Six brand-new compositions were showcased in July across six locations around England, as ‘Round Here (a Historic England HSHAZ and Live Music Now project) held its public performances.
In Barrow-in-Furness, Brierley Hill, Chatham, Huddersfield, Tottenham and Weston-super-Mare, local residents from across generations spent time reminiscing about their High Streets, before musicians composed those memories into lyrics and songs. In each location, emerging musicians worked together with a professional musician to compose and perform the songs, offering opportunities for up-and-coming local musical talent.
Here’s a wonderful wrap-up video produced for the event in Weston-super-Mare.
The events were joyous occasions, with local people coming together to perform and celebrate their local areas.
‘Round Here is commissioned by Historic England as part of the High Streets Heritage Action Zones’ Cultural Programme, led by Historic England, in partnership with Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The Cultural Programme aims to make our high streets more engaging and vibrant places.