Bringing Merthyr’s musical memories to life

November 1, 2017

Photo Credit: Alan Crompton

The musical history of Merthyr will be played out by the young people of the town at an event at Theatre Soar on Saturday, November 25 (1-3.30pm).

Part of the international Being Human Festival, the University of South Wales (USW) event is open to anyone wanting to find out more about the music scene in Merthyr in the 50s, 60s and 70s.

As part of the festival, USW’s Professor Paul Carr is working with a number of local schools to bring alive the ‘lost history’ of popular music in the town.

Prof Carr has been collecting the memories of the community, which witnessed the music first-hand. The school children will recreate these memories via dramatic interpretations.

Alongside six other projects from around the UK, the initiative was chosen to be showcased at Senate House in London earlier this year.

Early next year, Prof Carr will run a month-long exhibition on the lost music history of the town at Merthyr Town Hall (The Red House), between January 25 and February 24.

Prof Carr said: “We are working with both the younger and older generation in the town, encouraging audiences to consider the relationship between memories and the way popular music-making has been reported historically.

“Some of these stories are completely lost at the moment, so I am pleased to be offered the chance to bring them to life once again.”

Tickets for the free event are available by telephoning Theatre Soar on 01685 722176, or booking online here.


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