Our Big Gig Hits The Right Note


The library doubles as a brilliant choral venue

Music brought the community together at Central Library, St.Helens on Saturday 13 July.

The Our Big Gig event, facilitated by St Helens Council Arts Service, brought together an eclectic mix of musicians from all walks of life, who entertained visitors to the library over a five hour period.


Marina Berg and her accordion

The acts included singer songwriter guitarists, an accordion player, choirs, a blues band and even a BarberShop Quartet.

The event opened with accordionist Marina Berg who later also gave a demonstration on how to play the instrument. Marina was followed by acoustic guitarist and singer Simon Cousins who then handed over to the Addaction Recovery blues band.


A lesson in close harmony

Chris Peacock and Evil Piccolo, both guitarists with differing styles, followed before the SoundCheck BarberShop quartet entertained the crowd giving audience members the chance to try close harmonies.

The Sing Out choir which meets up at the Citadel had a mid-afternoon slot and the event was concluded with a performance by the Red V Voices Choir.


Members Of Council Staff and SoundCheck – BarberShop Quartet

Despite competing with blistering sunshine, the library had a constant promenade of visitors enjoying the free event

Our Big Gig was a community music celebration which took place across the UK and was funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government, Arts Council England and the National Lottery.