Our story

WACIDOM was formed in 1994 to find ways to support and encourage music-making in Warrington and the surrounding area. Initially it was part of the Warrington Arts Council Initiative for the Development Of Music. It subsequently funded several series of recitals at various venues in Warrington to provide a platform for musicians of all levels of ability – but especially young musicians. In 2011 it became a registered charity. From 1998 to 2018 it held a biennial competition for the Warrington Young Musician where several different category prizes were awarded.

Since 2000 it has put on a series of 45 minute free concerts in the centre of Warrington on a Saturday lunchtime. These provide development opportunities for musicians, primarily young musicians, both in their musical skills and the wider skills needed to deliver high quality music to audiences. They are normally given by students of Music Colleges (or recent graduates) or gifted local musicians. Additionally, some concerts are given by experienced musicians from across the country to provide the variety that our audience enjoys and appreciates. To date (mid 2024) more than 500 concerts have taken place which have given opportunities, not only by providing a platform for the musicians, but by bringing high quality music to members of the public in Warrington town centre. A new Grand Piano was purchased in 2009 through grants from The Coalfields Regeneration Trust and Grassroots. Only the Covid pandemic has prevented live concerts taking place, but even then, some were able to be delivered by internet streaming.

Sadly Norman Cutter BEM, who was fundamental in the formation of the Music in Warrington movement, died in 2018. He leaves an enviable legacy, now managed by a dedicated team of volunteers.

We have developed an appreciative audience who enjoy our concerts. Recently, one of our musicians praised our audience, commenting on our musically ideal venue and telling us that our piano was a delight to play. He concluded by asking “When can I return to play another concert?”

The whole essence of WACIDOM is to promote the enjoyment and improvement of skills in music making.

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