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Local Light Music and Classical Music Diary

Having been misled by the main music venues in Manchester and Stockport once too often, I now meet my musical needs with smaller venues and trusted organisers. Below are some light and classical musical happenings in the Stockport and Manchester area in the next few weeks.

If you are a music maker or a small music venue (a church for example) within a bus journey from Stockport, and would like your music listed below, please let me know. Everyone is adding vocals these days- if you know of music which is accessible by public transport, please advise me! For the present this offer is limited to instrumental music- from solo to orchestral (no vocals and no heavy drums) - I can also record your music onto CD at very high quality- could be free or very low cost.
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Soprano Alert: RNCM have advertised an instrumental concert and presented a solo soprano- no RNCM events will be listed below. Stockport Plaza frequently uses unadvertised vocalists (and has a sound system well beyond merely loud). Stockport Wind Orchestra often have unadvertised choirs and will not be listed here. Black Dyke have used unadvertised strobes and refused to give refunds to strobe-sensitive people. They will not be listed here.

Stockport Town Hall Ballroom has an ongoing repeated but occaisional problem with its PA system involving extremely loud very high frequencies, which most people cannot hear. However the pressure will damage your ears- and if you can hear it it is totally painful. So after being forced to leave twice there will be no more listings for that venue. I have put up with a LOT of hassle from Bridgewater Hall over the years and enough is enough, no more.

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Admission is FREE unless stated below, there is often a voluntary collection.
Links to maps below may not work if you are using a proxy (such as Opera Turbo or some mobile services) due to Google usage limitations. The economic climate is having a serious impact on the type of music listed here, and even when we know there is to be a concert, finding information to present here is a major difficulty. Do let me know of anything appropriate (no vocals, no heavy drums, within public transport range of Stockport - and no more than GBP 15 admission).

Chethams School of Music (M3 1SB)- near to Manchester Cathedral has regular lunch time recitals in the Carole Nash Hall (take a foot stool, the chair seats are very high) by its pupils at 1.30pm, NO admission into the grounds, please use separate door opposite main Victoria Station exit (Millgate) after 1.15pm!!! in term time only, so not in July or August or half term or exam time! Typical recital 35-45 minutes.(MAP) Check on 0161 834 9644 to see if there is a concert on a particular day.
The college may not have concerts at half term, or during examinations and advertised programs may be varied or curtailed if a pupil is not yet ready- but there is no admission fee for the majority of the lunchtime concerts..

Is anyone presenting music without vocals these days? Please let me know of any within a bus ride from Stockport.

The number of events to go to is becoming fewer and fewer and more venues are becoming ever more hostile....

Saturday 17th February 2018- CANCELLED: Prima Wind Quintet from 11am at Manchester Cathedral---CANCELLED.

Sunday 18th February 2018- 2pm in Glossop Old Band bandroom, Derby Street, Glossop, SK13 8LP. Subject to cancellation without notice. Tintwistle have been booked to play this afternoon. Mouselow Farm beer on cask (and usual canned and bottled drinks). Half hourly train service from Manchester Piccadilly.

Wednesday 21st February 2018 at 7.30pm a recital on the organ at Holy Name, 339 Oxford Rd Manchester, M13 9PG by Simon Leach, with violin accompanist Benedict Holland. Lots of buses from Piccadilly Gardens (41,42,43,141,142,143)

Friday 23rd February 2018 at 7.30pm, a recital on the organ at Holy Name, 339 Oxford Rd Manchester, M13 9PG by Ben Sheen (New York). Lots of buses from Piccadilly Gardens (41,42,43,141,142,143)

Saturday 24th February 2018 from 10am to 1pm., organ coffee morning at Stockport Plaza, Mersey Square- come and go as you please, tea, coffee and water and cakes on sale. Usually several organists play, sometimes there is a special treat such as a piano player, and now and again a vocalist. (Next after this one is 9th June).

Saturday, February 24th 2018, at 7.30 p.m. Albion United Reformed Church, Ashton-under-Lyne (OL6 6QQ) Public organ recital by Elin Rees. (not Andrew Dean as originally listed) Admission charge to be advised (circa GBP 6). Evening half hourly buses 330 to Stockport or bus or tram to Manchester centre.

Sunday 25th February 2018- 2pm in Glossop Old Band bandroom, Derby Street, Glossop, SK13 8LP. Subject to cancellation without notice. Fairfield (Buxton) Band have been booked to play this afternoon. Mouselow Farm beer on cask (and usual canned and bottled drinks). Half hourly train service from Manchester Piccadilly.

Monday 26th February 2018: at 12 noon, at Stockport Town Hall,Nigel Ogden plays the Wurlitzer for about an hour, GBP 2.10, entry via Edward Street. Usually very popular, get there early- doors open around 11.30 with often a long queue waiting! (We may return to the venue after a break to see if the PA system has been fixed to avoid damaging high volume very high frequency sound.)

Wednesday 28th February 2018- At 12.30 in St Mary in the Baum, Rochdale. GBP 4.00. The Telemann Baroque Ensemble: Alistair Roberts flute, Alfred Pollard oboe, Roger Bisby cello & Peter Collier harpsichord. Lovely pie and peas or soup or fruit pie and custard available from around 11.45, very inexpensive. Afterwards take a look at the close by CoOp museum.

Friday 2nd March 2018 at 1.15pm, at About a 40 minute organ recital at 1.15pm at St Bartholomews, Wilmslow- travel from Stockport by train. From the station go to the town centre and the Church is to the right, towards the river. Philip Underwood plays: Incantation for a Saint's day by Langlais; Chorale Prelude “Wachet Auf” BWV 645 Bach; Noel No 6 in D minor by Daquin; Litanies by Alain; Voluntary in D major Op 6 No 6 by Stanley; Fugue in Eb “St. Anne” BWV 552 by Bach; Lied to the Sun by Flor Peeters. With luck this may be the first public recital on the new 3 manual organ- if not, on a delightful (and pleasant sounding) two manual cabinet pipe organ from York. On Grove Street "The Old Dancer" serves a nice pie and mash from noon, just enough time to eat and walk down to the church.

Saturday 3rd March 2018- GBP 5.50, at 11.20am for concert start at 12 noon, at St Chads, Church Stiles, Rochdale. The church on the hill, on the way into town from the Railway Station (fastest way to get there), Saturday March 3rd - Celebrity Concert - Prize winning LOWRY BRASS Quintet [RNCM]

Sunday 4th March 2018- 2pm in Glossop Old Band bandroom, Derby Street, Glossop, SK13 8LP. Subject to cancellation without notice. Milnrow Band have been booked to play this afternoon. Mouselow Farm beer on cask (and usual canned and bottled drinks). Half hourly train service from Manchester Piccadilly.

Wednesday 7th March 2018- At 12.30 in St Mary in the Baum, Rochdale. GBP 4.00. Catharine Strachan-cello and David Hammond-piano. Lovely pie and peas or soup or fruit pie and custard available from around 11.45, very inexpensive. Afterwards take a look at the close by CoOp museum.

Saturday 10th March 2018- GBP 8.00, at Rochdale Town Hall, 12 noon, Rachel Mahon plays the century old Binns organ.

Saturday 10th March 2018, 3pm, at St Bartholomews, Wilmslow- travel from Stockport by train. From the station go to the town centre and the Church is to the right, towards the river. About an hour long recital by Roger Fisher. This is intended to be the official inauguration of the rebuilt organ, and could be popular. On Grove Street "The Old Dancer" serves a nice pie and mash from noon, just enough time to eat and walk down to the church.

Saturday 10th March 2018 at 6pm at St Anns Church, St Anns Square, Manchester, "Brass for Heroes" GBP 10.00. An evening with a world class brass band featuring Captain Sam Hairsine, Owen Farr and Simone Rebello. Tickets £10 (adults)

Sunday 11th March 2018- 2pm in Glossop Old Band bandroom, Derby Street, Glossop, SK13 8LP. Subject to cancellation without notice. Ellenbrook and Boothstown Band have been booked to play this afternoon. Mouselow Farm beer on cask (and usual canned and bottled drinks). Half hourly train service from Manchester Piccadilly.

Sunday 18th March 2018- 2pm in Glossop Old Band bandroom, Derby Street, Glossop, SK13 8LP. Subject to cancellation without notice. Tideswell Band have been booked to play this afternoon. Mouselow Farm beer on cask (and usual canned and bottled drinks). Half hourly train service from Manchester Piccadilly.

Wednesday 21st March 2018- At 12.30 in St Mary in the Baum, Rochdale. GBP 4.00. Meera Maharaj-flute and Dominic Degavino- piano. Lovely pie and peas or soup or fruit pie and custard available from around 11.45, very inexpensive. Afterwards take a look at the close by CoOp museum.

Saturday 24th March 2018- a bit further away but the train from Stockport only takes 70 minutes if you change at Crewe, or the slow direct (cheaper) train takes 76 minutes. Chester Wesley Methodist Church, St John Street, CH1 1DA, 12.45 to about 1.35, a recital by Andrew Wyatt on the 1926 Binns organ. Then enjoy the Chester Walls, the Gardens, the River (nice walk on a sunny day) etc.

Saturday 24th March 2018- from 11am at Manchester Cathedral, Geoffrey Woollatt plays the new Cathedral "Tickell" organ for about an hour.

Sunday 25th March 2018 at Manchester Bridgewater Hall, 1pm to about 3pm. Indian instrumental music. GBP 12.00, Music for the Mind & Soul: Shreya Devnath (violin) with RN Prakash (mridangam) , Pujenthan Sivgurunathan (kanjira) & Kousic Sen (tabla).

Friday 6th April 2018 at 1.15pm, at About a 40 minute organ recital at 1.15pm at St Bartholomews, Wilmslow- travel from Stockport by train. From the station go to the town centre and the Church is to the right, towards the river. Philip Underwood plays: Carillon du Chateau de Longpont- Vierne; Bells Across the Meadows- Ketelbey; The Liberty Bell March- Sousa; Prelude and Bell Allegro- Stanley; Carillon Sortie- Mulet; Holsworthy Church Bells- Wesley; Carillon de Westminster- Vierne; The new 3 manual organ should be well fettled in by now! (Lunch? On Grove Street "The Old Dancer" serves a nice pie and mash from noon, just enough time to eat and walk down to the church.)

Saturday 21st April 2018- 3pm- Silent Movie: Buster Keaton "The Cameraman" with Donald MacKenzie putting the new three manual organ to a different use! at St Bartholomews, Wilmslow- travel from Stockport by train. From the station go to the town centre and the Church is to the right, towards the river.

ADVANCE NOTICE:
13th May 2018- Buxton brass festival from early to late.
25th May 2018- Whit Friday brass across Tameside and Saddleworth areas- about two dozen venues from around 4pm to really late.

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