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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!).

Saturday 20th October 2018: Rochdale St Chads at 12 noon, an organ recital by George Herbert. GBP 5.50. NOTE- Northern Railway probable strike day There should be a Metrolink Tram service from Manchester but it is very much slower than the trains- check for tram weekend engineering works the day before.

Sunday 21st October 2018: Brass band music at Glossop Old Band Bandroom, Derby Street, Glossop SK13 8LP - played by visiting band St John's Mossley. 2pm to about 4.30pm. 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. Important: Northern Rail indicate NO trains today on the Glossop line- bus replacement should be in place. Not a good Sunday bus service from anywhere.

Sunday 21st October 2018- Brass Band Contest at Rochdale Town Hall from very early to quite late, admission GBP 7.00 for up to 31 bands (usually one or two drop out). Trains may be limited but are the fastest way of getting to Rochdale- buses are quite slow, and trams may be hazardous (see local press). Initial timing plans are 0930-2000 ('ish) - end time will depend on the number of bands and how the day runs! Come and go as you please during the day. CARE- engineering work on the trams and railway may stop early and late services to Rochdale. Check carefully on the day before.

Sunday 28th October 2018: Brass band music at Glossop Old Band Bandroom, Derby Street, Glossop SK13 8LP - played by visiting band Boarhust Silver Band. 2pm to about 4.30pm. 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. Important: Northern Rail indicate NO trains today on the Glossop line- bus replacement should be in place. Not a good Sunday bus service from anywhere.

Monday 29th October 2018- 12 noon- GBP 2.10. Stockport Town Hall. Kevin Grunill plays the Wurlitzer theatre organ for an hour.

Friday 2nd November 2018: 1.15pm. St Bartholomews, Wilmslow. Philip Underwood, organist. Prelude and Fugue in A minor BWV 543- Bach; Scherzo in G minor- Bossi; Danse Macabre- Saint-Saens; Evensong- Martin; Joie et Clarte Des Corps Glorieux- Messiaen.    CARE re restricted train service. Note that if you are on a train in Greater Manchester after 4pm it is NOT off-peak - for the whole journey.

Sunday 4th November 2018- Brass band music at Glossop Old Band Bandroom, Derby Street, Glossop SK13 8LP - played by visiting band Marsden. 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 4th November 2018- 6.30 pm Piano Quartet with Julian Davis and friends (violin, viola and cello) at St Paul's Church, Heaton Moor. (Possible entry fee- not indicated on website).

Wednesday 7th November 2018- Organ recital at Holy Name, Oxford Road, Manchester, by John Kitchen at 7.30pm. Regular buses from Piccadilly Bus Station (41,42,43/142 V1/V2 etc).

Friday 9th November 2018: Fairey Band playing at St Elisabeths Reddish with "Stockport Youth Brass" (Stockport Schools Brass Bands) 7.30 to 10.30 GBP 10.00. 203 bus from Stockport stops nearby but can be held up in evening traffic.

Sunday 11th November 2018: Brass band music at Glossop Old Band Bandroom, Derby Street, Glossop SK13 8LP - played by Glossop Old 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.

Saturday 17th November 2018- 12 noon Cello recital by Joseph Donman at St Chads, Rochdale, GBP 5.50.

Sunday 18th November 2018- Brass band music at Glossop Old Band Bandroom, Derby Street, Glossop SK13 8LP - played by visiting band Delph. 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 18th November 2018- Stockport Town Hall, at 2.30pm a concert on the Wurlitzer theatre organ by Nigel Ogden. GBP 9.00. Always a popular concert! No problems with trains- only minutes from Stockport bus station with many buses passing along the A6 on which the town hall can be found.

Saturday 24th November 2018- 11am at Manchester Cathedral. Marimba recital by Alex Smith who will be playing: Debussy - Dr Gradus ad Parnassum; Gordon Stout - Two Mexican Dances; Julie Spencer - White Squirrel; Takashi Yoshimatsu - Birdscape; Eric Sammut - Rotation no.2; Bach - Selections from Cello Suite no.3.

Sunday 25th November 2018- Brass band music at Glossop Old Band Bandroom, Derby Street, Glossop SK13 8LP - played by visiting band Staleybridge Old. 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.

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

Sunday 2nd December 2018- 5pm at St Cuthberts in Cheadle - Stockport Silver Band. Buses (11, 11A, 308, 309) from Stockport pass the church. GBP 5.00

Friday 7th December 2018: 1.15pm. St Bartholomews, Wilmslow. Philip Underwood, organist. Philip reprises his own arrangement of the four Vivaldi seasonal concertos on the new organ. Nicely done.    CARE re restricted train service. Note that if you are on a train in Greater Manchester after 4pm it is NOT off-peak - for the whole journey.

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.

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