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An amazing space with some real wow factor - perfect for both our rehearsals and the final performance.
Matt Baker, Artistic Director - Theatre in the Quarter

Welcome to St Mary’s - a Creative Space

St Mary’s is a fantastic rehearsal, performance and exhibition space right in the heart of Chester, and is available to the whole community. A thriving cultural scene needs an inspirational centre, and St Mary’s aims to provide opportunities for creative activities and connections of all kinds - providing the space and facilities your group needs, and a wow factor your audience will love.
As the lights go on, and the wine begins to mull, the warmth of St Mary's Creative Space beckons with a fantastic lineup for Christmas

We welcome Christmas crafts, poignant theatre, baroque music ensembles, the best of Chester's children's and adult choirs and operatic ensembles, internationally renowned musicians, festive films and brass bands.  Have a contemplative start to the festive season as Journeyman theatre and Passacaglia, bring their engaging offerings to St Mary's Creative Space.

Our fantastic live music promotors Roman Candle and Soundbox both offer fantastic concerts from internationally renowned musicians - check out our whats on guide for more details.

Once again, the amazing Chester Operatic Society bring a festive offering into the space - see their Facebook page for more details.

We are also thrilled to welcome back Theatre in the Quarter's young companies - bringing new devised pieces of musical theatre, written specifically for the space!

Make your Christmas start with a bang by joining us for our Christmas Cracker singalong events with renowned musician Matt Baker, or new this year, raise your voices and join us for a traditional Carol Concert with the amazing City of Chester Brass Band.

Some Upcoming Highlights

For full listings go to our What's On page.
​Angel Voices

27th and 28th November, 4th and 6th December 2017

Join us as Angel Voices fill the air with song
 The return of the sell-out festive treat of school choirs from across the city. This year featuring performances from 'House of Dance'.
More information here.
​Matt Baker's Christmas Cracker

15th, 16th  December 2017

A gloriously festive singalong
A hilarious and exceedinlgy festive evening of all your favourite Christmas songs. Sing along with local musical impresario Matt Baker and friends and have the Christmassy time of your life.
 
"So here it is Merry Christmas......!" 
More information here
The Perfect Christmas Night

20th December 2017

Kick off Christmas week with a heartwarming and festive evening!
We welcome back the wonderful City of Chester Band  - the true spirit of Christmas! Matt Baker and friends bring you a delightfully traditional evening of carols, solos and readings.  Come along and sing your favourites, and enjoy a mince pie and mulled wine!
More information here

Some Upcoming Highlights

For full listings go to our What's On page.
27th and 28th November, 4th and 6th December 2017
​Angel Voices
Join us as Angel Voices fill the air with song
 The return of the sell-out festive treat of school choirs from across the city. This year featuring performances from 'House of Dance'.
More information here.
15th, 16th  December 2017
​Matt Baker's Christmas Cracker
A gloriously festive singalong
A hilarious and exceedinlgy festive evening of all your favourite Christmas songs. Sing along with local musical impresario Matt Baker and friends and have the Christmassy time of your life.
 
"So here it is Merry Christmas......!" 
More information here
20th December 2017
The Perfect Christmas Night
Kick off Christmas week with a heartwarming and festive evening!
We welcome back the wonderful City of Chester Band  - the true spirit of Christmas! Matt Baker and friends bring you a delightfully traditional evening of carols, solos and readings.  Come along and sing your favourites, and enjoy a mince pie and mulled wine!
More information here

Recent Events

A small selection of recent events you may have missed. Keep in touch by bookmarking our What's On page, and remember to book your tickets early!
Chester International Music Week
The world came to Chester - filling St Mary's Creative Space  in July.

Thanks to Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, we welcomed choirs, dancers and musicians from across the globe.
Ange Hardy:  in Conversation and in Concert
Celebrated as one of Britain’s top folk musicians for her five star 2014 album “The Lament of The Black Sheep” Ange Hardy has grabbed the attention of the traditional folk music world. 
Roman Candle Presents John Murry
'The longer you spend in the darkness with him, the more beauty you'll see' Country Music Magazine.

On tour from the Deep South,John Murry makes an amazing whistle stop in Chester, en route to Ireland.
Celebrity Concert
Chester Music Society presents distinguished chamber musician Sarah-Jane Bradley, who has toured throughout the world and participated in many celebrated festivals.
Whether you want to hire St Mary’s Creative Space for a meeting, a performance, a series of workshops or rehearsals, or anything else - just get in touch via this website and your group can be join the diverse variety of people already enjoying and benefitting from this great community asset and Chester’s hidden cultural gem. For further details of the facilities and the building itself Click Here.
Yes! It can be hired by individuals, groups or organisations for a range of activities and events such as rehearsals, workshops, meetings and performances.
There is no sound equipment in the venue and lighting is limited to the overhead lights. You can bring in sound and lighting (provided it has been PAT tested) – don’t forget to factor in the cost of hiring equipment when thinking about using the venue.
No, although there are spaces within the venue where different groups can work. While it is possible to put up screens, sound will carry around the venue.
The number of people in the building at any one time must not exceed 200. This number is suitable if people are standing. Due to health and safety reasons a maximum of 170 seats is recommended.
We do have a plan of St Mary’s (download HERE) drawn up by Peter Herbert Productions for Theatre in the Quarter’s production of Alice in 2014, but we would always recommend that you visit the venue and measure up yourself, particularly if you are having a set designed. You should also be aware that the floor is uneven.
Yes, but as this would require us to turn off the fire alarm you would have to have a minimum of £10million public liability insurance.
There is an upright piano in St Mary's - all those hiring the venue are able to use it free of charge. There is also a grand piano which can be hired for an additional cost. Details and booking form HERE.
Yes, although being an old church built of sandstone when it is very cold outside it can sometimes be cold inside too.
Sounds good? Use the links below to learn more about the venue, or find out about hiring…
Volunteering at St Mary's is a great way to meet people, learn new skills and contribute to your local community. Whether you're interested in helping out inside or outside, we can find something for you to do! We can offer opportunities in a range of roles and functions including front of house, technical, refreshments and gardening.

Just drop us a line via our Contact Us page and we will be in touch!

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! It can be hired by individuals, groups or organisations for a range of activities and events such as rehearsals, workshops, meetings and performances.
There is no sound equipment in the venue and lighting is limited to the overhead lights. You can bring in sound and lighting (provided it has been PAT tested) – don’t forget to factor in the cost of hiring equipment when thinking about using the venue.
No, although there are spaces within the venue where different groups can work. While it is possible to put up screens, sound will carry around the venue.
The number of people in the building at any one time must not exceed 200. This number is suitable if people are standing. Due to health and safety reasons a maximum of 170 seats is recommended.
We do have a plan of St Mary’s (download HERE) drawn up by Peter Herbert Productions for Theatre in the Quarter’s production of Alice in 2014, but we would always recommend that you visit the venue and measure up yourself, particularly if you are having a set designed. You should also be aware that the floor is uneven.
Yes, but as this would require us to turn off the fire alarm you would have to have a minimum of £10million public liability insurance.
There is an upright piano in St Mary's - all those hiring the venue are able to use it free of charge. There is also a grand piano which can be hired for an additional cost. Details and booking form HERE.
Yes, although being an old church built of sandstone when it is very cold outside it can sometimes be cold inside too.
Sounds good? Use the links below to learn more about the venue, or find out about hiring…
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