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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 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....

Wednesday 22nd November 2017, RNCM students give a chamber recital at St Anns Church, St Anns Square, Manchester at 1pm - Kathryn Mason (harp), Marija Novicane (euphonium), Liga Korne (piano).

Saturday 25th November 2017- 11am at Manchester Cathedral, the Carnelian Saxophone Quartet.

Saturday 25th November 2017- 2pm to about 5pm, doors open 1pm, St Edmunds Falinge (Edmund St, Rochdale, OL12 6QF), GBP 8.00 - the Northern Baroque Orchestra play the music of Handel, Vivaldi and Telemann.
Handel Concerto Grosso op. 6 no. 9 in F major; Stamitz Flute Concerto in G major, op. 29; ; Telemann Concerto in D minor, TWV 43:d2; Vivaldi Concerto in A major, RV 159; Purcell Chacony in G minor; J S Bach Ouverture (Suite) no. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067
A Grade 1 listed building in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust, which is not disabled friendly due to unavoidable steps. Quite a bit of a walk from the railway station with steep descents and ascents, but doable for a longer concert. The tram stop and bus station is slightly closer but the trams take forever... Fast trains from Manchester Victoria. From the CoOp Museum/St Mary in the Baum, cross over St Mary's Gate and head West down Spotland Road to the diamond shaped plot with the church in the middle, taking Clement Royds Street from Spotland Road. Avoid the walk uphill- there is a regular 467 bus on Spotland Road (from the bus station) or an hourly Rosso 446 bus nearby on Sheriff Street.

Friday 1st December 2017- About a 50 minute organ recital at 1.15pm at St Bartholomews, Wilmslow- travel from Stockport by train. Philip Underwood plays the Four Seasons by Vivaldi. NB: The main church organ is being rebuilt. No details of the instrument to be used.

Friday 8th December 2017 at 1.10pm, "Baroque Orchestra" will perform a program entitled "There is no I in Concerto Grosso." In the Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, The Martin Harris Centre for Music and Dance, The University of Manchester, Bridgeford Street, off Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL. Or more simply- down a side road and behind the Manchester Museum on Oxford Road. Lots of buses from the city centre (41, 42, 43, 142, 143, 147, 191,197, V1, V2....)- Get off at the stop after the swimming pool (sorry, aquatics center) on the left and the RNCM on the right. Continue south, cross over and turn right.

Wednesday 13th December 2017- 1pm at Rochdale Town Hall, a concert on the Binns organ by Jonathan Scott, GBP 8.00. If you went last year- you will be there this year. Jonathan has not indicated if his little helper will be there again but he is sure to have lots of his lovely CDs of organ music for you to buy (and a DVD) for just a tenner, excellent presents. Fastest route from Stockport is by train- direct trains leave from Manchester Victoria. Going to Rochdale by bus or tram is possible but quite slow.

Friday 5th January 2018 at 1.15pm, at About a 40 minute organ recital at 1.15pm at St Bartholomews, Wilmslow- travel from Stockport by train. Philip Underwood plays Star Wars Main Theme; 633 Squadron; Flight of the Bumble Bee; The Dam Busters March; Christmas Nights; My Favourite Things; The Ride of the Valkyries; Toccatina for the flute stop; Toccata in F. NB: The main church organ is being rebuilt. No details of the instrument to be used. Saturday 20th January 2018- 11am at Manchester Cathedral, Harpist Elinor Nicholson (highly recommended). Tea and cake available afterwards (12 noon).

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