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).
A little farther afield, but just a fast train journey away, at Bolton Parish Church (technically Bolton-le-moor) there are also regular organ recitals on Tuesdays, from 1.15pm to 1.50pm, quite short, and only running from 9th April to 30th July in 2013.
Chethams School of Music near to Manchester Cathedral has regular daily lunch time recitals by its pupils at 1.30pm (NOTE: No admission to school grounds until 1.20pm), in term time only, so not in July or August. See also Chethams What's On. (Check on 0161 834 9644 to see if there is a concert on a particular day. The college will not have concerts during or near term and mid-term breaks nor during examinations).
The Lancastrian Theatre Organ Trust Stockport Wurlitzer at the Town Hall - one of the largest in Europe, built for Paramount. The only "Publix" model outside America. Monthly (except August) Monday lunchtime concerts at 12 and two Sunday afternoon concerts per year, check their website for details. (The older Vox Lancastria website is no more but an archived copy from 2008 is available with some historic images.)
St Peters Church on St Petersgate- an open morning on the second Saturday of each month from 10am to 1pm - one or more musicians will play music on the church's Copeman-Hart digital church organ, a Conn electronic theatre organ, a grand piano- or anything portable. Stalls. Raffle. Refreshments.
Stockport Plaza Cinema has a fine Compton organ, in its original location and virtually unrebuilt. You can hear it at the odd now very rare coffee morning on a Saturday from 10am to 1pm, free entry, come and go as you please. NO cold drinks so if you don't like tea or coffee, bring your own. Next morning recital is not until 2014. The organ is also used for other shows and films.
Nearby, Manchester also still has once fine but now sadly needing serious restoration Cavaille-Coll Organ which few locals know about.
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 - which we love- next due at the Ring of Bells, Marple around June 2014, and at Buxton Bandstand from about April 2014.
Stockport Symphony Orchestra play at Stockport Town Hall, usually eight concerts per year, and the concerts are often fully attended. As the seats are not reserved, you need to be there early - 7.15pm may be too late to get a seat for popular concerts.
Brass Band news is available from 4 Bars Rest |
IBEW directory of UK brass bands.
IBEW have a list of brass band concerts which the many brass bands tell them about.
Brass Band contest results excludes Whit Friday results from Tameside results 2005-2012. On the Northern side, Saddleworth Whit. Don't miss next Whit Friday, 13th June 2014.
To download old radio (OTR) MP3s, visit RadioLovers.com. Another site with lots of OTR mp3s to freely download is Old Radio World. - with so many OTR sites now only offering paid for services or streams, it is nice to report that Internet Archive OTR has a growing collection, of often superior quality MP3s.
An interesting and nicely coded OTR website is OTRCAT.com, who get a mention for the cat, also for the very large collection of mostly US old time radio programmes, together with some info on each programme. With so many programmes on offer, the principal source of supply is CD (audio or MP3) which also pays for the bandwidth, but there is also a sample of each show available to download, plus an interesting "on this day" feature with shows from today's date from previous decades. Unlike some OTR sites you are not forced to the dubious charms of Paypal but can use the arguably safer medium of cash (or even credit card). (To avoid any misunderstanding- no link on my website is sponsored or paid for in any way - OTRCAT offers an affiliate program which I do not participate in. Their link is here on merit.)
A useful source of UK radio feeds is Radiofeeds. Many channels may not be available outside the UK.
From Listenlive.eu, European radio stations. From Australian Live Radio- Australian stations (wide range of international music).
For international stations, a pretty good listing is at Live-Radio.net - with so many links and an ever changing technology, a few of the links don't work but most do. A lot of stations are NOT on 24 hours a day. Some areas of the world have poor communications or are troubled with political interference.