Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Music Matters

Sunday 20th May, will see hundreds of local Hyde parishioners taking part in the traditional Whitsuntide ‘Procession of Witness’, a tradition which dates back more than 200 years, to unite local communities.

Accompanied by The Deputy Mayor of Tameside, the Clergy and parishioners from Flowery Field Church, Rosemount Trinity Methodist Church and St Mary’s Church, Newton, will march to the traditional sounds of the Tintwistle Brass Band, in a colourful procession in celebration of their faith.

They will set off at 2.30pm from Old Road, turning up Lodge Lane into Hyde Park entrance where organist, Michael Holmes will be playing the music for a United Service at the Bandstand at 3.00pm.

Music Students from Hyde Community College will be putting on the style, on Saturday 19th May, 2018, when they tune-up for a outdoor musical performance on Hyde’s Market Square in celebration of ‘The Royal Wedding’

For years, music classes have been the ‘poor relation’ when it comes to school curriculums; typically, they’re the last courses to be added, and the first courses to be cut. But not at Hyde Community College!

As a forward looking collage; the Senior Management Team has recognised the positives that ‘music’ can bring to the overall academic standards of the school, as well as greatly enhancing individual students’ understanding and achievement in non-musical subjects.

The students will open up their Musical tributes with 10 different acts at 11.00am and with one interval will close their show at 1.00pm.

Mark the date in your diary Saturday 19th May and let’s all make a point of giving them a warm Hyde Community welcome.


Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow drove into Hyde this week and parked up at the Festival Theatre. They’ll be there until tomorrow, (Saturday 24th March 2018) as Hyde Musical Society presents their latest production, Bonnie & Clyde.

This fantastic show with music by Frank Wildhorn and lyrics by Don Black is rarely performed on the amateur circuit so don’t miss the chance now.

Bonnie & Clyde tells the story of real-life fugitives, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow.

In the midst of the country-wide depression the couple find notoriety and love in this thrilling, fast-paced musical. Frustrated with their poor, ordinary lives, Bonnie and Clyde both dream of the exciting lives they have seen in the movies.

After escaping from jail, Clyde meets Bonnie and recognises a fellow dreamer.

Their craving for fame and thrills leads them into a life of crime and a life on the run.

Despite the pleas of their families, the couple embark on a series of robberies at gunpoint, continuously evading the police and becoming the celebrities they desperately wanted to be.

They are soon joined by Clyde’s brother, Buck, and the “Barrow Gang” plans increasingly ambitious heists. As their fame and ambition grows, their inevitable fate draws closer. When Buck is killed by the police during an escape Bonnie and Clyde decide to go and see their families once more.

Leading the talented cast are award winning Sophie Lord as Bonnie and Nick Ward as Clyde in this action packed show, which follows on from Hyde’s extravagant and highly successful production of The Addams Family last year.

Ben Mackenzie as Buck Barrow and Helen Claire Rose as Blanche Barrow also star.

Exciting and daring, Bonnie & Clyde combines gospel, rockabilly, and blues music to produce an innovative score that complements the action-filled plot.

Bonnie & Clyde, directed by Nigel Griffiths, plays Hyde’s Festival Theatre from the 20th – 24th March nightly at 7:30pm.

Tickets can be bought from or by calling 0161 478 4634


The Oldham’s Schools’ Dance competition, returned for the second year with 22 local schools competing for the coveted title of Oldham Schools’ Dance Champions.

Oldham Council’s Sport Development team and Oldham Academy North Sports staff hosted the event at Oldham Academy North last Wednesday 7th March.

The rules were quite simple! – Schools could choose any style of dance and competitors were judged by industry professionals and dance teachers in three categories: KS1, KS2 and KS3/4.

The winners were – KS1 Friezland Primary, KS2 St Mary’s, Greenfield and KS3/4 Co-op Academy Failsworth.

They not only took home the three Oldham’s Gotta Dance trophies, but will also be given the honour of performing their dance at Dance Splash at the Oldham Coliseum Theatre on July 17 and 18.

Oldham Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said “This competition gives participants the opportunity to meet, perform and compete with peers from different cultures and backgrounds as well as strengthening the links between local primary and secondary schools.”

Look out for the picture special in this week’s Oldham Reporter – out today (Thursday 15th March 2018).


A community choir from Tameside are promising a fantastic night of entertainment in Oldham, to raise funds for the international development charity, Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD).

Tameside Community Voices and the CAFOD Action Team Volunteers from parishes in Oldham, Mossley and Rochdale are joining forces tomorrow evening Friday March 16th to raise funds for CAFOD’s Lent Appeal.

The evening will feature a variety of upbeat numbers across a range of genres, including pop, classical and songs from the musicals.  Around fifty members of the choir will be performing, spanning from people in their twenties through to their eighties.

This year, all donations to CAFOD’s Lent Appeal, up to £5 million, will be doubled by the UK government up until 12 May – meaning every donation will make double the difference.

Worldwide, one in nine people regularly go hungry. Malnutrition kills almost three million children a year. Even for a child who survives malnutrition, their growth can be stunted, and it can cause irreversible damage to mental development.

This Lent, CAFOD is working to combat malnutrition in Zimbabwe by providing seeds and farming training for families and communities so that everyone has enough to eat.

Jacinta Murray, who is part of both the choir and the local CAFOD Action Team, said: “We enjoy doing what we’re doing. and hopefully others will enjoy it too! We love doing events like this and the choir performs for free, it’s just great to know we’re helping people too.”

CAFOD’s local representative in Tameside, Steve Burrowes, added: “The group from Oldham, Mossley and Rochdale are so passionate about supporting CAFOD and creating a more just world.  We’re so grateful that they’ve teamed up with Tameside Community Choir to put on this event.”

“The money they raise will help to transform lives across the world!”

The funds raised by CAFOD’s Lent appeal will reach an estimated 245,000 people in Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Eritrea and enable communities to grow a better future by providing safe water, supporting communities to plant vegetable gardens and teaching them about good nutrition and hygiene.

It will also provide training for families on farming techniques to grow drought-resistant crops and for nurses and village health workers on how to spot and prevent malnutrition.

The evening of song will be held at St Edward’s upstairs hall, Spring Lane, Lees, Oldham, on March 16th at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available from Bernie Slater on 07753 834925 and to find out more about CAFOD’s work, visit


Well fear not, as the forecast for this coming weekend suggests that there’s a warm, musical change on the way this weekend, when St John’s community Brass Band takes to the stage at the George Lawton Hall.

The popular Mossley Brass Band will be performing from 2pm on Saturday (10 March) as part of the fair which starts at 11am.

The concert will begin with the learners’ band, which will be followed by the main band.

There will also be a tombola stand with fabulous prizes to raise much needed funds.

And if you are musically minded, the band is always seeking to recruit new musicians – more information can be found at the website:  Saint Johns Band .

Ashton-under-Lyne Operatic Society is bringing the hit musical ‘Sister Act’, the feel-good, gospel-filled musical comedy that’s guaranteed to make its audiences smile – to the Oldham Coliseum.

The show opens on Wednesday, February 28 and runs for one week until 03 March 2018.

SISTER ACT tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, (Catherine Cooper) a disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses her gangster boyfriend Curtis Shank (Martin Kelly) commit a murder.

Under a Police’s Witness Protection Programme, she is hidden in the one place she won’t be found – a Convent!  Disguised as a nun by Lt. Eddie Souther (Paul Allison) she constantly clashes with the tough Mother Superior (Lisa Kay).

Under the suspicious watch of totally uptight Mother Superior, Deloris then helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own, thus breathing new life into the church and community but in doing so, blows her cover.

The result is a hilarious, yet sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, sisterhood and music.

With music by Alan Menken this production promises to be a truly ‘habit forming’, divine and offers all a fabulous night out.

Tickets are priced at £20.00

To book call Andrea Parkin on 0161 652 3259 or visit

For more details please visit:

Despite the cold winter weather, the community and Hyde Rotarians were treated to a fabulous feast of hot ‘Cajun Music’- that punchy, dancer-friendly genre from South Louisiana last Sunday afternoon, when they held their Cajun event at Oaklands Hall in Hyde.

The opening performance saw ‘The Prohibition Swing Club’ – who set the hall rocking by playing swing music from the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s in the nostalgic style of a western swing band, before moving on to the top of the bill where ‘The Ragin Cajuns’ performed the authentic, emblematic Cajun music, born in the deep south of Louisiana!

The event was organised by Rotarian and International and Foundation chair Maureen Clayton and all profits; which totalled £1.001.00 from the musical extravaganza going to Maureen’s International charity ‘The Winnie Mabaso Foundation’ in Africa.

Following the event Maureen said. “…it took a while to bring the musicians back together again, they all came from various parts of the UK, but based upon the audience’s reaction it’s been well worth all the effort.”

The event sold out of tickets two weeks prior to the event and was played to a capacity audience. Hyde Rotary would like to thank all those involved in this fabulous show and our sincere thanks to Nick at the Oaklands Hall for accommodating this event.

Hundreds of shoppers are expected to flock back to the Market Town of Hyde in Greater Manchester for the return of its popular monthly Artisan Market.

Now firmly recognised as one of the boroughs favourite monthly events, Hyde’s Artisan Market will celebrate the start of its third season on Saturday 3rd March 2018, when bargain hunters from far and wide will see more than 30 local and visiting Crafters and Artisans who’ll gather to showcase their handmade goods, food products and original artworks on Hyde’s Civic Square.

From ecological produce, to antiques, shabby-chic and handmade gifts, this vibrant and popular monthly market event has become a major launch pad of sales for local artisans, who present a diverse array of handcrafted and locally-produced goods to shoppers on the first Saturday in the month – a monthly event that have become Hyde Town Centre’s busiest weekends of the year!

“The first Artisan Market of 2018 is sure to be a bumper one with a great mix of new and returning artisans who will be presenting their handmade goods throughout the year,” said Hyde’s Artisan Market creator and organiser, Karen Dorney, who added, “It’s wonderful to see so many returning crafters, artists and foodies, who have become firm favourites with many Hyde shoppers and who have gained tremendous value in connecting personally with their customers as well as fellow artisans.”

As always, showing throughout the Artisan Market season, will be another eclectic mix of quirky artworks, and a vast assortment of artisan goods including ceramics, house wares, home accessories, natural products, handmade jewellery, specialty soaps, cards and paper goods, artwork, clothing and Micro-brewery craft beers, as well as several artisan food vendors selling specialty Breads, Home-made Cakes, Cheeses, Preserves and Chutneys, and of course, lots of activities for the kids!

“With traditional town centre markets facing strong competition from out-of-town shopping centres, together with an increasing number of National Discount Stores and Supermarkets’, the monthly Artisan Market, with its ever changing range of creative vendors, provides Tamesiders with a great and much needed alternative to the repetitive everyday shopping offer, by meeting customer exact needs.”

On Hyde’s Artisan Market there are new vendors each month, meaning there are fresh reasons each time to visit and pick up those unique and sometimes quite quirky items, which shoppers wouldn’t find on the High Street!

Town Team Chair, Julia Harrison, who heads the volunteer team that devise and organise many of Hyde’s Town Centre events said, “We are lucky to have markets like this in Hyde which is all down to Karen’s drive and organisational skills, who with the support of the Town Team members, was crucial in forcing through the introduction of the pop-up Artisan Market theme. Since its inception, two years ago, the Artisan Market has proved to be fundamental in enhancing the town centre’s retail development and continues to offer new opportunities for increased footfall as Hyde strives to re-establishes itself as one of Tameside’s most vibrant and exciting shopping destinations.”

Adding fun and the unique ambiance of Hyde’s Artisan Market events will again be a wide range of musical and street theatre offerings from some of the most requested to return acts from last season.

Put a big maker on your calendar for the 1st Saturday in the month to visit Hyde’s Artisan Market.

The Market opens on Saturday 3rd March 2018 from 9.00am till 4.00pm – then, when you’ve filled your shopping bags with bargains – drop into one of Hyde’s many cafés for coffee and cakes or a full blown delicious meal!

The annual cultural extravaganza that is the Chinese New Year is fast approaching – and, with it, comes a host of fabulously colourful music and dance routines staged in Manchester’s City Centre. The highlight of this fantastically popular annual cultural extravaganza is the Chinese New Year Parade.

This year it is the year of the dog! And, as legend has it, people who were born during the years of the dog are known for their loyalty and honesty.

Now with the Manchester celebrations just around the corner and the city boasting the third-largest Chinatown in Europe, Manchester’s festivities, will be among the biggest outside Beijing.

As tradition dictates, as well as the traditional dragon parade, food and drink will play a major part in the festivities. So, make sure you try out the fantastic range of Chinese street food or book in at one of Manchester’s renowned Chinese Restaurants to truly immerse yourselves in the flavour of the occasion.



Chinese New Year takes place on Friday February 16, 2018, with multi-faceted events taking place throughout the Town Centre and Chinatown from Friday to Sunday February 18th when the celebrations will culminate with the stunning dragon parade, accompanied by traditional lion dancing, martial arts displays, food stalls, a funfair with over 20 rides on Charlotte street, and a spectacular fireworks display at 6pm.

On Sunday February 18th, the order of the day will be:

12pm: Martial arts and dance displays in Albert Square

12.30pm: Dragon appears in Albert Square

1pm: Dragon parade marches from the town hall to Chinatown

1.30pm: Dragon parade arrives in Chinatown NCP car park to firecrackers and New Year addresses from VIPs and community leaders.

2pm – 5pm: Lion and Unicorn visit and bless all of the businesses on Chinatown – some businesses will be setting off Chinese firecrackers when visited by the Lion and the Unicorn

Chinese New Year is a series of festive events that anyone can enjoy. Each year, more and more spectators flock to Manchester’s Chinatown to marvel at the colourful festivities – so chose your day and get there early!