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Organ Music

Manchester still has a once fine but now sadly needing serious restoration Cavaille-Coll Organ which few locals know about.

Church style organs and music from Positively Baroque (lovely but requires javascript to select the required stream).
There is a different program on OrganLive - you can use the icecast m3u's below.
Here are the icecast 128k streams to the websites- the links are to m3u playlists (in Linux you can paste the given links into a player): - Organlive      Positively Baroque - Positively Baroque     

A useful resource with details of many theatre organists is a directory of organists (mostly theatre organ, some classical) online from Essex Organ Museum.- site sadly hacked 2021, so I have linked to a copy on    

David Price, Organist, Stockport born and educated, later a local teacher of music, formerly Assistant Organist at St George's in Stockport, visited the area in 2019, and at two churches I acted as his cameraman. The link will take you to a page about David with links to recordings of his visit to Stockport.

In addition to church/town hall pipe organs there is another style of pipe organ I like to listen to- increasingly rare as organs are dismantled, sold abroad, fall apart- and are now far too expensive to keep on the road- yes, the FAIRGROUND ORGAN. And there is an online stream available 24/7 - here is a link to a .pls playlist from Mechanical Music Radio pls stream- their home page is: Mechanical Music Radio- but navigation is image only!

Brass Bands

Stockport Brass (formerly BT Band, formerly POEU Band) - alas the loss of sponsorship at last led to the demise of this historic band in early 2009. Elmfield Band, Stockport was founded and led by Jack Bennett, and when he died the band ceased. Just a couple of bands no longer with us alas.

Brass Band news is available from 4 Bars Rest        

There are regular concerts at many brass band bandrooms, one to watch online, which offers a wide range of different bands, is courtesy of Boarshurst Silver Band channel     or do a search: Boarshurst Band Club concerts. (I have to use a proxy that allows larger downloads for those last two as I don't have elliptical curve)

IBEW directory 2020 version of UK brass bands. Aggh- a 2021 web makeover and no navigation for me. Hurrah for SO- here are the latest (rapidly ageing) archived pages I used- many of the web links are now dead, as are some of the bands! ( The new 2022 IBEW front page.)
Other parts of the web site recorded details of 8400 historic bands now no longer with us with as much as is known.
IBEW also have archived histories of brass bands archived from websites which may be no more (link to

Details of brass bands was placed into single large pdf documents, which are listed on this link: Historic resources - notable works - there are MANY more, this is a major resource site - these were compiled to 2018 or 2019: Brass Bands of Scotland;      Brass Bands of the British Isles (9 MB)      Brass Bands of Wales     
Here are some archived websites of brass bands- from the record of IBEW archives: archived from Brass Band websites which may be no more.

brass band contests

Whit Friday contests: Whit Friday will be 24th May 2024.

Music to save

For brass and organ music see above.

Listen to...

COPYRIGHT- To the best of my knowledge all links below are to legitimate sources who pay appropriate royalties. Any copyright disputes? I will remove any links if requested by an authorised and recognised party (proof of identity and status required).

Online Comedy, Drama, Music

MID music files are disappearing! But try Classical Composers Midi which is now moving to mp3 files. has saved many websites with midi files - here is one from a lovely American lady who came to visit us- Lori Werth's Midi music

Lots of early British light music to download, especially Music While You Work from Masters of Melody - if their page looks blank, either disable css or enable graphics, their page requires one of these options! Plenty of information on the musicians.

To download old radio (OTR) MP3s, visit Old Radio World.

The United Nations was born of a dream of a peaceful and equal world. The organisation had (and still has) a media arm, initially United Nations Radio, who produced some optimistic and campaigning programs- and 215 of the classics are downloadable from United Nations Media- including two one hour programs by Norman Corwin and a BBC joint production.

A wonderful archive of old shows from Californian radio station kpfa - kpfa history courtesy of John Whiting. Some really excellent programs, drama, music, poetry, lots, and the quality is way up there with the classical BBC radio.

Music to stream

For organ music see above!

Current UK radio streams from - excluding the BBC which is blocked by the BBC.

Online-Radio has an immense range of stations to choose from and a useful search facility.

A vast range of genres is available to stream from Internet Radio - some of the streams play nicely on my old PC but on many I have to strip the url by removing the initial ( leaving the final http url and pasting it into smplayer (open url option).

One lovely station I discovered on Radiofeeds was Serenade Radio (192k) a small Bournemouth station of light music- you have to love anyone streaming old Music While You Work programs....

Streamed programs from Oldham Community Radio- has different music types and a genuine community station. Music the BBC can't be bothered with anymore. Folk, organ, classical, 50s, quite a mix typically in hour long programs.

A very different stream from France is Radio Lux with an emphasis on old style rock and a bit of more modern music too. Chances are you haven't heard much of what this station plays. Link is to a pls at tunein.

Births and deaths of UK musicians at Music Remembrance

Ronald Frost

Ronald Frost 1933 - 2015. On 1st October 2015. Canon Ronald Frost.
Director of Music at the Manchester City Centre Church of St. Ann from 1978.

I recorded much of his music- sometimes at my request and sometimes at his request, and here in his memory is a short (three minute) sample of his 1965 Passacaglia in E Flat (mp3).
The recording is from his last recital at St Anns on 28/7/2015. Ron is much missed.
Ron's widow Barbara passed away December 2017, also missed.

Read more about Ronald Frost with some mp3 files of his playing to listen to.

2018- current organist Simon Passmore has recorded a CD of music composed by Ronald Frost, available on request in church for a tenner. Marked as "Volume 1" so watch for another.

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