Monday, April 6, 2020
Music Matters

The Dementia Cafe, on the second and fourth Friday of every month, very quickly became an important part of Willow Wood’s Dementia service, and is always extremely well attended.

Both those living with Dementia and their carers find it a huge support, not only from our wonderful team of Nic, Sandra, Emma and volunteers Eric and Pam, but from each other. As carer Kath said, “If I’m up in the middle of the night and struggling to cope, I’ll put a message out on our What’s App group. It’s almost inevitable that someone else will be in the same situation and we’ll end up laughing together. It’s a great support to know you’re not alone”.

Every cafe has a theme, or a special guest, and on Friday 13 September, volunteer Pam arranged for the Manchester Camerata to visit. The orchestra, themselves a charity, have their own ground-breaking Dementia programme ‘Music In Mind’, and really connected with the group.
Playing the clarinet, flute and cello, Lynne, Aine and Nancy played a number of tunes which soon had the audience singing along, while Heather distributed tambourines, finger cymbals, bells and more to encourage audience participation in the music-making. It finished with a song, jointly written by the group and audience.

The next Dementia Café is on Friday 27 September between 1-3pm. If you or a loved one is living with Dementia you’ll be very welcome; just drop in, there’s no need to book.


Two doctors who met through a shared love of music will join their medical colleagues for a special concert in Manchester.
Rohan Shotton (Pictured) and partner Sophie Kreppel are members of the European Doctors’ Orchestra which plays the Bridgewater Hall on Sunday October 20 (7.30pm).

The concert is in aid of St Ann’s Hospice where Rohan was once on work experience as a sixth former at William Hulme Grammar School before attending medical school.

Finding time to practice is far from easy for them both because of the nature of their work.

Rohan is Oncology Registrar at cancer treatment centre The Christie, and Sophie is Intensive Care Registrar at Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport.
Their schedule often prevents them from joining fellow doctors at the twice-yearly concerts.
Rohan, from Altrincham, said: “I used to push the tea trolley at St Ann’s in Heald Green and that taught me a lot about what a hospice can do for people, values which still apply today.

“St Ann’s is now enormously helpful to me professionally through my work at The Christie. We refer patients there and the two organisations are often in contact exchanging details on patient support.”
Rohan is chief percussionist with the orchestra and has performed in Essen, Rotterdam, Ljubljana and Budapest where he met Sophie, a double bass player.

Tickets for the St Ann’s concert are £22.50, including booking fee, and are available from The Bridgewater Hall (

The concert, featuring the St George’s Singers, is a dramatic and epic celebration of the human spirit. Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man will be followed by Brahms’ Song of Destiny and Symphony No. 7 Leningrad by Shostakovich.

Musicians each pay £180 to play at a concert, covering costs of a professional conductor and venue hire. It means all monies from ticket sales go directly to charities supported.

Anyone willing to sponsor the St Ann’s concert can contact Clare Henderson at the charity. (Tel: 0161 498 3631 or email

The sound of classical music filled St Ann’s Hospice as patients and staff were treated to a live concert recital.

Representatives from the European Doctors’ Orchestra were providing a taste of what to expect when it performs at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, on Sunday, October 20 (7.30pm).

Their surprise visit to the day care centre at Heald Green promoted the orchestra’s autumn concert which will raise funds for St Ann’s.
Patient Brian Hughes said: “After listening to just a few members of the orchestra here, I’m sure it’ll be a fantastic concert. They’re brilliant musicians and it’s wonderful that doctors from across Europe are coming to Manchester to support patients like me.”

The hospice’s Creative Therapist Ruth Labrow said: “Music unites people and is important therapy for our patients. It’s something everyone can enjoy and as expected the orchestra were extremely popular. The music was evocative, relaxing and helps patients reminisce.”
Bassoonist Kevin O’Sullivan, from Wilmslow, added: “We were overwhelmed by the reception we got at St Ann’s and are thrilled that the entire proceeds from October’s concert in The Bridgewater Hall will go towards enabling the hospice to continue their wonderful work.”

The visiting ensemble also comprised: Huw Purssell (cello); Angelika Wieck and Elaine da Costa (violin); Jenny Merren (viola) and Alfred Pollard (oboe).

Tickets for the concert priced £22.50, including booking fee, are available from The Bridgewater Hall (

The concert, celebrating the human spirit, opens with Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, followed by Brahms’ Song of Destiny and Symphony No. 7 Leningrad by Shostakovich. The orchestra will be accompanied by the St George’s Singers.
The orchestra is made up of European medics who voluntarily use their spare time to perform charity concerts at different Europe-wide locations twice a year.

The worlds of music and medicine will combine for a glittering charity concert at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on Sunday, October 20 (7.30pm).

The occasion will bring back happy memories for Dr Huw Purssell who plays the cello in the acclaimed European Doctors’ Orchestra.

The concert is raising funds for St Ann’s Hospice where Huw was on placement several years ago during studies at medical school.

The orchestra is made up of European medics who voluntarily use what little spare time they have performing charity concerts at different Europe-wide locations twice a year.

Huw, from Heaton Mersey, said: “Music is a way of relaxing in any career but certainly with the pressures of the medical profession. A lot of doctors want to play in the orchestra but because we’re all so busy we can’t attend every concert.

“We rehearse intensively for three days and then perform on Sundays. I’m really looking forward to the concert in Manchester. It is an epic programme in a fantastic hall for an incredible cause.

“I spent four weeks at St Ann’s in Little Hulton and it’s a lovely place and I could see the important work they do. Since then I’ve had a lot of dealings with St Ann’s through patients with palliative diagnoses at the hospitals in Salford and Wigan where I’ve worked.”

Huw, who has played the cello since the age of eight, currently works as a Gastroenterology Registrar at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and moves to the Royal Oldham Hospital in September.

Tickets priced £22.50, including booking fee, are available from The Bridgewater Hall (

The concert, celebrating the human spirit, opens with Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, followed by Brahms’ Song of Destiny and Symphony No. 7 “Leningrad” by Shostakovich. The orchestra will be accompanied by the St George’s Singers.

Organisers are looking for sponsors to cover venue hire costs so that all ticket monies go directly to the hospice.
Sponsorship inquiries should be made to Clare Henderson at St Ann’s. (Tel: 0161 498 3631 or email

On the same day that the iconic recording artist, Madonna put on a ‘less than convincing, sometimes off-key performance’ at the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel, music students from Hyde Community College, stole the show at the recent ‘Meet the Market’ event in the Cheshire town of Hyde.

The young students performed songs and music across many differing musical genre, to the obvious delight of weekend shoppers.

Town Team event organiser, Harvey Beeley said, “All you have to do is listen to the music being made by these college students to realise that their musicianship and musical talent is extremely high and we are really lucky and grateful that they were able to perform to the crowd today.”

Earlier this year, Hyde Community College launched their own record label ‘Hyde CC Records’ and is now giving bands, musicians and vocalists a professional and accessible place to lay down their tracks and record and release music.

Head of Music at Hyde Community College, Mr Stephen Anthony said: “Everything is set-up ready for bands, soloists and vocalists to lay down tracks, and make a record and we can accommodate anything from solo acoustic to full rock bands. We want our students to be able to come in here and feel comfortable.

One of the first bands to take advantage of this facility was the alt-rock ‘New revolution’ who are now on track to release their very first debut EP.

Having achieved limited exposure before hand, since, the band from Hyde Community College has suddenly found themselves with hordes of new fans after their songs and clips of their performances were featured on YouTube.


For many businesses, new start-up companies and organisations, getting face-to-face with customers and decision-makers is sometimes a major challenge.

This was recognised by Hyde Town Team volunteers last year, when they introduced this new promotion into their event calendar. Based on the success of that inaugural event, last Saturday saw Hyde’s Market square host hundreds of new shoppers and visitors, who interacted with all the participating businesses, non-profit organizations and community groups; once again offering a unique opportunity for those enterprising businesses to ‘get outside’ and present their products and services to Hyde’s Saturday shoppers from open air, pre-booked, Town Team subsidized, Market Stalls and Gazebo’s.

Speaking to Cllr Denise Ward, The Worshipful the Civic Mayor of Tameside, who officially visited the show, Town Team members give details why they had decided to entirely fund the day for both new and regular stall holders on the day and explained the purpose behind ‘Meet the Market Day’ which was to enable shoppers and visitors to connect and talk directly with local Hyde businesses who had set up specifically to ‘get up close and personal’ with their customers; so that they could get to know exactly what they’re about, introduce their new offerings and services, and for shoppers to learn who they are buying from.

Visitors to Hyde’s ‘Meet The Market Day’ event saw demonstrations and presentations, and were invited to participate in ‘free tastings’, find out more about new and established retailers, market traders, organizations and community groups, and introduced to new upcoming offers and enter competitions, – oh, and there was more than a little sprinkling of ‘Live’ Musical Entertainment’ added to the occasion by some very talented Music students from Hyde Community College, who certainly helped to create a very warm, happy atmosphere that swilled the already higher than average visitor numbers.

Hyde Town Team Chair, Julia Harrison said, “The introduction of this new event last year was to demonstrate Hyde Town Team’s continued collaboration with the town’s retailers, and again, this year we were delighted to see many new and existing businesses and organisations that operate within the Hyde Community, exhibiting on the day.”

She continued, “After many ‘transformations’ over the years, geographically, Hyde Market still remains at the heart of the town. And despite all the changes it has been subject to over the years, it’s the people of Hyde themselves whose unfailing loyalty to the town makes it vital that Hyde Market should try to regain the local importance it once enjoyed. And hopefully with events like today; and with the towns retailers’ continuing to play their part in attempting to keep the market prosperous; especially in the face of today’s retail technology and with online shopping continuing to rise, we can go some way to achieving that goal!”

Speaking with Ellie, who runs ‘Flowers from Ellie, in Hyde’s Indoor Market, she said, “Interacting with customers by email and social media is fine; it certainly has its place, but talking to a customer face-to-face makes it so much easier to encourage them to buy and this event for me has been a great opportunity to shine as a business owner and turn casual shoppers’ into loyal customers.”


Another newcomer to the ‘Meet the Market’ event, added, “By combining shoppers loyalty with businesses, generously sponsored by dedicated volunteers who organise these town centre events, shows a shared commitment to sustaining and energising Hyde as a traditional market town.”

Rounding up, Julia said, “I would like to thank all our participating retailers, the organisations and community groups that have supported us again this year and hope that they will join us again at next year’s ‘Meet the Market’ event.”

Look out for the next Hyde Town Team organized event, when the town Market Square will host ‘The Summer Classic & Vintage Car Show. (JUNE 15th from 10.00am till 3.00pm)




Remember the swinging sixties? Or just love the music? Whichever way, one of our wonderful supporters George Hansford is organising a fantastic show supporting not only Willow Wood, but two other local hospices too!

This coming Friday, the Special Sixties Show will be at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in Oldham.  It’s a great line-up, with The Merseybeats, famous for songs such as the million selling “I Think of You”, and “Don’t Turn Around’.  The Fourmost who reached the top ten with “Hello Little Girl” and “A Little Loving” are also appearing and Mike Pender, the original voice of The Searchers, completes the bill.  His voice was the one on maybe their best-known hits, “Needles and Pins” and “Don’t Throw Your Love Away”.

Tina Pringle, community fundraiser said: “It should be a fantastic show, and it’s really good value at just £22 per ticket.

I’d like to thank George for organising this on behalf not just of Willow Wood, but also Springhill and Dr Kershaw’s Hospices who will also benefit from the event.”

So if you’re a sixties fan and fancy reliving a few musical memories tickets can be purchased from, or the Queen Elizabeth Hall box office, 0161 770 4083.

The sweet sound of music is in the air at Hyde Community College now that the school have launched their own record label ‘Hyde CC Records’ and is aiming to provide bands, musicians and vocalists with a professional and accessible place to lay down their tracks and record and release music from their talented students.

Students are able to book recording sessions with Head of Music, Mr Anthony or Mr Garlick and can record & release their own music.

Mr Garlick said: “Everything is set-up ready for bands, soloists and vocalists to make a record and we can do anything from solo acoustic to full rock bands. We want our students to be able to come in here and feel comfortable.

One of the first bands to take advantage of this facility is the alt-rock ‘New revolution’ who plan to release its very first debut EP later this year. But first, they’re giving a taste of the project with a brand-new single, “Lovebird Scumbag” You can listen to the song below:

New Revolution is a young rock band from Hyde Community College, who are currently making a name for themselves in the local area. The band have been together for less than a year but have already started writing, recording and releasing their own music.

With members as young as 12 years old, the band is doing remarkably well! They rehearse every lunchtime in the Music Department and are constantly writing and performing new songs.

The band got the bug for performing and making music following a school concert. Since then the band have competed at a local Battle of the Bands, at the fabulous Pop Cafe in Hyde and represented the school further afield in Manchester too. The band exudes a fantastic energy and passion for music.

The band have taken full advantage of the school’s new record label, Hyde CC Records’ and have started to record and release their own music. The music can be heard by searching ‘New Revolution Hyde Music Department’ on YouTube.

New Revolution are certainly a band to look out for in the future.

“The debut EP builds on the band’s early work”, Mr Garlick said, “which incorporates their raw, energized sound, with streetwise lyrics. Overall, I think they have really come together as musicians and songwriters and are able to get a good mix of everyone’s differing influences into this new record.”

The bands latest releases can be heard on YouTube by searching ‘Hyde CC Records.’

The new studio is proving to be popular in school with students already booking time to record. The label has had a helping hand from industry experts and is now being promoted far and wide on social media. A musician from the band ‘Curse of Lono,’ currently on tour in the USA said: ‘The record label has clearly lit a fire in all those involved. This is exactly the kind of thing that needs supporting, encouraging and nurturing.’

 A very proud Head of Music, Stephen Anthony commented on the emphasis that Hyde Community College puts on encouraging the schools raw musical talent, “We find that students who take-up music, whether it be singing or playing an instrument, teaches them discipline, self-belief, and the importance of hard work. It gives them confidence. As Head of Music, the joy is seeing students play together, or play on a stage. They blossom, and that confidence spills over into every part of their lives.”

“Working with New Revolution has been great,” says Stephen, They’re skilled and competent, I’m sure they will take their songwriting and musicality to the next level.”

Twitter: @hydeccmusic


Children from 2 Tameside primary schools – St. James’, Hattersley, and Stalyhill Infants, Stalybridge – will be joining children from across the North West for an interactive performance of The Princess and the Pea by acclaimed children’s composer Sue Nicholls.

1,000 children, from Reception and Year 1 classes, will be re-telling this timeless story across 2 performances accompanied by live musicians and narrated by Storyteller, Ian Bamford.

The event has been organised by Tameside Music Service and their partners in the Greater Manchester Music Hub.

The event will be held on Thursday 28th February, 2019 10.10 am and 1.15 pm, at The Lighthouse, which can be found at 12 Centenary Park, Coronet Way, Eccles, Salford, Manchester, M50 1RE

The event organiser said “We are delighted by the huge response we have had and this is set to be an exciting event. The children have learnt so much about music and related activities in the build up to the occasion. What a fantastic occasion to celebrate all the pupils hard work by coming together to perform.”


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After consistently strong rating performances in our first two seasons, the only online, daily up-dated website that brings visitors the latest local news, has expanding its regional reach.

Over the relatively short time from its inception in November 2013, Hyde Community Matters has developed from a Hyde centred glossy 24page ‘Community News Magazine’ thorough to December 2014 when we took the project online to become a daily up-dated online community news site, which to date has attracted well over 370,000 visitors, – all eager to read the local news; – and that number is still growing!

Now, in response to a number of requests to cover news and events from our friends in neighbouring towns and villages, we are pleased to announce that we have gently expanded our news coverage to provide a more comprehensive reader service by covering good news, events and achievements from individuals, communities and businesses, from a little further afield – no longer exclusively covering one town, but the whole of Tameside and the surrounding regions, and by doing so, we’re better placed to support our local advertisers growing development needs.

“Of all our current partners we spoke with, Karen Dorney of Hyde’s Paper Tulips understands the success and potential of our in-depth local news coverage; and as the owner of Tameside’s premier craft emporiums and organiser of monthly Artisan Markets, she is uniquely positioned to back our expansion, as it encourages potential customers from much wider areas,”

“While continuing to put our readers at the heart of everything we do; we are committed to continue to cover in-depth local news articles, showcase local events, shout about schools and student achievements and profile specialist real-life features that celebrate those individuals who have achieved success, shown courage against the odds, or people who are making a difference within our local communities.”

To reflect these changes, we have changed the name to one that better echo’s the new site’s expanded content.

Visitors to the old site,, will automatically be redirected to the new site,

“Our aim is still to provide the best online news specifically to our close communities, by offering a convenient, one-click, local source of timely daily up-dated news, where visitors come first for information and advice, local businesses place their adverts and community groups put us at the top of their list when promoting their up-coming events.”


We believe that this online expansion marks a return to real local news, giving readers the chance to learn more about what’s going on in their immediate area and to read (and write) news stories about what matters to them. We are therefore looking for ANY VOLUNTEERS from the different areas, (who’d like to see their work in print) so that we can have a ‘person on the ground’ who is in closer touch in identifying local happenings and who would become the main point of contact for local people; – promoting the work of local community organisations, voluntary sector groups and businesses, along with arts, school successes, sport and cultural activities that are taking place in their area.


  • Budding or experienced reporters, with access to email, who wish to gain experience or give back to their local community
  • To find and root out stories of particular interest to people in their area
  • To write, research and interview for those stories, to build content on the website.
  • We also need a ‘Social Media’ savvy person to place local stories and events on Facebook & Twitter etc’ to drive site traffic.

This is a great opportunity for local budding and experienced journalists to hone their writing skills.

This wider reader appeal also adds a much more expansive opportunity for local advertisers to reach a vastly expanded audience, and by widening our readership, we plan to gradually introduce extra relevant categories like jobs, motoring, housing, and domestic services, among other localized topics.

So, if you would like to become a volunteer local correspondent, or are a forward thinking Community Group, Local Business, School, Sports Club, Faith Group or Charity organisation and have stories you think are newsworthy, want to publicise your events, achievements, or wish to advertise to a growing local audience, please contact us directly by email:

Local Community Matters is a not-for-profit community trust, run by volunteers all of whom have strong links to the towns and people surrounding Tameside.