Call for singers to help bring Keynsham flood musical to life

May 07 2018

A musical based on the memories of people who experienced the Great Flood of 1968 is returning to Keynsham after 20 years – and now singers and musicians are urgently needed to bring it to life.

Bridge Across The Flood will be performed at the Bandstand in Keynsham Memorial Park on June 30 as part of Keynsham Music Festival Week to commemorate 50 years since the  devastating flood.

The musical was written in 1996 by Robin Grant and Neil Beddow as part of a project to remember the event and to bring together schools, orchestras and writing groups. It was performed in 1998 for the 30th anniversary of the flood with a number of people who had been affected by it acting as narrators.

Dave Biddleston said the musical also aimed to connect the two sides of Keynsham – the older and newer estates – creating a metaphorical bridge.

He said: “It is a fantastic musical, really accessible, very straight forward and hugely entertaining with songs such as From a Trickle to a Stream and Sheets, Buckets, Cats and Dogs.

“We are in desperate need of singers to join our choir and musicians to join our chamber orchestra. Anyone who wants to get involved can come to as many rehearsals as they can. This is a real community event that everybody can get involved in.”

Dave is co-ordinating the show and performing in the choir, musician and teacher Richard Jackson is conducting, Steve Drew is musical director, George Liddell is working on sound effects and Phoenix KYT is providing young singers for the children’s parts.

The group is hoping to have around 20 people in the choir and anyone who is interested in singing or joining the orchestra can email davebiddleston@hotmail.co.uk or rich@richard jacksonmusic.com. The tracks  can be found online at https://richardjacksonmusic.com/bridgeacrosstheflood/