Wartime Christmas at Paradise Mill Mon 4th November - Sat 4th January

Wartime Christmas at Paradise Mill Mon 4th November - Sat 4th January

Come and experience life in wartime Macclesfield and find out about the crucial role that our silk industry played in the Second World War.

Paradise Mill will be decorated to evoke the Christmas atmosphere the silk workers created in such challenging times.

Your guided tour of the mill will be complimented with a display of festive inspired artefacts from our archive.

After your tour, visit the Silk Museum to see more of our collection including escape & evade silk maps, wartime artefacts and war memorials.

Treat yourself to a cuppa and mince pie and enjoy some Christmas shopping from local artisans in our Silk Shop and Makers’ Place.

DATE & TIME

Mon 4th Nov until Sat 4th Jan*.

Tours will be at 11am, 12.15pm and 2pm* Mon-Sat

LOCATION

Paradise Mill and Silk Museum, Park Lane Macclesfield SK11 6TJ

PRICE & BOOKING

Adults £9.50, Concessions £8.50, Children free.

Email [email protected] or call ahead on 01625 612045 to check tour availability and pre-book.

*Subject to availability

Late Night Christmas Shopping Thursdays 14th, 21st & 28th November

Late Night Christmas Shopping Thursdays 14th, 21st & 28th November

Join us for a cup of mulled wine, a mince pie and a magical evening of late night Christmas shopping at Makers Place and The Silk Shop.

DATE & TIME

Thursday, November 14th, 2019 at 6 PM – 8 PM
Thursday, November 21st, 2019 at 6 PM – 8 PM
Thursday, November 28th, 2019 at 6 PM – 8 PM

LOCATION

Makers’ Place and The Silk Shop, Silk Museum, Park Lane SK11 6TJ

Our resident makers will have an offer a wide selection of stunning handmade gifts perfect for your nearest and dearest this Christmas.

Bag yourself one of the prizes from our amazing Christmas hamper packed to the brim with gorgeous handmade gifts and experiences from local businesses and eateries. (minimum spend required).

 Handmade Papercut Notebook Workshop Wednesday 20th November

Handmade Papercut Notebook Workshop Wednesday 20th November

During this workshop, you will create a hand bound decorative paper notebook with your own papercut quote design on the front.

We will create a simple saddle stitched notebook then design a quote that will be papercut into the front cover.

A variety of decorative handmade paper and binding threads will be available for you to use so that you can create something super unique.

All fabrics, materials and equipment needed to make your notebook will be provided.

Tea, coffee and cake will be provided.

DATE & TIME

Wednesday 20th November, 6.30-9pm

LOCATION

Makers’ Place, Silk Museum, Park Lane SK11 6TJ

PRICE & BOOKING

£35 per person. Full payment is required on booking.

This workshop is suitable for age 16+

To book your spot, email Gemma at [email protected]

Crochet Reuseable Eco-friendly Face Pads Friday 22nd November

Crochet Reuseable Eco-friendly Face Pads Friday 22nd November

These gorgeous eco-friendly cotton face scrubbies are ideal to help reduce waste and reuse to help save the impact of plastics on our planet.

These face wipes make up really quickly and are great for all the family, they especially make the perfect, thoughtful gift all year round, paired with a lovely soap that you’ve bought at an artisan market.

This workshop is aimed at people new to crochet, with basic knowledge and those beyond. Not suitable for people who cannot crochet.

We will begin with flat round circles, then move on to the puffy ones shown in this picture. You will pick up lots of useful tips, tricks and nifty know-how, and be in great like minded company too!

The yarn I’ll be supplying will be 100% cotton in a variety of colours, from neutrals, pastels to brights, so everyone can enjoy their perfect colour combos.

I will provide all materials & equipment for the purpose of the workshop (including written pattern and chart to take home) as well as a lovely piece of cake & refreshments. (Because of the time of day, you are welcome to bring a light packed lunch should you wish).

DATE & TIME

Friday 22nd November, 12-3pm

LOCATION

Makers’ Place, Silk Museum, Park Lane SK11 6TJ

PRICE & BOOKING

£30 per person. Places are limited and book up quickly

To secure your place & arrange payment contact Lisa by email:
[email protected] Fee is refundable up to 7 days before the workshop

Needle Felted Seal and Penguin Workshop Saturday 23rd November

Needle Felted Seal and Penguin Workshop Saturday 23rd November

This workshop is suitable for all skill levels.
You will discover how to needle felt a Seal and a Penguin from carded wool, you will learn about needle felting equipment/tools, processes and techniques.
This is a fun and therapeutic craft that produces amazing creations.

The toolkit you use will be yours to keep, so that you can continue needle felting… which you will definitely want to.

Tea, coffee and cake are provided, however you will need to bring a light lunch.

DATE & TIME

Saturday 23rd November, 10am – 4pm

LOCATION

Makers’ Place, Silk Museum, Park Lane SK11 6TJ

PRICE & BOOKING

The cost is £50 and payment in full will secure your place (payments will only be refunded if attendee’s can provide 2 weeks notice, an alternative date may be offered if space allows)

To book a place please email: [email protected] This activity is suitable for adults and young people over 16 years.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, West Park & Museum, Saturday 23rd November

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, West Park & Museum, Saturday 23rd November

We’re excited to be joining forces with LIT, Macclesfield’s new stories’ weekend to present Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, an evening of installations, performance and projections at West Park and in West Park Museum.

Gather from 4.30pm at West Park café for creative activities and some warming refreshments!

Performance times 5pm, 6pm & 7pm.

FREE. For all ages. No need to book. Bring a torch and dress in warm clothes and sensible footwear.

Click here for more information.

 

LIT creative writing & performance workshops, Saturday 23rd November, The Old Sunday school

LIT creative writing & performance workshops, Saturday 23rd November, The Old Sunday school

The Old Sunday school is home to LIT’s impressive and inspiring range of workshops to help you kick start or hone your writing and performing skills.

Choose from Writing Flash Fiction, Performing Flash Fiction, An Introduction to Comedy Writing for Women, Performing your poetry for Women and Writing non-fiction/memoir.

Workshops run from 11am on Saturday 23rd November and start at £6. For more info and to book see litmacc.org. Places are limited.

Alan Turing's Manchester with Jonathan Swinton, Saturday 23rd November, 2pm

Alan Turing's Manchester with Jonathan Swinton, Saturday 23rd November, 2pm

In this talk, part of LIT at the Old Sunday school, local writer Jonathan Swinton sheds surprising new light on the last years of Alan Turing’s life after Bletchley Park. The codebreaker and mathematician spent most of the 20th century in obscurity, and Manchester, which now adopts him as a patron saint, forgot about him most of all.

Jonathan shows how the divides of Cold War Britain, between men and women, gay and straight, north and south, influenced Turing’s reception. And how one life ended tragically early – in the post-war suburbs – while busy creating the computer.

Saturday 23rd November, 2pm. FREE, no need to book.

Christmas Wreath Workshops  Tuesday 26th, Thursday 28th & Saturday 30th November

Christmas Wreath Workshops Tuesday 26th, Thursday 28th & Saturday 30th November

For the perfect start to this festive season, join me in making a luxury Christmas wreath featuring premium artificial flowers and seasonal foliage that will last for years to come and be the envy of all your neighbours!

On this workshop you will learn the techniques to create your own unique design, with a bounty of seasonal artificial flowers and foliage to choose from to create your own unique design to suit your taste.

This workshop is suitable for ages 16+

DATE & TIME

Tuesday 26th November, 6.30pm-9.30pm

Thursday 28th November, 6.30-9pm SOLD OUT

Saturday 30th November, 10am-12.30pm

LOCATION

Makers’ Place, Silk Museum, Park Lane SK11 6TJ

PRICE & BOOKING

The cost of this workshop is £50 which includes all materials, festive treats and mulled wine.

Spaces are limited and full payment is required to secure your place, too book email – [email protected]

Silver Stacking Rings Workshop Saturday 30th November

Silver Stacking Rings Workshop Saturday 30th November

Come and make a set of your own silver stacking rings with our resident jeweller Alison Stairmand.

During the workshop you will learn basic jewellery techniques including sizing your rings, sawing, texturing, shaping, forming, soldering and finishing in a relaxed and fun environment.

Price includes eco silver for 3 rings and plenty of copper to practice skills. As well as cake and refreshments.

All tools provided but please bring an apron and don’t wear your Sunday best, jewellery making is fun but can be messy.

Suitable for beginners, must be over 16 years.

DATE & TIME

Saturday 30th November 1.30-4pm

LOCATION

Makers’ Place, Silk Museum, Park Lane SK11 6TJ

PRICE & BOOKING

Cost is £55. Spaces are limited to 4 people to make sure everyone gets suitable support.

Full payment is required to secure your place, to book email [email protected]

A Victorian Christmas at the Old Sunday school, Saturdays in December

A Victorian Christmas at the Old Sunday school, Saturdays in December

A Victorian Christmas at the Old Sunday School

Experience a Victorian Christmas at the Old Sunday School with our immersive experience – perfect for families!

Step back in time to meet the maid in the parlour and find out what Christmas was like in a large Victorian house. Discover the fascinating origins of Christmas traditions that we take for granted today and experience the festive season through the eyes of both wealthy Victorians and their servants. Children can dress up in costume and you’ll have the opportunity to take photos in front of our festive tree.

Visit our famous and unique Victorian Schoolroom to enjoy Christmas crafts in an atmospheric setting and take home a piece of the festive fun.

Our Victorian Christmas sessions run on Saturdays in December at the following times: 

Saturday 7thDecember
11am-12.30pm

Saturday 14thDecember
11am-12.30pm
1-2.30pm
2.30-4pm

Saturday 21stDecember
11am-12.30pm
1-2.30pm
2.30-4pm

Location
The Old Sunday School, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6UT

Price & Booking
£3.50 per person or £12.00 for a group of four

Limited places per session. Tickets available from the Silk Museum Shop on Park Lane or call 01625 612045 to buy tickets, and collect on the door.

We regret that we are unable to provide refunds if you do not attend or choose to cancel.  (Suitable for 4+, children 3 and under can accompany their families for free but will not receive a pack of craft materials).

 

Charles Tunnicliffe exhibition, Saturdays in December, The Old Sunday school

Charles Tunnicliffe exhibition, Saturdays in December, The Old Sunday school

We are very pleased to announce that the Old Sunday school is currently hosting a display of Charles Tunnicliffe’s pictures curated by the Macclesfield Museums.

Tunnicliffe was a local artist, born in Langley in 1901.  He spent his early years living on a farm at Sutton where he saw a large amount of wildlife. As a young boy he attended Sutton St James’ C.E. Primary School and in 1916 he began to study at the Macclesfield School of Art.

Much of Tunnicliffe’s work is of birds in their natural settings and many of these are on display in this exhibition.

Tunnicliffe worked in a number of media, including watercolour painting, etching, woodcut, scraperboard and oil painting.  These different styles of working have been explored in a number of local schools with local artist, Julie Longbottom.  We are thrilled that the art work from Fallibroome Academy, Rainow Primary School and Puss Bank School are all included alongside the work of Tunnicliffe in this exhibition.

Dates

Saturday 7thDecember (only open until 12.00)
Saturday 14thDecember
Saturday 21stDecember

(The exhibition will run until the end of January 2020 and further opening hours will be released soon)

Time
10am-4pm

Location
The Old Sunday School, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6UT

Price & Booking
Free, donations welcome
No booking required.

Metal embossing Christmas decoration workshop, Saturdays in December, The Old Sunday school

Metal embossing Christmas decoration workshop, Saturdays in December, The Old Sunday school

Work with local artist Hannah Wooll to make vintage, folk art inspired, Christmas Decorations using metal sheets and enamel paints.

During the workshop you’ll have time to make two decorations, in your own design, to take away with you.

http://www.hannahwooll.co.uk/

Dates
Saturday 7thDecember
Saturday 14thDecember
Saturday 21stDecember

Time
10am-noon

Location
The Old Sunday School, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6UT

Price & Booking
£10 per person

Limited places per session. Tickets available from the Silk Museum Shop on Park Lane or call 01625 612045 to purchase tickets over the phone, and collect on the door. We regret that we are unable to provide refunds if you do not attend or choose to cancel.  (This is an adult workshop and is suitable for everyone aged 8+, no prior experience needed.  Due to the nature of the materials used care is required as there may be sharp edges to the metal.)

 

Festive fairy-tale house, workshop, 14th &21st December, The Old Sunday school

Festive fairy-tale house, workshop, 14th &21st December, The Old Sunday school

Make your own Festive Fairy-tale House at this mouth-wateringly fun workshop. The session starts with you constructing the house.  You can then let your imagination run wild as you decorate your festive house with sweets and other yummy goodies!

Dates
Saturday 14thDecember
Saturday 21stDecember

Times available
10-11am
11.30am-12.30pm

Location
The Old Sunday School, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6UT

Price & Booking
£4 per festive house (Young children will require support from an accompanying adult.  Tickets are only required for the children and they will produce one house to take away with them. Adults are required to accompany children throughout the workshop).

Limited places per session.  Suitable for 3+ years. Tickets available from the Silk Museum Shop on Park Lane or call 01625 612045 to purchase tickets over the phone, and collect on the door. We regret that we are unable to provide refunds if you do not attend or choose to cancel.

Make Silk Christmas decorations, workshop, Saturdays 14th & 21st December, The Old Sunday school

Make Silk Christmas decorations, workshop, Saturdays 14th & 21st December, The Old Sunday school

Take time during the Christmas build up to work with our resident artist, Julie Longbottom, to make two silk decorations. Using this tactile material, you’ll produce beautiful decorations – fabulous additions to your Christmas tree or any festive display.

Dates
Saturday 14thDecember
Saturday 21stDecember

Time
1-3 pm

Location
Charles Roe Studio
The Old Sunday School, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6UT

Price & Booking
£10 per person

Limited places per session.  Suitable for 8+ years. Tickets available from the Silk Museum Shop on Park Lane or call 01625 612045 to purchase tickets over the phone, and collect on the door. We regret that we are unable to provide refunds if you do not attend or choose to cancel.

 

Stitch Meditation, Saturdays 14th & 21st December, The Old Sunday school

Stitch Meditation, Saturdays 14th & 21st December, The Old Sunday school

There’s no doubt that stitching is good for the soul, especially when done as part of a group. It can be sociable, comforting and can increase wellbeing.

During a stitch meditation session, you’ll be encouraged to slow down and switch off from your busy life using stitch as your medium.

Stitch meditation is also sometimes called ‘slow stitch’ and involves working with thread, fabric and mixed media resources in a mindful way.

This taster session is suitable for everyone. It will last approximately 90 minutes and will start and end with a short, guided meditation.

You will be semi-guided through a relaxed stitch project to create your own small piece of textile art.

Materials will be provided, though you are welcome to bring any interesting or inspiring pieces of fabric, thread, paper etc. If you have a needle too, that’s great.

Dates
Saturday 14thDecember
Saturday 21stDecember

Time

1.30-3pm

Location
The Old Sunday School, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6UT

Price & Booking
£7 per person

Limited places per session. Tickets available from the Silk Museum Shop on Park Lane or call 01625 612045 to purchase tickets over the phone, and collect on the door. We regret that we are unable to provide refunds if you do not attend or choose to cancel.  (This is an adult workshop and is suitable for everyone aged 14+, no prior experience needed.)

Crochet Beautiful Earrings on Silver Ear Wires Saturday Friday 6th December

Crochet Beautiful Earrings on Silver Ear Wires Saturday Friday 6th December

These are a ‘must have’ for you and perfect gifts for friends and family.

This workshop is aimed at people new to crochet, with basic knowledge and those beyond. Not suitable for people who cannot crochet.

The yarn I’ll be supplying will be 100% cotton 2py in a variety of colours, from neutrals, pastels to brights, so everyone can enjoy their perfect colour combos. You will require good eyesight.

I will provide all materials & equipment for the purpose of the workshop (including written pattern and chart to take home) as well as a lovely piece of cake & refreshments. (Because of the time of day, you are welcome to bring a light packed lunch should you wish).

DATE & TIME

Friday 6th December 12-3pm

LOCATION

Makers’ Place, Silk Museum, Park Lane SK11 6TJ

PRICE & BOOKING

£35 per person. Places are limited and book up quickly

To secure your place & arrange payment contact Lisa by email:
[email protected] Fee is refundable up to 7 days before the workshop

Nicholas Daniel, oboe | Northern Chamber Orchestra Saturday 7th December

Nicholas Daniel, oboe | Northern Chamber Orchestra Saturday 7th December

Handel – Concerto Grosso op 6 no 12 | Vaughan Williams – Oboe Concerto | Shostakovich – Chamber Symphony op 110a | Mozart – Adagio and Fugue | Vivaldi – Violin Concerto RV199 ‘Il Sospetto’

We’re pleased to welcome back Nicholas Daniel, who has played many times for us in past seasons; surely among the greatest of BBC Young Musician winners.

Vaughan Williams wrote his Oboe Concerto in 1944 at the age of 72 while composing his opera The Pilgrim’s Progress. It has a symphonic feel about it while at the same time virtuosic and beautifully lyrical.

Shostakovich wrote his 8th string quartet in Dresden over only 3 days in 1960. It’s an intensely personal piece, using a 4 note motif made from his name while quoting from a number of his own works. There is an incredibly bleak landscape contrasted with terrifying sounds of war.

Following this we have Mozart’s Adagio and Fugue in C minor, the adagio alternately dramatic and quite beautiful, preceding a fugue he had composed earlier for two pianos.

The concert begins and ends with baroque: Handel’s B minor concerto grosso contains one of his loveliest tunes – the E major Larghetto e piano, and Vivaldi’s C minor concerto is one of his finest.

On general sale Monday 1 July 2019. Season ticket renewals and Friends should call 0161 247 2220.

DATE & TIME

Saturday 7th December,  7.30-9.30pm

LOCATION

The Auditorium, Old Sunday School, Roe Street, SK11 6UT

PRICE & TICKETS

On general sale Monday 1 July 2019. Season ticket renewals and Friends should call 0161 247 2220.

Tickets: £22 stalls, £17 gallery | Full Time Students and Under 18s Free To purchase, and further details, click here 

Needle Felted Robin Workshop Saturday 7th December

Needle Felted Robin Workshop Saturday 7th December

This workshop is suitable for all skill levels.
You will discover how to needle felt a Robin and you will learn about needle felting equipment/tools, processes and techniques.
This is a fun and therapeutic craft that produces amazing creations.

The toolkit you use will be yours to keep, so that you can continue needle felting… which you will definitely want to.

Tea, coffee and cake are provided, however you will need to bring a light lunch.

DATE & TIME

Saturday 7th December, 10.00 – 4.15pm

LOCATION

Makers’ Place, Silk Museum, Park Lane SK11 6TJ

PRICE & BOOKING

The cost is £50 and payment in full will secure your place (payments will only be refunded if attendee’s can provide 2 weeks notice, an alternative date may be offered if space allows)

To book a place please email: [email protected] This activity is suitable for over 16’s.

Handmade Cork Embroidered Notebook Workshop Tuesday 6th December 

Handmade Cork Embroidered Notebook Workshop Tuesday 6th December 

During this workshop, you will create a hand bound cork notebook with your own embroidered quote design on the front.

We will create a simple saddle stitched notebook then design a quote that will be stitched into the front cover.

A variety of cork fabric and embroidery threads will be available for you to use so that you can create something super unique.

All fabrics, materials and equipment needed to make your notebook will be provided.

Tea, coffee and cake will be provided.

This workshop is suitable for age 16+

DATE & TIME

Tuesday 6th December  6.30-9.30pm

LOCATION

Makers’ Place, Silk Museum, Park Lane SK11 6TJ

PRICE & BOOKING

£35 per person. Full payment is required on booking.

This workshop is suitable for age 16+

To book your spot, email Gemma at [email protected]

 

Cinemac Listings

Cinemac Listings

The home of Macclesfield’s much-loved neighbourhood cinema, Cinemac, showing the latest films and live satellite screenings using state of the art digital projection equipment, with a bar open 30 minutes before selected performances, serving tea, coffee, prosecco, wine, beer and spirits.

LOCATION

The Old Sunday School, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6UT.

PRICES & TICKETS

To purchase tickets and keep up to date with Cinemac’s exciting programme of daily screenings visit their website cinemac.org.uk

Learn to Crochet Workshop Saturday 11th January 2020

Learn to Crochet Workshop Saturday 11th January 2020

Crochet for beginners – Aimed at complete novice/refresher level.

This workshop will teach you how to hold the yarn and hook correctly, making chain stitches and treble stitches, giving you the skills to make a Granny Square; a super versatile first project.

Warning: taking this workshop can lead to an addiction of gorgeous yarns and a relaxed, calm mind. Learning to crochet will make you feel less stressed, very creative and fantastically proud of your skills!

There will only be 2 places per workshop so that I can devote a high level of tuition and attention to you.

I will provide all materials & equipment for the purpose of the workshop as well as a lovely piece of cake & refreshments.

DATE & TIME

Saturday 11th January 2020

Workshop 1: 10.30am – 12.30

Workshop 2: 1.30pm – 3.30pm

LOCATION

Makers’ Place, Silk Museum, Park Lane SK11 6TJ

PRICE & BOOKING

Cost only £25 per person. Places are limited and book up quickly

To secure your place & arrange payment contact Lisa by email:
[email protected]

Fee is refundable up to 7 days before the workshop

Set of 3 Saddle Stitch Notebooks Workshop Tuesday 14th January 2020

Set of 3 Saddle Stitch Notebooks Workshop Tuesday 14th January 2020

During this workshop, you will create a set of 3 simple saddle stitch notebook using decorative paper.

A variety of decorative handmade paper and binding threads will be available for you to use so that you can create something super unique.

All materials and equipment needed to make your notebook will be provided.  Tea, coffee and cake will be provided.

This workshop is suitable for age 16+

DATE & TIME

Tuesday 14th January, 6:30pm – 9pm

LOCATION

Makers’ Place, Silk Museum, Park Lane SK11 6TJ

PRICE & BOOKING

£35 per person. Full payment is required on booking.

Book your spot at https://mantraandmoon.com/shop/set-of-3-saddle-stitch-notebooks-workshop/

If you have any questions, please contact Gemma at [email protected]

Colin Currie, percussion | Northern Chamber Orchestra Saturday 18th January 2020

Colin Currie, percussion | Northern Chamber Orchestra Saturday 18th January 2020

Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Kurt Schwertsik Now you hear me, now you don’t
Delius Two Aquarelles
Dvořák Serenade for Strings op 22

Our first concert of the New Year brings a programme that begins and ends with two great string serenades. The much abused term masterpiece must unquestionably be applied to Mozart’s Little Night Music, composed towards the end of his short life.

Dvorák’s Serenade, in five movements, contains a waltz, a scherzo and one of his loveliest slow movements. The high-spirited finale eventually returns to the benign calm of the opening section, giving an arch-like structure to the whole piece.

We welcome the marvellously talented Scottish percussionist, Colin Currie. He is playing an entertaining piece by contemporary Viennese composer Kurt Schwertsik, whose works are characterised by his particular exploration of tonality, musical irony and humour.

DATE & TIME

Saturday 18th January 2020, 7.30 – 9.30pm

LOCATION

The Auditorium, Old Sunday School, Roe Street, SK11 6UT

PRICE & TICKETS

On general sale Monday 1 July 2019. Season ticket renewals and Friends should call 0161 247 2220.

Tickets: £22 stalls, £17 gallery | Full Time Students and Under 18s Free To purchase, and further details, click here 

 

Quiz Night Wednesday 12th February 2020

Quiz Night Wednesday 12th February 2020

The ever popular annual Quiz Night is back!

Make your own team of 4 or just come along on the night.

DATE & TIME

Wednesday February 12th at 7.30pm

LOCATION

The Whitaker Room, The Old Sunday School, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6UT

PRICE & BOOKING

Tickets cost £6 per person or £5 for Friends of Macclesfield Silk Heritage members. Includes tea and cake refreshments.

Tickets available from the Silk Museum Shop on Park Lane or call 01625 612045 to purchase tickets over the phone, and collect on the door.

BECOME A FRIEND

For further information about the benefits of joining the Friends of Macclesfield Silk Heritage, contact [email protected]

 

Martin James Bartlett, piano | Northern Chamber Orchestra Saturday 15th February 2020

Martin James Bartlett, piano | Northern Chamber Orchestra Saturday 15th February 2020

Rossini – String Sonata no 4 | Mozart – Piano Concerto K271 ‘Jeunehomme’ | Sibelius – Suite Champêtre | Mozart – Symphony no 33 in B flat

Winner of the BBC Young Musician competition in 2014, Martin James Bartlett, who previously appeared with the NCO in 2016, returns to Macclesfield. He plays Mozart’s early masterpiece composed in Salzburg when he was 21, which Alfred Brendel called “one of the greatest wonders of the world” and Alfred Einstein dubbed “Mozart’s Eroica.”

Rossini was only twelve years old when he wrote his delightful string sonatas. These are scored for an ensemble of violins, cellos and double bass (no violas!). Sibelius’ Suite Champêtre is a light-hearted pastoral piece full of rustic charm.

The concert concludes with Mozart’s Bb symphony, composed in Salzburg in 1779. A gravely beautiful slow movement, sprightly outer movements – the minuet was a later addition – show his usual masterful use of the wind.

DATE & TIME

Saturday 15th February 2020, 7.30-9.30pm

LOCATION

The Auditorium, Old Sunday School, Roe Street, SK11 6UT

PRICE & TICKETS

On general sale Monday 1 July 2019. Season ticket renewals and Friends should call 0161 247 2220.

Tickets: £22 stalls, £17 gallery | Full Time Students and Under 18s Free To purchase, and further details, click here 

Across the Sahara with Sir Philip & Lady Brocklehurst Saturday 22nd February 2020

Across the Sahara with Sir Philip & Lady Brocklehurst Saturday 22nd February 2020

Sir Philip Brocklehurst’s exploits in the Antarctic, when he sailed with Shackleton on the Nimrod, are relatively well documented. Less well known is the story of his journey across the Sahara by car from Algiers to Khartoum, accompanied by Lady Brocklehurst and George Gratton as mechanic.

The year was 1930 and the ‘Transsaharien’ people in Algiers tried to put them off; it was difficult to find the track, there was danger from sand storms and it was madness to attempt the crossing without wireless or guide. However, with eight tin tanks for water and 100 gallons of petrol on board, the adventure began on 27th January, in pelting rain on a road engineered by the Foreign Legion.

We are lucky to have access to a copy of Lady Brocklehurst’s diary along with wonderful photos taken on the 5,000 mile journey.

DATE & TIME

Saturday 22nd February, doors open at 2.30pm.

LOCATION

West Park Museum, Prestbury Road, Macclesfield SK10 3BJ

PRICE & TICKETS

Donation of £5 appreciated, in aid of the Friends of Macclesfield Silk Museum. Refreshments available.

Please note – no parking on-site. The nearest public car park is 6 minute walk away, Whalley Hayes SK10 1BS.

Benjamin Powell, piano | Northern Chamber Orchestra Saturday 21st March 2020

Benjamin Powell, piano | Northern Chamber Orchestra Saturday 21st March 2020

Mozart – Divertimento in F K138 | Tchaikovsky – Elegy | Shostakovich – Concerto no 1 for piano, trumpet and string orchestra | Handel arr. Manson – Violin sonata in D | Mozart -Divertimento in D K251

Pianist Benjamin Powell joins us in Macclesfield for an evening bookended with Mozart divertimentos. He plays Shostakovich’s first piano concerto, written in 1933, which sees the trumpet in frequent dialogue with the piano.

Preceding the Shostakovich is Tchaikovsky’s Elegy, and we also hear our composer in residence and double bass player James Manson’s take on Handel’s Violin sonata in D.

DATE & TIME

Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 7:30-9:30pm

LOCATION

The Auditorium, Old Sunday School, Roe Street, SK11 6UT

PRICE & TICKETS

Tickets: £22 stalls, £17 gallery | Full Time Students and Under 18s Free To purchase, and further details, click here 

Please note that this concert originally featured violinist Chloë Hanslip as soloist.

History Wardrobe: Secret Life of Knitting Saturday 7th March 2020

History Wardrobe: Secret Life of Knitting Saturday 7th March 2020

The History Wardrobe presents ‘The Secret Life of Knitting: Spies, Codes, Cuddles & Survival’.

Journey beyond the basic knit-one-purl-one to learn more about the amazing history of knitwear and crochet. From Egyptian socks and Royal vests to playful ponchos and radical yarn bombing!

DATE & TIME

Saturday 7th March 2020. 10am  tea, coffee and cakes followed by presentation at 11am.

LOCATION

The Auditorium, The Old Sunday School, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6UT

PRICE & BOOKING

Tickets cost £15 per person or £13 for Friends of Macclesfield Silk Heritage members. Includes tea and cake refreshments.

Tickets available from the Silk Museum Shop on Park Lane or Macclesfield Visitor Centre. Or call 01625 612045 to purchase tickets over the phone, and collect on the door.

BECOME A FRIEND

For further information about the benefits of joining the Friends of Macclesfield Silk Heritage, contact [email protected]

 

Northern Chamber Orchestra Soloists Saturday 18th April 2020

Northern Chamber Orchestra Soloists Saturday 18th April 2020

Beethoven – String Quartet in B flat op 130/133 | Beethoven – Septet

In celebration of the 250th anniversary year of Beethoven’s birth, our traditional annual NCO Soloists concert gives our principal players the chance to enjoy some of the limelight and features two of his most celebrated chamber works.

Beethoven’s String Quartet op 130, played in the original version with the massive and notorious Grosse Fuge as finale, is the most substantial of the late great quartets, which mystified audiences of that time.

The Septet, scored for clarinet, horn, bassoon, violin, viola, cello and double bass, is one of Beethoven’s most successful and popular works – an uplifting piece of music that is rewarding and enjoyable for the musicians and audience alike.

DATE & TIME

Saturday 18th April, 7.30-9.30pm

LOCATION

The Auditorium, Old Sunday School, Roe Street, SK11 6UT

PRICE & TICKETS

On general sale Monday 1 July 2019. Season ticket renewals and Friends should call 0161 247 2220.

Tickets: £22 stalls, £17 gallery | Full Time Students and Under 18s Free To purchase, and further details, click here 

Meridith Towne: The Victorian Dressmaker Saturday 25th April 2020

Meridith Towne: The Victorian Dressmaker Saturday 25th April 2020

Gorgeous gowns, fantastic frills, dramatic decoration and luscious lace abound in this talk celebrating the skill of the Victorian dressmaker.

Celebrate the sumptuous styles of the era whilst sparing a thought for the women who made them.

Meridith Towne, Costume Historian & Dressmaker, will show what the seamstress wears to make a lady’s fabulous new frock with original examples on display for you to study and admire.

Followed by Tea coffee and delicious cake.

DATE & TIME

Saturday 25th April 2020, 2pm

LOCATION

The Whitaker Room, The Old Sunday School, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6UT

PRICE & BOOKING

Tickets cost £12 per person or £10 for Friends of Macclesfield Silk Heritage members. Includes tea and cake refreshments.

Tickets available from the Silk Museum Shop on Park Lane or call 01625 612045 to purchase tickets over the phone, and collect on the door.

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Silkopoly Wednesday 13th May 2020

Silkopoly Wednesday 13th May 2020

Join Beryl Footman and the  Friend’s for a fun night of ‘Silkopoly’ – Macclesfield’s version of Monopoly!

Pass Go and buy up the whole of Macclesfield in one night! – Evening includes tea cakes and a Cognac Raffle.

DATE & TIME

Wednesday 13th May 2020 at 7.30pm

LOCATION

The Whitaker Room, The Old Sunday School, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6UT

PRICE & BOOKING

Tickets cost £6 per person or £5 for Friends of Macclesfield Silk Heritage members. Includes tea and cake refreshments.

Tickets available from the Silk Museum Shop on Park Lane, or call 01625 612045 to purchase tickets over the phone, and collect on the door.

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Anthony Marwood, violin | Northern Chamber Orchestra Saturday 16th May 2020

Anthony Marwood, violin | Northern Chamber Orchestra Saturday 16th May 2020

James Manson – New Commission | Haydn – Symphony no 101 in D major ‘The Clock’ | Beethoven – Violin Concerto op 61

Superb British violinist Anthony Marwood is equally at home playing the great concertos, chamber music and pioneering new works. We eagerly await his interpretation of Beethoven’s Olympian Violin Concerto.

The concert begins with a new piece specially composed by our principal double bass player and resident composer, James Manson. Previous
compositions heard in Macclesfield, Meeting at Nisqueunia and Softly Pleads my Song were very well received.

Haydn was 61 when he visited London for the second time and must have revelled in the huge popularity he had there. His D major symphony has a large-scale grandeur alongside sophisticated wit and broad humour together with his inexhaustible inventiveness.

DATE & TIME

Saturday 16th May, 7.30-9.30pm

LOCATION

The Auditorium, Old Sunday School, Roe Street, SK11 6UT

PRICE & TICKETS

On general sale Monday 1 July 2019. Season ticket renewals and Friends should call 0161 247 2220.

Tickets: £22 stalls, £17 gallery | Full Time Students and Under 18s Free To purchase, and further details, click here 

The Silk Road Wednesday 10th June 2020

The Silk Road Wednesday 10th June 2020

Join Sue Mason for a fascinating evening exploring the Silk Road.

DATE & TIME

Wednesday 10th June, 7.30pm.
LOCATION

Room TBC in 2020 – The Old Sunday School, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6UT

PRICE & BOOKING

Tickets cost £6 per person or £5 for Friends of Macclesfield Silk Heritage members. Includes tea and cake refreshments.

Tickets available from the Silk Museum Shop on Park Lane, or call 01625 612045 to purchase tickets over the phone, and collect on the door.

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The Art Society at the Silk Museum

The Art Society at the Silk Museum

The exhibition looks at the work of a fantastic group of volunteers from the Arts Society and their help in rediscovering a collection of Point Paper Designs.

We have recently rediscovered a collection of point paper designs, used by local mills in the textile manufacturing process. These objects had not been touched in decades.

The Art Society are helping with: documenting, condition checking and photographing these wonderful objects, bringing life back into this collection once again.

Through this display you will explore the wonderful work of the Art Society at the Silk Museum and discover a selection of the point paper designs, chosen by the volunteers. This is the first time these objects have ever been displayed.

DATE & TIME

From now until the end of August 10am – 4pm Monday to Saturday

LOCATION

Silk Museum Park Lane SK11 6TJ