Tune written to mark opening of Sidmouth Railway Station recorded for first time

PUBLISHED: 12:30 05 September 2017

The original front page of the Sidmouth Railway Galop music sheet, which was composed by WW Moore and dedicated to Mrs R Thornton of Knowle Cottage

The original front page of the Sidmouth Railway Galop music sheet, which was composed by WW Moore and dedicated to Mrs R Thornton of Knowle Cottage

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A composition capturing the excitement of the opening of a Sidmouth Railway Station has been rediscovered and recorded for a modern audience.

An advert for the Sidmouth Railway Galop sheet music in this newspaperAn advert for the Sidmouth Railway Galop sheet music in this newspaper

The ‘Galop’ could have been played at the station’s opening in July 1874 and was published for sale later in the year.

A photocopy of the sheet music was found by Sue Bartlett, whose ancestor, a C Culverwell, sold it from his Fore Street shop.

Pianist Vyvian Bronk recorded the tune for Sidmouth Museum, part of the Sid Vale Association, which is selling the CD for £2.50 to help fund repairs to its storm-damaged roof.

The museum’s Ann Tanner said: “The polka-style tune could have easily inspired later composers of silent movie music as it would be the perfect piece to conjure up the image of a steam train puffing along in the countryside, increasing its speed, with a heroine tied to the railway track waiting for her hero to save her!”

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