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Film: The Lives and Music of Blind Musicians in Post-War London (2018, Dir.Cecile Embleton)

Heritage Lottery Fund Project to capture the oral history of visually impaired musicians.

A series of five documentary films featuring blind musicians from different backgrounds talking about their lives and music in post-war London between 1945 and 1970. The film offers an entertaining and interesting view into the evolution of music and the music profession at a time of social change. Produced by the Baluji Music Foundation, filmed by award winning film maker Marie-Cécile Embleton and Oscar Castellino, and with interviews carried out by Linda Shanson and Baluji Shrivastav OBE. In these five beautifully shot and intimate films we meet Tony Halliday whose life long love of music started at the beginning of the War with the piano and whose father bought a clarinet for 30s, Geoff Long performer, pianist and singer who was signed to EMI with the first blind rock band; Chrissie Cochrane Composer, producer, singer/songwriter, DJ with a wonderful new single out "let me out of here"; Ustad Sital Singh Sitara MBE who has taught Kirtan to hundreds, if not thousands of children and Jackie Clifton MBE organist and founder of Musicians in Focus.

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