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Plans for an exciting new music based initiative for Kidderminster and the Wyre Forest district are being discussed by Wyre Forest District Council’s Cabinet at its meeting on 16 December.

The grand scale project, a Music Heritage Trail, is in the early stages of development and is linked to the ReWyre initiative for the regeneration of Kidderminster.

The vision for the Music Heritage Trail is a multi media concept to be launched with a large scale theatre piece in the town as the focus for the Kidderminster Arts Festival in August 2016.

The event will include a reconstruction of old venues and key events in musical history using musicians, actors, digital media, projections, tours, live music, and performance events.

Major elements of this event will be retained and used as permanent fixtures to be included in the Music Heritage Trail. The ‘home’ for the project would be a music themed cafe in Kidderminster Town Hall which would provide a buzzing meeting place for locals and visitors alike.

An audio with a composed soundscape of music relevant to the venue will be a unique feature of the trail which will take in areas including Weavers Wharf, Churchfields, Comberton Hill, and the area around the railway station. Other musically relevant sites around the district will also be included.

A gaming style trail map will be created to encourage young people to find out about the more recent past and to inform them by promoting local courses and highlighting musical events through an online ‘What’s-on.”

Each trail site will have a QR code to link the audio trail, website and films. The map will chart the music heritage around the local area with interactive media displays where you can connect using a smart phone and listen to commentaries and music will be key features of the trail.Music Heritage Seating 1

There will be bespoke seating and themed street furniture in public areas as well as on-going exhibitions to enable local people to get involved in the overall project.

Councillor Anne Hingley, Wyre Forest District Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Well-being and Housing said,

"Wyre Forest has always had a strong connection with music encompassing a diverse variety of genres. We've maintained a strong connection with our carpet manufacturing industry and we want to highlight our broad scope of music too. This strategy to develop a music heritage trail is an exciting and innovative approach that highlights Kidderminster as a place where music has a strong link with the town’s people - remembering our past and celebrating our future."

Councillor John Campion, Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Regeneration said,

“Regeneration is about many things including bringing to life local skills and talents and to that end regeneration and arts and culture are inseparable. The idea behind the music heritage trail complements the work the District Council is leading on through its £2m public realm improvement plans and regeneration of the Crown House site, adding to the attractiveness of Kidderminster as a place to visit.”

Invitations to get involved with the music heritage trail project will be open to developers, retailers, educational partners and investors as well as local musicians over the next few months. 

The council will be consulting locally and inviting musical organisations to get involved. For more information or to register interest in the scheme, please email loz.samuels@wyreforestdc.gov.uk on telephone Loz on 01562 732977.

Picture shows proposed plans for themed seating.


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