Coventry Market The Musical bags two top BBC awards


October 9, 2009

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A MUSICAL filmed in Coventry Market has scooped two awards at the BBC local radio ‘Oscars’.

The 5minute 27second film won a gold and a silver prize at the Corporation's Gillard Awards.

Created by BBC Coventry and Warwickshire to celebrate the market’s 50th anniversary it featured singing by staff and shoppers.

The musical won a gold award in the 360 category – for projects encompassing local radio, TV and Internet – plus a silver in the community category.

Producer Siobhan Harrison and her team were presented with the award at a glitzy bash in Nottingham last night.

She said: “We were delighted. We were in very difficult categories so didn’t expect to win.

“We knew the musical deserved to win but when they read out name out it was brilliant.”

Mrs Harrison, 30, said she got the idea for the show over Christmas 2007.

She said: “It was the result of a lonely Christmas watching lots of dodgy musicals and then a chance meeting with an arts officer.

“The artist Benjamin Till spent three days in the market talking to people there about their memories and then used the material to write the musical – so every singly word is true and people are singing about their own memories.”

Mrs Harrison said the song was recorded in studios at Coventry's Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Jordan Well.

She added that the film was shot over two days and an evening.

The awards were named after Frank Gillard - a distinguished BBC war correspondent and driving force behind creating BBC local radio.

The musical is already a hit on YouTube. Since being uploaded in November last year it has been watched more than 11,000 times.

The musical is also being screened at Coventry Market ‘mini-cinema’ until Christmas.

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