11th Dec, 2016

Coventry music curator honoured with British Empire medal

Shaun Reynolds 4th Jan, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A COVENTRY museum curator is to be honoured with a British Empire Medal for volunteering services to Coventry music.

Pete Chambers, known as ‘Mr Cov Music’, has written several books about Coventry music – including his coverage for Brumbeat in the early 80s – and was part of the Covaid team which raised money for East Africa in 1985.

Mr Chambers is responsible for the creation of the ‘Walk of Stars’, Coventry’s two-tone trail, and the award winning Coventry Music Museum – where he volunteers unpaid four days a week.

Pete was inducted onto the Coventry Music Wall of Fame in 2011 and won the Coventry Good Citizen Award in 2014.

Furthermore, in 2014, a national report published by UK Music stated that Coventry was one of four cities with good examples of music tourism.

The report said: “The development of Coventry’s music heritage tourism has largely been down to the enthusiasm of Pete Chambers, a local music expert.

“He has been instrumental in many of the city’s recent music-related tourism developments.”

Pete Chambers, BEM, said: “To say I’m thrilled, is something of an understatement.

“I know that getting an honour like this is a unique and they just don’t give these out at will – being awarded this for Coventry music makes it even more amazing, this is life changing for me.

“I want to thank my wife and soul mate Julie, for all her help with this, and all the other great people that wrote lovely humbling heartfelt citations.

“I never dreamt that one day I would be on the Honours List and would be able to use those letters after my name.”