50 years of The Oldham Music Centre
SOME of the town’s greatest musicians are coming back to their roots to mark 50 years of the music service.
The Oldham Music Centre will be marking its milestone anniversary with a two-day celebration in March.
The festivities will culminate with a concert featuring both current and former students.
Jonathan Leedale, deputy head of Oldham’s music service, said: “This will be a wonderful weekend.
“For any former players would like to come back to play with one of the groups or just come along to meet up with old friends there is still plenty of time to get involved.
“We are convinced this will be a fantastic celebration of the legacy left, and still being created, by the Oldham Music Centre.”
Former students will be meeting at the Lyceum building, on Union Street, from 10am on Saturday, March 14, for rehearsals with the brass band, wind band, orchestra and choir.
There will be plenty of time to catch up with old friends and explore a display of the centre’s extensive photographic archive.
The concert itself will take place at the Queen Elizabeth Hall at 3pm on Sunday, March 15.
It will be conducted by former music centre staff including Martyn Evans, Roger Meaden, Peter Marton and Dr Eileen Bentley.
There will also be a gala dinner and ceilidh at the Lyceum from 7pm on the Saturday.
Any former students who would like to get involved should email firstname.lastname@example.org to register their interest.
Tickets for the gala dinner are available at the music centre office at the Lyceum.
Princess Margaret visits the Lyceum in 1993. Next to her is then director of music Dr Eileen Bentley