Hear the classics

LEIGH Music Society is sending out a desperate appeal for music lovers in the town to support the local concert scene.

Dwindling audiences have seen the future of the society, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, come under threat as it can no longer afford to pay the fees of visiting performers.

The society, which is entirely run by volunteers, offers two hours of music on the first Sunday afternoon of each month between October and March in the Derby Room, located upstairs in the Leigh Library building.

The committee are particularly hoping to attract some younger blood to enjoy the fare of light classics performed by visiting classical musicians and students from across the North West.

Secretary Kevin Mulhearn said: “At our last concert we only had 31 people come, and that simply doesn’t pay for the artists.

“I know people who go to concerts in Manchester and pay £20 to £30 for a ticket, who don’t realise that something similar is available here for less than half that.”

The society’s next concert is on Sunday (December 4) at 2.15pm, solo pieces performed by junior students from the Royal Northern College of Music. Tickets are £8 for adults and £3 for students and children.