Choirs from Chester and all over the North West and North Wales decended on Chester for the Chester Big Sing event. Part of Chester's Chestival series of summer events. Choirs circulated between four locations in the city centre. Performing a set of songs at each. Venues were the Chestival stage in the Town Hall Square; The Cross; outside Browns Department store, favourite spot of many a busker; and beneath the Cathedral Bell Tower.
Ed Alleyne-Johnson is a frequent visitor to the streets of Chester. He is most often found in Eastgate Street where this set of photographs were taken. He first came to prominance in the early 1980's when as a student in Oxford he played bass in local bands and developed his unique electric violin and digital delay. The violin is his own consttruction, sporting 5 rather than the usual 4 strings. Combining the pitches of the violin and viola to allow the building of a range of layers as the loops build into what can be a moving and complete experience.
The Silver Man is the stage name of Paul Silver a talented performer who's acts include, living statue, mime, juggling, stilt walking, trapeze and fire performance. Professionally trained he has performed throughout Europe. His performance at Chester's Cross on April 8th gave the opportunity for an interesting set of photographs. Performing as a living statue with crystal manipulation. His expressive face and graceful poses being a joy to record.
Chester city centre was awash with street performers on Thursday 8th April. The sun not only brought the shoppers and tourists it brought street performers that were at one point cueing to use the most advantageous pitches. Malcolm and John plying their traditional Jazz, Craig Owen and pianist playing classical favourites on violin. Jake Sanson "The Busker with the Red Guitar" and Paul Silver "The Silver Man" living statue on his dais at The Cross.
More pictures of street entertainment in Chester. This time a duo of seasoned Jazz musicians, on the piano the acclaimed Malcolm Hogarth and John, set up camp on a particularly fine spring morning.
Dr Malcolm Hogarth is a regular performer at national and international Jazz Festivals and regularly performs locally with a number of traditional jazz bands.
Tuesday 16th February saw the annual Chester cheese Rolling race. Held on Eastgate because of the ongoing problems in Bridge Street. This years winners were the team from The Cheese Shop in Northgate Street who fought off fearce competition from the Fire Service team. The cheese rolling takes place as a prelude to Chesters Food, Dink and Lifestyle festival on 3rd-5th of April.
Another collection of photographs of street performers in Chester. A colourful addition to Chester's streets the faces seem to come and go. Some travelling around the country some coming in from nearby and some local talent. There are two more pictures here of Craig Owen. This time only accompanied by his keyboard player. A frequent visitor to Chester during 2009. There is also a picture of Ed Alleyne-Johnson, more to follow, who can be found most Saturdays on Eastgate Street performing with his electric violin.
Here are a set of photos of Dave Hum busking at The Cross, Chester today. Using a five string banjo to play Celtic and Bluegrass music. He has been busking for over 20 years. He won Radio 2's International busking award in 1996. He is from Salisbury and can also be seen, mostly around Dorset, but sometimes further afield and at Folk festivals with the band The Huckleberries.
The Rows in Chester play host to a regular supply of street entertainers. Some are seasoned performers, working the crowds, selling CD's and collecting money. Some are more casual, standing in the street with violin case or cap hopeing for money from passers by.
Here are a few pictures of the Chester Town Crier. The post is currently jointly owned by husband and wife team David and Julie Mitchell. These pictures are of David and his "mini me" town crier son, Spencer. David Mitchell won the 2008 titles of British Champion, Best dressed town crier and Peoples champion.
They proclaim from the Cross in Chester at midday every Tuesday-Saturday from May until the end of August, 10.30am on race days. Proclamations have taken place here since the 15th century. Today they welcome visitors from around the world, tell something of the history and declare any news to shoppers. The stocks, shown in these photographs, are a frequent feature of their routine as is an amount of audience participation.
Every Sunday throughout August in Watergate Street, Chester a series of street art performances organised by Chester Performs. There is singing, music, storytelling. performance art and tumbling along the street and rows. The street itself is decorated with life size paper chains and installations. Here are some photographs of Roaming the Rows Chester.