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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.

Saturday 22nd July 2017 at 3pm at St Chads, Rochdale (the church on the hill- between the railway station and the town hall...) GBP 10.00 - Jonathan and Tom Scott present a concert of piano duets. Program not published.

Saturday 22nd July 2017- Organ Marathon, 10am to 5pm with short breaks before the hour and a lunch break 1-2pm. held at St Anns Church, St Anns Square, Manchester - right in the heart of Manchester and not too far from major stations, bus stops and tram stops. A concert of organ music played by Simon Passmore.

Sunday 23rd July 2017 Brass in Buxton Pavilion Gardens Bandstand 2-4pm. Today's listed band: Poynton. 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. Free Buxton water may be available from the fountain at the foot of the slopes in the crescent

Sunday 30th July 2017 Brass in Buxton Pavilion Gardens Bandstand 2-4pm. Today's listed band: Hawk Green, Marple. 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. Free Buxton water may be available from the fountain at the foot of the slopes in the crescent

August is looking very bleak, I can't find any events..... there may or may not be brass bands in Buxton 2-4pm August 20th and 27th but that is looking pretty undependable, I'm not going to consider risking that journey- the booked bands advised were Holymoorside and Lydgate respectively.

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

Saturday 2nd September 2017- Coffee Morning at Stockport Plaza, 10am to 1pm, come and go as you please. Music on the original 1932 Compton Theatre Organ. Occaisionally other entertainments- possibly on the grand piano, or sometimes a singer. Tea/Coffee and cakes on sale.

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