WIRRAL's second chamber music festival is taking place later this month.

Featuring world-class musicians from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra alongside some of Wirral's finest musicians and special guests, it will be staged from Sunday June 26 to Sunday July 3.

Founded in 2021 by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra's leader, Thelma Handy (pictured, below) and Orchestra cellist, Alex Holladay, the festival sold out all concerts and venues in its inaugural year.

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It showcases young local talent, world-class musicians living locally, and visiting international artists, all performing a thrilling variety of programmes in venues across the Wirral.

All are welcome and children go free.

A festival spokesperson told the Globe: "Our Youth String Quartet Academy opens the festival weekend with a burst of exuberant energy at Thornton Hough’s Merebrook House Hotel on Sunday June 26.

"Our 2022 festival is showcasing even more local talent this year with the Wirral Youth Brass Ensemble, who perform in a new venue for us – the converted tram shed at Birkenhead's Pacific Road on July 3, 11.30am.

"Our family show is an interactive event involving glue, paint and a little bird in a take on Vivaldi's Four Seasons, also at the Pacific Road tram shed in the morning of July 2.

"Our busy weekend of evening concerts will open with The Fanfare, where the Liverpool Wind Collective will perform music by Mozart and Gershwin, preceded by a wine tasting event hosted by Chalgroves Wines in the church of The Holy Name, Oxton on July 1."

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Liverpool Wind Collective

"We perform our first première of the festival by local composer Isabelle Ryder, in The Main Event at All Saints Church, Thornton Hough, on July 2, complementing a glorious programme of romantic string music, performed by our friends from Liverpool Philharmonic.

"And, for The Celebration, we have lured our first visiting group to the Wirral to take centre stage at Heswall Hall on July 3; the marvellous London Handel Players, who, with Thelma Handy, will perform a programme of 17th century music on period instruments."

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London Handel Players

Thelma Handy, who is the festival's artistic director, said: "Our resounding aim is that there will be something here for everyone, and to spread the joy of live music.


Full concert details and tickets are available here: wirralchamberfest.co.uk