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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.

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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 35-45 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.

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

Monday 9th April 2018- 12.30 for about half an hour- part of a series of Monday lunchtime organ recitals at Manchester Cathedral: organist George Herbert.

Wednesday 11th April 2018- GBP 4.00, at St Mary in the Baum, from 12.30, a recital on the Harp and Clarsach by Elinor Nicholson, a return concert, highly recommended. Pie and peas (and fruit pie or soup for those who prefer.... from about 11.45am). Near to the CoOp museum.

Sunday 15th April 2018- from 2pm to 4pm- brass in Buxton Bandstand, in the Pavilion Gardens. Note- outdoors so the ground may be damp to wet and could be cancelled at short notice. Note restricted public transport on Sunday and a big gap in buses to Stockport (High Peak 199) after the 4pm bus. Today the band booked is: Chapel-en-le-Frith Town Band

Monday 16th April 2018- 12 noon GBP 9.00- Stockport Town Hall - Peter Jebson plays the Wurlitzer in the ballroom- enter via Edward Street entrance.

Monday 16th April 2018- 12.30 for about half an hour- part of a series of Monday lunchtime organ recitals at Manchester Cathedral: organist Asher Oliver.

Tuesday 17th April 2018 at 1pm, in St Anns Church, St Anns Square, Manchester, Marc Murray (Bury) will give an organ recital of 40-50 minutes. Chop'd Salad bar nearby on Cross Street, vegan Indian food at Little Aladdin on High Street.

Saturday 21st April 2018- 3pm- Silent Movie: Buster Keaton "The Cameraman" with Donald MacKenzie putting the new three manual organ to a different use! at St Bartholomews, Wilmslow- travel from Stockport by train. From the station go to the town centre and the Church is to the right, towards the river.

Saturday 21st April 2018- piano duets from 3pm for about an hour at St Pauls, Heaton Moor Road.

Sunday 22nd April 2018- 2pm in Glossop Old Band bandroom, Derby Street, Glossop, SK13 8LP. Subject to cancellation without notice. Besses Boys have been booked to play this afternoon. Mouselow Farm beer on cask (and usual canned and bottled drinks). Half hourly train service from Manchester Piccadilly.

Sunday 22nd April 2018- from 2pm to 4pm- brass in Buxton Bandstand, in the Pavilion Gardens. Note- outdoors so the ground may be damp to wet and could be cancelled at short notice. Note restricted public transport on Sunday and a big gap in buses to Stockport (High Peak 199) after the 4pm bus. Today the band booked is: Thornsett Band

Monday 23rd April 2018- 12.30 for about half an hour- part of a series of Monday lunchtime organ recitals at Manchester Cathedral; - organist Graham Thorpe.

Tuesday 24th April 2018 at 1pm, in St Anns Church, St Anns Square, Manchester, Simon Passmore will give an organ recital of 40-50 minutes. Chop'd Salad bar nearby on Cross Street, vegan Indian food at Little Aladdin on High Street.

Saturday 28th April 2018- - a bit further away but the train from Stockport only takes 70 minutes if you change at Crewe, or the slow direct (cheaper) train takes 76 minutes. Chester Wesley Methodist Church, St John Street, CH1 1DA, 12.45 to about 1.35, a recital by Rachel Mahon on the 1926 Binns organ. Then enjoy the Chester Walls, the Gardens, the River (nice walk on a sunny day) etc.

Sunday 29th April 2018- at Manchester Bridgewater Hall, 1pm to about 3pm. Indian instrumental music. GBP 12.00, Music for the Mind & Soul: J A Jayanth (Bansuri flute), Ashwani Shankar (shehnai), Neyveli Venkatesh (Mridangam), and Kousic Sen (Tabla).

Sunday 29th April 2018. Doors open 12 noon for the last day of a beer festival, then a concert at 2pm in Glossop Old Band bandroom, Derby Street, Glossop, SK13 8LP. Subject to cancellation without notice. Champion band FAIREY to play today. Mouselow Farm beer on cask (and usual canned and bottled drinks). Half hourly train service from Manchester Piccadilly.

Sunday 29th April 2018- from 2pm to 4pm- brass in Buxton Bandstand, in the Pavilion Gardens. Note- outdoors so the ground may be damp to wet and could be cancelled at short notice. Note restricted public transport on Sunday and a big gap in buses to Stockport (High Peak 199) after the 4pm bus. Today the band booked is: Dove Holes Brass Band

Monday 30th April 2018- 12.30 for about half an hour- part of a series of Monday lunchtime organ recitals at Manchester Cathedral- organist Tammas Slater.

Friday 4th May 2018- 1.15 See the new three manual organ! at St Bartholomews, Wilmslow- travel from Stockport by train. From the station go to the town centre and the Church is to the right, towards the river. Philip Underwood plays: Oscar's Fanfare and March- Martin Setchell; Eight Days a Week (Oscar's Diary)- Philip Underwood; Oscar's Invention - Gregory Mayer; Entrata Festiva and Sortita Gioiosa- Donald Cervone; A Flourish for Oscar - Philip Underwood.

Friday 4th May 2018 - 7.30pm Holy Name, Oxford Road, Manchester- Daniel Brondel (New York) plays the organ.

Sunday 6th May 2018- 4pm- See the new three manual organ! at St Bartholomews, Wilmslow- travel from Stockport by train. From the station go to the town centre and the Church is to the right, towards the river. George Herbert plays: Choral no.3 in A minor - César Franck; Trio Sonata no.3 in D minor BWV 527 (3 mvts) - J.S. Bach; Improvisations no 6 and 7 (Pro Defunctis and Allegro Giocoso) -Camille Saint-Saëns; Chorale Prelude on 'Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier' BWV 731 - J.S. Bach; A llegretto, Folk Tune and Scherzo (from Five Short Pieces)- Percy Whitlock; Carillon de Westminster - Louis Vierne

Sunday 6th May 2018- from 2pm to 4pm- brass in Buxton Bandstand, in the Pavilion Gardens. Note- outdoors so the ground may be damp to wet and could be cancelled at short notice. Note restricted public transport on Sunday and a big gap in buses to Stockport (High Peak 199) after the 4pm bus. Today the band booked is: Poynton Royal British Legion Concert Band

Monday 7th May 2018- 12.30 for about half an hour- part of a series of Monday lunchtime organ recitals at Manchester Cathedral: organist Ben Newlove.

Saturday 12th May 2018- Rochdale Town Hall at 12 noon. GBP 8.00, Kemp English (NZ) plays the Binns Organ.

Sunday 13th May 2018- 4pm- See the new three manual organ! at St Bartholomews, Wilmslow- travel from Stockport by train. From the station go to the town centre and the Church is to the right, towards the river. Philip Underwood plays music he has written: Peover Saturdays and Eric's Enchiridion (30 Hymn tune Preludes)

Sunday 13th May 2018-CANCELLED Buxton brass festival - due to continuing building works in Buxton it is not possible to hold the 2018 event, hopefully back in 2019.

Monday 14th May 2018- 12.30 for about half an hour- part of a series of Monday lunchtime organ recitals at Manchester Cathedral: organist George Warren. (Next concert in July?)

Monday 14th May 2018- 12 noon GBP 2.10- Stockport Town Hall - Chris powell plays the Wurlitzer in the ballroom- enter via Edward Street entrance.

Saturday 19th May 2018- at Manchester Bridgewater Hall, 1pm to about 3pm. Indian instrumental music. GBP 12.00, Music for the Mind & Soul: Shashank Subramanyam, flute; Mysore Srikanth on Violin, Parupalli Phalgun on mridangam and Kousic Sen (Tabla).

Saturday 19th May 2018- 12.45 to 1.35, an organ recital at Chester Wesleyan Methodist Church, St John Street, Chester, CH1 1DA. Organist Michael Reynolds. Check train service! Huge changes to timetables. May cost a little more but can be faster to take the express trains to Crewe then Chester. Explore Chester Walls, the Cathedral, St Johns (near the Methodist church), Grosvenor Gardens, the River Dee....

Sunday 20th May 2018- 4pm- See the new three manual organ! at St Bartholomews, Wilmslow- travel from Stockport by train. From the station go to the town centre and the Church is to the right, towards the river. Organ played by Peter Johnson.

Sunday 20th May 2018- from 2pm to 4pm- brass in Buxton Bandstand, in the Pavilion Gardens. Note- outdoors so the ground may be damp to wet and could be cancelled at short notice. Note restricted public transport on Sunday and a big gap in buses to Stockport (High Peak 199) after the 4pm bus. Today the band booked is: Fairfield (Buxton) Band

Tuesday 22nd May 2018- there will be no organ recital at St Anns in Manchester today. Manchester Cathedral is also closed to the public today.

Friday 25th May 2018- Whit Friday brass across Tameside and Saddleworth areas- about two dozen venues from around 4pm to really late.

Saturday 26th May 2018- St Chads, Rochdale, 12 noon-GBP 5.50 Works on piano and two violins include Shostakovich and Bach. (The church on the hill, just South of the Town Hall).

Sunday 27th May 2018- 4pm- See the new three manual organ! at St Bartholomews, Wilmslow- travel from Stockport by train. From the station go to the town centre and the Church is to the right, towards the river. Organ played by Geoffrey Coffin.

Sunday 27th May 2018- from 2pm to 4pm- brass in Buxton Bandstand, in the Pavilion Gardens. Note- outdoors so the ground may be damp to wet and could be cancelled at short notice. Note restricted public transport on Sunday and a big gap in buses to Stockport (High Peak 199) after the 4pm bus. Today the band booked is: St. John's Mossley Band

Sunday 3rd June 2018- 4pm- See the new three manual organ! at St Bartholomews, Wilmslow- travel from Stockport by train. From the station go to the town centre and the Church is to the right, towards the river. Organ played by David Oldfield.

Sunday 3rd June 2018: from 2pm to 4pm- brass in Buxton Bandstand, in the Pavilion Gardens. Note- outdoors so the ground may be damp to wet and could be cancelled at short notice. Note restricted public transport on Sunday and a big gap in buses to Stockport (High Peak 199) after the 4pm bus. Today the band booked is: Tideswell Band

Friday 8th June 2018- 1.15pm- See the new three manual organ! at St Bartholomews, Wilmslow- travel from Stockport by train. From the station go to the town centre and the Church is to the right, towards the river. Organ played by Philip Underwood. All Handel program: The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba; Organ Concerto in G minor Op4 No1; 4 Pieces for Clay's Musical Clock; The Hallelujah Chorus; Organ Concerto in F major Op4 No5; Hornpipe from the Water Music

Saturday 9th June 2018- 10am to 1pm, come and go as you please, organ coffee morning at Stockport Plaza in Mersey Square. Tea and cake on sale. Sometimes have some piano playing, occaisionally a short film or possibly a "vocalist", mostly the 1932 Compton cinema organ.

Sunday 10th June 2018: from 2pm to 4pm- music in Buxton Bandstand, in the Pavilion Gardens. Note- outdoors so the ground may be damp to wet and could be cancelled at short notice. Note restricted public transport on Sunday and a big gap in buses to Stockport (High Peak 199) after the 4pm bus. Today the band booked is: Pantonic All Stars (Steel pan band)

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