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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.

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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).

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....

CARE re local train services - Northern Railway services were radically reduced in May, but then they also regularly failed to run many of their services. Waiting two hours for a train that is cancelled with a two hour wait for the next is NOT acceptable. Travel by train around Manchester appears to carry unwarranted risks until further notice.

Friday 8th June 2018- 1.15pm- See the new three manual organ! at St Bartholomews, Wilmslow- travel from Stockport by train. From the station go to the town centre and the Church is to the right, towards the river. Organ played by Philip Underwood. All Handel program: The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba; Organ Concerto in G minor Op4 No1; 4 Pieces for Clay's Musical Clock; The Hallelujah Chorus; Organ Concerto in F major Op4 No5; Hornpipe from the Water Music.
CARE re local train services, very low reliability.

Saturday 9th June 2018- 10am to 1pm, come and go as you please, organ coffee morning at Stockport Plaza in Mersey Square. Tea and cake on sale. Sometimes have some piano playing, occaisionally a short film or possibly a "vocalist", mostly the 1932 Compton cinema organ.

Saturday 9th June 2018, Marple Memorial Park SK6 6BA (bus 383 or 384 from Stockport) Marple Brass Band and Hawk Green Brass Band join for some afternoon music in the park- 1pm-4pm - outdoors so come prepared. Subject to weather.

Sunday 10th June 2018: from 2pm to 4pm- music in (or near to) Buxton Bandstand, in the Pavilion Gardens. Note- outdoors so the ground may be damp to wet and could be cancelled at short notice. Note restricted public transport on Sunday and a big gap in buses to Stockport (High Peak 199) after the 4pm bus. Today the band booked is: Pantonic All Stars (Steel pan band)

Sunday 10th June 2018- 4.00pm- See the superb new three manual organ! at St Bartholomews, Wilmslow- travel from Stockport by train. From the station go to the town centre and the Church is to the right, towards the river. Organ played by Philip Underwood. Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C - JS Bach; Prelude, Fugue and Variation - Cesar Franck; Fantaisie in Eb - Saint Saens; 4 Verses on the Olosk melody Lux Illuxit- James Dickenson; Petit Hommage a Gabriel Faure - Peter Aston; Carillon “Tu es Petra” - Henry Mulet;
CARE re local train services, very low reliability.

Tuesday 12th June 2018- 1pm - Lunchtime organ recital at St Anns Church, St Anns Square, Manchester. Organist and program not known.

Wednesday 13th June 2018- Rochdale, St Mary in the Baum, GBP 4.00. 12.30. Meera Maharaj on flute and James Girling on guitar. Pies available to buy from about 11.40am.

Saturday 16th June 2018: 3pm at St Paul's Church, Heaton Moor Road, Heaton Moor, Stockport. Music on Violin, Viola, Cello and piano by Victoria Piano Quartet, music by Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Manduell.

Saturday 16th June 2018: 1pm Milapfest recital of Indian music played on the Veena at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. GBP 12.00. Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh plays veena, K U Jayachandra Rao on mridangam, and Kousic Sen plays tabla.

Saturday 16th June 2018: St Chad's (the church on the hill) Rochdale, GBP 5.50. Music on piano and violin incl Beethoven Violin Sonata 3.
CARE re local train services, very low reliability.

Saturday 16th June 2018 at 7pm, in Stockport Plaza Cinema/Theatre, Mersey Square, a Stockport School 40th REUNION Brass Band event with current bands and former players- finale with over 100 players on stage. GBP 12.00. Book seats at the Mersey Square booking office (now located in the Plaza basement) in person for cash (no fee) or online (fees apply).

Tuesday 19th June 2018- 1pm - Lunchtime organ recital at St Anns Church, St Anns Square, Manchester. Organist and program not known.

Sunday 24th June 2018- 4.00pm- See the superb new three manual organ! at St Bartholomews, Wilmslow- travel from Stockport by train. From the station go to the town centre and the Church is to the right, towards the river. Organ played by Philip Underwood. Prelude and Fugue in D major - JS Bach; Chorale Prelude “Wachet Auf” - J S Bach; Adagio in G minor - T Albinoni; Now Thank We All Our God (Marche Triomphale) -S Karg-Elert; Prelude on the Welsh Hymn Tune “Rhosymedre”- R Vaughan Williams; 5 Short Pieces - P Whitlock; Sortie in Eb - L Lefebure-Wely;
CARE re local train services, very low reliability.

Sunday 24th June 2018: from 2pm to 4pm- brass in Buxton Bandstand, in the Pavilion Gardens. Note- outdoors so the ground may be damp to wet and could be cancelled at short notice. Note restricted public transport on Sunday and a big gap in buses to Stockport (High Peak 199) after the 4pm bus. Today the band booked is: Vernon Building Society Poynton Band

Monday 25th June 2018, 12 noon, Stockport Town Hall, one hour recital on the Wurlitzer theatre organ in the town hall ballroom, GBP 2.10, use the entrance on Edward Street. organ played by Byron Jones.

Tuesday 26th June 2018- 1pm - Lunchtime organ recital at St Anns Church, St Anns Square, Manchester. Organist and program not known.

Friday 29th June 2018, 7.30pm, Holy Name Oxford Road, Manchester, Andrew Dean plays the organ. Many buses from Piccadilly Bus Station (41, 141, 42, 142, 43, 143, V1 etc)

Sunday 1st July 2018: from 2pm to 4pm- brass in Buxton Bandstand, in the Pavilion Gardens. Note- outdoors so the ground may be damp to wet and could be cancelled at short notice. Note restricted public transport on Sunday and a big gap in buses to Stockport (High Peak 199) after the 4pm bus. Today the band booked is: Chapel-en-le-Frith Town Band

Monday 2nd July 2018: 12:30 - Manchester Cathedral. Short organ recital by Ben Collyer.

Tuesday 3rd July 2018- 1pm - Lunchtime organ recital at St Anns Church, St Anns Square, Manchester. Organist and program not known.

Friday 6th July 2018- 1.15pm- See the new three manual organ! at St Bartholomews, Wilmslow- travel from Stockport by train. From the station go to the town centre and the Church is to the right, towards the river. Organ played by Philip Underwood. Dialogue - Marchand; Fantasia in Fminor K608- Mozart; Sonata No4 in Bb Major - Mendelssohn; Transports de Joie- Messaien
CARE re local train services, very low reliability.

Saturday 7th July 2018, 7.30pm. at Albion United Reformed Church, Ashton Under Lyne, an organ recital by Malcolm Archer. The church is to the East of the BT roundabout, past the war memorial. About 15-20 minute walk from the bus or tram station. Admission GBP 8.00

Sunday 8th July 2018: 5pm at St Cuthberts, Cheadle, Cheshire. Stockport Silver Band play their annual Brassfest concert. Recommended. Sunday buses from Stockport are 11, 11A and 310. Return buses 11, 11A and 309. Coming from Stockport get off at the first bus stop after the huge roundabout (known locally as Roscoes Roundabout).

Tuesday 10th July 2018- 1pm - Lunchtime organ recital at St Anns Church, St Anns Square, Manchester. Organist and program not known.

Sunday 15th July 2018: from 2pm to 4pm- brass in Buxton Bandstand, in the Pavilion Gardens. Note- outdoors so the ground may be damp to wet and could be cancelled at short notice. Note restricted public transport on Sunday and a big gap in buses to Stockport (High Peak 199) after the 4pm bus. Today the band booked is: Whaley Bridge.

Tuesday 17th July 2018- 1pm - Lunchtime organ recital at St Anns Church, St Anns Square, Manchester. Organist and program not known. NOTE There will now be a break until September 4th 2018.

Thursday 19th July 2018, 1.00pm. at Albion United Reformed Church, Ashton Under Lyne, an organ recital. The church is to the East of the BT roundabout, past the war memorial. About 15-20 minute walk from the bus or tram station. An unusual daytime recital on this fine organ- the organist is David Price from Pattaya.

21st July 2018 All of these are on Saturday 21st July 2018:. Check railway service day before!

Liverpool Organs:

12.30 to 1pm Liverpool Cathedral. organ recital by Daniel Greenway.
2pm to 3pm. Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. Organ recital by Callum Alger.
NB Liverpool Lime Street Station may be closed and train journies restricted.

11am. Manchester Cathedral. A return visit by flamenco guitarist Galina Vale.

11am. Bolton Parish Church. GBP 6.00. Peter Holder, organist from Westminster Abbey.

The Stockport Plaza organ is to be played by Donald MacKenzie at 3pm according to the LTOT flyer, GBP 5.00

2pm. Buxton Bandstand. 2pm-4pm . The Marple Band.

3pm. St Paul's Church, Heaton Moor Road. David Jones (double bass), Alec Jones (Piano)

7.30pm. Stockport Plaza Cinema. organist David Ivory plays to Clara Bow's silent movie WINGS cert PG. (the first ever Academy Award for Best Picture) GBP 10.00. Shown in two parts with interval, likely end time 10.15pm. Doors due to open 6.45pm.

Sunday 22nd July 2018: 2.45pm GBP 5.00. Stockport Town Hall, the Wurlitzer theatre organ played by David Shepherd and John Mann. Early attendance recommended.

Sunday 22nd July 2018: Buxton Bandstand 2pm. New Mills Band

Monday 23rd July 2018: 12 noon. GBP 2.10. Stockport Town Hall. Ian Gough plays the Wurlitzer theatre organ for an hour.

Saturday 28th July 2018: Liverpool organs :
12.30-1pm Liverpool Cathedral, organist James Orford.
2pm to 3pm Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. Organist Andrew Sharples.
NB Liverpool Lime Street station may be closed and/or train journies restricted.

Saturday 28th July 2018: 3pm. St Chads, Rochdale. Scott Brothers Duo- Piano for four hands. GBP 10.00 includes tea and cake.

Friday 3rd August 2018: 1.15pm. St Bartholomews, Wilmslow. Philip Underwood, organist, plays the Ds: Toccata : Dubois; Noel No 10 : Daquin; Variations on a Noel : Dupre; RAF March Past : Davies; A Fantasy for Organ : Darke; Toccata from Suite Op5:Durufle;    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.

Saturday 4th August 2018: Liverpool organs :
12.30-1pm Liverpool Cathedral, organist Nigel Spooner.
2pm to 3pm Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. Organist Andrew Wyatt.
NB Liverpool Lime Street station may be closed and/or train journies restricted.

Sunday 5th August 2018: from 2pm to 4pm- brass in Buxton Bandstand, in the Pavilion Gardens. Note- outdoors so the ground may be damp to wet and could be cancelled at short notice. Note restricted public transport on Sunday and a big gap in buses to Stockport (High Peak 199) after the 4pm bus. Today the band booked is: Dove Holes Brass Band

Saturday 11th August 2018: Liverpool organs :
12.30-1pm Liverpool Cathedral, organist Charles Wooler.
2pm to 3pm Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. Organists Peter Kwater and Carol Wareing.
NB Liverpool Lime Street station may be closed and/or train journies restricted.

Saturday 18th August 2018: Liverpool organs :
12.30-1pm Liverpool Cathedral, organist Timothy Easter.
2pm to 3pm Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. Canadian Organist Melanie Barney.
NB Liverpool Lime Street station may be closed and/or train journies restricted.


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