St Chrysostom’s Church is hosting the Walter Carroll Memorial Concert on Thursday 22nd November at 7.30pm. The concert has a wide variety of music, with children and RNCM students performing. Dominic, one of the performers at the concert writes:
I have been learning a piano piece, for my Grade 3 exam, called Stormy Coast by Walter Carroll. At the bottom of the music it said Walter Carroll was from Manchester. Then my daddy looked him up in an old census and we found out that he had lived in Upper Brook Street near St Chrysostom’s Church.
A few weeks later I went for a pizza with some friends. We went to Didsbury and on a house near where we parked the car there was a blue plaque saying Walter Carroll had lived in that house.
Then we found out that as a teenager he actually came to St Chrysostom’s Church on Easter Day 1866 and enjoyed the music and asked if he could help play the organ. He became deputy organist for a few years.
Walter Carroll (1869 – 1955) came from a poor Manchester family. He worked hard and became a professor of music. He composed a lot of music for children.
The concert is raising money for the Olympias Music Foundation, a cooperation between St Chrysostom’s Church and students of RNCM, working to bring music into our local community. Currently the OMF is running Carroll’s Music Club, giving very low cost quality music lessons on keyboard, flute or violin to children at two local primary schools.