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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!).

Sunday 8th December 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 Diggle Band. All bookings subject to possible last minute changes or cancellation. NB: Prior two weeks saw a 50% last minute reduction in rail services to Glossop.

Sunday 8th December 2019- 5pm to about 6:30pm at St Cuthberts, Cheadle. Stockport Silver Band December concert. Info from the band - Church website "page to come" since October - ahem! No details on cost/collection. Normally a collection or low cost.

Wednesday 18th December 2019 1pm GBP 8.00, Jonathan Scott at Rochdale Town Hall, Rochdale, Lancashire, OL16 1AB. A Christmas Organ Concert. Tickets on sale from around 11:30am. Scott Brothers Duo CDs and DVDs normally on sale at good prices (around a tenner).

Saturday 11th January 2020- Rochdale Town Hall, 12 noon, Alexander Binns with Dora Chatzigeorgiou (Apollon Duo, Violin and Organ), GBP 8.00

Sunday 12th January 2020, 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 Cadishead Public Band. All bookings subject to possible last minute changes or cancellation.

Saturday 25th January 2020- 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.

ADVANCE NOTICE Sunday 29th March 2020 2:30pm Stockport Town Hall, Edward Street, Stockport SK1 3XE. SCOTT BROTHERS DUO- DUOS FOR PIANO & WURLITZER ORGAN

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