Desperate churchgoers in the Forest of Dean have turned to the dark side to keep their bells ringing.
This month Jazz FM presenter David Freeman will introduce a rare quadraphonic playback of Pink Floyd’s iconic album Dark Side of the Moon in St Peter’s Church, Newnham on Severn.
Although the band embraced all the technical innovations of the time, few fans had the right equipment to listen to the music as intended to be heard.
But now Cinderford audio specialists, Ceritech, are supplying state of the art multi-channel hi-fi so the audience at St Peter’s can hear the album as Pink Floyd wanted.
The atmospheric surroundings of the church will be the perfect venue for the album which continues to be a favourite today and another 1970s Floyd album Wish You Were Here.
Broadcaster and music expert David Freeman, who lives locally and presents two radio shows – a weekly podcast called Ex Libris and a Blues and Boogie programme on Jazz FM, where he was previously programme controller, will present the recordings.
The former physics teacher’s broadcasting career has stretched from Science in Action to Pebble Mill at One for the BBC and for five years he interviewed the authors of the world for The Bookshow on Sky.
Last May he presented a quadraphonic play back of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells, which was a complete sell out.