The First Manchester Children’s Society Concert, 1916: RMCM Graduates, Children and Keeping Music-Making Alive? — Making Music in Manchester during WW1


The First Manchester Children’s Society Concert, 1916: Royal Manchester College of Music (RMCM) Graduates, Children and Keeping Music-Making Alive? By Dr Stephen Etheridge Through an examination of the first Manchester Children’s Society Concert, which was held in 1916, this blog will show how the Victorian ethos of ‘Rational Recreation’ still existed, and, as an agency […]… More The First Manchester Children’s Society Concert, 1916: RMCM Graduates, Children and Keeping Music-Making Alive? — Making Music in Manchester during WW1

The Belle Vue Brass Band Contest, 1914: Bandsmen, Contests, Genealogy & Social Networks — Making Music in Manchester during WW1


The Belle Vue Brass Band Contest, 1914: Bandsmen, Contests, Genealogy & Social Networks Dr Stephen Etheridge Link to the Bandsmens’ Names and Addresses During the First World War ‘The Belle Vue Champion Challenge Cup’, more commonly known as the ‘British Open’, and which was known colloquially amongst bandsmen as ‘Belle Vue’, was the only large… More The Belle Vue Brass Band Contest, 1914: Bandsmen, Contests, Genealogy & Social Networks — Making Music in Manchester during WW1


If you haven’t been to the Manchester District Music Archive website, then you must absolutely nip over. Share some of your Manchester music history whilst you’re there and you should definitely have a look at the RNCM Archive’s account. In fact, there’s one particular online exhibition that may interest you… via RMCM WW1 student registers online… More

The Whit-Friday Brass Band Contests: Continuation and Tradition — Making Music in Manchester during WW1


The Whit-Friday Band Contests: Tradition and Living History, by Dr Stephen Etheridge This Whit-Friday found me in the pretty Southern Pennine village of Diggle, near Oldham. The one defining element of the brass band movement is tradition. Perhaps this is shown in the persistence of the brass band contest from the earliest days of the […]… More The Whit-Friday Brass Band Contests: Continuation and Tradition — Making Music in Manchester during WW1

Rediscover Manchester through the Local Image Collection


The Manchester Local Image Collection contains over 80,000 online images of Manchester’s people, streets and buildings stretching right back to the nineteenth century. It’s a great way to access our local history and get a glimpse into what life in Manchester looked like many years ago. One of the local history Facebook groups recently posted… More Rediscover Manchester through the Local Image Collection

Taking It All Back Home: The Repatriation of Sound Recordings — The Oral History Noticeboard


British singer and song-collector Sam Lee explores how archives and institutions around the world are looking to repatriate sound recordings. In what sense can a sound be ‘taken back’? And what is the impact on the families and communities reacquainted with the voices of their past? Definitely worth a listen… BBC Iplayer (UK- only) http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b075p6n9 via… More Taking It All Back Home: The Repatriation of Sound Recordings — The Oral History Noticeboard