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Edwardian Music Hall in Dudley Canal's Singing Cavern

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Step back in time for nostalgic concert
Dudley Canal's Singing Cavern lives up to its name when it plays host to An Hour of Edwardian Music Hall on August 29.

Audiences in the underground tunnel will be treated to sing-a-long tunes such as I Do Like To Be Beside the Seaside and Daisy Bell as well as songs composed by the likes of Ivor Novello and Gilbert and Sullivan. There will also be spoken monologues to help re-create historic Edwardian Music Hall shows that have taken place in the limestone caverns.

Dudley Canal Trust
Edwardian: Music Hall fun in Dudley (pic: Dudley Canal Trust)

Boats depart from the Trust's Birmingham New Road base at 5.30pm on August 29. Tickets are 10.80 which includes the travel into and out of the cavern in one of Dudley Canal Trust's special electric tunnel tripping boats.

"We're thrilled to be hosting this show in our Singing Cavern," says Sarah Fellows, Dudley Canal Trust's Heritage Activities Officer. "The acoustics in our underground tunnels are unique and we look forward to welcoming audiences to the show for a very enjoyable evening."

Dudley Canal Trust Singing Cavern
Musical venue: Dudley Canal's Singing Cavern (pic: Dudley Canal Trust)

Established in 1970, the Dudley Canal Trust was created to protect and preserve a spectacular network of underground canal tunnels carved beneath the region to mine the raw materials that powered industrial growth.

More than 80,000 people visit each year, taking guided boat trips through the tunnels, accompanied by videos, lifelike reconstructions and music and light shows.

Dudley Canal Trust
Barging in: Cruising Dudley's canals (pic: Dudley Canal Trust)

The Trust has recently secured 100,000 from The Garfield Weston Foundation towards the new Portal project which will enhance the connection between the Dudley Canal and Limestone Mines and the Castle Hill Development Project, including the nearby Black County Living Museum, giving visitors to both attractions new opportunities to explore both sites.

In addition to new car parking, a swing bridge across the canal, and a covered area for people embarking on boat trips, there will be more volunteering opportunities for people to get involved in protecting, conserving and learning about the heritage of the area.

Construction will start before the end of the year, with the new building opening in mid-2015.

"This latest contribution to our project from the Garfield Weston Foundation is a vital addition to our fundraising," says Mike Duley, Chair of the Project Steering Group for the Portal Project. "The Portal would simply not be possible without our generous funders; it is thanks to them that we look forward to welcoming visitors to our new building next year."

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Why? Step back in time for an Edwardian Music Hall experience in Dudley Canal's Singing Cavern
When: August 29, 2014
Phone: 0121 557 6265
Where: Dudley Canal, Birmingham New Road, DY1 4SB
Cost: 10.80
Your Comment
The Edwardian concert looks great, but it was last year!
Any info for 2015, please?
by d.rin (score: 0|3) 2483 days ago
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