Music Project Aims To Raise Money For St Agnes Hall

Money will help refurbish St Agnes Island Hall

Money will help refurbish St Agnes Island Hall

A new CD mixing specially composed music and memories of islanders has gone on sale on St Agnes as a fundraising initiative for the Island Hall project.

The recordings have been conceived and produced by Piers Lewin and Tom Dyson.

The seven-track production is called ‘Footprints: The Oral History of an Island Building’ and traces the history of the hall from a Methodist chapel to the current day. It features a range of music from hymns to wartime dance music, all of which are known to have been played in the hall, and blends this with islander’s stories and anecdotes about the building.

From Radio Scilly

Piers Lewin talks about the CD project

Piers says the island’s oldest resident, Dorothy Barker, is one of the interviewees and recounts the time when the building was locked up and out-of-bounds for decades. She remembers being a little girl peering into the ‘forbidden place’ through the windows.

It wasn’t until after the war that the building was opened up as a community space.

The project to rebuild the facility and include workspaces for new businesses is being driven by the island’s residents. They’ve secured over £2 million worth of grants and also need to offer a smaller element of cash as match-funding.

The CD is on sale at £10 and is available by contacting Piers. It’s been part-funded thanks to a grant from the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.