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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. WARNING: Do NOT pay any funds to the Bridgewater Hall or to the Manchester Arena unless you have first read ALL their terms and conditions and fully understood them. You have no rights.

Organisers- please put SOMETHING up on the Internet somewhere! TELL people about your events! Hiding away in the dark chasms of a global "social network" is unhelpful.

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Admission is FREE unless stated below, there is often a voluntary collection.
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). I can also record your music onto CD at very high quality- could be free or very low cost.
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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....

CARE re local train services - Travel by train around Manchester appears to carry unwarranted risks until further notice. Sunday services are particularly liable to often short notice timetable amendments (they have found a way to avoid cancellations! Recast the timetable before the train fails to run!).

Saturday 12th October 2019- Rochdale Town Hall, 12 noon, Simon Leach at the organ. GBP 8.00.

Sunday 13th October 2019 , brass banding at Glossop Old Band bandroom, NO BAND TODAY- EVENT CANCELLED Today's booked band was Bellevue Brass Band. All bookings subject to possible last minute changes or cancellation. IMPORTANT No trains are scheduled to run to Glossop today. The half hour journey from Piccadilly is replaced by a bus journey of an hour and a half.

Sunday 13th October 2019- Afternoon concert by Northern Baroque Ensemble at St Edmunds, Falinge, Rochdale, OL12 6PL. Not an easy church to get to on foot but it can be done. An unusual disused church in care of the Churches Trust, worth a visit and enjoy some lovely music. GBP 9.00. Program includes Fasch's overture suite in D minor, Telemann's concerto for 3 oboes in G minor., Elgar's Serenade for Strings. And more. Also pie and peas on sale after the concert. Chance to tour the church. IMPORTANT All trains North from Manchester Victoria will be terminated at Rochdale. This may affect timings. Check before travelling.

Tuesday 15th October 2019 - a lunch time organ recital at St Anns Church, St Anns Square, Manchester, from 1pm. Guest organist Gary Hulme. Program listed as: Fanfare- John Cook; Jig and Sarabande- Matthew Dubourg; Nun Danket alle Gott (BWV 657) and Nun komm der Heiden Heiland (BWV 659) plus Toccata in F all by JS Bach; Largo by Flor Peeters; Toccata in G by Théodore Dubois.

Sunday 20th October 2019 , brass banding at Glossop Old Band bandroom, start 2pm finishes around 4.30pm. Free admission, expect a raffle and bucket collection. Bar which will also serve cups of tea. Normally half hourly trains to/from Manchester. Almost no buses. Today's booked band is City of Chester Brass Band. All bookings subject to possible last minute changes or cancellation. IMPORTANT No trains are scheduled to run to Glossop today. The half hour journey from Piccadilly is replaced by a bus journey of an hour and a half. Apart from that, today is the 175th birthday of Manchester Victoria Station, and there is a special event at the station.

Sunday 20th October 2019, Rochdale Town Hall, early (from 9.30am ish) to latish (8pm?), Brass Band Contest, small admission charge. Come and go as you please BETWEEN bands, one wrist band lasts all day. Buy at the door. Limited refreshments. Watch for the last times of buses and trains. Trams renowned for anti social behaviour, I avoid them where possible. Some bands may drop out but entries are 4th Section-7; 3rd section-7, 2nd section 6, first section 5, championship 3, total 29 bands.

Tuesday 22nd October 2019 - a lunch time organ recital at St Anns Church, St Anns Square, Manchester, from 1pm. Program listed as: Niagara- Jonathan Dove; Prelude and Postlude- George Dyson; Fantasy in E major- Harold Darke; Noel Suisse: Grand jeu, en duo- Louis-Claude Daquin; Trois Preludes et Fugues, op. 7: No. 1 in B major, No. 2 in F minor, No. 3 in G minor - Marcel Dupre

Sunday 27th October 2019 , brass banding at Glossop Old Band bandroom, start 2pm finishes around 4.30pm. Free admission, expect a raffle and bucket collection. Bar which will also serve cups of tea. Normally half hourly trains to/from Manchester. Almost no buses. Today's booked band is Besses o th Barn Brass Band. All bookings subject to possible last minute changes or cancellation.

Tuesday 29th October 2019 - a lunch time organ recital at St Anns Church, St Anns Square, Manchester, from 1pm. Program listed as: Te Deum- Jeanne Demessieux; On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring- Frederick Delius; Toccata in G major- Theodore Dubois; Suite, op. 5: Prelude, Sicilienne, Toccata- Maurice Durufle

Sunday 3rd November 2019 , brass banding at Glossop Old Band bandroom, start 2pm finishes around 4.30pm. Free admission, expect a raffle and bucket collection. Bar which will also serve cups of tea. Normally half hourly trains to/from Manchester. Almost no buses. Today's booked band is St John's Mossley Brass Band. All bookings subject to possible last minute changes or cancellation.

Sunday 3rd November 2019, piano recital at St Paul's Church, Heaton Moor Road, at 6.30pm, by Christopher Cotton. Program- Automne by Chaminade; Sonata in G op.37 no.2 by Clementi; Sonata in E flat WU62 by Haydn; Impromptus op 90 nos. 2 and 3 by Schubert; Polonaise in A major op.40 no.1 by Chopin.

Tuesday 5th November 2019- a lunch time organ recital at St Anns Church, St Anns Square, Manchester, from 1pm. Guest Organist: Elin Rees. Programme to include Elgar's Organ Sonata in G major and Moto Ostinato from Petr Eben's Sunday Music

Sunday 10th November 2019 , brass banding at Glossop Old Band bandroom, start 2pm finishes around 4.30pm. Free admission, expect a raffle and bucket collection. Bar which will also serve cups of tea. Normally half hourly trains to/from Manchester. Almost no buses. Today's booked band is Glossop Old Band. All bookings subject to possible last minute changes or cancellation.

Tuesday 12th November 2019- a lunch time organ recital at St Anns Church, St Anns Square, Manchester, from 1pm. Programme to include works by Franck, Fleury, Frescobaldi, Frost, Francaix and Fletcher

Wednesday 13th November 2019- 12.30 St Mary in the Baum in Rochdale, GBP 5.00. Food available to buy from 11.40am. 13th The Telemann Baroque Ensemble Alistair Roberts flute, Alfred Pollard oboe, Elaine Turnock violin, Roger Bisby cello, Peter Collier harpsichord

Saturday 16th November 2019- Stockport Plaza, Mersey Square, Stockport- organ coffee morning (also tea and cake!) from 10am to 2pm, a variety of organists play the 1932 Compton theatre organ. Possibly a little piano music. Come and go as you please.

Sunday 17th November 2019 , brass banding at Glossop Old Band bandroom, start 2pm finishes around 4.30pm. Free admission, expect a raffle and bucket collection. Bar which will also serve cups of tea. Normally half hourly trains to/from Manchester. Almost no buses. Today's booked band is Hepworth Brass Band. All bookings subject to possible last minute changes or cancellation.

Tuesday 19th November 2019- a lunch time organ recital at St Anns Church, St Anns Square, Manchester, from 1pm. Guest Organist: Geoffrey Woollatt

Saturday 23rd November 2019- 1pm at St Chads Rochdale (the church on the hill, nearest the railway station)- Lowry Brass Qunintet. GBP 10.00

Sunday 24th November 2019 , brass banding at Glossop Old Band bandroom, start 2pm finishes around 4.30pm. Free admission, expect a raffle and bucket collection. Bar which will also serve cups of tea. Normally half hourly trains to/from Manchester. Almost no buses. Today's booked band is Huddersfield Brass Band. All bookings subject to possible last minute changes or cancellation.

Monday 25th November 2019 at 12 noon at Stockport Town Hall, Kevin Grunill plays the Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe organ for an hour. GBP 2.20. Use the entrance on Edward Street. Limited refreshments on sale.

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