Area: Greater Manchester

The Category Bury is a subset of Greater Manchester. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Bury which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.


! Bury KEY
VISITS (to the Website)18
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)25

The Category Manchester is a subset of Greater Manchester. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Manchester which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.


In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Manchester Recorder Orchestra

- Manchester Renaissance Ensemble


Category Manchester
! Manchester KEY
VISITS (to the Website)1
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)6

The Category Oldham is a subset of Greater Manchester. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Oldham which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.


! Oldham KEY
VISITS (to the Website)14
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)18

‘Our objectives are to: Provide opportunities for members, and the general public, to broaden their knowledge of music (particularly for the organ) by arranging talks, demonstrations etc., and to experience playing on a wide range of organs by arranging visits to a variety of churches.’

Category Bolton
* Bolton & District Organists’ Association
VISITS (to the Website)122
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)160

'We hold regular monthly concerts featuring the top UK and European artistes playing the very best of the modern electronic instruments, multi keyboards etc.'

* Bolton In Tune
VISITS (to the Website)198
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)476
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We are teaching around 8,000 children weekly to play a musical instrument, teaching the music curriculum in over a third of our local primary schools and running 45 weekly out-of-school bands, choirs and orchestras ... Many of our students come through the Music Service and then go on to play in regional ensembles like the Halle Youth Orchestra and the Greater Manchester Youth Brass Band and in national groups like the National Youth Choir/ Brass Band / Orchestra ... Bolton Music Service is the lead partner in the Greater Manchester Music Hub.’

* Bolton Music Service
VISITS (to the Website)174
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)369

‘From small beginnings in 2013, Bowdon Festival has grown into a major arts event in Trafford and North Cheshire. We are a registered charity and are run entirely by volunteers. Our principal activity is Bowdon Youth Festival, held on the first weekend of February each year.’

* Bowdon Youth Festival
VISITS (to the Website)236
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)405

'We teach in Bury secondary and primary schools. We offer tuition on all orchestral and concert band instruments PLUS piano and guitar. Pupils have FREE use of their chosen instrument ... We have several orchestras, groups, bands and ensembles formed for various occasions and managed by staff in their own time. Approximately 250 young people aged between 8 and 18 are involved! They play in a tremendous variety of performing units graded to cater for their different levels of age and experience.'

* Bury Music Service
VISITS (to the Website)507
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)377

'The Circle was formed in 1958 to promote the appreciation, knowledge and enjoyment of classical music in all its forms. The Circle is non-commercial and does not attempt to promote sales of records.  Concert visits are arranged occasionally during the season.'

* Bury Record Music Circle
VISITS (to the Website)158
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)361

‘A source of inspiration, fun, insight and focus for everyone who enjoys the piano and piano playing ... It continues to grow and develop as a “piano republic of equals”. There is no elitism on the course, though everyone is extremely serious about piano playing. There is no other summer school that manages to cater for the universal: Adult amateurs, promising children and observers are as welcome on the course as concert pianists, international young artists preparing for top competitions, and professional music teachers.’ Held Mid - Late August.


* Chetham's International Summer School and Festival for Pianists
VISITS (to the Website)147
Also indexedManchester International Concerto Competition
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)189
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'At Chetham’s we believe that people from every walk of life should have the opportunity to experience music in a relevant, dynamic way. In partnership with other arts organisations, we work to develop interactive learning projects for individuals, schools and other community groups. Our activities range from workshops and performances for schools to family days, instrument days and large-scale community performances.'


* Chetham's School of Music
VISITS (to the Website)261
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)298
MULTIPLE Concerts and Recitals

'The Music department at Manchester has a reputation for innovations in composition, for its breadth of research in ethnomusicology and musicology, and for our focus on cultivating the very best in performance. Music at The University of Manchester holds the position as one of the leading research departments in the country, with a vibrant, diverse community of undergraduates, postgraduates, professional musicians and world-leading academics.'


* Department of Music [Manchester]
VISITS (to the Website)152
Also indexedUniversity of Manchester
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)311

'A place of diverse musical vibrancy. We have a strong sense of tradition as well being keen to encourage innovation. It was here that the first degree in popular music was founded, alongside our proud history of brass band, jazz and classical musicianship. Our focus on brass and classical studies is complemented by our breadth of genres to ensure a unique blend of musical experience for all of our students.'

* Directorate of Music [Salford]
VISITS (to the Website)187
Also indexedUniversity of Salford
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)316

‘South Lancashire's Premier Centre for Trad Jazz ... Watch great live Jazz bands, with good company in comfortable surroundings! ... The sessions are held in ... a beautifully appointed concert room twice a month on Mondays ... with occasional "specials" in months containing five Mondays.’

Category Jazz Clubs
* Eagley Jazz Club
VISITS (to the Website)45
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)99
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'An exciting and innovative music education partnership. We are committed to providing the highest quality music education and the best expertise which the region has to offer. Bolton (Lead Partner), Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan are working together to secure the best musical opportunities for all children across the region.'

* Greater Manchester Music Hub
VISITS (to the Website)146
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)204

‘An annual competitive festival providing performance opportunities for children and adults ... It has sections for Instrumental and Vocal classes for all ages, and Speech and Drama classes for children ... The Festival is held each year to coincide with the Schools’ February half-term holiday week.‘

* Hazel Grove Musical Festival
VISITS (to the Website)106
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)211

Founded 2002: ‘The Heritage Centre is unique in being the only one of its kind in the world, devoted to the history of the Theatre Organ, where schools and the general public can go and play an authentic theatre organ ... With its theatre style auditorium which seats 80 patrons, it houses one of the very first Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organs to be installed in this country, the 2 manual 6 rank pipe organ originally installed in the Trocadero Theatre, Liverpool, and later in the Gaumont Cinema, Dingle, Liverpool ... Weekly programmes featuring the Wurlitzer are presented every Wednesday at 1-00pm’.

* Lancastrian Theatre Organ Trust Heritage Centre
VISITS (to the Website)111
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)618

'Presents 7 concerts per year between September and March on Sunday afternoons ... Our concerts are full-length with an interval, when you can chat with friends over tea and coffee, and finish around 4pm.'

* Leigh Music Society
VISITS (to the Website)114
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)238
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Singing in amateur choirs continues to be extraordinarily popular across the country. There are many choirs located across the North West region alone, ranging in size from small harmony ensembles to full-scale, semi-professional choirs such as the Halle. There also exist many local music festivals in which there is sometimes a choral element. However, with the exception of the (national) bi-annual BBC 'Choir of the Year' competition, there aren't many local or regional competitions for amateur choirs. The Manchester Amateur Choral Competition seeks to readdress this imbalance by establishing an annual competition in which choirs from across and beyond the region are invited to compete in a spirit of creativity and community.' Held Early March.


* Manchester Amateur Choral Competition
VISITS (to the Website)168
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)323
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Founded in 1936 by Philip Godlee, a local textile manufacturer who was also chairman of the Hallé Orchestra and a keen amateur viola player ... aimed to “enable residents [of Manchester and District] to attend the performance of artists of the highest reputation” ... Manchester Chamber Concerts Society is run independent of public or other large scale funding – its revenue comes purely from ticket sales and donations, with the administration undertaken by unpaid volunteers.’


* Manchester Chamber Concerts Society
VISITS (to the Website)179
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)178
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘An urban folk festival that takes place every autumn ... Our festival is friendly, inclusive and mostly about enjoying great music. We put a spotlight on English folk. Our aim is to profile the incredible range of great music that is described as folk and bring you the best of the current scene. The whole festival takes places in one area of the city over one weekend. With indoor gigs (no mud!), creative workshops and a festival hub where you can catch your breath and catch up with friends, we want to create the feel of a greenfield festival in the vibrant heart of the city. There will be music, singing, dancing, and merry-making.’ Held Mid October.


Category Folk Festivals
* Manchester Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)43
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)89
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Europe's biggest Irish Festival, over 200 Events at 80 venues ... Manchester will celebrate the city's annual Irish Festival in March this year with an action packed two weeks of Irish Art, Comedy, Dance, Music, Sport and Theatre.‘


* Manchester Irish Festival
VISITS (to the Website)88
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)149

‘Unlike any other event on the jazz festival circuit, mjf offers a fascinating journey of discovery through the world of jazz today. The weird and the wonderful, the challenging and relaxing, the surprising and the familiar - mjf is a prized collection of treasures that is simply not available anywhere else.’ Held Late May.


Category Jazz Festivals
* Manchester Jazz Festival
VISITS (to the Website)140
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)210

‘Meetings every Tuesday at 7.15; Recitals at 7.30 - 8.30 & 8.45 - 9.45 ... All jazz enthusiasts and friends welcome.’


* Manchester Jazz Society
VISITS (to the Website)40
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)108
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Established in 1915 by the Northern Section of the Committee for Music in Wartime as a temporary means of funding morale boosting concerts in the region’s military hospitals, Manchester’s Tuesday Mid-day Concerts, as the series was known at that time, has flourished in an unbroken span ...  The Manchester Mid-day Concerts Society is the largest and one of the most successful lunchtime series in the country ... Emerging instrumentalists and singers are welcome to audition for inclusion in our prestigious and long-established chamber music series.’


* Manchester Mid-day Concerts Society
VISITS (to the Website)138
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)201
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Providing parents, carers & family members, young people, teachers with information about learning, playing, performing & studying music in Manchester ... On this Site you can find out about the work of the Hub and how we are funded; our commissioned partner One Education Music and the cultural organisations who deliver music tuition and music projects in and around Manchester. You can also find out what is happening through our news section and access some photos and stories about Manchester’s young people and their engagement in music. We will also direct you to other websites relevant to your needs.’


* Manchester Music Hub
VISITS (to the Website)218
Also indexedMyHub
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)181
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Founded 1913: ‘Most of our meetings take place in the Manchester area, but we also make occasional visits to interesting organs in other parts of the country, when members are often invited to play such instruments. In addition to recitals and talks by our own members and guest speakers, master-classes, and concerts of chamber and choral music also feature in our programmes. Most of our meetings are followed by refreshments and an opportunity to socialise’.


* Manchester Organists’ Association
VISITS (to the Website)97
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)521

Matt & Phred's is a long established live music venue, situated in Manchester's trendy Northern Quarter ... Most notably known for showcasing the best in local and international Jazz, Matt & Phred's offers much, much more. We still have live music gigs 6 nights a week, encompassing the likes of Jazz, Folk, Gypsy, Electro, Salsa, Swing, World and even a little bit of Ska.’


Category Jazz Clubs
* Matt & Phred’s
VISITS (to the Website)191
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)106
MULTIPLE Concerts and Recitals

Rochdale-based, fortnightly, Sunday evenings: ‘Visting traditional jazz bands who entertain and delight the members with songs that come from the deep south in New Orleans ... The bands come from all over the country to play at the club and even though it is only a small club when you get a six piece band banging out those old tunes with a three piece horn section blowing those blues it's hard not to be impressed and enjoy the skill and artistry of the musicans playing tunes from a long long time ago’ [Sam Ralph Photography]

Category Jazz Clubs
* Newtown National Club
VISITS (to the Website)25
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)45
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Oldham Music Service is committed to supporting and fulfilling the musical aspirations of all young people living in the borough (in and out of school), and engaging people of all ages in a variety of exciting musical activities ... Will you become a Friend of the Oldham Music Centre? We must continue to safeguard the future of the Oldham Music Centre. In recent years many Music Services have ceased to exist. The Oldham Music Service and Music Centre, however, continue to provide the children and young people of Oldham with a centre of excellence which is nationally recognised for the quality of its work. The Families & Friends of the Oldham Music Centre exist to support that work.‘

* Oldham Music Service
VISITS (to the Website)102
Also indexedOldham Music Centre
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)144

Formed 1908: 'Our meetings still follow the basic pattem defined all those years ago, featuring regular recitals, lectures, discussions and instruction on organ and liturgical music, and all aspects of the organ, social meetings of various kinds, plus, of course, regular visits to hear and play organs of note. In recent years, the Association has received financial assistance from Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council for the promotion of a series of recitals on the fine 4 - manual Binns organ in Rochdale Town Hall, restored by J.W. Walker & Sons Ltd. in 1979. This support has enabled the Association to engage some of the top organists in the country to play for us, something which very few Associations are in a position to do’.

* Oldham Rochdale & Tameside Organists' Association
VISITS (to the Website)175
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)263

‘Provides high quality music lessons in singing and on a wide range of instruments. This may be at any time during the school day including breakfast, lunchtime and after school clubs ... We support schools, academies and communities with an emphasis on enjoyment, progression and personal achievement.’ One Education Music also supports nine Music Centres throughout Manchester which ‘offer opportunities to develop musical skills and talents in a collaborative environment‘.


* One Education Music [Manchester]
VISITS (to the Website)153
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)206

‘An opportunity for musicians to entertain, compete and enjoy performing ... Even though the Festival has a competitive element, the spirit of the event is fully focused on making sure everyone enjoys the occasion and, to borrow an ideal from the Olympic movement, “the taking part that counts”. Thanks to the hard work of the adjudicators on the day, every performer will come away with a sense of achievement and a few pointers about how to improve their playing.’ Held Early March.

* Ramsbottom Music Festival
VISITS (to the Website)73
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)233

Founded 1967. Fortnightly evening meetings throughout the year; all welcome.


* Ramsbottom Recorded Music Society
VISITS (to the Website)92
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)184

‘The cast list for the RNCM Brass Band Festival reads like a “who’s who” of the best that the brass band world has to offer ... World class soloists ... Leading brass bands ... as well as a focus on youth bands and young performers and creators, including ... RNCM’s own outstanding brass bands and ensembles.’ Held Late January.

Category Manchester
* RNCM Brass Band Festival
VISITS (to the Website)20
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)41

‘This major biennial event will offer an all-round learning experience for young pianists under the age of 30 from all over the world, mixing opportunities to perform on the concert platform with a series of masterclasses given by a distinguished international jury. All pianists selected to take part in the competition will have the opportunity to take part in a masterclass given by a member of the jury.’ Held Late November [2018].


* RNCM James Mottram International Piano Competition
VISITS (to the Website)150
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)160

‘If you enjoy good music (both light and serious) then you are bound to find something to your taste in our programmes of recorded music. You may hear some of your favourites or on the other hand you may be introduced to new music which you may well take to! All items are introduced by a presenter (a member or a guest) in an easily understood way - we are not musicians just music lovers.’

* Rochdale Gramophone Society
VISITS (to the Website)136
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)421

‘A friendly and accessible service that provides high quality music tuition in schools across the Borough and also from our Music Centre, based in the beautiful Rochdale Town Hall ... On a weekly basis, we teach over 3000 children in 80 schools and over 300 from our centre. 5,000 children take part in our annual Music Festival of Performing Arts and 1,500 in the regional Music for Youth Festival that we host. Last year, over 60 concerts were given by the different centre groups, in addition to our participation in the Music Festival.‘

* Rochdale Music Service
VISITS (to the Website)84
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)158

'Promotes concerts of good music in many styles ...' Typically about half a dozen evening recitals per annum.

* Rochdale Music Society
VISITS (to the Website)101
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)243

'The RNCM is a thriving conservatoire located in the heart of Manchester, with an international community of more than 800 students from 60 different countries. Pursue your professional musical training with us and receive the very best teaching, learning and performance opportunities.'


* Royal Northern College of Music
VISITS (to the Website)174
Also indexedRNCM
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)290
MULTIPLE Concerts and Recitals

‘Often described as “the greatest free show on earth”, the Saddleworth & District Whit Friday Brass Band Contests take place every year on the afternoon and evening of Whit Friday ...  some twenty different contests at venues scattered around the moorland villages and towns on the western edge of the Pennines. All of the contests are open-air, many in delightful surroundings ... The contests are open to all-comers. So the local youth bands get to match their skills against the top bands of the country. For bandsmen, the dash from contest to contest makes for an exhilarating (though exhausting) evening ...This is a major event in the brass band calendar and bands travel the length of the country to participate, some even turning up from overseas.’

* Saddleworth & District Whit Friday Brass Band Contests
VISITS (to the Website)185
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)297

'A Committee of six continues to develop our policy of engaging small ensembles of strings, wind, piano, etc, playing the classical repertoire from Bach to Bartok (and occasionally beyond), varied with forays outside the mainstream: a vocal group, early instruments, brass, percussion, a folk group from the Andes, a jazz concert, a children’s workshop, etc ...'

* Saddleworth Concerts Society
VISITS (to the Website)107
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)265
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

MAPAS is Salford’s Music and Performing Arts Service and we are here to offer opportunities in the performing arts for all. We are part of Salford Community Leisure Limited and are commissioned by Salford City Council to provide tuition in schools across Salford ... We provide: * high quality instrumental and vocal tuition; * curriculum support for music and drama; * Wider Opportunities projects (full class bands and whole-school singing); * group activities at arts centres for young people and adults of all abilities.’

* Salford Music and Performing Arts Service
VISITS (to the Website)78
Also indexedMAPAS
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)116

Founded 2006: ‘A music group comprising children and adults with SEND [“Special Education Needs and Disability”] ... A concert is held at the RNCM at the end of each term to showcase the students' achievements. This is also the opportunity to hear the orchestra, solo performances and smaller chamber groups performing a variety of musical genres. In addition to our RNCM concerts, members of Special Virtuosi have played at a number of events across Greater Manchester ... We are endebted to a dedicated team of tutors, all of whom work for SV on a voluntary basis. Their collective biographies feature professional work for the BBC Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, the Halle, RLPO, RNS as well as peripatetic and classroom music teaching. We have qualified teachers, band-leaders, composers, all sharing their skills in the weekly sessions’.


* Special Virtuosi CIC
VISITS (to the Website)45
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)129

‘Inspiring the musicians of tomorrow ... The Music Service provides opportunities for instrumental tuition both in schools and at the Music Centre ... Our Music Centre bands perform throughout the year at various venues and events in the Stockport area ... Anyone having lessons should play or sing in an ensemble as this helps to promote instrumental and ensemble skills alongside general musicianship, thereby making their musical journey far more enjoyable ... This is a fantastic way to make friends and have fun while improving your playing or singing.’

* Stockport Music Service
VISITS (to the Website)61
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)189

‘We are an enthusiastic group of music lovers who always make any guests welcome. All types of music are catered for from theatre organ to jazz, pop to classics and everything in between. In fact  there is something for everyone ... We have a concert on the last Thursday of each month when we have a very good selection of all different types of professional organists/vocalists/keyboard players ... On the second Thursday of each month we have a “Free and Easy” Live Music night where the members are invited to play either on their own keyboards/electronic piano or the club's Yamaha AR100 Club organ. Everyone is given the opportunity to play and players of all ages and levels of ability are encouraged and appreciated.’

* Stockport Organ & Keyboard Club
VISITS (to the Website)93
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)304
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Our Group meets every two weeks ... Meetings are from 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. and our programmes are published six months in advance ... Prospective members are always welcome.‘

* Swinton Recorded Music Group
VISITS (to the Website)152
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)295

‘Provides a range of musical opportunities which are accessible to all children and young people, with progression, continuity and excellence being at the heart of the delivery. The Service delivers a range of instrumental and vocal tuition to individuals, small and large groups, and whole classes in all mainstream schools, special schools, PRUs and Early Years settings.’


* Tameside Music Service
VISITS (to the Website)131
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)458

Trafford Music Service is committed to continuing to provide high quality music making opportunities for all children and young people in Trafford. As part of Trafford Council we are proud to be working in partnership with all Trafford Primary schools and an increasing number of secondary schools. As well as high-quality music making opportunities in schools, we offer out-of-hours opportunities and progression routes through our Music Centres and Youth Orchestras. We also target support to enable access to music making for our most vulnerable families. We are delighted to be part of the Greater Manchester Music Hub and look forward to embracing the new opportunities it will bring to enhance the musical offer for all young people in our region.’

* Trafford Music Service
VISITS (to the Website)92
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)154

‘A twice-yearly multi-arts festival featuring live music, art, theatre, poetry, comedy, film & family events! The festival aims to bring top notch cultural entertainment to Wigan, and also showcase many local talents from around the borough. It’s a festival of experiences for you and your families to enjoy. So whether you’re a festival first timer or a regular, there’s something for everyone. Sit back, take part, join in ...’ Held April and September.

Category Arts Festivals
* Wigan Arts Festival
VISITS (to the Website)172
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)379

‘Bringing quality local, national and international jazz to the North-West of England ... We meet monthly on the last Sunday of each month from September to June, with occasional additional special events.’

Category Jazz Clubs
* Wigan Jazz Club
VISITS (to the Website)204
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)356
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Our award winning Music Service is part of the Greater Manchester Music Education Hub. It supports children and young people to access a wide range of creative music making opportunities in the classroom through: Instrumental music; Ensembles; Live performance. A teaching team of over 80 music specialists deliver music in schools and colleges.'

* Wigan Music Service
VISITS (to the Website)110
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)318

‘Exists to present concerts of live music by both mature and young artists, enabling audiences to enjoy professionally performed recitals, both vocal and instrumental, in a friendly atmosphere.'

* Wigan Music Society
VISITS (to the Website)91
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)244

‘A fun, friendly, community orchestra, playing light classics and popular film music. We are always looking for new members - no auditions - all ages and abilities welcome.’ Based in Mossley, Greater Manchester.

+ Abney Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)184
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)360

‘A voluntary wind band which was established in 1888. Based in Dukinfield in the North West of England it continues to serve Manchester and the North West. The Band can be seen performing at a variety of events from garden parties, carnivals, festive occasions and concerts such as its annual Christmas concert ...’


+ Adamson Military Band
VISITS (to the Website)105
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)193
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are a musical theatre group based in the North West. AMAS's first production was way back in 1948 and we are still going strong with two productions a year. We are a friendly group with many social events between shows and we always welcome new people to the society. So if you fancy helping out backstage, on lighting or sound or indeed acting and singing on stage you are more than welcome to come along.’

Category Wigan
+ Adlington Music & Arts Society
VISITS (to the Website)98
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)175

‘A large mixed voice choir of around 100 singers. It offers good amateur singers in the South Manchester/North Cheshire area the opportunity to learn and perform major choral works, and a varied repertoire of music at well-attended public concerts, supported by professional musicians and directed by an ambitious demanding conductor.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Altrincham Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)111
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)253
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Small string orchestra established in 2004 consisting of experienced amateurs, music teachers and professional players. The orchestra has a varied repertoire ranging from Bach to Britten and perform in the South Manchester area, with excursions to Buxton as part of the Festival Fringe.’

Category String Ensembles
+ Amaretti Chamber Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)195
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)417
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Join Artful Voices and sing great songs arranged specifically for you! Learn music, make friends, have fun, and even get physical! No audition necessary! The Artful Playground team have a wealth of experience between them – from Performing/Directing musical theatre, composing, teaching in schools/in the community, and performing jazz and swing in venues all over the world. This makes Artful Voices the exciting and unique choir that it is!'

Category Community Choirs
+ Artful Voices
VISITS (to the Website)136
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)501
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'An independent, self funded, community based brass band ... formed in January 1994 ... The band perform throughout the year, and are noted for the diversity of their engagements which include Concerts, Garden Fetes, Local Processions, Church Functions, Birthday Parties and Garden Parties ... Players of any standard, whether on brass or percussion, are more than welcome. The band has a number of instruments available to loan.'

+ Astley Youth Band
VISITS (to the Website)146
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)255
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The Band has currently around 30 members with the drums numbering around 20. All the members serve in a voluntary capacity and have no army reserves commitment. The uniform proudly worn is that of the regular regiment which is headquartered in the Tower of London. This friendly band welcomes any musicians prepared to commit regularly to rehearsals, parades and events and who have a minimum of Grade 5 level ability.'


Category Military Bands
+ Band and Corps of Drums of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
VISITS (to the Website)177
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)375
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'A broadcasting orchestra based in Salford. It performs at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, tours the North of England, and welcomes audiences in its recording studio at MediaCityUK.'

+ BBC Philharmonic
VISITS (to the Website)181
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)277
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals
MULTIPLE Concerts and Recitals

'One of the oldest and most famous brass bands in the world. We have been around since 1818 and have been wowing audiences all over the UK ever since - and a hundred years ago, the band undertook two world tours! A remarkable achievement ... Besses are committed to providing high quality, entertaining concerts for audiences local to us in north Manchester (and further afield), whilst maintaining our world-wide reputation and being true to the history and legacy of such an esteemed institution.'


+ Besses o' th' Barn Band
VISITS (to the Website)163
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)391

‘The Band was formed in 1849 at Boarshurst School in Greenfield, which make it one of the oldest established brass bands in the country. The first Minute Book records meetings being held in various Inns in the village, with rehearsals being held in a loft over the stables at the Casey Mill and, during the summer months, under the railway arches at Arthurs Lane ... [Now] The Band are extremely lucky to have a great club at their disposal for rehearsals, concerts, parties and even community related events. If you want to hire Boarshurst Band Club get in touch ...’ The Forthcoming Events includes concerts performed by visiting Bands in the Band Club.


+ Boarshurst Silver Band
VISITS (to the Website)127
Also indexedBoarshurst Band Club
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)202
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The origins of the present society date back to 1934, when a number of parishioners of St. Edmund’s Roman Catholic Church in Bolton, Lancashire, decided to form a musical society with the intention of performing Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operas ... The Choral Section has been an integral part of BCMCS. since its formation in 1973. We have built up an excellent reputation in Bolton for our performances of many classic choral works ... In 1977 the society changed its name to its present one, Bolton Catholic Musical and Choral Society, and is now known to its friends in and around the town as “Bolton Caths”. There is no requirement to be a Catholic however, and anyone who shares our love of music and theatre is welcome to join.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Bolton Catholic Musical & Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)118
Also indexedBCMCS
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)336
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Founded in 1961 ... has established itself as one of the finest small choirs in the north-west of England. The choir has maintained a reputation for vigorous, stylish performances, attention to detail and imaginative programme planning. We perform 3 to 5 concerts a year covering a wide range of styles from Renaissance to contemporary music.'

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Bolton Chamber Choir
VISITS (to the Website)107
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)258

‘Founded in 1887. As an amateur choir we are proud to bring professional soloists and musicians to Bolton. We usually sing four concerts a year. Our repertoire covers over 300 years of choral music, from Bach to the present day.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Bolton Choral Union
VISITS (to the Website)53
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)142
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A non-profit organisation which performs a wide selection of ambitious music. The Orchestra performs around six concerts per year. Formed in 1993, the BSO calls on a total of up to 150 musicians to make up the required format for its concerts ... ... Programmes are designed to suit all tastes, from contemporary commissioned works to the popular delights of the New Year concert.’

+ Bolton Symphony Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)107
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)170
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘One of the leading chamber choirs in the north west of England ... We perform 5-6 concerts per year, including both sacred and secular repertoire. Our concerts can be light and include songs from shows, or can consist of a single piece ... Franz Xaver Brixi was an 18th century Czech composer and his “Veni Sancte Spiritus” was the first choral work sung by a group of dedicated musicians from the Bolton area eager to form a chamber choir back in May 1994 ...The Brixi Singers are limited by their Constitution to 25 singers.’

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Brixi Singers
VISITS (to the Website)65
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)151
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We are an a cappella singing group (voice only) formed in March 2009 by a small group of people who used to meet up at a weekely singing workshop held at The Met. We currently have 35 members; but the numbers change with the seasons. We welcome membership from anyone of high school age (14+) and upwards. Our current members are aged from 14yrs to 65yrs+. We do not compete - we sing for the sheer love of singing, for the joy that it brings us as individuals and for the delight that it gives to our audiences, no matter how large or small they may be.'

+ Bury Acapeelers
VISITS (to the Website)152
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)328

‘A mixed voice amateur choir of some 70 singers. We are all passionate about singing and we all look forward to our regular Tuesday evening rehearsals together. We are Bury’s only auditioned mixed voice adult choir performing classical repertoire ... Over the years the Society has performed a stimulating and varied repertoire with piano, organ and orchestral accompaniment. Every season we perform 3/4 concerts in different local venues.‘

Category Choral Societies
+ Bury Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)47
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)218
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Founded in 1982 as the Debrose Choir. In 2009, we changed our name to Cantare. The choir includes women of all ages and from all walks of life – no superstars, just people who love to sing and who want to do it well. Our repertoire is exciting and wide ranging, from pop standards and songs from the shows, to classical and contemporary choral pieces. We enjoy a challenge, strive to make a great sound and have a brilliant time whilst we’re doing it. We perform regularly at concerts and other events throughout the year.‘


Category Ladies Choirs
+ Cantare
VISITS (to the Website)128
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)205

‘Has established itself as a leading barbershop group within the UK. With a great sense of fun and a unique style of entertainment, the chorus has gripped audiences during its history ... Our close knit membership of nearly sixty guys has a strong commitment to vocal and performance excellence. Cottontown particularly enjoy competing in both national and international barbershop competitions. Well respected stages around the UK including the London Palladium have given us the opportunity to wow audiences with stirring harmonies, emotional lyrics, exciting choreography and visual effects..'


+ Cottontown Chorus
VISITS (to the Website)141
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)290

‘The Band was formed in 1992 ... We concentrate on serving the local community with a calendar of concert performances, playing at nursing homes, garden fetes, churches and most of North Manchester’s parks.'

+ Crumpsall Concert Band
VISITS (to the Website)201
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)505
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A dynamic award-winning chorus which enjoys performing, and the thrill of competition whether at home or abroad ... We sing a cappella (unaccompanied harmony) and belong to the Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers. Performing at private or public events, we support community groups and nominate a charity each year.’


+ Crystal Chords
VISITS (to the Website)188
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)181

'Manchester's leading amateur Big Band  ... with 30 musicians playing a century of popular music across the Northwest and beyond ... The Band was formed by Dave Egerton in 1983 initially as a youth band fusing Dave’s brass band background with woodwinds and was known then by the name that is still its official title – The Altrincham Concert Band ... Whether we are playing on a bandstand in the park; on stage with a Big Band night; or at a wedding; we are here to help your special occasion be filled with great music and memories. Come along and sit back while we take you down memory lane.'

Category Big Bands
+ Dave Egerton Band
VISITS (to the Website)177
Also indexedAltrincham Concert Band
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)395
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Formed in 1850 and has had many ups and downs. In the early years the band led a fairly nomadic existence, wound up and reformed on several occasions. The playing standard of the band has been variable, but is now firmly established in the second section ... The band currently has a thriving youth band to secure the future of the main band.‘


+ Delph Band
VISITS (to the Website)76
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)151

‘We are a social, eager and friendly band. Players of all levels are always welcome. The band is a member of North West Area Brass Bands Association and Brass Bands England. In addition to performing a number of concerts and marches in the Tameside area, the band competes in a number of contests each year ... The Training Band is open to anyone 6 years or older who wants to learn to play a brass instrument. We welcome both children and adults of any age (it’s never too late!) - from absolute beginners to people who have enjoyed playing music in the past and would love to get back into it but are unsure how to take the first step.‘


+ Denton Brass Band
VISITS (to the Website)45
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)149
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A traditional amateur English Pennine village brass band consisting of 25 players, 2 percussionists and a conductor. Diggle Band’s revival has been remarkable. From reforming in 1996, the band has risen from a first place in the 4th section in their first ever appearance at the NW championship in 2000, up through the 3rd, 2nd and 1st section - qualifying a total of three times for the National finals, crowned National champions once (3rd section) - to gaining promotion to the Championship section in 2015. The band regularly performs music from a wide repertoire in concerts both locally and nationally and also takes part in a number of brass band competitions each year.’


+ Diggle Band
VISITS (to the Website)63
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)142

Dobcross Silver Band is a world famous Brass Band, established in 1875 and proud to represent the small village community of Dobcross in the Saddleworth area of Oldham ... The Band has enjoyed success at the highest level of brass banding regularly throughout its history and performs in contests and concerts throughout the year, both around the Saddleworth area and also more widely. In addition to local contests and concerts, the Silver Band have a number of traditional engagements such as those at Durham Miners Gala, Manchester Cathedral, Shaw Playhouse and Whitsuntide/Remembrance event participation.’


+ Dobcross Silver Band
VISITS (to the Website)91
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)199

‘A brass band of committed players aged between 9 and 18 years old from the Pennine village of Dobcross in Saddleworth in the north of England. Formed in 1988 with a few village children it has now grown into a thriving organisation playing 30 to 40 engagements each year comprising of fundraising, contesting, social outings and supporting charities. The Band aims to provide an environment where children and young people, irrespective of ability or background, can learn to play a brass instrument, improve their musical skills, perform successfully as a band and develop an understanding of discipline, self respect and teamwork. We have lost count of the number of players who started with the band and then moved on to other higher graded bands. Many championship band players started their life with the Dobcross Youth Band.’ ALERT Website Link changed to Facebook Link at Review.

+ Dobcross Youth Band
VISITS (to the Website)108
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)189

‘Based in Manchester, performing all over North West England, and beyond ... A versatile choir able to provide a full concert of music ranging from the 15th Century to the present day, from the serious and sacred to light and upbeat, and from the sublime to the (occasionally) ridiculous. We are particularly well suited to small or medium sized churches, to National Trust or similar properties, and to local arts venues. Many of the people for whom we perform are involved in raising funds for a local charity. Whilst we do need to charge a fee (or share the takings) to cover our running costs, these are not excessive. Even an audience of only 50 – 75 should enable a reasonable sum to be raised for a charitable cause.’


Category Chamber Choirs
+ Duodecimo
VISITS (to the Website)46
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)135
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Band regularly performs on the concert stage with biannual concerts at the Eccles Town Hall a particular highlight as well as a busy festive season in the Salford area and further afield. The band rehearse in its own band room in the heart of Eccles and has done so as far back as 1920 with current members having travelled from as far afield as Singapore, Ireland, France, the USA, Scotland, Australia, Wales, and even Yorkshire to play with Eccles’ finest!’


+ Eccles Borough Band
VISITS (to the Website)50
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)182

'Founded in 1937 by a group of employees at the Fairey Aviation Works in Stockport, the Band achieved many musical successes under the brilliant direction of Harry Mortimer, their Musical Director for over thirty years. Since those early days, the Band has been 16 times British Open Champions and National Champions of Great Britain on 9 occasions. Winners of the BBC "Best of Brass" and Granada "Band of the Year" titles add further touches of distinction to this famous Band.'

+ Fairey Band
VISITS (to the Website)218
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)356
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A thriving Brass Band based in the North West of England, more specifically in the Wigan / Warrington areas. We are a competitive Band who take part in contests throughout the North West of England and surrounding areas. We are also available for private performances and public concerts to suit many different tastes and requirements. The band is comprised of a refreshing mix of personalities, ages and backgrounds. As a band, we are well known for having consistently good attendances and a professional attitude. We also have an excellent social side and a great atmosphere within our group. As always, our priority is to enjoy making music and helping those around us to further their skills.‘

+ Golborne Brass Band
VISITS (to the Website)86
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)174
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Gorton Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester (UK), an amateur symphony orchestra, was formed by the Gorton Philharmonic Society in 1854, three years before Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra. It presents Subscription Concerts at various venues ... and the orchestra now has a regular venue at Gorton Monastery for concerts in December and July each year. These are popular concerts and usually sell-out well before the concert date.’


Category Manchester
+ Gorton Philharmonic Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)101
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)146
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The infamous Whit Friday contest is quite literally on our doorstep and we have had notable success in all sorts of competitions over the years. We have a large concert repertoire for any occasion including: weddings, garden parties and as a marching band for processions etc. We also promote our own seasonal concerts throughout the year which are proving increasingly popular. As a sideline a group of players from the main band also perform in an all singing, all dancing bavarian outfit available to hire.'


+ Greenfield Band
VISITS (to the Website)154
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)417

‘Our Mission is to: * Produce an ambitious and wide-ranging programme of work both on and off the concert platform developing new audiences for the Hallé’s work as well as continuing to appeal to loyal long-term supporters; * Act as a cultural ambassador for Manchester; * Provide a comprehensive education and outreach programme firmly embedded in the Hallé’s core work to reach young people and other groups who may not otherwise have ready access to high quality musical experiences.’


+ Hallé Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)242
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)193
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals
MULTIPLE Concerts and Recitals

'Hallé Youth Orchestra membership is for outstanding young musicians aged 13 to 19 years and of Associated Board grade 8 standard or equivalent, who love orchestral music and the buzz of contributing to a large orchestra. Full members take part in rehearsals and concerts during term-time and in other training activities including residential courses and tours ... Membership is free, however all members will be requested to make a voluntary donation to the Hallé as a contribution towards the core costs of maintaining the orchestra. Members are also expected to contribute towards the cost of residential courses and tours where appropriate.'


+ Hallé Youth Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)263
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)245

‘We are an enthusiastic amateur orchestra based in Hazel Grove, Stockport. We play music which is fun to play, approachable and enjoyable to listen to ... We give three concerts a year ... and these are always very well attended ... We always have vacancies for experienced and enthusiastic musicians, so if you enjoy playing beautiful music in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, then come and join us.’

+ Hazel Grove Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)90
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)191
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Formed in 1975, The Houghton Weavers made their television debut in the BBC's talent show "We'll Call You". So successful were they that, within a couple of months they were given their own show "Sit Thi Deawn" which continued for six series over seven years and had the highest viewing figures for any regional T.V. programme ... The Houghton Weavers guarantee a wonderful evening of song and humour. Their experience in the business together with their style and professionalism ensures that, as their motto says, they will always "KEEP FOLK SMILING".’

+ Houghton Weavers
VISITS (to the Website)355
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)259
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are based in Hazel Grove, Stockport and have an average membership of around forty ladies of various ages and from all walks of life. We sing a wide and varied repertoire including art songs, folk songs, madrigals, modern musicals, gospel and other sacred and secular music. The Ladybrook Singers enjoy performing in concerts and festivals. We have had many successes over the years attaining first place at several music festivals throughout the UK.‘

Category Stockport
+ Ladybrook Singers
VISITS (to the Website)88
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)168
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘One of the North West’s leading amateur orchestras. It has a strong core of talented string players which is supplemented with woodwind, brass and percussion players, as needed. The orchestra performs its own concerts about three times a year ... It also teams up with some of the region’s top choral societies to perform the great classical choral works ...’


+ Lancashire Chamber Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)136
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)449

"Up in the Forest of Rossendale, between Deerplay Moor and the wild hill called Swinshaw, there is a little lone valley, a green cup in the mountains, called Dean. The inhabitants of this valley are so notable for their love of music that they are known all through the vales of Rossendale as Th` Deighn Layrocks, or The Larks of Dean."

+ Larks of Dean Quire
VISITS (to the Website)130
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)293

‘We are a vibrant, friendly and outgoing Third Section brass band and are based near the centre of Littleborough in Lancashire. We perform contests and concerts throughout the year and are available for bookings for all occasions.’


+ Littleborough Brass Band
VISITS (to the Website)25
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)63

‘Come and be part of a truly uplifting community experience! Everyone is welcome to join – young, youngish and not so young. Don’t be shy, there are no auditions, there’s no need to read music, just bring yourself and a bottle of water (it can be thirsty work!).’


Category Community Choirs
+ Longford Community Choir
VISITS (to the Website)60
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)190

‘An intermediate string group suitable for adult returners and players not quite ready to join a full orchestra.’

Category String Ensembles
+ Lowry String Group
VISITS (to the Website)194
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)311

Founded 1963: ‘We are a group of enthusiastic performers who enjoy acting, singing and dancing. We stage a pantomime every year at the Lowton Civic Hall, usually in November, and a yearly musical show or Play in the Summer ... Along with rehearsing and staging shows, we also arrange social events, fund raising activities for the society, prepare and create our own scenery and costumes, organise and attend drama workshops etc. We also have a Junior section for Children aged 7 to 15’.

+ Lowton Operatic and Dramatic Society
VISITS (to the Website)121
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)363

‘Founded in 1932. Currently based in Stockport the choir performs 3 concerts a year and, despite the name, these include a wide variety of music ... The Manchester Bach Choir welcomes everyone, who has an interest in and experience of singing. We perform to a high standard and have a friendly but hardworking atmosphere. Although the ability to sight-read music is not essential, it can be very helpful.‘

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Manchester Bach Choir
VISITS (to the Website)36
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)128

The Beethoven Society was founded in 1888 and has met without a break since then. The Society gives classical music concerts in aid of both local and national charities. We do not purely perform works by Beethoven; rather the name is kept as a tribute to the long and illustrious history of the orchestra. We are a group of musicians dedicated to playing good music, enjoying ourselves, and helping to raise money for charities at the same time.’


+ Manchester Beethoven Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)107
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)302

‘Collaborating with some of the world’s most exceptional artists, Manchester Camerata is always looking to create immersive experiences that bring audiences and participants even closer to the music. Wherever there’s sound to be found, you might find the orchestra between Beethoven and The Beatles, the concert hall or even the car park ... We are nimble and exciting ... Whether we perform to 3,000 people at The Bridgewater Hall or create and share experiences through music to a group of dementia patients and their carers, we use the inspirational power of live music to make a profound change to people's lives.’


+ Manchester Camerata
VISITS (to the Website)229
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)216
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘One of the UK’s most versatile and accomplished vocal ensembles. Formed in 2002, its repertoire encompasses over five hundred years of music both sacred and secular, from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries. The choir is at the very forefront of Manchester’s vibrant music scene, and it prides itself on the breadth and diversity of its repertoire and the professionalism of its performances ... The Choir is a flexible ensemble whose numbers vary according to the requirements of the music: typically 35 singers. There is no regular rehearsal night – instead, there are usually four or five rehearsals just before a concert. All music is provided.‘


Category Chamber Choirs
+ Manchester Chamber Choir
VISITS (to the Website)8
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)17
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Manchester Chorale was founded and funded by the BBC in 1979, but since the late 1980s has been totally independent ... If you are looking for a choir to book or indeed a choir to join, you will be impressed with the Manchester Chorale' s musicianship, performance skills and versatility. The Chorale is a down-to-earth, friendly choir which enjoys singing in a variety of styles.‘


Category Chamber Choirs
+ Manchester Chorale
VISITS (to the Website)77
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)131
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Established 1999: ‘We have around 100 members ... We sing unaccompanied, usually in four part harmony. Our repertoire includes songs from all parts of the world, both modern and traditional. We perform regularly at events in and around this great city ... We also travel further afield ... While we are essentially apolitical, the choir has a commitment to issues relevant to the local and national community, which are concerned with equality, humanity and respect and celebrate the rich diversity of life in and around our communities’.


Category Manchester
+ Manchester Community Choir
VISITS (to the Website)93
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)203

‘In 1876, Joe and Jim Waterhouse and four of their friends purchased a one key flute and a drum, founding the Middleton Perseverance Drum and Pipe Band. The first outings by the band were to local pubs where they played in exchange for ale or lemonade (some of its members were not of drinking age). This earned the band the nickname “The Pop and Ale Boys” ... By 2000, the Middleton Band had formed a successful youth band, continuing the tradition of pop and ale ... By the time the band celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2002, the thriving youth band had provided the senior band with many of its players ... The band’s motif is the Middleton Archer. Bowmen from the area fought at the Battle of Flodden under Sir Richard Assheton, who in 1524 enlarged the Norman church of St Leonard’s, which stands in the heart of Middleton. The Band enjoys wide support from the people of Middleton, and regularly gives public and private concerts as well as leading processions through the town.‘


+ Middleton Band
VISITS (to the Website)49
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)146
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Multi-award winning Band: ‘One of the finest brass bands in North West England, based in Lancashire and has a proud history.The band’s roots trace back to 1869, when they formed as the St. Stephen's Band.’

+ Milnrow Brass Band
VISITS (to the Website)142
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)311
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘An Eccles, Monton based choir. We are available to sing at weddings, charity events or any other occasion ... New members are always welcome – No auditions required; just enthusiasm and commitment to weekly rehearsals. If you enjoy singing and would like to join please come along to a rehearsal or contact the secretary.’

Category Salford
+ Monton Voices Community Choir
VISITS (to the Website)49
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)166

'Award winning productions, a welcoming cast, and a lively atmosphere. What more could you want from your local theatre group? Based in Bolton, Lancashire, we are always looking for new members and would love to hear from you. Whether you’d like to perform centre-stage, or prefer to operate behind-the-scenes, you will find a warm welcome at New Rosemere. Unlike some societies, our cast don’t subsidise the cost of our shows, so our "subs" are some of the cheapest in Bolton.'

+ New Rosemere
VISITS (to the Website)12
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)38

Founded 1985: ‘A chamber orchestra of both professional and amateur musicians, predominately string players, specialising in music from the Baroque and early Classical eras ... It gives two concerts per year in the Rochdale area. The members work with regular and guest conductors, as well as soloists and woodwind/brass players’.


Category String Ensembles
+ Northern Baroque Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)57
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)154

Well-established competing Band with a range of events throughout the year: ‘Old Hall Brass have a thriving junior band that welcomes players of all ages and abilities.‘

+ Old Hall Brass
VISITS (to the Website)137
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)239
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Oldham Choral Society, with about 130 members, is one of the leading amateur choirs in North West England. The repertoire includes most of the major choral works by Bach, Elgar, Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Rossini and many others. The society organises about 4 concerts a year in Oldham, elsewhere in Manchester and further afield ... Membership is open to anyone who wants to sing; we do not hold auditions.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Oldham Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)41
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)72

Founded 1963: ‘The orchestra rehearses weekly throughout the school year and gives concerts three times a year in Oldham, Rochdale and Manchester. The orchestra supports itself almost exclusively through membership subscriptions, a patronage scheme and ticket sales ... These sources of income are unlikely in the long run to sustain the orchestra, as each concert leads to a reduction in our reserves. We are actively seeking sponsorship, which will help us to maintain our aims and improve standards ... The orchestra performs an important function for the community by giving an opportunity for school leavers to continue musical performance into adult life and by providing a platform for young soloists’.

+ Oldham Symphony Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)141
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)309

‘We have been based in Ashton-in-Makerfield in the North West of England since our formation ... Originally formed as a colliery choir, we continue to entertain throughout the country long after the colliery itself at Newton-le-Willows closed in March 1993, happy to represent our heritage and our forefathers and proud to include the word colliery in our name. We regularly attend mining related events, memorial services and dedications including Golborne, Maypole (Abram) and Pretoria (Atherton).’


+ Parkside Colliery Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)185
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)823
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The organisation now has three bands, the Senior Band, a B Band and a thriving youth band that has a membership of around thirty youngsters ... In June 2016 ... the B Band joined the Senior Band in the top 100 bands in the world and in doing so, became England's only such brass band organisation with two bands in the top 100. A fantastic achievement for all involved in the organisation.’ The Forthcoming Events includes concerts performed by visiting Bands in the Pemberton Band Room.

+ Pemberton Old Wigan Brass Bands
VISITS (to the Website)103
Also indexedPemberton Band Room
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)180
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Founded 1983: ‘A mixed voice chamber choir comprising about twenty experienced choral enthusiasts.  We maintain a busy concert schedule, performing regularly in the Saddleworth and Glossop areas as well as further afield. We cover an extensive repertoire from Masses, to Musicals, from the Renaissance to contemporary times, from Purcell to Cole Porter and everything in between and beyond.’

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Pennine Singers [Oldham]
VISITS (to the Website)51
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)103
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Creating and performing contemporary classical music in Manchester and throughout the world ...'


+ Psappha
VISITS (to the Website)271
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)244

‘We welcome players of usual and unusual orchestral instruments of all ages and abilities and seek to provide them with suitable parts to contribute to the whole "RALO sound". So do not hesitate to come along with your guitar or keyboard ...... there will be something significant for you to play.’

Category Light Orchestras
+ Rochdale Amateur Light Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)121
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)348

‘Formed in 1989, Rochdale Retirement Choir was a part of Rochdale MBC Music Service for 25 years. From January 2017 it became independent ... The choir sing a wide range of light classics, carols and fun arrangements of well-known songs in four part harmony and regularly perform at charity and educational events.  Some music is fairly straightforward and some is quite difficult thus catering for all levels of musical ability.’


Category Community Choirs
+ Rochdale Retirement Choir
VISITS (to the Website)60
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)130
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Founded 2000: ‘We are a group of singers who perform mainly a cappella sacred and secular music from the 16th to the 21st centuries ... We have given concerts in many locations in the area, including Ashley, Arley, and Chelford, and further afield in the Fylde Peninsula, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cartmel Priory’.

+ Romulus Singers
VISITS (to the Website)153
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)243
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Concerts are performed locally as well as further afield. The Choir presents its own concerts twice yearly at Saddleworth (Uppermill) Civic Hall featuring a variety of guest artists with leading soloists, folk groups and brass bands, including some “household names”. Also, and possibly uniquely for a male voice choir, there is an annual performance of Handel's Messiah each December at the Civic Hall, with the men being joined by an augmented chorus of ladies, plus professional soloists and orchestra.’

+ Saddleworth Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)63
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)141
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘If you have not played in a while and fancy getting into practise why not give us a try? We are a friendly band with a vibrant social side and a good mix of concerts and contests throughout the year including Butlins Contest, Durham Gala, Whit Friday marches as well as high profile jobs within the local area ... Our full band is available for concerts, weddings, fetes, special occasions and parades. We also can provide smaller ensenbles to suit every occasion. We also have an Oompah Band to get any party buzzing. The main band play a wide ranging repertoire including marches, overtures, swing, pop and brass band classics. We have something for everyone.‘


Category Sale
+ Sale Brass Band
VISITS (to the Website)149
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)386

‘Formed in April 1978 by the late John Walker-Jones, assistant principal viola in the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. It draws members from all over Greater Manchester and the North West and always welcomes new players.’

+ Sale Chamber Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)143
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)322
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A mixed choir of around 70 members. The repertoire is largely traditional choral works. The Society performs four major concerts a year, in addition to others for charity ... We recognise that performing together is as important as producing a great sound. We require no audition; we want to enable people of any ability to enjoy being in a choir. Some of our members have been in the choir for many years, but there's always room for more.‘

Category Choral Societies
+ Sale Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)62
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)192

'Has been in existence since the 1950s, when it met in the former Air Raid Wardens' Club in Sale. Though still retaining the original name, it is Trafford's only traditional male voice choir, aiming to recruit and perform throughout the Borough and in neighbouring Manchester and Cheshire. The Choir, about 24 strong, sings a wide repertoire from classics to "pop" and including madrigals, musicals, folk songs, hymns, opera choruses and film music. The members come from all walks of life and have a wide variety of previous experience. They are not stuffy about their musical knowledge, nor any lack of it! They aim to enjoy singing, to entertain audiences and to do good in the community.'

+ Sale Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)150
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)416
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Founded in 1947 at the instigation of Salford City Council officials to promote the revitalisation of culture following WW2, SCS now undertakes a range of repetoire from Baroque to 21st century, performing five concerts a year at venues in Salford & Manchester including the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), University of Salford's Peel Hall, Salford Cathedral and the Bridgewater Hall.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Salford Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)241
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)347
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are a mixed choir of around 30 members who sing anything from Handel to Lloyd Webber We can be booked for any occasion ... We recently decided to change our name to “Salford Royal Choir” to reflect the new Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust image. Legally this is not possible (we can’t use the word ‘Royal’), so, legally, we will still be known as “Salford Hospital Choir”, but locally, for concert purposes, “Salford Royal Choir”.’


Category Community Choirs
+ Salford Royal Choir
VISITS (to the Website)70
Also indexedSalford Hospital Choir
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)219

‘Formed in 1991, the choir has had remarkable success not just as a vehicle for raising money for St Ann’s Hospice but as a choir which brings together over 150 people ... Due to our commitment to perform a high standard of disciplined singing, the Choir has had the opportunity to perform with the BBC Philharmonic and Hallé Orchestras.’ The Hospice ‘help people from across Greater Manchester who are over the age of 18 and affected by life-limiting illnesses, and we support their loved ones and carers too‘.

Category Community Choirs
+ St Ann’s Hospice Festival Choir
VISITS (to the Website)66
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)140

‘The Oldest Brass Band in the world! ... Founded in 1809, and has a long and very successful tradition in the local area and beyond. The band is based in the town of Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, England.’


+ Stalybridge Old Band
VISITS (to the Website)103
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)264

Formed in 1978: 'A fully inclusive band with opportunities for players of all standards and ambitions'.

+ Stockport Schools' Brass Band
VISITS (to the Website)139
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)349
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Formed in 1975 as The New Orchestra of Manchester ... In 1978 the orchestra accepted the offer by Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council of a permanent home in the Edwardian splendour of the Town Hall ... The orchestra performs eight concerts each season at the Town Hall and also appears elsewhere during the year.'


+ Stockport Symphony Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)132
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)282
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are a group of ukulele enthusiasts who gather to sing and play together ... From 7 to 8pm is a Beginners/Easy Song session, then from 8 to 9pm we have an Improvers session where we may work on new songs or to improve existing ones. What happens after 9pm will depend on who remains after the break ... We are predominantly a wooden ukulele club, although we welcome banjo-ukes as long as they are sensitively played. Sorry but we cannot accommodate other instruments ... We play mainly for our own entertainment but we are available for bookings and we will consider charitable events.‘


+ Stockport Ukulele Players
VISITS (to the Website)55
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)136

‘Since it was set up in 1956 Stockport Youth Orchestra has gained an enviable reputation - not only for quality concerts, but also for the range of opportunities and orchestral training it provides for young people. It is now acknowledged as one of the leading amateur orchestras in the region. There are two complete symphony orchestras to cater for players of differing standards ... Advanced players are also encouraged to perform solo items with the orchestras in our series of concerts.’

+ Stockport Youth Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)86
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)128

Originally the 'Trafford Light Orchestra': 'The Light Orchestra performs numerous concerts each year. Our programmes are suitable for the whole family and typically includes popular light orchestral music and favourites from the stage and screen. We've also performed children's concerts with soundtracks from Mary Poppins and Frozen; plus Proms Night concerts with Pomp and Circumstance and Jerusalem.'

Category Light Orchestras
+ The Light Orchestra G.B.
VISITS (to the Website)111
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)201
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Bringing a refreshing approach to choral music, we are a friendly mixed voice choir based in Stockport with over 100 years of history ... The Maia Singers is a very adaptable choir and has performed at corporate events, charity concerts and weddings. We can provide a well balanced choir from 12 to 50 singers and we have a very wide repertoire of music, from classical, sacred, easy listening to modern ... We are particularly eager to involve young singers in our activities and we may be able to offer free membership to suitable members. Prospective new members will be asked to attend an audition with our Musical Director.’

Category Community Choirs
+ The Maia Singers
VISITS (to the Website)63
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)109
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We are an award winning mixed voice contemporary choir, formed in 2010, singing pop and jazz songs in unaccompanied “a cappella” style. All our songs are performed in entertaining 5 part arrangements. You won’t hear anything like them anywhere else!'

+ The Monday Mondays
VISITS (to the Website)194
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)402
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Manchester’s male voice singing sensation ... We describe ourselves as an inclusive choir - while many of our members would identify as gay, we want male voices of any sexual orientation or gender identity to come and join us. We are laid back and work to ensure our rehearsals are both relaxed and that we all see an improvement in what we do each week. Our rehearsals are challenging, but that doesn't mean you have to read music. If you are prepared to work hard and learn you will find over a few months you will gain the benefits from being involved and committed.’


Category LGBT Choirs
+ The Sunday Boys
VISITS (to the Website)41
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)77
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are a friendly Society of all ages and warmly welcome anyone interested in becoming a member. We perform one operetta in May and a series of concerts in the Autumn.’ The Society was formed in 1968, taking the name ‘Leigh, Atherton and Tyldesley Amateur Operatic Society’ - because those were the three towns from which the majority of the first members came. In 1969 the Society changed to its current advertised name: The Three Towns Operatic Society.

+ Three Towns Operatic Society
VISITS (to the Website)150
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)125

‘The Manchester University Choral Programme is made up of Manchester University Chorus, Ad Solem, and the Cosmo Singers ... They perform in concerts in Manchester and further afield throughout the year. While Ad Solem and Cosmo Singers are auditioned ensembles made up of music students, the University Chorus is not auditioned and includes both students and non-students of all ages.’


Category Manchester
+ University of Manchester Choral Programme
VISITS (to the Website)124
Also indexedManchester University Chorus | Ad Solem | Cosmo Singers
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)189

‘Formed in 1940 when most church choirs were depleted by the absence of their young men away in the Forces and several church choirs from Urmston joined together to perform “The Messiah”. Following this the performers decided to make their singing more permanent and in January 1941 the Choral Society was established. Its first performance, “Elijah”, took place that May ... The Choir has grown greatly in strength and now comprises over 60 soprano, alto, tenor and bass members who sing a wide variety of music ranging from sacred, classical, traditional and even pop!’

Category Choral Societies
+ Urmston Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)71
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)729

'A community wind band based in Romiley, near Stockport, England. We play regularly at a range of venues across Greater Manchester and northwest England, plus undertaking frequent foreign tours. Our repertoire ranges from arrangements of classical music, wind and military band music, selections from films and musicals, to the light and popular. We have also commissioned pieces specially for the band. We rehearse weekly and accept players of reasonable ability ... The Werneth Swing Band consists of a standard swing/big band line-up, made up of alto, tenor baritone saxophones, trumpets, trombones and a rhythm section comprising of rhythm and bass guitar, keyboard and drum kit.’


+ Werneth Concert Band
VISITS (to the Website)106
Also indexedWerneth Swing Band
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)326
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Has been performing music and light entertainment since it started life as Hindley and District Amateur Operatic Society in 1948. We always welcome new members and help is needed not just on stage but with the technical crew. If your talent lies in singing, acting, dancing, painting, joinery, sound or lighting please make yourself known to us.’

+ Wigan Musical Theatre Group
VISITS (to the Website)84
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)763

‘Founded in 1970 by John Coope, the Byrds set a standard for the relatively new phenomenon of semi-professional chamber choirs, bringing cathedral-choir quality to the concert platform and reviving glorious renaissance pieces as well as giving premieres of newly-commissioned contemporary works ... From time to time we have room for new singers - membership of the choir is subject to audition ... We are an, excellent, and above all, friendly choir with a long-standing reputation. Do join us, as performer or audience. We look forward to meeting you!’

Category Chamber Choirs
+ William Byrd Singers
VISITS (to the Website)111
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)156

‘Based in the village of Westhoughton, in Bolton, Lancashire. Wingates Band was formed in 1873 by the members of the Bible Class of Wingates Independent Methodist Church in Westhoughton, in response to a challenge thrown down by the members of the Westhoughton Old Band, which had existed since 1858, to develop brass band music in the region. In 1910 almost half the band's members and senior committee personnel were lost in the Pretoria pit disaster, one of the worst in British mining history which claimed the lives of 344 men and boys, numbering cornet players, trombone players and horn players from Wingates Band. Since the 1900s Wingates has been regarded as one of the elite bands in Britain and by many as amongst the very best bands during the life of the band movement.’

+ Wingates Band
VISITS (to the Website)94
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)180

Hold series of ‘Tuesday Lunchtime Concerts’ and ‘Saturday Morning Organ Recitals’.


Category Churches
@ Bolton Parish Church
VISITS (to the Website)200
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)380

'Manchester's international concert venue, built to give the best possible space for music. The Hall hosts over 250 performances a year including classical music, rock, pop, jazz, world music and much more. The Hall is home to three resident orchestras: the Hallé, the BBC Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata. The Hall also programmes its own classical music season, the International Concert Series. The Hall works with a range of promoters and charity hirers on other programming.’


@ Bridgewater Hall
VISITS (to the Website)117
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)199
MULTIPLE Concerts and Recitals

‘As Manchester’s two premier venues for live theatre, we are proud to be able to bring you a wide range of top-quality productions that reflect the diversity of taste in our audience.’


@ Palace Theatre & Opera House Manchester
VISITS (to the Website)73
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)133

'Music plays a large part in the life of St Ann's Church. Concerts and recitals are frequent events and we have regular performances of chamber music and piano recitals by students of the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) ... The organ, which dates from 1730, was originally on the West Gallery. It has grown over the years and is now a fine instrument with 54 speaking stops on which recitals are given every week. It was rebuilt by George Sixsmith & Co of Mossley in 1996.'


@ St Ann's Manchester
VISITS (to the Website)338
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)360
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Manchester's new space for music and performance, offering a flawless acoustic in an intimate, 482-seat hall ... Chetham’s has long identified the need for a high quality performance space, suited to the outstanding musical talent of its students. Furthermore, the city of Manchester – whilst well endowed with music venues, ranging from the classical elegance of The Bridgewater Hall to the vibrant energy of Band on the Wall – lacked a space designed for chamber music, combining the intimacy of a small venue with impressive visual and acoustic design.‘


@ Stoller Hall
VISITS (to the Website)132
Also indexedChetham’s
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)136
MULTIPLE Concerts and Recitals

‘Situated on the waterside at the heart of The Quays, The Lowry is a stunning, award winning building housing two vibrant theatres, a studio space, relaxing art galleries, cafés, bars, a restaurant and souvenir gift shop. With a huge variety of performances, The Lowry's Lyric and Quays Theatres offer a wealth of fabulous entertainment, including West End musicals, the very best in drama, live bands, famous comedians, plus world class dance and opera.’

@ The Lowry
VISITS (to the Website)109
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)354

'Friends of the Whitworth present a series of free Sunday Concerts that are open to all. At 3pm on selected Sunday afternoons, students from the Royal Northern College of Music perform in the New Arrivals exhibition gallery, overlooking Whitworth Park. Past concerts have included classical flamenco guitar to contemporary flute. There really is something for all tastes and ages. Each concert will last around 45 minutes, and you can feel free to drop in and out.'


@ Whitworth Art Gallery
VISITS (to the Website)121
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)291
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

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