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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!).

Saturday 8th February 2020- at Holy Name Church on Manchester's Oxford Road, near the Student Union. Lots of buses from Piccadilly (42,43,142,143...). at 7:30 pm, The Camerata Players- Dvorak, Symphony No. 7, plus Dan Nolan, Duplicity (world premiere) for Bassoon, Vibraphone and Orchestra and Grieg, Peer Gynt Suite No. 1. ADMISSION CHARGE GBP 10:00. CARE re strong winds - which may disrupt travel or cause injury from flying debris.

Sunday 9th February 2020 - Advice from Northern Railways: "If at all possible, customers are advised to avoid travelling on Sunday 9 February. "

Monday 24th February 2010- organist Nigel Ogden plays the Stockport Town Hall Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ for an hour from 12 noon. Admission GBP 2.20. Use the entrance to the ballroom on Edward Street.

Wednesday 26th February 2020- - from 12:30 a recital by Andrew Bassey (Bassoon) with Jonathan Ellis on piano. At St Mary in the Baum, Rochdale, OL16 1DZ. Admission GBP 5.00, programme 50p. Pie and peas on sale around 11.35am with cheese and onion or meat; soup option, fruit pie etc to follow if you wish- good value low cost food and lovely tea. Main course, sweet and tea and change from a fiver! The church accoustics are ideal. A bit of a walk from the railway station but quite doable. Recommended. Visit the CoOp museum across the road (independant of CWS).

Wednesday 4th March 2020- - from 12:30 a recital by Telemann Baroque Ensemble- Alistair Roberts (Flute); Alfred Pollard (Oboe), Roger Bisby (Cello) and Peter Collier on Harpsichord. At St Mary in the Baum, Rochdale, OL16 1DZ. Admission GBP 5.00, programme 50p. Pie and peas on sale around 11.35am with cheese and onion or meat; soup option, fruit pie etc to follow if you wish- good value low cost food and lovely tea. Main course, sweet and tea and change from a fiver! The church accoustics are ideal. A bit of a walk from the railway station but quite doable. Recommended. Visit the CoOp museum across the road.

Saturday 21st arch 2020- Chamber Music Marathon- wind, brass and percussion, at Chethams School of Music- - from ??.??am to early evening-ish with breaks. Details awaited- not on their website yet!

Wednesday 25th March 2020- from 12:30 a recital by Joseph Dawson (Cello) and Hector Leung(Piano) At St Mary in the Baum, Rochdale, OL16 1DZ. Admission GBP 5.00, programme 50p. Pie and peas on sale around 11.35am with cheese and onion or meat; soup option, fruit pie etc to follow if you wish- good value low cost food and lovely tea. Main course, sweet and tea and change from a fiver! The church accoustics are ideal. A bit of a walk from the railway station but quite doable. Recommended.

Sunday 29th March 2020 2:30pm Stockport Town Hall, Edward Street, Stockport SK1 3XE. GBP10.00 - SCOTT BROTHERS DUO- DUOS FOR PIANO & WURLITZER ORGAN. Don't be late!

Advance Notice Friday 5th June 2020- Whit Friday brass band contests at a couple of dozen venues around Saddleworth and Ashton under Lyne. From around 4pm to late. FREE. Likely to be over 30 different bands at every venue- busy venues could have over 80 bands and be playing until VERY late. Outdoors, take a coat and wrap up warm.

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