Bury Parish Church

Saint Mary the Virgin

Concerts in the church

The Friday lunchtime concert series and other musical events are shown below.

Friday Lunchtime Concerts


The 2013 /14 concert series began on 6 September 2013 and continues almost every week until July 2014.


18 April - Good Friday. NO CONCERT

25 April - Gemma Beeson, piano and Paul Vowles, clarinet


2 May. No concert (Bury Grammar School Founders Day)

More concert details will appear here shortly

Most Friday's during the concert season light lunches are served from 11.30 a.m to 12.30pm. in the Church Hall.

Each concert begins at 12.30pm and ends by 1.30pm. Admission is £5.00, but occasionally this may be increased for a particular concert. Pay at the door and get a programme of the music, biographical details of the performers and advance notice of future concerts.

Many of our performers are studying or have studied at Chetham's School of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music or other prestigious UK music institutions. A lot are already established as noted performers, not only in the UK but overseas, and are winners of music prizes, awards and scholarships.  A number are from overseas. Quite a few are based in the North West but others travel significant distances to be with us.

This series of weekly classical lunchtime concerts began eight years ago and we have organised about 44 concerts each year between mid-September and mid- July. On the 11 April 2014 we reach the 400th concert. We aim to provide a wide range of high quality music - instruments and voices - at a very reasonable price.  

 The church and its coffee shop (at the West end of the church) are open all day, so you are welcome to browse amongst books, gifts and CDs or enjoy light refreshments before or after the concert. In addition, from 11.30am to 12.30pm, soup and sandwiches are available in the Blackburne Hall, just across the car park to the north side of the church.

Although several of our artists return on a regular basis we are always extending the number of musicians who come to perform.  If you are interested in offering your services for a concert and have had sound training and performance experience, the Rector, Dr John Findon, would be delighted to hear from you. Please send a short CV and contact details (address, phone and email) to the Parish Office. The email address is: bpc.office@tiscali.co.uk  

We are able to pay a modest fee to those who perform.



Other concerts and musical events in church during 2014

Thursday 10 April at 7.30pm       Black Dyke Band.    Tickets £10 / £5 for those aged 16 and under, available from The House on the Rock coffee shop inside church, open each day 9.30am to 4.30pm, except Tuesday and Sunday when it is closed. On Sundays, tickets can be bought after the 10.00am service, at around 11.15am. Coffee Shop Tel: 0161 763 7336 for more details.

Saturday 10 May at 7.30pm    Greater Manchester Police Band    Ticket information to follow

Saturday 28 June at 7.30pm       Besses Boys Band                          Ticket information to follow

Friday 21 November at 12.30pm  Salford University Brass Band            Admission details to follow

 Wednesday 3 December at 8.00pm   St Agnes Fountain   Tickets £16 from The Met Arts Centre Box Office, Market Street, Bury or telephone 0161 761 2216

Other dates will be added here as additional concerts are confirmed.