Music in Cheshire Exhibition is launched
12th July 2012

On Thursday, 12th July 2012 a new special exhibition was launched at the Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse on London Road, Northwich.

To a packed private viewing for the Friends of Weaver Hall, the exhibition, Music in Cheshire, was opened by Cheshire traditional singer, musician and author Roy Clinging. 

Accompanying himself on the English concertina, Roy opened the exhibition with a prelude of Cheshire folk songs along with some fascinating tales and legends about Cheshire music. 

Music Exhibition is launched

Roy Clinging and Tom Hughes at the Launch Evening

The exhibition was researched and put together by Tom Hughes, Education Officer at Weaver Hall and his team at the Museum.

Tom said:

“This exhibition brings together the history of Cheshire Music from medieval times to the lively music scene of today.

Cheshire and especially Northwich has a rich history of music.

The first mention of music in Northwich itself was back in 1462 when a fiddler was paid 4d to entertain the Duke of Norfolk as he passed through Northwich with his troops. Then exactly five centuries later in 1962, the Beatles were entertaining us at the Memorial Hall.

The exhibition shows scores of musical stories.

I wonder whether the Charlatans, when they signed their first contract at the Melting Pot Café in Northwich, realised that they were following a tradition in exporting music from the area and that, in the mid-18th century, tunes from Cheshire became the height of musical fashion.

Jenny Tyson, Chair of the Friends’ Group said:

“This is a fantastic exhibition that will bring back many local musical memories whether it be the Barnton Silver Band in the 1920s, Winnington Methodist Harmonica Melody Makers in the 1930s, the birth of the Mid-Cheshire Amateur Operatic Society in 1960 or Gwili Lewis’s story of how, as manager of the Memorial Hall, he brought the Beatles to Northwich on Ringo Starr’s birthday in the height of Beatlemania,

There is something for all to enjoy”.

The exhibition, which is free, is open Tuesday to Saturday and also on Mondays in school holidays.

There is a small charge when visiting the other galleries in the Museum.


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