MUSIC MATTERS - Getting shirty, Made In Coventry and legend Hazel makes her City of Culture mark - The Coventry Observer

MUSIC MATTERS - Getting shirty, Made In Coventry and legend Hazel makes her City of Culture mark

Coventry Editorial 30th Sep, 2021   0

COVENTRY Music Museum curator Pete Chambers BEM writes for the Observer.

Getting all shirty

I’m more than a little proud to have designed a new football away-shirt for the Coventry Sphinx team.

The team based in the Stoke area of the city has had a long and illustrious history dating back to 1946, so to be a tiny part of this great club’s timeline is an honour.

Thanks go to my stepson Kev Monks, a huge Sphinx fan and regular at their team games. It was Kev that suggested I had a go at designing a new away top in association with The Coventry Music Museum sponsorship.

I submitted three designs and amazingly they all loved the one that framed the CMM logo with the three spires of Coventry that incorporated the black and white check of 2-Tone!

On seeing the FMC made shirts, it was unanimously loved by all, with cries of ‘I want one’.

It obviously brought out the love of those three spires in many people.

Indeed, within just two days the medium sizes of the top had sold out (all sizes are available again now).

Last week, I had the honour (thanks to Commercial Manager Sharon Taylor) to see the strip in action when the Sphinx took on an Aston Villa academy side in a Birmingham County FA Senior Challenge Cup First round game.

Sadly, the Sphinx lost 6-2, but the thrill of seeing a team playing in my design was still a total thrill.

To get your own piece of Coventry history go to

Thanks to the makers FMC which is giving all the profits from each shirt sale to the club and The Coventry Music Museum.

Made In Coventry

Made In Coventry is a new regular music night at Warwick Arts Centre showcasing the inspirational artists making music in our city- from established names to the superstars of tomorrow.

The first Made In Coventry will be a celebration of amazing Coventry women – Srividya Venkat, Abz Winter, Catherine and Josephine Nightingale and Letitia George.

The evening has been curated by Coventry promoters and producers Colin Bell, Hardish Virk and Sam McNulty.

Coventry is so lucky to have so many amazing performers and this night will showcase some of Coventry’s finest artists.

Visit for more information.

Hazel O’Connor Coming Home

So, Coventry legend Hazel O’Connor made her mark in culture year at the Festival Gardens, backed by the mighty The Subterraneans with Clare Hirst on sax and Sarah Fisher on keyboards.

All the hits were there (‘Will You’, Eighth Day’ and ‘D Days’), mixed in perfectly with those iconic ‘Breaking Glass’ songs plus more recent classics like ‘I Give You My Sunshine’ and ‘Still Breathing’.

As always there’s plenty of humour, as Hazel can tells a great story, especially when they concern David Bowie and Iggy Pop.

Every musician on that stage was top notch as was the man on the mixing desk Roger Lomas, who took care of the sound.

The venue too was magnificent. It’s a shame the Festival Gardens is closing till spring, I’m surprised there will be no Festive wonderland there!



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