We treated our guests to a fantastic opening night, earlier this week. We are delighted to have welcomed those who have been instrumental in the opening of the British Music Experience, here in Liverpool. The guest-list consisted of key figures from the City of Liverpool such as Mayor Joe Anderson, alongside lenders of some of the fantastic artefacts we have on display, those who have worked with us tirelessly over the past few months such as the builders and designers of The BME and esteemed guests of the BME Trust, the operator TBL International and Harcourt Developments.
The doors to the BME are now officially open to the public. Tickets available through our website or by ringing our hotline on 0344 335 0655. We are excited to introduce this world-class, permanent attraction to the city of Liverpool and it's visitors.
Here is a selection of photographs, capturing the event.
L-R: Judith Owens (Director of Operations), Harvey Goldsmith CBE (Chairman of the BME board of trustees and founder of the BME Trust), Liz Koravos (BME Development Director) and Tim Husbands MBE (Chief Executive of operator TBL International)
Our central space creates a great atmosphere for our wonderful guests.
Janet Tucker, the lender of Mick Tucker from The Sweet's silver boots, with Cath Hurley (BME marketing manager).
L-R: Conal Harvey (executive vice chairman of Harcourt Developments), Nick Doherty (group finance director of Harcourt Developments), John Paul Doherty (creative director of Harcourt Developments), Gerry Comasky (group property manager of Harcourt Developments), Padraig Power (project manager of Harcourt Developments), Tim Husbands MBE (Chief Executive of operator TBL International) all in front of our wall of fame.
The tremendous Rock Choir performing the grand setting of the Cunard Building Reception for our guests.
Abi from our Visitor Experience Crew shows Rod Davis and Colin Hanton of The Quarrymen the skiffle collection. Our skiffle collection features a copy of Lonnie Donegan's single 'Rock Island Line' which was once owned by John Lennon. This item is actually on loan to us by Rod Davis.
L-R: Freda Kelly, Rowena Houghton and Kevin McManus (BME Curator). When Freda was a teenager she became president of The Beatles' fan club and was then taken on as secretary to Brian Epstein and The Beatles. With The Beatles' popularity growing rapidly, Freda was assisted by regional fan club secretaries such as Rowena Houghton who was responsible for the Devon arm of The Beatles' fan club. Rowena has kindly loaned the BME one of her original newsletters and a selection of fan letters.
L-R: Harvey Goldsmith CBE, Mayor Joe Anderson, Tim Husbands MBE
Mayor Joe Anderson knocking on the door to 3 Savile Row, the headquarter of Apple Corps.
John Power of Liverpool band Cast treats us to a few songs with his friend Jay Ireland.
Jazz drummer Colin Bowden and his wife, showing us his bass drum which is the centre-piece in our trad jazz collection.
Bill Heckle and Jon Keats, two of the directors of the famous Cavern Club.
Chairman of the BME trust, Harvey Goldsmith CBE with Apple Corps Ltd's director of production, Jonathan Clyde. We are delighted to exhibit the front door of Apple Corps' London headquarters.
Here's Harvey Goldsmith with Bruce Flemming, the photographer who captured the iconic image of Jimi Hendrix for the cover of his debut album 'Are You Experienced?'. We are lucky enough to have on display some of the photos from this shoot, along with the camera that was used to take them.
Ex-Liverpool footballer Ian Rush, chatting with Pat Doherty, Chairman of Harcourt Developments.