Rochdale Music Society



Dorothy Greaves, one of four sisters, was born in the Wirral, but moved to Rochdale 35 years ago with her two children and late husband Frederick. She gradually immersed herself in all aspects of life in Rochdale.

When Rochdale Music Society was formed in 1981, instigated by Rhona Bennett Pointon, finance was paramount. Rhona and Dorothy, one of the early members, enrolled on the Northwest Arts Course on Publicity Promotion and Sponsorship.

It was a role Dorothy fulfilled to the end. She, and Freddy her husband who was a keen photographer, meticulously kept records of every concert and the artists.

At the beginning of the 2004-2005 Season, Dorothy became Vice-Chairman of Rochdale Music Society, remaining in that office until her death, as well as carrying on her Publicity work. She will be sadly missed.

The list of organisations, for which Dorothy worked tirelessly, is endless. Her interest in, and participation in the running of the Rochdale Pioneers Museum, was instrumental in the cleaning and highlighting the graves of the Founders of the Cooperative Movement in Rochdale Cemetery for Rochdale's Year of History in 1994, initiated by the celebration of the 800th anniversary of Rochdale Parish Church and the ensuing visit of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

- Glenys Shackleton RMS Archivist October 2010.

Contact Information

Rochdale Music Society

4 Fieldhead Avenue

Tel: 01706 655655