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 interesting musical sources in the Stockport area, and then some sources of music for computer download.
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. For the present this offer is limited to instrumental music- from solo to orchestral, with no vocals and no heavy drums.
If any church organists within bus range of Stockport would like their church organs recorded, CD quality, free of charge, please contact me. Too many organs are collapsing and being abandoned, completely unrecorded. Free recording of other instrumentalists may be possible (up to 24 bit recording, 32 bit editing - my microphone has a 20kHz limit).
Actually listening to what we call a "fairground organ" - which includes "concert organs", "dance organs" and other automated pipe organs, is not easy. Listening to a lot of fair organs is really hard (unless you live near one of the huge organ rallies). Buying good quality recordings is difficult and a lot of online videos have a lot of crowd or wind noise. A solution: Visit Tom Gavioli's youtube channel- he also has additional music on other streaming services. Great organs, superb recordings from several decades. Many of the organs have fascinating histories and are worth researching.
Manchester still has a once fine but now sadly needing serious restoration Cavaille-Coll Organ which few locals know about.
At St Anns Church, St Anns Square, in central Manchester there has been a long running series of Tuesday lunchtime organ recitals at 1pm. These are traditionally curtailed in August and December (the church is well used for carol services in December). I am advised re 2018 "The last recital one of the academic year will be July 17th, they'll start again on September 4th and will be weekly until 27th November."
We are very fond of brass band music, and after some heavy immersion have decided we really prefer the bands in the fourth section to the Championship bands, who are too loud for us. But catching a lower section band is difficult as they tend to play rarely and in small venues.
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.
Brass Band music - we love- Marple concerts ran from June to September but there is a new landlord coming in 2018... and in a long Winter season (September to March), concerts are held on some Sunday afternoons at the bandroom of Glossop Old Band (which sells real ale) but Glossop concerts may be cancelled with zero notice (Glossop is the gateway to the infamous Snake Pass) and the website may not be up to date.
Try the [almost] weekly Summer concerts from about Easter at the Buxton bandstand in the Gardens by the pavilion with brass concerts on most fine Sundays from late March to mid September (Mondays instead (sometimes as well!) if a bank holiday), 2pm-4pm subject to last minute cancelation but they're free. Return to Stockport by train or 199 bus- the bus leaves Buxton at about 4pm and then 5.20pm.
Brass Band news is available from 4 Bars Rest |
IBEW directory of UK brass bands.
Brass Band contest results. On each band's page the Whit Friday results (where applicable) are below "normal" contest results.
Whit Friday contest details from Tameside results since 2011. From archive.org, Tameside results from 2005-2011. On the Northern side, Saddleworth Whit. Saddleworth- the web site is not fully up to date a month beforehand, and has no handy summary to refer to - we do have the Archive.org copy of Saddleworth site.
Don't miss next Whit Friday, 14th June 2019. Many Tameside venues around 40 bands, several Saddleworth venues over
Stockport Symphony Orchestra play in Stockport, but suggest you must book in advance to ensure entry, and their web site is not accessible to the visually impaired (up there with the worst of the web sites!)- even Google can't read it. Amaretto Chamber Orchestra playing occaisionally in Cheadle Hulme are no longer accessible by public transport from Stockport following significant cuts to public transport in the area.
Births and deaths of UK musicians at Music Remembrance || Listen to and watch the original Al Jolson.
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!
To download old radio (OTR) MP3s, visit Old Radio World.
I found 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.
Xiph.org has a genre based search, links all seem to work, no script required- what a media website should be. Here you may find Disney Paris or Japanese Girl Bands... I like this web site.
From Listenlive.eu, European radio stations. Current UK radio streams from www.radiofeeds.co.uk/
My niche interests in music has led me to some little known stations and you may wish to try these out (links are to their web sites, the streams or downloads can be found somewhere on the page!):
Older music - from the 1960's: Gold returned to several regional DAB transmitters, as well as medium wave and online. You can find them through the above link to RadioFeeds- search for Gold. They also have Absolute 60s.
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- all contetmporary heavy bass.
Angel Radio.asx 40s/50s Nostalgia with Music While You Work on Friday lunchtime.....