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).
Manchester still has a once fine but now sadly needing serious restoration Cavaille-Coll Organ which few locals know about.
We were 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 loved- does seem to be declining. Traditional music is giving way to "entertainment" (entertainment contests have much larger prizes) and/or the brass instrumentation being hidden by very enthusiastic drum kit slaughter.
During Winter (September to March, long breaks), concerts are held on some Sunday afternoons (2pm-4pm) at the bandroom of Glossop Old Band (which sells real ale). Bands vary hugely, with a recent emphasis on earsplitting drumming and/or jovial entertainment and audience participation. Note Glossop concerts may be cancelled with zero notice due to weather or band availability - Glossop is the gateway to the infamous Snake Pass. Sadly brass bands accept bookings and cancel at the last minute, and it can be hard (impossible) to find any brass band wanting to play... many venues have this problem.
Brass Band news is available from 4 Bars Rest |
IBEW directory of UK brass bands.
Stockport Plaza in the centre of Stockport (Mersey Square) has rather fewer organ open days than it used to but the organ is a lovely 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 Saturday 25th May 2019. Sometimes there are extras, maybe a short film or piano piece. Alas also sometimes a volunteer vocalist. An opportunity to see this 1932 art deco cinema without (usually) having to put ear plugs in to reduce the unsuitable jet engine loud modern amplification system which blights most Plaza live shows. Also no smoke machines and no strobe lighting. As close as they can get these days to the entertainments of 1932!
Births and deaths of UK musicians at Music Remembrance
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- a welcome change to the widespread heavy bass and beat.