~Previous Gigs~

On this page, you'll find details of previous gigs held in the Chapel, along with photographs & videos from the events.
Please enjoy!

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Henry Priestman & Elfin Bow

"Was such a beautiful venue. Amazing sound and great artists, hope it's the first of many."

"It was a great night. Loved it."

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Sat May 21st 2016 - Gary Edward Jones + Support from Rhiannon Jo
Gary Edward Jones Trio
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Sat June 18th 2016 - Rob Vincent + Support from Thom Morecroft
Rob Vincent
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Videos:

Thom Morecroft - Daisy

Thom Morecroft - Take a Look at Yourself

Rob Vincent - Lady

Rob Vincent - Demons

Andy Irvine
Sat July 30th 2016 - Jim Bazley + Ben Hughes
Jim Bazley & Ben Hughes

"Attended this event this evening , what a great night of entertainment by 2 guitarists"

"Thank you so much for arranging the concert on Saturday, we hadn’t a clue what to expect but enjoyed it a lot. The duet at the end was superb."

Videos:

Ben Hughes - My Amigo

Jim Bazley - Superstition

Ben Hughes and Jim Bazely, just Jammin'

Sat Aug 20th 2016 - Lowri Evans + Galw
Lowri Evans
Sat Sept 17th 2016 - Sean Taylor + The Suitcase Dwellers
Sean Taylor
Sat Oct 15th 2016 - A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac + Support from Emma Jones
A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac
Emma Jones

"A great night was had by one & all.

Ace. xXx."

"What a brill band and lovely venue."

"It was great, and the venue is fantastic. Will defo be going to the next band xxx"

Sat October 22nd 2016 - Double Headliner - Pete Riley + Shamona
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Pete Riley
A Singer/Songwriter born and raised in Liverpool, England. Pete Riley has been playing music ever since he can remember. He played his first gig in Liverpool doing Beatle covers at the age of 12, and then went on to play in numerous bands touring the British Isles, throughout the late 80s and early 90s.
 
Pete toured the USA through 1997 with 'Treehouse', who went on to release their debut album "Nobody's Monkey" to critical acclaim. They continued touring America until 2000 opening for many major US artistes (too many to mention!) Sadly, at the end of 2001 Treehouse split up and went their separate ways after one last final tour opening for The Cranberries in the UK.
Pete then embarked on a solo career touring solo acoustic in the UK and Ireland. On release of his first solo album "After The Parade" Pete was invited back over to the USA to open for the American, multi-platinum selling artist Edwin McCain whom he had struck up a solid friendship with during his previous stints in the US. After opening for a couple of months he was asked by Edwin to join his band as a permanent member.
 
Pete went on to forge a writing partnership with Edwin McCain and co-wrote three successful albums as well as the single release “Say Anything” which was co-written by Pete with Edwin and Maia Sharp.
Since then Pete has been writing/recording and producing with many different artistes worldwide. These include Edwin McCain, Narada Michael Walden, Maia Sharp, Angie Aparo, Kevin Kinney, Henry Priestman (The Christians), Deadmono and most recently Amy Wadge.

Throughout the last few years there has also been numerous TV appearances in the USA (VH1, CBS Good Morning America) and more recently on BBC 1 in the UK (The Politics Show) Pete's songs also featured in the Warner Bros TV drama "Jack and Bobby" and the internationally released 2010 Miley Cyrus Disney Movie "The Last Song".

Over the last two years Pete has also been touring acoustically in the UK with Henry Priestman and has co-written 2 tracks with Henry for his new album on Universal Records.
Pete's most recent project is a duo collaboration with singer/songwriter Amy Wadge (who co-wrote "thinking out loud" with Ed Sheeran for which she won the 2016 Grammy Award for Song of the Year).  Amy, originally from Bristol, is now based out of Cardiff. After playing a bunch of shows and writing together they soon realised there was a special chemistry between them both and this led to the decision to record an Amy Wadge/Pete Riley duo album followed by a UK tour.

Also performing on the same night -  Shamona:

Shamona
Shamona is a 3-piece Indie Rock, Pop, Blues, Funk, Soul band from Liverpool, they are part of Fred Perrys top 20 bands.  Their influences are The Beatles, Cream, The Who, Bob Dylan, Edwin McCain, Razorlight, Coldplay, America, Queen and many, many more.
Shamona are:
Pete Riley - Lead Vocals, Bass Guitar
Andy O'Connor - Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Sean Burns - Drums
Friday Feb 24th 2017 - Keith James - The Music of Yusuf - Cat Stevens
Cat Stevens
As a gesture of belief in the possibility of harmony and understanding within all of us interwoven in today’s World..
 
Keith James presents an honest and loving reflection 
of the timeless and insightful music of Yusuf - Cat Stevens
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Proceeds and audience donations from this tour of concerts will go to the UNICEF UK Government matched, Syrian Children’s appeal.
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The amassed body of music from this hugely popular and sincerely adored singer/songwriter made for a collection of 'must have' records across a whole generation. Tea for the Tillerman and Teaser and the Firecat were on everyone's  turntables and on every radio station, live versions are played in concerts, bars and on the world's beaches to this day. 
Songs such as Wild World, Father and Son, Moonshadow and Where do the Children play have been covered by hundreds of Artists worldwide.
Keith James, is a well respected and inventive guitarist singer/songwriter who specialises in performing intimate, carefully researched biographic style concerts. He weaves the story of Cat Stevens’ life from his early pop career, life threatening illness and spiritual journey around a performance of his well crafted and memorable songs.
Yusuf campaigns on many educational and humanitarian issues, he was awarded the 'Man of Peace' award by the Nobel Peace Laureates.

In 2015 and he received the Lifetime achievement award from BBC Radio 2 and the Ivor Novello Award for outstanding song collection.
He has received two honorary doctorates and awards for promoting peace from two organisations founded by Mikhail Gorbachev.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ - The Independent

‘Keith James has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice’ - Sunday Times


‘Certainly the UK’s most celebrated and evocative interpreter of golden music’ - The Guardian

‘A sensitive and pleasingly understated delivery, all the better that the songs might speak for themselves’ - Acoustic Magazine


For all information about Keith James: www.keith-james.com/

Saturday April 8th - Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir - 7:30pm - Doors open at 7:00pm
Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir
The Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir (Welsh: Côr Meibion Froncysyllte), also known as the Fron Choir (Welsh: Côr Fron), is an award-winning amateur male voice choir based in the village of Froncysyllte (pronounced vron-cuss-ulth/ tay), near Llangollen in Denbighshire, Wales. The village is famous as the site of Thomas Telford's Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.

The village's choir became notable when the Universal Music Group album Voices of the Valley was released in November 2006, to be ranked at number 9 on the UK album chart. It became the fastest-selling classical record of all time, achieving gold status in three days and, by 2009, had sold over half a million copies. A second album, Voices of the Valley - Encore, was released in November 2007.
As part of the choir's 70th anniversary celebrations, we are proud to announce that they will be  performing a special concert‎ at one of their very first venues - here - the former primitive Methodist Chapel at Black Park.
Proceeds from this concert will go towards provision of Music Therapy at Black Park.
For more information about the Choir, please visit their website: fronchoir.com
26th, 27th, 28th May  - Black Park Chamber Music Festival
This is an exciting whole weekend event, in association with Cambrian Orchestra, which consists of both workshops and performances.  Something for everyone, invaluable for music students and a treat for anyone who enjoys both classical and contemporary music performed by professional musicians, in a beautiful setting with excellent acoustics perfect for chamber music.

The weekend programme is as follows:-
Friday 26th May  - Strings Day
9:30am -1pm - Alexander Technique for Musicians. With Janet Pinder-Emery: GRSM PGCE MSTAT: 

With over 30 years teaching experience in Cheshire and North Wales, Janet studied the violin at the London Royal Academy of Music and is a member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique.  Correct posture is a problem inherent for all musicians, this workshop will deliver an overview of the basics of the Alexander Technique as well as providing instruction to individuals working with their own instruments.  Spaces are limited to 12 participants.  All ages and abilities are welcome.  
 
To book please email blackparkchapel@gmail.com or ring (01691) 778800 for a registration form.  Participants should bring a mat to lie on for comfort and also bring a few paperback books for a head rest, measuring 4”-5” (8-10cm) total thickness when stacked together. Comfortable clothing should also be worn.  The cost is £35 per person.  Light refreshments are provided.
2pm-5pm - String Masterclass - with Conductor Richard Howarth: 
 
Richard has had a distinguished career as a violinist, leading and directing orchestras for over thirty years.  Richard enjoys working with top quality professional orchestras as well as training and educating amateur and youth groups.  
He has conducted Manchester Camerata, the Ulster Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the London, Scottish and Manchester Concert Orchestras and, from the violin, has directed Manchester Camerata and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.  Richard trained as a violinist at the Royal College of Music in London and has worked with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and as Leader of the Ulster Orchestra before becoming Leader of Manchester Camerata.  He has also been a guest leader with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Scottish and Welsh Symphony Orchestras, the BBC Philharmonic, the Halle, Orchestra of St John's Smith Square, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, East of England Orchestra and Bournemouth Sinfonietta.  Richard also conducts/directs the professional orchestra Manchester Sinfonia. 
This is a wonderful and rare opportunity for string players to improve their standard of playing with a professional violinist and conductor.  As well as ensemble work, there will also be individual tuition for musicians playing on their own instruments.  All ages and abilities are welcome. 
 
To book please email blackparkchapel@gmail.com or ring (01691) 778800 for a registration form.  The cost is £25 per person.  Light refreshments are provided.   
7:30pm (doors 7pm) - String Quartet Concert – With Lucy Arch and Athena Strings (one hour):

 

 
Athena Strings is a young, exciting and dynamic group of professional musicians who formed at the Royal Northern College of Music. Lily, Isobel, Jess and Lucy have experience of playing at hundreds of wedding and events worldwide, with recent engagements including a performance for David Cameron and President Xi Jinping of China on his visit to the UK. Their players perform regularly for orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

Lucy Arch started playing the cello aged 7 and is studying for a postgraduate at the Royal Northern College of Music with Hannah Roberts and Leonard Elschenbroich, having previously studied with Chris Hoyle.  She completed her undergraduate degree last year at the same institution with First Class Honours.  Lucy played for several years in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, performing at major venues all over the UK under eminent conductors. Lucy has a keen interest in chamber music, with her string quartet, The Clara Quartet, winning the Hirsch Prize, John Barbirolli String Quartet prize, and Laurence Davies String Quartet Prize. They have recently represented the RNCM at a course in Germany, and performed a recital at the Wigmore Hall. Solo performances have included the Schumann concerto at the RNCM, Elgar concerto, Dvorak concerto, Haydn D major concerto and several recitals. Lucy is an experienced orchestral player, leading a wide range of the classical, romantic and 20th century repertoire with RNCM chamber, symphony and classical orchestras, as well as many others.
 

Tickets: £7:50 or £5 for workshop/masterclass participants (£2 will be refunded).  Free entry for ages 8-25 years inclusive.  There will be some tickets available on the door, but please book/reserve to avoid disappointment.  

 

We are very grateful to sponsorship by CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust for this concert.

For further info or to reserve, please email blackparkchapel@gmail.com or ring (01691) 778800
 

The premises is fully licensed and light refreshments will be available throughout.
 

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Saturday 27th May  - Cambrian Orchestra
2:30-5:30pm Open Rehearsal – with the Cambrian Orchestra:
 
People will be able to observe and listen to the orchestra rehearsing for the evening performance. This would also be an excellent opportunity for artists wanting to photograph and sketch the musicians at work.
Tickets: Free, donations welcome.
7:30pm (doors 7pm) - Cambrian Orchestra Concert:
 
Conductor: Mark Lansom
Soloist: Katherine Lacy (Principal Clarinet, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) – Basset Clarinet
Leader: Craig Clewley
 
Programme:
Lansom: Welsh Folk Song Suite                             
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto                                      
Interval
Dvorak: Nocturne for Strings Op 40                      
Haydn: Symphony No. 49
                                       
Tickets: £12.50 or £7.50 for workshop/masterclass participants (£5 will be refunded). Free entry for age 8-25 years inclusive.   There will be some tickets available on the door, but please book/reserve to avoid disappointment.

For further info or to reserve, please email blackparkchapel@gmail.com or ring (01691) 778800

We are very grateful to sponsorship by CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust for this concert.
Sunday 28th May  - Double Reed Day
10am-5pm Workshop, Performance Class and recital with Laurence Perkins (Bassoon) and Maddy Aldis-Evans (Oboe):
 
This full day programme will include technical sessions on the Bassoon and Oboe, ensemble rehearsal, and accompanied performance class followed by a short concert.
 
Laurence has been principal bassoonist with Manchester Camerata since 1974, with whom he has performed in concerts throughout the UK (including the BBC Proms) and on overseas tours including France, Germany, Portugal, Norway, the Azores Islands, Hong Kong, Macau, Australia and Japan. 
Laurence has given many solo concert performances throughout the UK and Europe, including recitals at the Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room in London, concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra (at St. John’s, Smith Square) and with Manchester Camerata, and numerous overseas concerts including France, Portugal and Prague.
 
Laurence is bassoon tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and at York and Nottingham Universities.  He has also been a regular bassoon and chamber music tutor at many summer schools and courses in the UK and overseas, including Aberystwyth, Malvern, Sherborne, Dartington, Alston Hall in Lancashire, Kammermusik in Oxford, and Cubertou in the south of France.
Maddy was born in Leicester.  From 1989 - 1993 she studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire where she obtained a BA (Hons) Music 2:1, A.B.S.M (composition with merit) and a Postgraduate diploma in Professional Studies (Performance).  In 1992 she was awarded the Conservatoire BA Prize and the award for an Orchestral Composition.  A Countess of Munster Musical Trust award enabled her to continue her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music where she obtained a Postgraduate diploma in Advanced Performance and was awarded the 2004 RNCM Rawsthorn Prize for composition.
 
Maddy teaches the oboe at Abingdon School and at Headington School, as well as privately. In 2016 she founded the Bicester oboe band with local oboists and students.
 
As a freelance player in the UK, Maddy has worked with many of the countries’ leading orchestras including trials with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (second oboe 2010/2011), Welsh National Opera (second oboe 2012/2013), the Philharmonia Orchestra (Cor Anglais 2005/2006) and the Manchester Camerata (Principal, Second Oboe and Cor Anglais Including trial for second oboe 1999). Other orchestras with whom Maddy regularly worked as a deputy player include the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra (Second oboe, Cor Anglais), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Second Oboe),  Halle Orchestra (Second Oboe and Cor Anglais), London Concert Orchestra (Principal and Second Oboe), Opera North (Second Oboe) and Viva (East of England Orchestra) (Principal, second oboe and Cor Anglais).
 
To book please email blackparkchapel@gmail.com or ring (01691) 778800 for a registration form.
The cost is £35 per person.  Light refreshments are provided.
 
All profits from our events go towards maintaining the fabric of the building and subsidising our user groups, including the Chirk Dementia Support Group and Provision of Music Therapy at Black Park.  Please support us.
 
You can also follow us on twitter @blackparkchapel or on facebook/blackparkchapel.  You can also contact us via email blackparkchapel@gmail.com or by good old fashioned telephone (01691) 778800.
Friday  July 14th - The Ukey Monster 
~ Doors open at 7:30pm ~ Performances begin at 8:00pm ~
The Ukey Monster
A 13 piece ukulele collective with a few other instruments thrown in. They perform an eclectic combination of popular songs in a quirky, energetic and upbeat style. Featuring vibrant vocal harmonies, Ukey sizzling solos, luscious licks, and big bass grooves - from Deep Purple to Lily Allen, Jason Mraz to Motorhead! Monstrously good tunes that are sure to get your head a noddin’ and your foot a-tappin’…
 
For more information about The Ukey Monster, please visit their Facebook page: The Ukey Monster
The Ukey Monster
Tickets £9
To reserve tickets for The Ukey Monster, please email offaevents@aol.com or call 01691 650293 also available online (including PAYPAL) via the link below
Fully licenced bar & refreshments
Doors open at 19:30. Concert begins at 20:00.
Free on-site  parking, excellent disability access and facilities
For more information or reservations,
please contact Offa Events on 01691 650293
or email offaevents@aol.com
Whilst tickets may be available to purchase from the venue on the night, we strongly recommend purchasing them in advance to avoid disappointment.
Tuesday October 3rd - Dervish
~ Doors open at 7:30pm ~ Performance begins at 8:00pm ~
Dervish
Quite simply one of the biggest names in Irish music. They’re on a one-week tour of Great Britain in the autumn and play for us on Tuesday 3rd October!
County Sligo’s finest export, Dervish are one of the greatest bands ever to have come out of Ireland.
 
Fronted as ever by the entrancing Cathy Jordan, whose power to charm an audience is a match for anybody in the whole of Ireland – Dervish draw from seemingly limitless depths of talent, finesse, subtlety and fiery energy. In Dervish, exceptional musicianship, breathtaking vocals, vibrant sets of tunes and instantly compelling songs come satisfyingly together.
 
It is not without good reason that they have become one of Ireland’s most enduring bands. They have performed on countless stages around the world, headlined major folk festivals and influenced and inspired a whole generation of other musicians. 25 years in the making, a Dervish show promises to be a rousing, uplifting night, sure to drive away day to day cares and raise the spirits in a way that only great music can.
Tickets £20
 
There are just 140 tickets available and we’re writing to people on our email list first before the group’s publicity machine starts rolling.
 
Tickets can be bought by sending a cheque payable to Dave Andrews to the address below. Please send a SAE so we can send out your tickets:

 
Dave Andrews
Spring Cottage
Wern
Weston Rhyn
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For more information about Dervish, please visit their Website: www.dervish.ie
 
Free on-site  parking, excellent disability access and facilities
Fully licenced bar & refreshments
Doors open at 19:30. Concert begins at 20:00.
Whilst tickets may be available to purchase from the venue on the night, we strongly recommend purchasing them in advance to avoid disappointment.
For more information about this event,
please contact Offa Events on 01691 650293
or email offaevents@aol.com

Andy Irvine – Tuesday 24th April 8pm (doors 7:30pm)

Needing no introduction - ANDY IRVINE is one of the great Irish singers, his voice one of a handful of truly great ones that gets to the very soul of Ireland. He has been hailed as "a tradition in himself".

Musician, singer, songwriter, Andy has maintained his highly individual performing skills throughout his 45 year career.

From Sweeney's Men in the mid 60s, to the enormous success of Planxty in the 70s and then from Patrick Street to Andy Irvine & Dónal Lunny's Mozaik, Andy has been a world music pioneer and an icon for traditional music and musicians.

As a soloist, Andy fills the role of the archetypal troubadour with a show and a travelling lifestyle that reflect his lifelong influence, Woody Guthrie.

To quote the Irish Times, "Often copied, never equaled", his repertoire consists of Irish traditional songs, dexterous Balkan dances and a compelling cannon of his own self-penned songs.

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Friday May 4th - 7PM - 9PM:

 

Tenovus Sing with Us Choir (Wrexham)

- Popular, contemporary 

Hefin Harp and Flute Duo
- Nocturne for Flute and Harp - Welsh Folk Songs (Trad) - And Everything is Still - - Andante con Variazioni

Strictly Saxes (Saxaphone Quintet)
- Jazz, light classical and popular

TICKETS: £8, Concs £6, U16 and F/T students free -
Available online, or from the venue on the night.

Saturday May 5th - 7PM - 9PM:

 

Cambria Orchestra Concert

St Paul’s Suite - Gustav Holst Suite for Strings - Joan Trimble
Valse Triste - Jean Sibelius Symphony No.40 - W A Mozart

TICKETS: £10, £8 concs, U16 and f/t students free -
Available online, or from the venue on the night.

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