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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.

Saturday 27th May 2017- POSTPONED to 22nd July as St Anns Square outside is currently in use for tributes and memories.
To Come- 22nd July 2017:from 10am to 5pm at St Anns Church, St Anns Square, Manchester. An organ marathon. 10am to 5pm, with 10-15 minute hourly breaks and an hour for lunch between 1 and 2pm. Full program at Organ Marathon. Appropriately the opening number is to be Grieg's "Morning".


Sunday 28th May 2017 Brass in Buxton Pavilion Gardens Bandstand 2-4pm. Today's listed band: Dove Holes. Travel from Stockport by hourly train or bus (High Peak 199)- they take the same time. Note a gap in return buses from 4pm to 5.20pm. Note- outdoor event, grass may be wet, terrible weather may cause cancellation. Be sure to take in the free Buxton water from the fountain opposite the Crescent (bottom of The Slope). It is the same water you could pay over two pounds a litre for. But free. Note that the free water will not keep more than a day or so as it has not been sealed in a bottle in factory conditions. Buxton water originates underneath those building opposite the fountain and is pumped to the large bottling plant just past the station.

Monday 29th May 2017 Spring Bank Holiday Monday- note special Bank Holiday public transport times. Brass in Buxton Pavilion Gardens Bandstand 2-4pm. Today's listed band: Poynton Royal British Legion. Travel from Stockport by hourly train or bus (High Peak 199)- they take the same time. Note a gap in return buses from 4pm to 5.20pm. Note- outdoor event, grass may be wet, terrible weather may cause cancellation. Be sure to take in the free Buxton water from the fountain opposite the Crescent (bottom of The Slope). It is the same water you could pay over two pounds a litre for. But free. Note that the free water will not keep more than a day or so as it has not been sealed in a bottle in factory conditions. Buxton water originates underneath those building opposite the fountain and is pumped to the large bottling plant just past the station.

Tuesday 30th May 2017- 1pm at St Anns Church St Anns Square, Manchester. The church is close to Deansgate/Victoria Station and not too far from Piccadilly. On nearby Cross Street is an excellent salad bar, Chop'd and many coffee houses.

Wednesday 31st May 2017- an evening organ recital at Holy Name on Oxford Road, Manchester. 7.30pm, by Peter Stevens. Possibly Oxford Road will be open today- it has been 12 months since the on and off road closures prevented us getting here. Note the road is now usually buses and bikes only. Regular buses from Piccadilly (42,42A,42B,43,141,142,143). Following road rebuilding the bus stops have moved slightly southward.

band logos Saturday 3rd June 2017- just before a VERY busy Friday on 9th, our local championship band, Fairey, before they win lots of money in the Whit contests, will be warming up near to their rehearsal rooms, at the church of St Thomas, Heaton Norris (now Heaton Chapel) on Wellington Road North, Stockport. By Buckingham Road, opposite the Tesla showroom. 192 bus runs between Stockport and Manchester very regularly (at least every 10 mins til very late).
Fairey will be bringing a Norwegian band (Nidaros Brass Band) with them for a joint concert to remember. There will be a charge for this - details nearer the time. Book the date now. GBP 12.50, doors open 7pm for 7.30pm. We are trying for a larger audience than Cory/Nidaros had in Cardiff in 2014. (Where? Trondheim was founded as Nidaros by Olav Tryggvason in 997 and the cathedral in Trondheim is called Nidaros Cathedral...).

Sunday 4th June 2017 Brass in Buxton Pavilion Gardens Bandstand 2-4pm. Today's listed band: Tideswell. Travel from Stockport by hourly train or bus (High Peak 199)- they take the same time. Note a gap in return buses from 4pm to 5.20pm. Note- outdoor event, grass may be wet, terrible weather may cause cancellation. Be sure to take in the free Buxton water from the fountain opposite the Crescent (bottom of The Slope). It is the same water you could pay over two pounds a litre for. But free. Note that the free water will not keep more than a day or so as it has not been sealed in a bottle in factory conditions. Buxton water originates underneath those building opposite the fountain and is pumped to the large bottling plant just past the station.

Tuesday 6th June 2017- 1pm at St Anns Church St Anns Square, Manchester. Organist Simon Passmore. The church is close to Deansgate/Victoria Station and not too far from Piccadilly. On nearby Cross Street is an excellent salad bar, Chop'd and many coffee houses.

9th June 2017 will be the famous Whit Friday brass band contests in the Tameside and Saddleworth areas with separate contests at up to 22 venues, aggregated for a supreme winner in each of the two areas. From about 4pm to anything from 10.30pm to after 1am depending on venue. Saddleworth can be much more crowded and noisy but they get more bands. Last year the Tameside venues had from 33 to 44 bands each (total 65 different bands across Tameside) whilst the top venue in Saddleworth struggled with 80 bands. And it is FREE.
Tameside venues- note change of venue at Broadoak and additional venue at Dukinfield.
Oldham venues- details in drop down list from "venues" at top of page.

Saturday 10th June 2017, 11am at Bolton Parish Church (Bolton-le-Moor) BL1 1PS. GBP 6.00, an organ recital by David Leigh from Dublin Cathedral. Up to 8 trains a hour, some depart from Manchester Victoria and some leave from Manchester Piccadilly. Check the day before for possible rail line closures and bus substitutions. (Railway often closed at weekends). Regular if slower buses from Manchester to Bolton.

Friday 16th June 2017, in the foyer of the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester- the Roth Duo on classical guitar.

Saturday 17th June 2017 at 1pm at Manchester Bridgewater Hall, GBP 12.00., Milapfest present Sanjay Guha on sitar with Sudeshna Bhattacharya on Sarod.
Important Update Change of programme. As Ramesh Misra cannot appear the concert has been changed to the above details. In his memory, here is a youtube video of his playing to enjoy: Pandit Ramesh Misra on sarangi. [Ramesh played on the Aerosmith album Nine Lives].

Saturday 17th June 2017 at Manchester Cathedral, 11am- coffee concert with music from "8Cellos".

Sunday 18th June 2017 Music in Buxton Pavilion Gardens Bandstand 2-4pm. Today's listed band: Stockport Pantonic All Stars- steel drums. Travel from Stockport by hourly train or bus (High Peak 199)- they take the same time. Note a gap in return buses from 4pm to 5.20pm. Note- outdoor event, grass may be wet, terrible weather may cause cancellation. Be sure to take in the free Buxton water from the fountain opposite the Crescent (bottom of The Slope). It is the same water you could pay over two pounds a litre for. But free. Note that the free water will not keep more than a day or so as it has not been sealed in a bottle in factory conditions. Buxton water originates underneath those building opposite the fountain and is pumped to the large bottling plant just past the station.

Friday 23rd June 2017- at 8pm, GBP 8.00, a concert by Diggle Brass Band at Woodley Methodist Church. 330 bus between Ashton, Hyde and Stockport every half hour stops very close to the church. Sure to be popular.

Saturday 24th June 2017- Coffee Morning at Stockport Plaza, 10am to 1pm, come and go as you please. Music on the original 1932 Compton Theatre Organ. Occaisionally other entertainments- possibly on the grand piano, or sometimes a singer. Tea/Coffee and cakes on sale.

Saturday 24th June 2017- Stockport Plaza, 7.30pm- subject to cancellation or amendment- in aid of St Anns Hospice- The Fairey Band - Faireys return to the Plaza in June and their programme will include a performance of Tchaikovsky’s crowd rousing 1812 Overture which will combine the band’s technical prowess with spectacular cannon effects. See the 2012 performance at the Plaza on youtube. GBP 12.00. May contain very loud noises - but the large firework used at Belle Vue many years ago has been retired after misbehaving at Buxton and we have to make do with the bass drum. Note: The band usually appear at the Plaza with a second performer, which has sometimes been vocal or objectionable- awaiting details of who/if they will be appearing with this time.

Sunday 25th June 2017 Brass in Buxton Pavilion Gardens Bandstand 2-4pm. Today's listed band: Chapel en le Frith. Travel from Stockport by hourly train or bus (High Peak 199)- they take the same time. Note a gap in return buses from 4pm to 5.20pm. Note- outdoor event, grass may be wet, terrible weather may cause cancellation. Be sure to take in the free Buxton water from the fountain opposite the Crescent (bottom of The Slope). It is the same water you could pay over two pounds a litre for. But free. Note that the free water will not keep more than a day or so as it has not been sealed in a bottle in factory conditions. Buxton water originates underneath those building opposite the fountain and is pumped to the large bottling plant just past the station.

Sunday 2nd July 2017 Brass in Buxton Pavilion Gardens Bandstand 2-4pm. Today's listed band: Whaley Bridge. Travel from Stockport by hourly train or bus (High Peak 199)- they take the same time. Note a gap in return buses from 4pm to 5.20pm. Note- outdoor event, grass may be wet, terrible weather may cause cancellation. Be sure to take in the free Buxton water from the fountain opposite the Crescent (bottom of The Slope). It is the same water you could pay over two pounds a litre for. But free. Note that the free water will not keep more than a day or so as it has not been sealed in a bottle in factory conditions. Buxton water originates underneath those building opposite the fountain and is pumped to the large bottling plant just past the station.

Friday 7th July 2017- 12.30pm at Bridgewater Hall Manchester, in the foyer. Louise Thomson will be playing a harp.

Saturday 8th July 2017- 11am at Bolton Parish Church. GBP 6.00. Organ recital by Michael Pain.

Sunday 9th July 2017- Stockport Silver Band play at St Cuthbert Church, Cuthbert Rd, Cheadle SK8 2DT from 5pm. Buses from Stockport (310, 11, 11A), coming from Stockport get off at the stop after Roscoes Roundabout, almost opposite the church. Popular concert in a small venue so arrive early. Retiring charity collection. Thursday 13th July 2017- 7.30pm at St Anns Church, St Anns Square, Manchester. An organ concert- probably charge. More details awaited. Sunday 16th July 2017 Brass in Buxton Pavilion Gardens Bandstand 2-4pm. Today's listed band: New Mills. Travel from Stockport by hourly train or bus (High Peak 199)- they take the same time. Note a gap in return buses from 4pm to 5.20pm. Note- outdoor event, grass may be wet, terrible weather may cause cancellation. Be sure to take in the free Buxton water from the fountain opposite the Crescent (bottom of The Slope). It is the same water you could pay over two pounds a litre for. But free. Note that the free water will not keep more than a day or so as it has not been sealed in a bottle in factory conditions. Buxton water originates underneath those building opposite the fountain and is pumped to the large bottling plant just past the station.

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