Acappella sound enchants the audience

The 30 strong Ordsall Acappella Singers gave a vivid performance to a packed crowd on Sunday afternoon.  It might be a cold February but the audience really warmed to the range of songs and sounds by the choir.

It’s the third performance here by OAS and the group go from strength to strength. We are already looking forward to another performance here later in the year but if you want to check out their next concerts go to

The Smyths, live from Salford Lads Club

Nick Melvin a passionate devotee of The Smiths thought all his dreams had come true when his staff from Marketing Agency Delineo arranged a surprise birthday party at the club. The extra surprise was that they had booked the foremost Smiths tribute band in the UK, The Smyths . It was also a dream come true for The Smyths, who performed live from the concert hall stage for the first time.

Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou live from the club

The senior games room was transformed last night by a sparkly silhouette backdrop for a heartfelt performance by indi folk duo Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou. This was the second leg of their “Up the Club” tour which takes them from Glasgow, to Bexhill –on- Sea. Pepe Belmonte supported with his intricate bluesy guitar tales and local Manc /Canadian Gabriel Minnikin opened the gig with his own soulful songs.

Here are a couple of videos from the event:

Extraordinary Heritage

We are opens as part of the annual “Heritage Weekend Open Days” on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September from 12 -4pm

On display will be our new permanent display of 100 pictures of the club’s annual camping holidays which started in 1904. The weekend will also include a concert by a quartet from the BBC Philharmonic who will perform in restored Edwardian Concert Hall.

The BBC Philharmonic Quartet will play English string music from the early 1900’s – including Parry, Warlock, Elgar and Britten. The concert will last approx. one hour.

 The BBC Philharmonic Quartet concert is on Sunday 9th September at 2pm


Dickens in the lads club

Over the summer we had had a group of 50 young people rehearsing   “Oli Wiva Twist” in the concert hall. The project was led by the performing arts team of the Salford foundation and funded by The Big Lottery.  Each year they have worked with young people in different areas of Salford working towards a performance which this year took place at the Lowry theatre.

Polling Day with the BBC Philharmonic

The club is used as a polling station during elections and today the city voted

for its first elected Mayor .To celebrate the occasion we invited the BBC Philharmonic

to perform  in the concert hall as part of their community tour. The nine musicians

performed music by Handel, Corelli, Mozart and Rossini.

Belly Dancing in the dark

spooky dance in the gym northern belly company 2011
Billed as an evening stroll with hot soup, visitors got quite a few
Surprises when they joined in a procession organised by ORDSOCS and
Friends of St. Ignatius. The idea was to use music, dance and drama to link two remarkable Edwardian buildings in one Salford street.
While the future of Salford Lads’ Club is looking good, the future of St Ignatius, at the bottom of the street is far less certain. More than 60 people took part in the event, which was part of The Seven sites project.

Jade’s Master Class with DIVERSITY

Aviva Street to School
15 year old Jade Crowther travelled to the Pineapple Dance studios in London last weekend to take part in “ Street Dance for Change” learning dance moves alongside members of the street dance group Diversity. Jade has taken part in dance projects at the club for the past 4 years with Kidzwidreamz, and Company Fierce. Jade currently has a place at The Company Fierce Dance Academy funded by the Salford Foundation Trust.

The “Street Dance For Change” project involved young people from clubs across the country and is raising awareness of the charity The Railway Children.

Jades choreographed routine can be seen at
And every view generates a donation of £2 from AVIVA to the charity ‘Railway Children’

Ryan Adams calls in at the club today

Ryan Adams outside Salford Lads Club

Ryan Adams took a break from his UK tour and stood on the famous spot, 25 years after Stephen Wrights Iconic photo of The Smiths. It turns out that Ryan, accompanied by Jesse Malin, is a fan, and both were in awe of the musical and sporting heritage of the area.

Frankie and the Heartstrings melt the ice at Salford Lads’ Club

Frankie & the Heartstrings in the concert hall at Salford Lads' club

The North East may be frozen but Frankie and The Heartstrings braved the arctic weather to perform a glowing set in the concert hall last night.

The gig had started with a terrific set from Brooklyn indies Small Black
before Frankie and co took to the stage. Fans who had trudged along an ice bound Coronation Street were rewarded with a bit of northern soul, giant projected black and white images of the 1980s miners strike making a stark contrast to the lively Sunderland five piece.

The gig was organised by Islington Mill