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Manchester Passion in Cathedral Gardens, Manchester  8th April 2017

ACTORS and actresses from Bolton took to the stage to star in a major production of the “greatest story ever told.”

Bolton Evening News 9 April 2017

Shaun Crossley, Emily Kay, Rob Slater and Donna Claire were a few names from Bolton to perform in the Manchester Passion of Christ, at the Cathedral Gardens in Manchester on Saturday. Mr Crossley played the role of apostle Simon Peter and it was the third time he has starred in the live re-telling of Jesus Christ’s life, death and resurrection. He performed it at the powerful and moving Passion for Bolton last year, which attracted thousands again in 2011. It was the first Passion held in Manchester since 2006 and featured Mr Slater, who resurrected the lead role of Jesus, which he performed in Victoria Square last year.

Manchester Inspiration Voices choir and Sweet Rhythm Big Band also helped to entertain more than 3,000 people who flocked to watch the show.

Geoff Millard, creative director behind Passion for Bolton, who lead Manchester Passion, said: “We were blessed with the beautiful sunshine and a wonderful stage to perform on. “There were 37 actors and actresses in total and we were over the moon to have the Manchester Inspiration Voices choir on board. “They won the BBC’s Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year in 2016 so they were a big deal and we were really pleased. “They attracted the interest of Songs of Praise who actually came down to film bits of the production and interview cast members. “We’ll be on the Easter Sunday show which is fantastic for everyone.”

Birthday Goes with a Big Band

Manchester Evening News 29 May 2009

GET into the swing of things to help celebrate a milestone in the history of Trafford General. The hospital, regarded as the birthplace of the NHS, will mark its 80th birthday with a night of Glenn Miller-style music – almost 60 years since the legendary jazz musician performed there.

FABULOUS FORTIES: Wendy Dodgson and Jane Tilley are organising the WWII era party

In the Second World War Trafford General, then called Park Hospital, was taken over by the Armed Forces, including the US military. Among its famous visitors was big band supremo Glenn Miller with his US Army Airforce band, who entertained troops on the hospital’s spacious lawns.

The 1940s-themed bash will take place on Sunday, June 7 and everyone is invited to enjoy music from Sweet Rhythm Big Band, a hotpot supper and licensed bar.

Jane Tilley, a fundraising co-ordinator at Trafford NHS Healthcare Trust, which runs the hospital, said: "We’re delighted to bring the Glenn Miller sound back to the hospital for this very special birthday. We hope people will really get into the swing of things and come along in fancy dress, whether it’s your ‘Sunday best’ Forties-style or military uniform. With that fantastic Glenn Miller sound encouraging everyone to get up on their feet, we know it will be a night to remember. Maybe someone who remembers the original concert back in the Forties will even come and share their memories with us."

The hospital was officially opened on June 1, 1929 by the Princess Royal, HRH Princess Mary. It had 12 wards with 372 beds, a sick children’s block, a maternity ward and an isolation unit.

The celebration will be held at the John Alker Club on Flixton Road from 7.30pm until 11pm. Tickets cost £6.50 and all proceeds will go towards buying equipment for the hospital’s orthopaedic unit.


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Trafford General Hospital hosts 1940s themed music night to celebrate 80th birthday

The Messenger 26 May 2009

HEALTH staff are getting ‘in the mood’ to celebrate Trafford General’s 80th birthday - with a night of Glenn Miller-style music.

Nearly 60 years after the man himself performed at the hospital, a 1940s-themed evening will be held on June 7. The bash will include music from Sweet Rhythm Big Band, a hotpot supper and licensed bar at the John Alker Club on Flixton Road, from 7.30pm-11pm.

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During the Second World War, Trafford General Hospital - then called Park Hospital - was taken over by the War Department for use by the armed forces, including the US military. Among its famous visitors was big band leader Glenn Miller, with his US Army Airforce band, who entertained troops on the hospital’s spacious lawns.

Fundraising co-ordinator Jane Tilley said: “We’re delighted to bring the Glenn Miller sound back to the hospital for this very special birthday. We hope people will really get into the swing of things and come along in fancy dress, whether it’s your ‘Sunday best’, 40s-style, or military uniform. “Maybe someone who remembers the original concert back in the 40s will come and share their memories with us.”

All proceeds from the night will go to Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust’s charitable fund to buy a Pulsox probe to measure oxygen in the blood for the orthopaedic department at the hospital.




Sweet sound of music

Wigan Today 5 March 2007

A custom-built outdoor bandstand is to be used to encourage young musicians. The bandstand at St James School in Daisy Hill, Westhoughton, is where Music in the Park is being staged.

Westhoughton Rotary Club is planning the event for Saturday, July 7. Several schools are already signed up but Rotary is urging other schools who would like to be involved, to call 01204 669336. With up to six hours of music, this outdoor family event will not only feature local school singers and performers but also talented Sweet Rhythm whose big band sound has been gaining an ever larger following in the North West. There will be refreshments including soft drinks for the children and a beer tent for the adults.

 

Steve will be starting in style

Wigan Today 3 July 2007

Steve will be starting in style The new President of Westhoughton Rotary Club is secondary school deputy head Steve Harrington. He and Vice-Presidents Ron Bell and John Forshaw have a busy and exciting programme of events planned for the year. The first one is on Saturday, when the club hosts Music in the Park at St James’ School, Daisy Hill, from 2.30pm. There will be entertainment all through the afternoon by eight primary school bands, choirs and dance groups. And at 6pm, an excellent semi-professional band, Sweet Rhythm, will be entertaining with their big band sound and various other styles. Admission is by programme for 1. Refreshments will be available but there is limited parking.


Concert for churches

Bolton Evening News 18 September 2008

Plenty of foot-tapping is in store when a concert is staged at St Helens Road Methodist Church in Bolton next week. The Sweet Rhythm Swing Band will be performing from 7.30pm on Friday, September 26, and the proceeds will go to Melbourne Road and St Helens Road Methodist churches.