2nd Dec, 2016

Articles in Sound set to provide unparalleled look into history of music in Coventry and Warwickshire

Shaun Reynolds 21st Jul, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

AN EXTENSIVE look into the music that Coventry and Warwickshire has produced using multiple media platforms has been created by staff at the popular Coventry Music Museum.

Articles in Sound is a year long project led by Coventry music historian Pete Chambers BEM who has created the project after received a £36,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The project, which will launch on Saturday (July 30) at Coventry Music Museum, looks at 50 items that helped change the face of music in Coventry and Warwickshire while considering key figures who put the city on the music map.

Available in the format of a book, free app, documentary film, website and a mural artwork – the project is a cross-reference for anyone who wants to know more about the city that gave the world musicians including Frank Ifield, The Specials and Pete Waterman.

Never before has the story of music in Coventry been told in such detail – something which Mr Chambers is extremely excited about and hopes it will grab the attention of music enthusiasts nationwide.

He told The Observer: “This is really is something quite unique and although the bulk of the content included is from Coventry we have used content from Warwickshire too.

“The app, which is free, is already up and running and we’re looking forward to welcoming plenty of people to the museum on Saturday when we launch this project.

“Myself and our amazing group of volunteers all have extensive knowledge on music in Coventry and we’ve done our best to select the top 50 – though we want to hear the public’s opinion and give them a voice, that’s the beauty of the project.

“There are bigger music cities than Coventry – Manchester, Sheffield and Liverpool for example.

“However none of these great cities have their own music museum to showcase their effect on the world of music.”

Mr Chambers is hoping residents of Coventry and Warwickshire will use the project’s website to voice their own opinions on Coventry and Warwickshire’s top music personalities and objects.

The list includes Coventry Carol, Bobbie Clark’s drumsticks and Frank Ifield’s jacket.

He added: “The launch event will be fantastic and we’re hoping for a couple of special guests to make an appearance on the day.

“I’m really intrigued to hear what people have to say about the project.

“We’ve been lucky to have received such fantastic support from the Heritage Lottery Fund who without this project would probably have never happened.

“The different platforms allow the viewer a chance to relate and understand the importance of each of our top 50 selections.”

For further information about the Articles in Sound project, visit www.articlesinsound.com or visit the project’s launch date at 10am on Saturday (July 30) at Coventry Music Museum.