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‘Live At The Iron Cathedral’ concert film and album released

Posted onPosted on 29th Nov

Last summer Boughton-based composer and pianist Chris Miggells staged three sold-out concerts in the unlikely setting of disused pit headstocks — affectionately referred to by locals as The Iron Cathedral.

Now a feature length film documenting the unique first night at the former Clipstone Colliery powerhouse, and an album recorded live during the evening, have been released.

The entire concert was captured in the feature-length video, which is available online, while the groundbreaking classical album, Live At The Iron Cathedral, is available to stream through downloads on music platforms, including Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and more.

Chris chose the unusual location partly because his grandfather, Robert Miggells, was a miner who survived a life-threatening mining accident that left him paralysed.

“It was quite personal for me to come here and perform my music with that in mind,” he said.

Chris also recognised the acoustic potential in the towering space, with its high ceilings and green-tiled walls echoing above the remnants of historic mining machinery.

The idea for the events came after Chris filmed a live music video for his single, Stone Giant, inside the former powerhouse.He also used the concerts to launch his debut album, Synesthese.

A Steinway & Sons grand piano, worth £100,000, was lifted into the towering headstocks for the concerts, which unfolded against the dramatic backdrop, with changing natural light and industrial ambiance enhancing the experience.

Chris thanked Stuart Mills and his team redeveloping the headstocks for making the concerts possible — and also Mansfield business Sherwood Phoenix for supplying and delivering the piano.

Chris Miggells’ music and concerts can be streamed at online music services. More details are available at Chris Miggells’ YouTube channel and his official website,