Sandbach Concert Series

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Sandbach Concert Series
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GenreMusic festival
(last Wed of the month, Sep-Nov, Feb-Jun)
Location(s)Sandbach, England
Coordinates53°08′46″N 2°22′01″W / 53.146°N 2.367°W / 53.146; -2.367Coordinates: 53°08′46″N 2°22′01″W / 53.146°N 2.367°W / 53.146; -2.367
Years active8
Inaugurated29 September 2010 (2010-09-29)
FounderLauren Scott
Organised bySandbach Concert Series
Filing statusCharity Number 1166321
SponsorsArts Council England,[1] Sandbach Town Council,[2] Cheshire East Council, Sandbach Transport Festival, Rotary Club of Sandbach,[3] Love Music Trust, KPI Recruiting,[4] Sandbach Partnership, Sandbach Music, Astute Music, Nigel Birch
Artistic Director: Andy Scott
Spotlight Concert Director: Kevin Birch

The Sandbach Concert Series is a series of eight monthly concerts per year, that takes place in Sandbach, Cheshire. Each event begins with a Spotlight Concert that showcases a number of young musicians from local schools, before the main concert featuring professional musicians.[5] There is also an art exhibition, and raffle raising money for charitable causes.[6] There have been over 50 concerts to date.[7]


The Concert Series was conceived by harpist Lauren Scott and co-founded in 2010 with her husband, the composer and saxophonist Andy Scott as Musical Director.[5][8] Following a presentation to the local Council in July 2010,[9] funding was secured from Sandbach Town Council, Cheshire East Council,[10] and Arts Council England with the National Lottery, and the first concert debuted on the evening of Wednesday 29 September 2010. The concert is non-profit making, and run by volunteers. In 2016, the organisation became a registered charity.[11]

Sandbach Young Musician of the Year[edit]

In 2015, the Concert Series launched the Sandbach Young Musician of the Year, an annual competition "open to individual performers aged 19 and under who have performed at one of the Sandbach Concert Series Spotlight concerts during the previous calendar year".[12] The first final was held on 18 April 2015[13] at Sandbach Town Hall during the annual Sandbach Transport Festival. The competition was won by Alex Flanders, with prizes awarded by Sandbach Mayor Elsie Alcock.[14]


Notable performers have included Craig Ogden,[15] Chris Stout & Catriona McKay,[16] Gwilym Simcock,[8] Paul Edmund-Davies,[17] Bramwell Tovey,[18] Linda Richardson,[19] and Tina May and pianist Nikki Ile.[20]


  1. ^ Rebekah Caldwell, "Sandbach Concert Series",, 19-Apr-2011, retrieved 19 Aug 2016
  2. ^ Minutes, "Finance, Policy and Governance Committee (Finance) meeting", Sandbach Town Council, Thursday, 29 October 2015
  3. ^ "Donation to Sandbach Concert Series", Rotary Club of Sandbach, 30 March 2016
  4. ^ "Sandbach Concert Series", KPI Recruiting Ltd, retrieved 21 Aug 2016
  5. ^ a b William Upton, "Sound of Sandbach", Cheshire Life magazine, August 2011, page 161
  6. ^ Richard Price, "Sandbach Concert Series preparing for new season", So Cheshire, Wednesday, 21. August 2013 (online), retrieved 16 August 2016
  7. ^ "Sandbach Concert Series" at MusicBrainz, retrieved 6 February 2017
  8. ^ a b "Sandbach Concert Series is a Winner", Local Life! magazine, January 2011, page 63
  9. ^ "Minutes of the Meeting of the Finance Committee held at 7.30 pm on 15 July 2010", Sandbach Town Council, 15 July 2010, retrieved 19 August 2016
  10. ^ "Community Grants", Cheshire East Council, Meeting of 9 August 2010, retrieved 20 August 2016
  11. ^ "Sandbach Concert Series", Charity no. 1166321, at the Charity Commission. Retrieved 19 August 2016
  12. ^ "SCS Young Musician of the Year Final", Sandbach Concert Series, retrieved 19 August 2015
  13. ^ "SCS Young Musician of the Year Final (2015-04-18)", MusicBrainz, retrieved 20 August 2016
  14. ^ "Musical Youth", The Saxon, April/May 2015, page 3. Retrieved 20 August 2016
  15. ^ Amanda Griffiths, "What's On", Cheshire Life magazine, February 2012, page 237
  16. ^ "McKay and Stout at Sandbach Concert Series", Sandbach Chronicle, 29 June 2011
  17. ^ "Popular Sandbach Concert Series to return", Crewe Chronicle, 19 Oct 2011 (online) retrieved 18 Aug 2016
  18. ^ "Conductor talks at Sandbach Concert Series", The Saxon, 26 January 2015 (online) retrieved 16 Aug 2016
  19. ^ Stewart Green, "Sandbach Concert Series", The Saxon, 2 May 2014 (online) retrieved 16 Aug 2016
  20. ^ "Friends to perform notable jazz finale", Chester Chronicle, 19 June 2014, News section, Page 43 (online, $$$)