South Scotland

Sgt Pepper album recreated by Dumfries and Galloway children

The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover
Image caption School pupils will be asked to recreate tracks from the groundbreaking album

School pupils and young musicians in Dumfries and Galloway are to play a key role in recording a new version of The Beatles' iconic Sgt Pepper album.

Music producer Tom Newman is re-imagining classic albums using children and traditional instruments.

Working with children in Ireland, he has already re-versioned Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells album which he also produced the first time around.

Now he will create a fresh Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in Scotland.

"I am a great busker and the idea is going into a school classroom with just a thread of an idea and throwing it out there and letting the kids respond to it," Mr Newman explained.

"It gathers its own momentum - it gathers its own energy very, very quickly."

He said they would use "any instrument that seemed appropriate".

"The plan is to just let the schools do it themselves - let them choose which song from Sgt Pepper they want to play with and see what they come up with," he added.

"I am really busting to get in the classrooms and see how to do it - it is magic, really."

'Music legend'

Mr Newman has been getting help from Moniaive-based DJ and musician Hugh Taylor to find the young people to take part.

From meetings that have taken place so far, it is likely that most will come from schools and youth groups in Dumfries and Galloway.

"Any kids doing music at any level are going to have a chance to be involved in this," said Mr Taylor.

"They are going to be able to work with a legend of the music industry."

He added that it was a chance to recreate what he considered to be the "most groundbreaking and changing album ever recorded".

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