Local Music for Local People

How it Began 

Music at St Mary's - How it all began 

Music at St Mary's is a new musical initiative based at the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin in the leafy suburbs of Davyhulme, just across the M60 from the Trafford Centre.

In 1962 a little-known Liverpool band were booked to support Brian Poole & the Tremloes at the Urmston Show in Abbottsfield Park (locally known as Chassen Park) during August 1993.
By August 1963 this unknown band from Liverpool had developed into the worldwide phenomena known as The Beatles.
 

The Urmston Show in 1963 was one of the very last occasions when The Beatles performed live at a small local venue.
 

In late 2012, local Urmston Beatles enthusiast Peter Killick had the idea of creating an event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles performance in Abbotsfield Park and the concept of a Beatles in Urmston concert was conceived. 

Headlined by The Bootleg Beatles, the concert took place in Abbotsfield Park over Saturday the 10th and Sunday the 11th  August 2013.  The show included such 1960's hit makers as Herman's Hermits (Peter Noon was originally from Urmston), The Tremloes, The Rockin' Berries, The Merseybeats and Mike Pender's Searchers along with a number of local bands such as The Rainband (fronted by Martin Finnegan from Flixton) and The Vincents.

The two days of the concert produced wonderful weather and the event was a complete success.

Local Davyhulme resident David Mackereth attended the concert on the Saturday and also worked as a helper at the event from Friday till the following Monday.  He was so impressed by the performances of the local bands that he began to conceive the idea that perhaps there should be more opportunities for local groups to perform locally on a regular basis.
Getting together with the Beatles in Urmston organiser Peter Killick, David (who had never before organised a concert) began to develop the concept of a series of concerts having the theme Local Music for Local People.

David attends his local Parish Church, St Mary the Virgin in Davyhulme (which joins on to Urmston and Flixton) and he could see the possibility of holding regular fund raising concerts in the 250 seater Church.
Following discussions with the Vicar Canon Chris Ford and the Parochial Church Council, permission was granted for a trial concert to be held in February 2014, this being the first Pop Concert ever to be held actually inside St Mary's Church.

Under the banner of Music at St Mary's - Local Music for Local People the first Rock 'n' Roll Classics concert was arranged in February 2014, featuring  two local rock bands The Vincents and The Jailbirds plus a young local singer Tara O'Neil.
The concert was a great success raising  £1575 towards church funds and this lead to agreement being reached to stage a series of 'Music at St Mary's' concerts.
   
St Mary's is a spectacular setting with great acoustics and many of the audience were surprised to be literally "rolling in the aisles" in their local church.