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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 25-30 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.

Sunday 26th March 2017- 5pm at St Cuthberts,4 Cuthbert Road, Cheadle.SK8 2DT. Stockport Silver Band. Light refreshments included. Doors open 4.30pm. Buses from Stockport to Councilor Lane/Stockport Road numbers 11, 11A and 310, about two minutes walk to the church. The stop to get off from is after the big roundabout at Boundary Bridge.

Sunday 26th March 2017- Brass in Buxton Pavilion Gardens Bandstand 2-4pm. Today's listed band: Diggle. Travel from Stockport by hourly train or bus (High Peak 199)- they take the same time. Note a gap in return buses from 4pm to 5.20pm. Note- outdoor event, grass may be wet, terrible weather may cause cancellation. Be sure to take in the free Buxton water from the fountain opposite the Crescent (bottom of The Slope). It is the same water you could pay over two pounds a litre for. But free. Note that the free water will not keep more than a day or so as it has not been sealed in a bottle in factory conditions. Buxton water originates underneath those building opposite the fountain and is pumped to the large bottling plant just past the station.

Friday 31st March 2017 at 7.30pm, GBP 8.00, a charity recital by Jonathan Scott at Woodley Methodist Church. 330 bus between Ashton, Hyde and Stockport every half hour stops very close to the church. Sure to be popular. The church has an Eminent electronic organ.

Sunday 2nd April 2017- Brass in Buxton Pavilion Gardens Bandstand 2-4pm. Today's listed band: Stockport Silver. Travel from Stockport by hourly train or bus (High Peak 199)- they take the same time. Note a gap in return buses from 4pm to 5.20pm. Note- outdoor event, grass may be wet, terrible weather may cause cancellation. Be sure to take in the free Buxton water from the fountain opposite the Crescent (bottom of The Slope). It is the same water you could pay over two pounds a litre for. But free. Note that the free water will not keep more than a day or so as it has not been sealed in a bottle in factory conditions. Buxton water originates underneath those building opposite the fountain and is pumped to the large bottling plant just past the station.

Friday 7th April 2017 at 1pm at St Anns Church, Manchester, Zoe Glossop: Oboe/Cor Anglais with John LeGrove: Piano. Programme to include works by Poulenc, Lutoslawski and Hindemith. No indication of admission fee or if free,

April is looking very barren. I am used to music being in short supply for Christmas but I can't recall a total close down for Easter before. Most odd. I can find nothing (apart from the usual sopranos that is...). Any music out there??? From a venue that actually wants people to visit?

15th April 2017- Easter Saturday- Brass in Buxton Pavilion Gardens Bandstand 2-4pm. Today's listed band: Oignies Band (French). Travel from Stockport by hourly train or bus (High Peak 199)- they take the same time. Note a gap in return buses from 4pm to 5.20pm. Note- outdoor event, grass may be wet, terrible weather may cause cancellation. Be sure to take in the free Buxton water from the fountain opposite the Crescent (bottom of The Slope). It is the same water you could pay over two pounds a litre for. But free. Note that the free water will not keep more than a day or so as it has not been sealed in a bottle in factory conditions. Buxton water originates underneath those building opposite the fountain and is pumped to the large bottling plant just past the station.

17th April 2017- Easter Monday- Note- public transport with be Bank Holiday timings. Brass in Buxton Pavilion Gardens Bandstand 2-4pm. Today's listed band: Youlgrave Silver. Travel from Stockport by hourly train or bus (High Peak 199)- they take the same time. Note a gap in return buses from 4pm to 5.20pm. Note- outdoor event, grass may be wet, terrible weather may cause cancellation. Be sure to take in the free Buxton water from the fountain opposite the Crescent (bottom of The Slope). It is the same water you could pay over two pounds a litre for. But free. Note that the free water will not keep more than a day or so as it has not been sealed in a bottle in factory conditions. Buxton water originates underneath those building opposite the fountain and is pumped to the large bottling plant just past the station.

Sunday 23rd April 2017- Brass in Buxton Pavilion Gardens Bandstand 2-4pm. Today's listed band: Rode Hall Silver. Travel from Stockport by hourly train or bus (High Peak 199)- they take the same time. Note a gap in return buses from 4pm to 5.20pm. Note- outdoor event, grass may be wet, terrible weather may cause cancellation. Be sure to take in the free Buxton water from the fountain opposite the Crescent (bottom of The Slope). It is the same water you could pay over two pounds a litre for. But free. Note that the free water will not keep more than a day or so as it has not been sealed in a bottle in factory conditions. Buxton water originates underneath those building opposite the fountain and is pumped to the large bottling plant just past the station.

Friday 5th May 2017- 1.15pm at St Barthholomew, Wilmslow. SK9 1AW • Philip Underwood plays possibly a temporary organ whilst the old two manual organ is in the process of being transformed into a three manual organ due to open in December. The programme today is to include Philip's own lovely "Lakeland Sketches", Whitlock's toccata, Streets of London, Scarborough Fair and The Washington Post March. Half hourly stopping trains from Manchester and TfGM pensioner pass holders will only need a train ticket from Cheadle Hulme to Wilmslow. Turn right out of the station, cross a main road past the brewery on your left and then right to the church. The extremely slow bus from Stockport has now been cancelled.
Plenty of eating places in Wilmslow at all price levels. Check out the food at the new microbrewery on Swan Street.

. Saturday 6th May 2017, 11am at Bolton Parish Church (Bolton-le-Moor) GBP 6.00, an organ recital by Tim Harper from Ripon Cathedral. Up to 8 trains a hour, some depart from Manchester Victoria and some leave from Manchester Piccadilly. Check the day before for possible rail line closures and bus substitutions. (Railway often closed at weekends). Regular if slower buses from Manchester to Bolton.

Sunday 7th May 2017- Buxton Brass Contest, all day from early to late, low admission charge. Date tentative, more details when received.

Saturday 13th May 2017- Rochdale Town Hall 12 noon organ recital GBP 8.00. Fast trains from Manchester Victoria or slow buses and trams from Manchester. Today the organist is Hannah Gibson from Mount St Mary's College, Sheffield.

Sunday 14th May 2017 Brass in Buxton Pavilion Gardens Bandstand 2-4pm. Today's listed band: Burbage. Travel from Stockport by hourly train or bus (High Peak 199)- they take the same time. Note a gap in return buses from 4pm to 5.20pm. Note- outdoor event, grass may be wet, terrible weather may cause cancellation. Be sure to take in the free Buxton water from the fountain opposite the Crescent (bottom of The Slope). It is the same water you could pay over two pounds a litre for. But free. Note that the free water will not keep more than a day or so as it has not been sealed in a bottle in factory conditions. Buxton water originates underneath those building opposite the fountain and is pumped to the large bottling plant just past the station.

Sunday 21st May 2017 at 1pm at Manchester Bridgewater Hall, Milapfest present Pandit Ranajot Sengupta on sarod and Ashim Chowdhury on sitar. GBP 12.00.

Sunday 21st May 2017 Brass in Buxton Pavilion Gardens Bandstand 2-4pm. Today's listed band: Burbage. Travel from Stockport by hourly train or bus (High Peak 199)- they take the same time. Note a gap in return buses from 4pm to 5.20pm. Note- outdoor event, grass may be wet, terrible weather may cause cancellation. Be sure to take in the free Buxton water from the fountain opposite the Crescent (bottom of The Slope). It is the same water you could pay over two pounds a litre for. But free. Note that the free water will not keep more than a day or so as it has not been sealed in a bottle in factory conditions. Buxton water originates underneath those building opposite the fountain and is pumped to the large bottling plant just past the station.

Saturday 27th May 2017- from 11am to 5pm at St Anns Church, St Anns Square, Manchester. An organ marathon. Is there an organ work you would like to hear on this lovely baroque four manual organ? You have an opportunity to sponsor a piece for the day- choose your work and approximate time and how much you are offering (minimum five pounds, a higher amount will move your preferred piece forward in the queue). Form to complete at back of church or email the organist. Proceeds will pay for the organ to be cleaned internally.

Sunday 28th May 2017 Brass in Buxton Pavilion Gardens Bandstand 2-4pm. Today's listed band: Dove Holes. Travel from Stockport by hourly train or bus (High Peak 199)- they take the same time. Note a gap in return buses from 4pm to 5.20pm. Note- outdoor event, grass may be wet, terrible weather may cause cancellation. Be sure to take in the free Buxton water from the fountain opposite the Crescent (bottom of The Slope). It is the same water you could pay over two pounds a litre for. But free. Note that the free water will not keep more than a day or so as it has not been sealed in a bottle in factory conditions. Buxton water originates underneath those building opposite the fountain and is pumped to the large bottling plant just past the station.

Monday 29th May 2017 Spring Bank Holiday Monday- note special Bank Holiday public transport times. Brass in Buxton Pavilion Gardens Bandstand 2-4pm. Today's listed band: Poynton Royal British Legion. Travel from Stockport by hourly train or bus (High Peak 199)- they take the same time. Note a gap in return buses from 4pm to 5.20pm. Note- outdoor event, grass may be wet, terrible weather may cause cancellation. Be sure to take in the free Buxton water from the fountain opposite the Crescent (bottom of The Slope). It is the same water you could pay over two pounds a litre for. But free. Note that the free water will not keep more than a day or so as it has not been sealed in a bottle in factory conditions. Buxton water originates underneath those building opposite the fountain and is pumped to the large bottling plant just past the station.

9th June 2017 will be the famous Whit Friday brass band contests in the Tameside and Saddleworth areas with separate contests at up to 22 venues, aggregated for a supreme winner in each of the two areas. From about 4pm to anything from 10.30pm to after 1am depending on venue. Saddleworth can be much more crowded and noisy but they get more bands. Last year the Tameside venues had from 33 to 44 bands each (total 65 different bands across Tameside) whilst the top venue in Saddleworth struggled with 80 bands. And it is FREE.

band logos But before that- on Saturday 3rd June 2017- just before a VERY busy Friday on 9th, our local championship band, Fairey, before they win lots of money in the Whit contests, will be warming up near to their rehearsal rooms, at the church of St Thomas, Heaton Norris (now Heaton Chapel) on Wellington Road North, Stockport. By Buckingham Road, opposite the Tesla showroom. 192 bus runs between Stockport and Manchester very regularly (at least every 10 mins til very late).
Fairey will be bringing a Norwegian band (Nidaros Brass Band) with them for a joint concert to remember. There will be a charge for this - details nearer the time. Book the date now. We are trying for a larger audience than Cory/Nidaros had in Cardiff in 2014. (Where? Trondheim was founded as Nidaros by Olav Tryggvason in 997).

Saturday 17th June 2017 at 1pm at Manchester Bridgewater Hall, Milapfest present Sanjay Guha on sitar and Pandit Ramesh Misra on sarangi. GBP 12.00. [Ramesh played on the Aerosmith album Nine Lives].

Saturday 24th June 2017- Stockport Plaza, 7.30pm- subject to cancellation or amendment- in aid of St Anns Hospice- The Fairey Band - Faireys return to the Plaza in June and their programme will include a performance of Tchaikovsky’s crowd rousing 1812 Overture which will combine the band’s technical prowess with spectacular cannon effects. See the 2012 performance at the Plaza on youtube. GBP 12.00. May contain very loud noises - but the large firework used at Belle Vue many years ago has been retired after misbehaving at Buxton and we have to make do with the bass drum. Note: The band usually appear at the Plaza with a second performer, which has sometimes been vocal- awaiting details of who they will be appearing with this time.

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