27th May, 2019

MUSIC MATTERS by Pete Chambers: Music museum birthday, Hazel O'Connor and Cockney Rejects

Coventry Music Museum birthday

On Saturday, we celebrated the fifth birthday of The Coventry Music Museum with guest of honour musician and producer Matt Cattell.

Five years has gone so very fast. Myself and my wife Julie would like to thank everyone who has supported us, those who have loaned us items, people who have helped financially, our amazing volunteers and board of directors. I’m always amazed by the people who have taken out standing orders to keep us going and people who join our VIP Club.

We know the big attractions in this city need funds, but please don’t forget about smaller museums – the likes of The Phil Silvers Archival Museum, The Weavers House, The Watch Museum Project and Priory Visitor Centre – which are all amazing places that work so hard in this great city.

We don’t need millions of pounds just a few thousand. Yes, people could say “no one asked you to build a music museum”. That’s very true of course, but we have brought in thousands of visitors from 86 countries. That’s despite the fact we charge entry, and are only open four days a week. I believe that the smaller tourist attractions are the grass roots of this city. Please don’t let them die.

Hazel O’Connor and Breaking Glass

Coventry legend Hazel O’Connor brings her Breaking Glass retrospective to The Assembly in Leamington on November 27. It’s a wonderful mix of entertainment and insight into the film Breaking Glass with Hazel’s superb portrayal of punk princess Kate and her rise and ultimate fall.

On the night, there will be a screening of the film, followed by a Q&A with Hazel herself, a live set, featuring songs such as Will You, Eighth Day and If Only. Having attended one of these special evenings myself, I can say that it really is a great way of discovering much more about this great film and this incredible actress and singer.

Cockney Rejects

You know the name, you probably know the songs, so brace yourself because on Thursday November 15 as The Cockney Rejects come to town for a gig at The Arches. Back in 1980 they hit the top 40 twice with their oi/punk hits The Greatest Cockney Rip Off and I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles.

They are supported by London punk outfit Knock Off and Coventry punk band Molotov Souls

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