10 September 2009
Join the Trafalgar Squaredance this Sunday
This Sunday a church organist will be taking to Trafalgar
Square's fourth plinth with the simple aim of making London happy
For one hour only, from 6pm on Sunday 13 September, Peter Harding, from Solihull will play the accordion to tourists, passers-by and other visitors to London's Trafalgar Square. Listeners will be treated to a varied playlist, including folk music, Handel, ragtime and hymns, culminating with the theme tune of Radio 4's The Archers.
Peter said; "Busking seems to suit me, as it is what I do every Sunday morning at the organ console, and I hope that I'll also be able to persuade those standing by to do a little barn dancing in the square. I plan to play the accordion for an hour to make London happy, although they may be happier when I stop. I'm a self-taught accordion player, and maybe skipped a few too many classes!"
Peter is one of 2,400 people who will appear on the fourth plinth between 6 July and 14 October 2009, picked from more than 33,400 applicants for sculptor Anthony Gormley's One and Other project.
Those who can't make it to Trafalgar Square can join the dance virtually by visiting www.oneandother.co.uk, to watch the plinth live.
Peter has been the organist and choirmaster for Acocks Green Methodist Church in Birmingham for 25 years. Since he'll be having a whale of a time, Peter invites those who appreciate his music to make donations to the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) - www.hwdt.org.