Going to church has never been or looked so good thanks to Live Wire Productions who have created the immersive music experience LIVE@ taking place at the stunning Holy Trinity Church in Cookham.
What is Live@
Live@ is the chance to see the best in UK original music talent, we have musicians, bands and song writers from all over the country coming to perform. Music styles include anything from contemporary and acoustic, folk, bluegrass and jazz to name but a few it’s like nothing else in the area.
Where can we see Live@
Live@ is mainly at Holy Trinity Church in Cookham, we’ve also held nights in Pinder Hall too. The church is a stunning building and we are so lucky to have it as a venue, we completely transform it with a stage, full lighting and sound system, and don’t forget the bar and of course we sell Rebellion! People walk in and are completely blown away by the transformation, we’d love to add some more venues to our programme so if any readers have any ideas we’d love to hear them, we can transform pretty much any space into a venue as we’re completely self-contained.
Where did the idea to create Live@ come from?
Myself and my husband Trevor met when we both worked at the Royal Festival Hall on London’s Southbank, Trevor was a sound engineer and I was a lighting technician and we both had a shared love of live music. Trevor comes from Cookham and we bought a house here together about 7 years ago, we absolutely love living in Cookham but felt there wasn’t much of a music scene in the village. Fast forward a few years and Trevor started his own event production company Live Wire, as the company grew we realised we owned everything we needed to put on our own gigs, I’ve always loved transforming unusual spaces with lighting, with Live Wire we’ve worked in car factories, warehouses, markets and even Abbey Road Studio! So I knew I could turn the church into the perfect venue.
Live@ is growing all the time but all the staff that work with us do so voluntarily and it’s a real family affair with my brother manning the bar and Trevor’s brother producing all the graphic design for the posters, it’s also become a fantastic training ground for young technicians to learn lighting and sound. Please get touch with me at email@example.com if you or anyone you know would be interested in coming down to gain experience in the industry.
What can the concert goers expect from a live@ performance
Most people are blown away as they walk into the church, they love the fact they can buy a drink and sit amongst the pews, then the bands start and they know they’re in for a good night. The quality of the musicianship and original song writing is fantastic, it’s a real labour of love to find the acts but once I have the line up for the year in place I can’t wait to get the season started. Everyone that performs comments on what a special night it is and the quality of the sound. We’ve had lots of musicians approach us wanting to play after hearing about it from bands that have been to perform.
Who do you have lined up to play?
Our next gig is on the 28th September and we have a great line up, starting with the beautiful Harri Endersby from County Durham and its thriving folk scene, Harri Endersby’s music has been heavily influenced by the region’s crowd of prestigious folk singers and musicians, her lyrics being firmly rooted in the pastoral and the world of story-telling. Her new album ‘Homes/Lives’ presents a transition in style, beginning with acoustic, stripped-back tracks whilst gradually introducing electronic instrumentation and beats as the album progresses. This interweaving of genres has been inspired by Harri’s love of Icelandic electro-folk and the likes of Ásgeir and Samaris.
Also the Hot Rock Pilgrims are an old-time/bluegrass super-group featuring some of the most exciting young pickers in the South East of England. Together they will take you on a high-energy pilgrimage of Appalachian music and its descendants!
What is planned for the coming months?
We have one more Live@ on 9th November at Holy Trinity, we also support a fantastic local charity called DASH (Domestic Abuse Stops Here) and hold a charity Christmas day for them at Windsor Royal Shopping Centre, this year it’s on the 30th November, it’s such a fun day we have local choirs, musicians and dance schools all coming to perform for the Christmas shoppers, it’s amazing how the crowds get behind it, we even had a dance class last year where the whole shopping centre joined in! Then I’ll be planning next year’s Live@ season!