Welcome to Parbold Douglas Music

Parbold Douglas Music presents an annual series of live concerts, from September to May/June. These feature renowned international concerts artists, ensembles and emerging professional talents in all kinds of music making.

The recently refurbished Auditorium in Parbold's Village Hall offers excellent acoustics and a welcoming, salon-like ambience.  This venue and Douglas Music’s magnificent 2002 Steinway Concert Grand Model D, originally from the Barbican Concert Hall in London, attract some of the finest musicians and pianists.

Audiences come from the locality and from across the North West.

Parbold Douglas Music is a non-profit, registered charity and offers discount adult subscriptions and, also, a ticket discount for Young persons and students. Parbold Douglas Music also positively promotes children's and Young Musicians’ concerts.

To contact us, please email info@parbolddouglasmusic.org.

Our 2020 - 21 Season of Music

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Two groups of West Lancashire volunteers have each received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award for voluntary service and the MBE for volunteer groups

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Margaret White

The founder of the Douglas Music Society, died peacefully over New Year.

Margaret would have been 102 years old in March 2021. Margaret originally came from Southport, was educated at Roedean School and worked as the Almoner at Billinge Hospital. A Parbold resident remembers her as a ‘very special person’ and tells the story of her making a large pot of soup and taking it by car to feed protesters at a rally in the South. She celebrated her 90th birthday with a parachute jump!

The founding of Douglas Music began in the late sixties. Enthused by her experience at a 1967 LCC adult learning weekend-course on a Mahler Symphony led by Joan Burns, Margaret started a regular music-appreciation class in her home. She invited Joan Burns as the tutor and recruited a few friends and locals, in all about 15-16 people, to begin meeting in the Autumn of 1968. Its success inspired more events in 1969 and 1970.  The audience expanded and the events quickly moved to a room in Our Lady and All Saints Convent. By 1971 the overwhelming local demand prompted another move to Parbold Women’s Institute and the first series of concerts was created. The organisers had no funds and used the time-honoured funding method of a ‘box office split’; traditions were established: affordable admission at 3/6d [i.e., 17.5 pence] and recruiting a cohort of local volunteer-audience doing publicity, flowers, refreshments, box office, lighting, curtains and setting out chairs. Among those who came to play in Parbold were eight members of the Liverpool Philharmonic, the pianist, Peter Donohoe at the start of his illustrious career and students from the Royal Northern College of Music.  A second and third series of concerts followed. The Wigan Observer of September 1973 reported on the success of the venture and recorded Margaret’s statement that the aim of the organisation was ‘to extend the promotion of concerts by international artists in the Village Hall and that these were open to everyone’.  The society also offered lectures and visits to concerts in the major cities. In July that same year, 1973, the organisation was formally established as Douglas Music Society, a registered charity, with Margaret White as its President.

Margaret left Parbold to move to the West Country in the late 1970s but Douglas Music’s concerts remained.

Planning for 2021-2022.

Summer 2021 concerts: We hope to present the following events in early summer.

  • Neil Brand, silent film accompanist, TV presenter and composer, talks about and presents with live piano soundtrack: Charlie Chaplin’s THE IMMIGRANT and Buster Keaton’s THE GENERAL.
  • Neil Brand will also present and play for a schoolchildren’s concert on ‘Silent Comedy’ Parents invited to attend
  • Vitaly Pisarenko, piano
  • London Tango Quintet with Miloš Milivojevic, accordion and Craig Ogden, guitar
  • Leyland Brass Band “Roaring Twenties” with NW concert pianist, David Daniels in Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’

2021-2022 Season

The following artists are confirmed:
includes re-scheduled artists from earlier seasons

  • She’Koyokh,
  • Red Priest,
  • Classico Latino,
  • Carducci Quartet
  • Jack Liebeck & Katya Apekisheva in ‘The Hollywood Sound’
  • Alina Ibragimova, violin
  • Nathan Meltzer, violin & Yannick Rafalimanana, piano [TBC]

Pianists:

  • Anna Fedorova
  • Paul Lewis
  • Garrick Ohlsson
  • Noriko Ogawa
  • Javier Perianes
  • Nelson Goerner
  • Eric Lu

Anna will be appearing in Parbold on March 12th 2022. In these times of lockdown our patrons may be interested to learn that last week Anna Fedorova had the honour of opening the famed Amsterdam venue’s Empty Concertgebouw Sessions, a variation on the video series sessions, in which musicians perform a piece of music in one take.

She recorded a 25 min. concert of Scriabin, Chopin, Da Falla in the empty Concertgebouw.

Aquarelle Guitar Quartet

Friday Shoppers at Wigan's Grand Arcade, Skelmersdale's Concourse and Burscough's and Chorley’s Booths stores had the pleasure of hearing and seeing The Aquarelle Guitar Quartet on 14th September 2018 creating Flash Mob performances at each venue.

Parbold Douglas Music members and friends planned and managed this before Aquarelle’s Saturday evening concert in the following week at its venue, the Auditorium, Parbold Village Hall.

Parbold Douglas Music will definitely be inviting these talented musicians back!

the 12 ensemble

Shoppers at Skelmersdale's Concourse, not to mention Wigan's Grand Arcade, Southport's M&S, and Burscough's Booths store, had the pleasure of witnessing the 12 ensemble on 20th October 2017, providing a fabulous Flash Mob event at each venue.

Parbold Douglas Music members and friends planned and managed this in advance of the 12's wonderful performance the next evening, at our usual venue, the Auditorium at Parbold Village Hall.

We will definitely be inviting these talented young musicians back!

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Box Office: 01257 498452

To book tickets for any of our events, please use the individual concert listing pages or call our box office on 01257 498452 (Answer machine).

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