18th Nov, 2017

Cathedral bombing inspires new album

Coventry Editorial 6th Nov, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE BOMBING and rebuilding of the city’s cathedral is set to be commemorated in a new, hour-long progressive rock album.

The Sonata of Coventry Cathedral has been composed by Robert Green, and includes historical video clips which accompany the music.

The album depicts the story of the cathedral in three parts – the development of Coventry as an industrial city, the cathedral as a wartime target and its destruction, and the subsequent rebuilding and rejuvination of the new cathedral and city.

Green, a former Coventrian who now lives in St Albans, said: “It still amazes me how few people know about the history of Coventry cathedral, especially young people.

“It is a story both of the destructive force of Mankind, but also of the positive spirit of Man to rebuild, which has now created a global community of peace and reconciliation.

“That quiet determined spirit of the Coventry people has been a reason that the city could re-invent itself again and again over the years.”

The album is released on November 14, the anniversary of the cathedral’s destruction in World War Two, and will be available as a digital download from www.rgbaagee.com/sonata or as a CD with 16 page booklet from various points around the city including Guildhall and the Cathedral itself.

Green was inspired to write the sonata on a visit to the cathedral’s ruin. s

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