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Diary listing Until restrictions on live music are lifted, my live music events page is suspended. maybe back in 2021, 2022....??



Organ Music Manchester still has a once fine but now sadly needing serious restoration Cavaille-Coll Organ which few locals know about.

Stockport Plaza in the centre of Stockport (Mersey Square) has rather fewer organ open days than it used to but the organ is a splendid and little changed 1932 Compton pipe organ well worth hearing. The open days are from 10am to 1pm, come and go as you please, hot drink and a cake available on sale. Additional donations welcome. The next listed date is ???? (Venue has been closed some months due to a virus...). Sometimes there are extras, maybe a short film or piano piece. Alas also sometimes a volunteer vocalist. As close as they can get these days to the entertainments of 1932!

Church style organs and music from Positively Baroque (lovely but requires javascript to select the required stream) or a different program on OrganLive.

Mostly fairground organs, and some other automatic players, Mechanical Music Radio/ - as their "listen now" players will not work on my system and they have not provided a working link, I have created my own m3u file and if all else fails, try my m3u for Mechanical Music.

A useful resource with details of many theatre organists is a directory of organists (mostly theatre organ, some classical) online from Essex Organ Museum.

There is a fine (but incomplete) inventory of church organs to be found at National Pipe Organ Register- note that their website requires javascript to work.

David Price, Organist, Stockport born and educated, later a local teacher of music, formerly Assistant Organist at St George's in Stockport, visited the area in 2019, and at two churches I acted as his cameraman. The link will take you to a page about David with links to recordings of his visit to Stockport.

Brass Bands

Stockport Brass (formerly BT Band, formerly POEU Band) - alas the loss of sponsorship at last led to the demise of this historic band in early 2009. Elmfield Band, Stockport was founded and led by Jack Bennett, and when he died the band ceased. Just a couple of bands no longer with us alas.

Brass Band news is available from 4 Bars Rest

IBEW directory of UK brass bands. Aggh- a 2021 web makeover and no navigation for me. The old links are gone- no redirects. SO- here are the latest (rapigly ageing) archived pages I used- many of the web links are now dead, as are some of the bands!
My thanks to the web site maintainer for a rapid response- I have been able to convert the modern equivalent of the above (now at index requiring script ) to simple a hrefs using a sed script
Other parts of the web site record details of 8400 historic bands now no longer with us with as much as is known. This detail is now on the new website as large pdf documents available at Historic resources
They also have archived histories of brass bands archived from websites which may be no more. (New web page currently incomplete.)

brass band contests
Brassbandresults web page HIDES its search form with css!!! So here it is for you to use to search on a brass band name, competition piece, etc:

On each band's page the Whit Friday results (where applicable) are below "normal" contest results.

Don't miss next Whit Friday, 10th June 2022 if permitted - alas 2020 AND 2021 contests are all cancelled. Many Tameside venues around 40 bands, several Saddleworth venues over 70.

Whit Friday contest details from Tameside results 2011-2017. From archive.org, Tameside results from 2005-2011.

Tameside Venues
After 2017 Tameside results are no longer published by the council but have been hidden away on a very badly written WiX web page- I have to deeplink to their pdf documents:    2018 Tameside scores  |  |  2018 Tameside Whit results   |  |  2019 Tameside scores   |  |  Tameside 2019 overall results

On the Northern side, Saddleworth contests at an Archive.org copy of older Saddleworth website.


Music to save For brass and organ music see above.

Listen to...

COPYRIGHT- To the best of my knowledge all links below are to legitimate sources who pay appropriate royalties. Any copyright disputes? I will remove any links if requested by an authorised and recognised party (proof of identity and status required).

Online Music

MID music files are disappearing! But try Classical Composers Midi which is now moving to mp3 files.

Lots of early British light music to download, especially Music While You Work from Masters of Melody - if their page looks blank, either disable css or enable graphics, their page requires one of these options! Plenty of information on the musicians.

To download old radio (OTR) MP3s, visit Old Radio World.

With a massive number of really old radio shows, RadioEchoes.com- *Requires javascript* - new material appears occaisionally but often in vast numbers. LOTS of series to explore!

A wonderful archive of old shows from Californian radio station kpfa - kpfa history courtesy of John Whiting. Some really excellent programs, drama, music, poetry, lots, and the quality is way up there with the classical BBC radio.

Music to stream For organ music see above!

A new very small radio station in East Anglia (Norwich), classic1 (link to 128k pls stream), has arrived with classical music- a most rare commodity in these days of thousands of radio channels- a welcome change to the widespread heavy bass and beat.

Streamed programs from Oldham Community Radio- has different music types and a genuine community station. Music the BBC can't be bothered with anymore. Folk, organ, classical, 50s, quite a mix typically in hour long programs.

Current UK radio streams from www.radiofeeds.co.uk/

One lovely station I discovered on Radiofeeds was Serenade Radio (192k) a small Bournemouth station of light music- you have to love anyone streaming old Music While You Work programs....

A vast range of genres is available to stream from Internet Radio - some of the streams play nicely on my old PC but on many I have to strip the url by removing the initial (https://www.internet-radio.com/servers/tools/playlistgenerator/?u=) leaving the final http url and pasting it into smplayer (open url option).


Births and deaths of UK musicians at Music Remembrance

Ronald Frost Ronald Frost 1933 - 2015. On 1st October 2015. Canon Ronald Frost.
Director of Music at the Manchester City Centre Church of St. Ann from 1978.

I recorded much of his music- sometimes at my request and sometimes at his request, and here in his memory is a short (three minute) sample of his 1965 Passacaglia in E Flat (mp3).
The recording is from his last recital at St Anns on 28/7/2015. Ron is much missed.
Ron's widow Barbara passed away December 2017, also missed.

Read more about Ronald Frost with some mp3 files of his playing to listen to.

2018- current organist Simon Passmore has recorded a CD of music composed by Ronald Frost, available on request in church for a tenner. Marked as "Volume 1" so watch for another.


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