Lunchtime Concerts

Light lunches available from 12 noon, concert performances commence at 1.00pm

Admission by Programme - £5.00

We decided to support The Oasis Centre once again for our September Concert, the first charity in our 2016-2017 series, and a charity working in Gorton, East Manchester -our Mission Committee felt was worthy of our further help. Moving into October, the charity outreach was All We Can, a Methodist arm of missionary outreach and, a most apt opportunity to give support - as we know, Haiti has suffered dreadfully through the Hurricane Matthew and desperately need help. The November Concert was a chance for us to highlight the work of The Boaz Trust, a Christian charity based in Manchester helping those who are refiugees and seeking asylum in Britain, yet are living in destitution and without support or assistance while they wait for their applications to be completed. Now we enter 2017 and the January Concert  provided help to Housing Justice, the national voice of Christian Action on housing and homelessness. (This fitted in well with Homelessness Sunday on 22nd January).

In February the Concert supported Visyon a local charity based in Congelton which provides counselling and support services for young people with mental health issues, such as depression, bullying and suicidal tendencies. 6.3% of clients live in Wilmslow. We are turning our attention in March to Barnabus, a charity we have supported in the past in various ways, but which now is finding their work greatly hampered by lack of financial funding.

March Lunchtime Concert - Students from Chethams School of Music entertained an audience of over 100  with a  programme covering flute, cello, violin and voice. They are shown here with their accompanist.

The Concert on 19th April was a programme by Cellist Melanie Jones; turning to the May Concert, here are biographies of the Students from the Royal Norther College of Music who will be presenting their programme for us:

Meera Maharaj  flute: Meera Maharaj was born in 1995 and grew up in Warrington. Now in her final year at RNCM, she studies with Laura Jellicoe, previously having been taught by Juliette Bausor and Wissam Boustany. Previously, she attended the Junior RNCM for six years studying with Helen and Jonathan Rimmer.  Meera is a former member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and has played principal flute with the National Youth Chamber Orchestra, Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and JRNCM Symphony Orchestra. In addition to playing in a range of RNCM orchestras, she has also played with the CBSO Youth Orchestra. In the 2015/16 season she was selected for the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Professional Experience Scheme, resulting in performances at Media City, the Bridgewater Hall and in Malvern.

This year Meera won 3rd prize in the British Flute Society “Young Artist” Competition as well as being a finalist in the RNCM Concerto Competition. In 2016, she won the Dutch International Flute Competition and gained 2nd prize in the RNCM Solo Woodwind Competition in 2015, following on from earlier competition successes whilst at school.

She has given solo performances at the Concertgebouw, the Bridgewater Hall and in many concerts at the RNCM and across the North West. She recently enjoyed performing on BBC Radio 3. She has organised several successful concerts in aid of Warrington Foodbank and Medecins sans Frontieres, in which she has performed with her flute/guitar duo and as a soloist. She recently enjoyed performing with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra in the Cantiere Internazionale D’Arte in Montepulciano.

Meera has attended many courses including the Young International Professionals course of the Netherlands Flute Academy, under the tutelage of Emily Beynon, principal flute of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Having received a scholarship, Meera is very much looking forward to continuing her studies with Michael Cox at the Royal Academy of Music next year.

Meera Maharaj appears by kind permission of the RNCM.

Oliver She  piano: Oliver She was born in China and raised in Brisbane (Australia), where he began learning the piano at four and received his AMEB Licentiate Diploma during his school years.  He then completed undergraduate studies with Max Olding and Pamela Page at the University of Queensland, graduating with first-class Honours.  He was prize winner in several nation-wide piano competitions, including the ABC Young Performers Awards in 2010, and has made appearances at Parliament House in Canberra, the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Recital Centre, and Arts Centres in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast.

In 2015, Oliver graduated with his Master’s from the Royal Northern College of Music, having studied with Graham Scott and supported by the F. W. Wright Award and the Australian Music Foundation.  His accolades have included winning the RNCM Beethoven, Recital and Concerto prizes, the London Beethoven Intercollegiate Competition (3rd), and the Brant International Competition in Birmingham, and performances in Birmingham, Nottingham and with the RNCM symphony orchestra playing the Prokofiev third concerto in 2014.

Oliver is currently a Junior Fellow accompanist at the RNCM.                                

Oliver She appears by kind permission of the RNCM.







Wednesday 21st June, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Students from Chetham's School of Music
Wednesday 20th September, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Lunchtime Concert
Juniper Ensemble Anna Rosa Mari/flute Eira Lynn Jones/harp
Wednesday 18th October, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Lunchtime Concert
Edward Robinson / Baritone Piano / to be confirmed
Wednesday 15th November, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Lunchtime Concert
Students from Chetham's School of Music, Manchester
Wednesday 17th January, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Lunchtime Concert
Kell Wind Trio Alastair Roberts / flute Geoffrey Smith / clarinet Ian Harvey / bassoon
Wednesday 21st February, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Lunchtime Concert
A piano recital by members of the McLachlan family
Wednesday 21st March, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Lunchtime Concert
A violin recital by Students from the Royal Northern College of Music
Wednesday 18th April, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Lunchtime Concert
A piano recital by a student of the Royal Northern College of Music
Wednesday 16th May, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Lunchtime Concert
Students from Chetham's School of Music, Manchester
Wednesday 20th June, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Lunchtime Concert
Students from Chetham's School of Music, Manchester
Prayer for the day
For the beginning of the half term holiday across the country when schools take a break for either a week or so, and the holiday season bursts into busyness both here and abroad,
Lunchtime Concerts

Our next Lunchtime Concert will be on Wed 21st June at 1:00pm with Students from Chetham's School of Music.

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Sunday 28th May
with Cassie Jennings
Wednesday 31st May