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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 25-30 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....

Saturday 16th September 2017- Manchester Cathedral, 11am, Cello/Guitar duo Madeis.

Sunday 17th September 2017- 2pm at the band room of Glossop Old Band, guests Vernon (Poynton) Band will be playing. Mouselow beer on cask only 2.50/pint. The Bandroom, Derby Street, Glossop SK13 8LP

Tuesday 19th September 2017, at 1pm in St Anns Church, St Anns Square, Manchester, Christopher Stokes will give an organ recital including works by Sweelinck, Hurford, Andriessen, Cocker and Franck.

Sunday 24th September 2017- 2pm at the band room of Glossop Old Band,, guests Burbage Band (Buxton) will be playing. Mouselow beer on cask, only 2.50/pint. The Bandroom, Derby Street, Glossop SK13 8LP

Tuesday 26th September 2017 at 7.30pm- BBC Radio 3 will be broadcasting a recording of the opening recital on the new Manchester Cathedral organ, from earlier in the month. Tomorrow Wednesday 27th September, Radio 3 will broadcast choral evensong live from the Cathedral at 3.30pm, NOT the usual Evensong time of 5.30pm.

Tuesday 26th September 2017, at 1pm in St Anns Church, St Anns Square, Manchester, Simon Passmore will give an organ recital including works by Ronald Frost, Marco Bossi, Brahms, Frederick Wood and Viernes Toccata from Symphony 1.

Sunday 1st October 2017- 2pm at the band room of Glossop Old Band,, guests a German band! will be playing. Mouselow beer on cask. The Bandroom, Derby Street, Glossop SK13 8LP (NB There may be traffic chaos in Manchester due to at least two very large protest marches today, probably limited public transport across Manchester.)

Friday 6th October 2017- Short organ recital at 1.15pm at St Batholomews, Wilmslow- travel from Stockport by train. Philip Underwood plays a baroque program today by Bruhns, Festing, Walther and Bach. NB: The main church organ is being rebuilt. No details of the instrument to be used.

Sunday 8th October 2017- 2pm at the band room of Glossop Old Band,, guests Flixton will be playing. Mouselow beer on cask. The Bandroom, Derby Street, Glossop SK13 8LP

Saturday 14th October 2017, 11am, at Manchester Cathedral a chance to listen to the new Cathedral organ, played by Christopher Stokes. Works by JS Bach, Sweelinck and Franck.

Saturday 14th October 2017- 12 noon at Rochdale Town Hall, GBP 8.00, Simon Hogan (Southwell Minster) plays the Binns organ.

Wednesday 18th October 2017- St Mary in the Baum, Rochdale, OL16 1DZ, at 12.30, a flute recital by Anna Rosa Mari, GBP 4.00

Sunday 22nd October 2017- Milapfest at the Manchester Bridgewater Hall, 1pm, GBP 12.00- Anil Srinivasan, Piano with Kousic Sen, Tabla

Weekend 28th and 29th October 2017- Rochdale Festival of Brass, youth contest on Saturday, seniors on Sunday. Low admission cost, come and go (between bands) as you wish. Awaiting timings and admission costs- generally Youth is afternoon only, seniors from early to late.

Friday 3rd November 2017- Short organ recital at 1.15pm at St Batholomews, Wilmslow- travel from Stockport by train. Philip Underwood plays a program today by Bach, Pescetti, Tuma, Pergolesi, Samuel Wesley and Mozart (K399). NB: The main church organ is being rebuilt. No details of the instrument to be used.

Saturday 4th November 2017- St Chads, Rochdale (the church on the hill, between the railway station and the town hall) at 12 noon. Elkaruna Wind Ensemble (Quaertet)- GBP 5.00, playing Tico Tico(Abreu), Raisins and Almonds (Sayers), Selections from Mozart, Hungarian dance 5 (Brahms), Bagatelle (Grundman) and 3 Preludes (Gershwin). Travelling to Rochdale by train (when running) is the fastest method. The tram takes ages.

Wednesday 8th November 2017- 7.30pm at the Church of the Holy Name, 339 Oxford Rd Manchester M13 9PG, organ recital by Christopher Stokes from Manchester Cathedral.

Saturday 18th November 2017- 1pm, GBP 12.00, Milapfest at Manchester Bridgewater Hall. Lalgudi GJR Krishnan, Violin ; Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi, Violin ; Patri Satish Kumar, Mridangim ; Kousic Sen, Tabla

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

Friday 1st December 2017- About a 50 minute organ recital at 1.15pm at St Batholomews, 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.

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