Mayor’s music fits the bill

Posted on March 12, 2010

A Piece composed by Tameside Mayor Councillor John Sullivan is being performed as part of a prestigious concert at Ashton Town Hall.

The event will feature the internationally acclaimed countertenor James Bowman as well as a number of other celebrated artists.

In hosting the event, the mayor aims to bring world-class music to the heart of the local community while also raising funds for local good causes through his charity appeal fund.

Councillor Sullivan is a trained musician and, after graduating from the Northern School of Music in Manchester in 1972, he worked in Education for many years, both as a peripatetic instrumental teacher and as Head of a Music Department in a large Comprehensive School. Councillor Sullivan is also a member of the board of Manchester Camerata.

The concert, to be held at 7,30pm on March 19, is in line with Councillor  Sullivan’s ongoing efforts as the council’s Musical and Choral attaché and chair of Hyde District Assembly to bring live music to the borough.

   Mayor of Tameside Councilllor John Sullivan

Speaking about the concert, Councillor Sullivan said: “This concert is a real coup for Tameside – it is not often we have the chance to appreciate such first class performers right on our own doorstep.

“I want to make it as easy as possible for all people, young and old, to come along and enjoy a wonderful evening of music. Ashton Town Hall is a super venue and the price has been set to make it as affordable as possible for all.”

Councillor Sullivan’s composition ‘Joie-de-Vivre’ has been arranged for recorder, cello and harpsichord.

He said: “I’m very honoured to have this short work included in such a fine programme. It was written as a tribute to one of the performers on the evening, the internationally renowned recorder player John Turner, in recognition of his commitment to promoting British music and musicians.”

Tickets, priced at £10, are available from Ashton Town Hall and Tameside Tourist Information Centre. For further information please contact the Mayor’s Office on 0161 342 3087 or click here to visit the council’s website.