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Chester siblings set up not-for-profit ‘front room’ concert company

A BROTHER and sister from Chester have launched an events company with a difference – their acts will play in your front room for free.

David Ravenscroft, 23, came up with the unusual idea in a bid to help his sister, 25-year-old Kathryn, gain experience of organising concerts.

“I wanted to give my sister some experience, because she has a degree in event management,” said David, who grew up in Mold.

“But it’s a terrible job market. So we created the company and it’s surprising how many people are interested.

“It’s nice, because it’s brought us together as well.”

Chester House Concerts debuted last weekend at David’s flat on Station Road, with an audience of 20 friends.

The line-up featured comedians Rhys Johnson, of Wrexham and Mold-based Jamie Hughes, as well as musician Jamie Edwards, who lives in Mynydd Isa.

The company’s concept is simple: the client – or ‘host’ – provides the venue and audience for an up-and-coming local act and, in return, enjoys a free evening of entertainment.

“It’s sort of live lounge meets house party,” said graduate engineer David.

“There is no money involved, and no wage is drawn – all for the passion of giving performers their first break.”

“The system works by a host providing the venue for free and we provide the entertainment.”

Following the concert, photographs and videos of the performers’ appearances are uploaded to the company’s website, giving them a free online platform.

David is keen to sign up a range of acts, from musicians and comedians to after dinner speakers.

And anxious neighbours can rest assured – all music is acoustic, with no electric guitars or drums.

If you would like to host a Chester House Concert or sign up to perform, visit the company’s website at www.chesterhouseconcerts.co.uk.