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Welcome to Wigan Music Society - 78th Season 2018/19

About the Society

Wigan Music Society exists to present concerts of live music by both mature and young artists, enabling audiences to enjoy professionally performed recitals, both vocal and instrumental, in a friendly atmosphere.

Wigan Music Society was founded in 1941 so 2016 marked its 75th anniversary and 76th season .

Wigan Music Society

President:  Dr Hugh Mather, MD, FRCP, FRCO, ARCM.

Treasurer:  Mr Roger J Rimmer

Secretary: Mrs. P. Bannister - Tel. 01942 244304

Contact:  Mr Roger J Rimmer - Tel. 01257 427021


MANCHESTER RENAISSANCE ENSEMBLE Directed by Rory Wainwright Johnston

Manchester Renaissance Ensemble was formed in 2016 by students from the University of Manchester. They are a collection of musicians, both singers and instrumentalists, dedicated to the accurate performance of Renaissance and early music.  

Their programme is centred around the themes of rest, sleep and dreams, in both the literal and spiritual senses,. The programme includes William Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices, Vigilate and and Ave Verum Corpus as well as Eric Whitacre's Sleep, and two new commissions by composers at the RNCM.  

Rory Wainwright Johnston is the Musical Director of Cantores

Olicanae, The Brixi Singers, The A Capella Singers and Wigan

Choral Society, as well as continuing to support the

University’s Music Society.


                                                                                                         Rory Wainwright Johnston    

Music and Wellbeing . . .

Loneliness and Social Isolation There are currently more than 10 million people over 65, and this number is predicted to double by 2050. A study of loneliness in older Britons published in 2012 found that more than a fifth felt lonely all the time, and a quarter became more lonely over five years.

For older people, there is evidence to suggest that the risk of Alzheimer’s disease more than doubles for those experiencing loneliness (Wilson et al, 2007), although more research is needed in this area. Research has also shown that older people who are lonely are more likely to visit their GP and use more medication (Cohen, 2006), and more likely to enter residential care earlier (Russell et al, 1997).

Loneliness can be twice as unhealthy as obesity, according to researchers who found that feelings of isolation can have a devastating impact on older people. Compared with the average person in the study, those who reported being lonely had a 14% greater risk of dying.

Music has more universal appeal than any other art form or group activity, and will therefore be able to draw people together better than other activities. 79% of adults listen to recorded music regularly, and 29.7% of adults attend live music events. It is the most popular artistic activity across all ranges, including 65-75 year olds, and those over 75.

Arts Council England, ‘Taking Part’ survey 2012

Our first concert of the new season will feature the :


on Saturday 15th September 2018 from 7.30pm to 9.45pm at Trinity United Reformed Church.

Come along and enjoy the evening.   The benefits of listening to Live Music have been highlighted in the Arts Council England, ‘Taking Part’ survey 2012 read the article below:

All were welcomed and it should be a most memorable concert.

Tickets at the door:  Members £10.00, Visitors £12.00 and Students £1.00

Website link:

See also Facebook Page @WiganMusicSociety

Manchester Renaissance Ensemble

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