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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.

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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 10th August 2019- at St Thomas. Heaton Chapel, SK4 4QG, 3pm. David Price will be playing his third and final (this year anyway) local organ. Brought up in the Heatons, David plays the organ with great talent and knows how to play the French music on an English instrument (many try and fail!) and plays the German/English music very well. Programme: Guilmant: Grand Choeur in D major; Sweelinck: Mein Junges Leben Hat Ein End; Pietro Yon, from L'Organo Primitivo: Humoresque; Louis Vierne, from 24 Pieces en style libre; Berceuse; Steele: Chorale Prelude on Gibbons' Angels Song; Bach: Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV547; Mendelssohn: Sonata No 2 in C minor. Recommended

Sunday 11th August 2019- at Buxton Bandstand, hourly train service, hourly 199 bus service from Stockport. 2pm-4pm. NB- there is a gap in return buses- there is a bus from the Market Place (up the hill) leaving at 15.55 then the next is 17.10. Todays band - weather permitting- outdoor event- is Holymoorside.

Wednesday 14th August 2019 at St Mary in the Baum, Rochdale, GBP 5.00, music starts 12.30 with food available to buy (pie and peas) from about 11.40am. Welcome return visit of Elinor Nicholson harp and clarsach (Celtic folk harp) - lovely accoustic for this player. (Please can we have an organ recital here?!!).

Sunday 25th August 2019- at Buxton Bandstand, hourly train service, hourly 199 bus service from Stockport. 2pm-4pm. NB- there is a gap in return buses- there is a bus from the Market Place (up the hill) leaving at 15.55 then the next is 17.10. Todays band - weather permitting- outdoor event- is Lydgate.

Saturday 31st August 2019, 12 noon, at Rochdale Town Hall, a recital by John Hosking on the Binns organ, a great musician and composer on a wonderful instrument. Small admission charge.

Sunday 1st September 2019, brass banding at its best as championship band Fairey pay a visit to 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. Fairey are having some relaxing music making before their outing to the British Open contest on 7th.

Sunday 1st September 2019- recital at St Paul's Church, Heaton Moor Road, Stockport, at 6.30pm, by Katie (Little Sparrow) Ware (guitar, cello and piano).

Sunday 1st September 2019- at Buxton Bandstand, hourly train service, hourly 199 bus service from Stockport. 2pm-4pm. NB- there is a gap in return buses- there is a bus from the Market Place (up the hill) leaving at 15.55 then the next is 17.10. Todays band - weather permitting- outdoor event- is Fairfield (Buxton)

Sunday 8th September 2019- at Buxton Bandstand, hourly train service, hourly 199 bus service from Stockport. 2pm-4pm. NB- there is a gap in return buses- there is a bus from the Market Place (up the hill) leaving at 15.55 then the next is 17.10. Todays band - weather permitting- outdoor event- is Hazel Grove

Sunday 8th September 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. Today's booked band is STOCKPORT SILVER.

Sunday 22nd September 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 Burbage Band .

Sunday 29th September 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 Poynton Band.

Sunday 6th October 2019- at 6.30pm in St Pauls Church, Heaton Moor Road, Helen Earey will play the piano and the organ.

Sunday 6th 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 Flixton Band.

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 Bellevue Brass Band.

Sunday 20th October 2019, Rochdale Town Hall, early (10am?) to latish (8pm?), Brass Band Contest, details awaited, 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.

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