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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 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- the station was due to reopen at the end of July.

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) between the 3.55pm and the 5.15pm bus. Today the band booked is: Dove Holes Brass Band.

Sunday 5th August 2018, 6.30pm at St Paul's Church, Heaton Moor Road, Stockport- an organ recital by Henry Johnson. Marche Romaine: Charles Gounod; Little Prelude and Fugue in F major: J. S. Bach; Solfeggio: C. P. E. Bach; Little Prelude and Fugue in G minor: J. S. Bach; Adagio (from his concerto in A minor): Vivaldi (Arranged by Bach); Tuba Tune: C. S. Lang; Voluntary in D: John Stanley; Aria: Brian Solomons; Poco Allegretto: Cesar Franck; Aria: Noel Rawsthorne

Wednesday 8th August 2018, 12.30, GBP 4.00, (Lunch available from about 11.40am, soup, pie and peas, fruit pie, tea) at St Mary in the Baum, Rochdale. Mark Johnston on cello with Edward Rigg on piano.

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 - the station was due to reopen at the end of July.

Saturday 11th August 2018- 10am to 1pm, Church of St Peter, Stockport, St Peter's Square, SK1 1NZ. Organ coffee morning with Gilly Oselton on the Conn electronic theatre organ and John Conreen on "keyboards". Drinks and cake available.

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.

Sunday 19th 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) between the 3.55pm and the 5.15pm bus. Today the band booked is: Holymoorside.

Saturday 25th August 2018: Liverpool organs :
12.30-1pm Liverpool Cathedral, organist Paul Delaney.
2pm to 3pm Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. Organist Ben Horden.
NB Liverpool Lime Street station may be closed and/or train journies restricted.

Sunday 25th 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) between the 3.55pm and the 5.15pm bus. Today the band booked is: Lydgate Brass.

Monday 27th August 2018 (Bank Holiday): Sunday 19th 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) between the 3.55pm and the 5.15pm bus. Today the band booked is: Hazel Grove.

Saturday 1st September 2018: Liverpool organs :
12.30-1pm Liverpool Cathedral, organist Jeremy Cole.
2pm to 3pm Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. Organist Dylan McCaig.
NB Liverpool Lime Street station may be closed and/or train journies restricted.

Sunday 2nd September 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) between the 3.55pm and the 5.15pm bus. Today the band booked is: Fairfield.

Tuesday September 4th 2018- 1pm. Lunchtime organ recital at St Anns Church, St Anns Square, Manchester series due to recommence today after the summer break. Organist and program not known.

Friday 7th September 2018: 1.15pm. St Bartholomews, Wilmslow. Philip Underwood, organist, plays the Bs: Prelude, Fugue and Chaconne - Buxtehude; “Jig” Fugue in G major BWV577- Bach; Voluntary No1 in D major -Boyce; Marche Heroique - Brewer; Es Ist Ein' Ros' Entsprungen- Brahms; Suite Gothique - Boellmann;    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 8th September 2018, 12 noon, Rochdale Town Hall- Elin Rees plays the organ. GBP 8.00.

Sunday 9th September 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) between the 3.55pm and the 5.15pm bus. Today the band booked is: Burbage.

Saturday 15th September 2018: Stockport Plaza, Mersey Square, Organ Coffee morning, 10am to 1pm, come and go as you please, tea, coffee, water, cake on sale. Several organists at the 1932 Compton theatre organ, possibly a pianist - but also sometimes a vocalist. No admission fee.

Monday 24th September 2018- 12 noon- GBP 2.10. Stockport Town Hall. Michael Carter plays the Wurlitzer theatre organ for an hour.

Saturday 29th September 2018. Chester Wesleyan Methodist Church, 12.45 to 1.35, Roger Fisher plays the organ. Enjoy an afternoon in the park, walk the walls, go along the river... Check train times the day before! The faster (70m) train journey Stockport-Crewe-Chester costs quite a bit more than the slower (80m) hourly direct route (12.40 return, Northern only).


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