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Swindon’s STEAM museum highlighting music in July

Posted on 24th June 2016

As part of the ongoing celebration in Swindon to mark the importance of the last 175 years of city history, music will take over the STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway this July.

 Statue of Isambard Kingdom Brunel

In July, the museum will celebrate the architect of the Western Railway with the operatic salute: “Brunel: The Little Man in the Tall Hat”. It is a revival of a production originally performed a decade ago by a local youth opera. There will be two performances on 9-10 July at the museum.

The opera retells the life story of the Isambard Kingdom Brunel from the perspective of fictional Swindon-based family called the Beddows. They are a family of railway workers who help build and travel the rail system all the way to St Ives in Cornwall.

The 60-minute opera was originally commissioned for the Brunel 200 South-West celebrations and features 100 singers and performers. The 2006 performances of the production were described by national critics as “astounding”.

This July’s performance is offered as part this year’s Swindon175 celebrations. Tickets are available now from the Wyvern Theatre Box Office.

The museum is set for more great musical performances in July. The highly-acclaimed Wessex Male Choir will perform on 16 July. This summer concert will give visitors yet another reason to enjoy their visit to the museum. Concert admission includes access to STEAM’s permanent exhibition and displays. Visit the museum website for more information.

Located in a restored Grade II railway building, STEAM celebrates the Great Western railway. For visitors, they can learn the stories of the men and women who built, ran and used the railway. It is a perfect attraction for those enjoying a holiday cottage in Wiltshire.

Image Credit: Chris RubberDragon (flickr.com)