World-class musicians will give an hour-long concert in the woods of Chirk Castle on Sunday 14th May to mark the beginning of this year’s Whittington Music Festival. The open-air setting will allow the famous Elias Quartet to offer an atmospheric teaser for their week-long festival of music by Beethoven in Whittington church. Chirk’s National Trust visitors will have logs to sit on to enjoy this Albert Hall-quality performance or they can just wander nearby as they choose.

Festival Chairman Lawrence Mortimer says, “In our fifth year, we decided we needed to get out more. We want to share the professional but informal buzz of the Whittington Music Festival with those who haven’t discovered us yet”. The woodland concert starts at 2pm near the Hercules statue, or in the Castle Chapel if wet. Non-members of the National Trust will need to pay for admission, but the event itself is free.