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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.

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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 - Northern Railway services were radically reduced in May (and at our station, further reduced in September 2018), but then they also regularly failed to run many of their services. Waiting two hours for a train that is cancelled with a three hour wait for the next is NOT acceptable. 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!).

Usual lack of "pure" musical events in December with most venues having lots of carol singing.

Saturday 15th December 2018 at about 8pm- Brass christmas music (and probably the 12 days of Christmas...) from a contingent from the Fairey Band, at The Hope in Heaton Norris, Wellington Road North, in the room to the right of the entrance door. Always popular, standing room only. Very festive. Good choice of real cask ale and craft keg beer. Real cider too.

Monday 17th December 2018- Andrew Nix plays the Stockport Town Hall Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ for about an hour from 12 noon, admission GBP2.10, use Edward Street Entrance.

Wednesday 19th December 2018: Jonathan Scott's Christmas Organ recital at Rochdale Town Hall. GBP 8.00. Excellent entertaining concert on the century old pipe organ.

Sunday 13th January 2019- Brass band music at Glossop Old Band Bandroom, Derby Street, Glossop SK13 8LP - played by visiting band Cadishead Public Band. 2pm to about 4.15pm. Mouselow Farm Beer on tap and soft drinks and coffee etc. Canned lager if you must. Free entry- Collection during the concert plus raffle and auction. Check trains are running an hour or so before travel- Northern Railways cancel Sunday services at the drop of a hat. Not a good Sunday bus service from anywhere.

Sunday 20th January 2019- Brass band music at Glossop Old Band Bandroom, Derby Street, Glossop SK13 8LP - played by visiting band Silk Brass. 2pm to about 4.15pm. Mouselow Farm Beer on tap and soft drinks and coffee etc. Canned lager if you must. Free entry- Collection during the concert plus raffle and auction. Check trains are running an hour or so before travel- Northern Railways cancel Sunday services at the drop of a hat. Not a good Sunday bus service from anywhere.

Sunday 27th January 2019- Brass band music at Glossop Old Band Bandroom, Derby Street, Glossop SK13 8LP - played by visiting band Ashton under Lyne band. 2pm to about 4.15pm. Mouselow Farm Beer on tap and soft drinks and coffee etc. Canned lager if you must. Free entry- Collection during the concert plus raffle and auction. Check trains are running an hour or so before travel- Northern Railways cancel Sunday services at the drop of a hat. Not a good Sunday bus service from anywhere.

Monday 29th January 2019 - David Lowe Nix plays the Stockport Town Hall Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ for about an hour from 12 noon, admission GBP2.10, use Edward Street Entrance.

Saturday 2nd February 2019- Stockport Plaza organ coffee morning- tea, coffee, soft drinks, cake- and music on the original 1932 Compton pipe theatre organ from 10 am to 1pm, come and go as you please. Fit in an hours rest and a cuppa while doing your shopping. Possibly some piano music, and could be a short film - or possibly a vocalist. Entry free, refreshments charged for but optional.

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