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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.

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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!).

Tuesday 21st May 2019 at 1pm, St Ann's Church, St Anns Square, Manchester, Simon Passmore will be giving a short organ recital of The Organ Music of Belgium: Toccata noni toni by Peeter Cornet (1570 – 1633); Prelude and Fugue in D minor by Abraham van den Kerckhoven (1618 – 1701); Kyrie from Mass in C major by Josse-Francois-Joseph Benaut (1743 – 1794); Cantabile, op. 37 and Scherzetto, op. 108 by Joseph Jongen; Variations on an Old Flemish Tune and Toccata, Fugue et Hymne sur Ave Maris Stella by Flor Peeters; and Chorale No. 3 in A minor by Cesar Franck

Saturday 25th May 2019- 10am to 1pm, Stockport Plaza Organ Coffee Morning, with various organists playing the 1930's Compton Theatre Pipe Organ, with possibly some extras eg grand piano pieces, possibly a vocalist or movie. Come and go as you please. Tea/Coffee and a cake on sale.

Tuesday 28th May 2019 at 1pm, organ recital at St Anns Church, St Anns Square, Manchester, by Elin Rees who will be playing Trio Sonata in C minor, BWV 526 by JS Bach; Tierce en Taille from Mass for the Convents by Francois Couperin; Idylle from Sonata no. 18 by Joseph Rheinberger, Suite Gothique by Leon Boellmann. (Subject to amendment).

Saturday 1st June 2019 - Portugal National Day- 3pm, Manchester Cathedral-organ recital by Andre Ferreira playing music from Portugal including Frederico de Freitas and Luís de Freitas Branco.

Sunday 2nd June 2019- 6.30pm at St Paul's, Heaton Moor Road, Heaton Moor. The Schubertians (string quintet)

Sunday 2nd June 2019- at Buxton Bandstand, hourly train service, hourly 199 bus service from Stockport. 2pm-4pm. NB- there is a gap in return buses- there is a bus from the Market Place (up the hill) leaving at 15.55 then the next is 17.10. Todays band - weather permitting- outdoor event- is Burbage.

Saturday 8th June 2019, 11am at Bolton Parish Church, GBP 6.00, organ recital by Shaun Turnbull from Blackburn. Very poor train service reliability to Bolton lately- check the evening before and before leaving home in case they are not running.

Saturday 8th June 2019- Rochdale Parish Church (St Chad) (the church On the hill)- 12 noon, GBP 5.50, ELKA Quartet with James Gillett on Clarinet playing Mozart String Quartet No.23 K590 and Clarinet Quintet K581 2nd movement; Dvorak String Quartet No. 12 'American'.

Wednesday 12th June 2019 at 12.30, St Mary in the Baum, Rochdale, a short performance of music played by the Telemann Baroque Ensemble, featuring a harpsichord. GBP 5.00. Soup and/or Pie and peas on sale from about 11.40am.

Saturday 15th June 2019 at 3pm at St Paul's, Heaton Moor Road, Heaton Moor. Victoria String Quartet (Benedict Holland, Catherine Yates, Susie Meszaros, Jennifer Langridge) play works by Schubert, Tchaikovsky, and shorter works by Alwyn and Peter Hope.

Sunday 16th June 2019- at Buxton Bandstand, hourly train service, hourly 199 bus service from Stockport. 2pm-4pm. NB- there is a gap in return buses- there is a bus from the Market Place (up the hill) leaving at 15.55 then the next is 17.10. Todays band - weather permitting- outdoor event- is Stockport Silver Band

Sunday 23rd June 2019- at Buxton Bandstand, hourly train service, hourly 199 bus service from Stockport. 2pm-4pm. NB- there is a gap in return buses- there is a bus from the Market Place (up the hill) leaving at 15.55 then the next is 17.10. Todays band - weather permitting- outdoor event- is Hawk Green(Marple).

Sunday 30th June 2019- at Buxton Bandstand, hourly train service, hourly 199 bus service from Stockport. 2pm-4pm. NB- there is a gap in return buses- there is a bus from the Market Place (up the hill) leaving at 15.55 then the next is 17.10. Todays band - weather permitting- outdoor event- is Marple Band.

Saturday 6th July 2019- 11am at Bolton le Moors parish church, Bolton. GBP 6.00 Short organ recital by John Hosking.

Sunday 7th July 2019. 3pm at Albion United Reform Church in Ashton Under Lyne. About an hour of organ music played by Hans Uwe Hielscher from Wiesbaden.

Tuesday 9th July 2019- 1pm at St Anns Church, St Anns Square, Manchester, about an hour of organ music played by David H. Price, Mozart: Fantasia in F minor, K608; Mendelssohn: Sonata No 6 in D minor; Bach: Trio Sonata No 6 in G major, BWV530; Franck, from Six Pieces: (iv) Pastorale; Langlais, from Trois Paraphrases Gregoriennes, Op. 5: (iii) Hymne d'Action de Grace and Langlais: Te Deum

Saturday 13th July 2019 at 11am, again at 12.15 (according to the listing) at St George's Church, Heaviley, STOCKPORT, SK2 6NU (located on the A6 and quite a landmark)- a short recital by David H. Price- an opportunity to hear a visiting organist on two quite differing instruments. Very high bus frequency along the A6 eg 192 etc etc. Get off the bus by the borough Crematorium/Cemetery. 11am Program: Mushel: Toccata; Bach: Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV547; Mozart: Fantasia in F minor/major, K594; Franck, from Six Pieces: Pastorale No 4; Langlais, from Trois Paraphrases Grégoriennes, Op. 5: (iii) Hymne d'Action de Grâce and Langlais: Te Deum
12.15 program: Mathias: Processional; Mendelssohn: Sonata 5 in D major; Bach: Trio Sonata 6 in G major, BWV530; Vierne, from 24 Pieces en style libre, Op. 31: (xx) Pastorale (xxi) Carillon

Saturday 20th July 2019- at Buxton Bandstand, hourly train service, hourly 199 bus service from Stockport. 2pm-4pm. Todays band - weather permitting- outdoor event- is Burbage.

Saturday 20th July 2019- at 3pm, St Paul's Church, Heaton Moor Road, Stockport, an afternoon recital by Peter Lawson (Piano), John Turner on recorder, John Phillips (violin) and Mark Rowlinson narrating- The Story of Babar the Little Elephant, Rawsthorne's Practical Cats, Ridout's Ferdinand the Bull, and "Robin Walker: 4 Nursery Rhymes by Thomas Pitfield".

Sunday 21st July 2019- at Buxton Bandstand, hourly train service, hourly 199 bus service from Stockport. 2pm-4pm. NB- there is a gap in return buses- there is a bus from the Market Place (up the hill) leaving at 15.55 then the next is 17.10. Todays band - weather permitting- outdoor event- is Whaley Bridge.

Sunday 28th July 2019- at Buxton Bandstand, hourly train service, hourly 199 bus service from Stockport. 2pm-4pm. NB- there is a gap in return buses- there is a bus from the Market Place (up the hill) leaving at 15.55 then the next is 17.10. Todays band - weather permitting- outdoor event- is New Mills.

Advance notice: David Price will be playing another local organ on 10th August, at St Thomas. Heaton Chapel, SK4 4QG, 3pm.

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