Thomas Lang isn’t your typical Scouse muso and is very active in the wider musical community of the city. He served on the board of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic for almost a decade and was single-handedly responsible for saving Parr Street Studios, birthplace of the first two Coldplay albums, and keeping it in the city for young musicians to have access to. He achieved this by finding exactly the right financial investors to buy the studios from the band Genesis for £1.6m. But, it was the tragic early death of a very close and heterosexual friend from AIDS in the mid-nineties which inspired Lang to take on his lifetime commitment to supporting those in Liverpool diagnosed with the HIV virus. For over twenty years now he has been a dedicated patron of Sahir House, which works to support people living with HIV and towards increasing knowledge and reducing the stigma related to the infection. Lang has organised a live major fund-raising event each year called A Celebration of Life which has taken various musical forms, from a club night with Cream to a night at The Phil with Mick Head.
The German Alphabet is released on 30th September – for more info check out : www.thomaslang.uk See Thomas Lang performing a full live concert set including tracks from The German Alphabet at The Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room on Friday 30th September, at Manchester Academy 3 on Sunday 2nd October and at London Islington O2 Academy 2 on Sunday October 9th This month’s column is dedicated to Maggie Jones (18th May 1924 to 6th February 2016) and all her children.
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