50 years of The Old­ham Mu­sic Cen­tre

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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 jonathan.leedale@old­ham.gov.uk to reg­is­ter their in­ter­est.

Tick­ets for the gala din­ner are avail­able at the mu­sic cen­tre of­fice at the Lyceum.

Pic­ture cour­tesy of Old­ham Mu­sic Cen­tre

Princess Mar­garet vis­its the Lyceum in 1993. Next to her is then direc­tor of mu­sic Dr Eileen Bent­ley

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