GUEST EDITOR Kelly Pipes: TOP 5 CHOICES FOR FEBRUARY 2017
Each month IDEA1 invites a guest editor to choose their top five events for the month; this month was the turn of Metal exhibition volunteer, Peterborough blogger and teacher of modern vintage yoga, Kelly Pipes.
About Kelly Pipes
Metal exhibition volunteer, teacher of Modern Vintage Yoga and professional sightseer, Kelly, moved to Peterborough over a decade ago to write for Thomas Cook’s marketing and travel guide publishing departments. She’s moved on to write about numerous subjects, but encouraging friends, family and the general public to seek out hidden gems and dig deep into local heritage still motivates her.
Top 5 for February
Having loved researching and writing a tourist guide to my home city, Leicester, I’m always on the lookout for impressive heritage spots in Peterborough. When friends and family visit from the Midlands, I entertain them with sights including rooftop tours of Peterborough Cathedral. Contributing to my new home city is also right up there with showing it off to my visitors. So, I mixed my soft spot for nostalgia and social history with my yoga training to create Modern Vintage Yoga classes, which I run in Peterborough. With these things in mind, my top 5 events for February focus on local heritage and vintage pop culture.
TOP 5 FOR FEBRUARY
Let’s start the month from the ground up. With city-made bricks. Substantial clay deposits led to the city becoming an industrial centre for the East of England and the UK’s leading producer of bricks for much of the twentieth century. I want to see and experience more of this social and architectural catalyst. London-based artist Richard Cramp’s 6 month residency at Kings Dyke Brickworks (formerly London Brickworks), in Whittlesey, brings the audience compelling new videography and photography alongside archival photographs of the influential brickworks. Find out more here.
Every Saturday – The Hidden Heritage Tour @ Peterborough Museum
This fast-track walking tour through the city’s heritage landscape hits the sightseeing spot and runs every Saturday afternoon at 2pm, come rain or shine. In just 100 minutes you’ll tick every box on the city trivia list, spanning Peterborough history from the Saxon abbey to the modern city. Does this tour explain why the numerous independent city centre businesses I’ve heard lamented have disappeared? Walks start from outside the Museum, in Priestgate. Find out more here.
Rare archive photos, jazz from the Ronnie Scott’s All Stars Quintet and narration come to the Key this month. You had me at ‘archive photos’. This concert celebrates the music of 1959: “the greatest year in Jazz”. A set-list performed by Ronnie Scott’s All Stars ranges from Miles Davis’ A Kind of Blue, Charles Mingus’ Mingus Ah Um and Ornette Coleman’s The Shape of Jazz To Come through to John Coltrane’s Giant Steps. Find out more here.
A Bowie soundtrack and “moving and touching” theatre brought to Peterborough’s performance haven on the riverside. The Key Studio is a brilliant venue for experiencing emotive theatre and this production is reviewed by The Scotsman as the place that “magic realism and dramatic resonance collide.” This tale of a young David Bowie obsessive called Martin, features Alex Walton and a nostalgic journey through Bowie’s London. More details here.
Suspicious of government? So were the Flower Power generation and all the lovers not fighters of the 1967’s summer of love. This English folk rock band formed in 1967 and marks its fiftieth anniversary year with a brand new CD. BBC Radio 2 listeners voted Fairport’s groundbreaking album Liege & Lief ‘The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time’. The line-up of Simon Nicol on guitar and vocals, Dave Pegg on bass guitar, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, Ric Sanders on violin and Gerry Conway on drums and percussion plays new tracks and vintage favourites. More details here.