Bellowhead musician presents new show about hearing loss

BELLOWHEAD was one of the most popular folk bands, famously playing at Hyde Park for Radio 2 in 2014. Following its end, Pete Flood – the arranger and percussionist – created a 5-piece band with Platform 4 theatre company.

The band will present their new show ‘Invisible Music’ at the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis on Friday, September 21.

This is a concert with a difference; like a live concept album layered with exquisite audio snippets. It is inspired by a series of interviews the company made with members of Winchester’s lip reading group and describes their experiences and stories.

The aim is to ask questions about hearing loss; what happens when the soundtrack to your life changes; when you are listening but hearing differently?

This is Platform 4’s most personal project to date. Its artistic director Catherine Church said: “This piece was inspired by my mother who initially started me thinking about this project because she showed me a poem she had written called ‘Surreal Existence’ about her own experiences of gradually losing her hearing.

“That was the starting point, and from there I started going to mum’s lip reading class and meeting more people. I asked myself, could I make a sound-piece about the loss of sound?”

Phil Gibby, South West area director for Arts Council England, said: “We’re delighted to support Platform 4 through our National Lottery-funded Grants for the Arts programme to tour ‘Invisible Music’.

“By putting those who experience hearing loss at the centre of the creative process, Platform 4 present a unique and often unexplored perspective which makes a fantastic contribution to the Arts Council’s commitment to embedding and promoting diversity and will ensure more people in more places can experience and be inspired by the arts.”

Doors open 7pm for an 8pm start. Tickets cost £10 in advance or £12 on the door, with a 10% discount for Theatre Friends. To book, call 01297 442138 or visit

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