Coventry Market: The Musical

Coventry Market: The Musical

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Composed and directed by Benjamin Till, for BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Camera: Andy Martin
Editor: Louise Callaghan
Executive Producers: Siobhan Harrison and David Clargo
Music produced by: Julian Simmons
Guitar: Ivor Talbot
Bass: Simon Little
Drums: Ben Evans
Piano: Tom Gearing
Horns: The Horn Stars

Commissioned by BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, this film received its premier on the 4th November 2008 in an incredible event in Coventry's lower shopping precinct. It seemed the whole of the city turned up to cheer!

Shots from the filmThe film celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Coventry's indoor market. It is performed entirely by market employees and customers, and was filmed on two days in October 2008.

Benjamin is particularly proud to have worked on this project because his grandparents were from Coventry. His Grandfather, Harry Garner, owned a chain of butcher shops in the city and ran soup kitchens during the war.

The backing track for this song was recorded at DIN in East London, and all the vocals and Coventry-based musicians were recorded at the Herbert Museum and Art Gallery in Coventry.

There are over one hundred people featured on this recording, many of whom had never sung before.

Photos show the cast of Coventry Market: The Musical.