadcaster and former BBC royal correspondent, Jennie Bond, will host Happy and Glorious, a performance of much loved pieces and songs that unite a nation at the Bridgewater Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets £36.50-£12.50. Ring 0161 907 9000 or visit www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17

FRODSHAM: Frodsham Music and Arts Club meeting featuring Choral Celebration - an evening with the Highfield Male Voice Choir in the community centre in Fluin Lane at 7.45pm. Contact 01928 724296.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18

LIVERPOOL: To celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, broadcaster and former BBC royal correspondent, Jennie Bond, will host Happy and Glorious, a performance of much loved pieces and songs that unite a nation at the Philharmonic Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets £34.50-£19.50. Ring or 0151 709 3789 or visit www.liverpoolphil.com.

THURSDAY, MARCH 1

RHYL: Hayley Westenra and her Orchestra in concert at the Pavilion Theatre at 7.30pm. Tickets £27.50-£25.50. Call 01745 330000 or visit www.rhylpavilion.co.uk.

SATURDAY, MARCH 3

CHESTER: Chester Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by David Chatwin with soloist Peter Dixon (cello), performing works by Smetana, Kabelevsky and Sibelius at Chester Cathedral at 7.30pm. Tickets £15 (reserved), £10 and £8 (unreserved), school children and students £5. Call 0151 632 1633 or visit [email protected].

SUNDAY, MARCH 18

MANCHESTER: Tommy Fleming has many times been described as the “Voice of Ireland” and is one of Ireland’s top entertainers who is coming to the Opera House in Quay Street. Ring 0844 372 7272 or visit www.manchesterpalace.org.uk.

MONDAY, MARCH 28

MANCHESTER: Louis Clark's Hooked On Classics - The legendary Louis Clark will be conducting the 60 piece English Pops Orchestra featuring many players who recorded on the original album, recreating the original Hooked On Classics live in concert, at the Palace Theatre in Oxford Street. Call 0844 847 2484 or visit www.palaceandoperahouse.org.uk.

SATURDAY, MARCH 31

CHESTER: Chester Bach Singers present St John Passion by Bach, conducted by Martin Bussey, featuring the 18th Century Sinfonia at Chester Cathedral at 7.30pm. Tickets £18, £12, £6. Call 07527 686239.

SATURDAY, MAY 12

CHESTER: Chester Bach Singers present What The Dickens - a day of words and music celebrating the bicentenary of Charles Dickens and his times at the Welsh Presbyterian Church in St John Street from 10am-5pm. Sponsor a song or a reading, come to the coffee concert and join in a Come and Sing session. For further information, call 01829 770104.

SATURDAY, APRIL 28

CHESTER: Chester Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Richard Howarth with soloist Callum Smart, String Finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2010, performing works by Tchaikovsky at Chester Cathedral at 7.30pm. Tickets £15 (reserved), £10 and £8 (unreserved), school children and students £5. Call 0151 632 1633 or visit [email protected].

SATURDAY, JUNE 30

CHESTER: Chester Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Edward Warren, performing works by Elgar and Dvorak at Chester Cathedral at 7.30pm. Tickets £15 (reserved), £10 and £8 (unreserved), school children and students £5. Call 0151 632 1633 or visit [email protected].

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