Grinding out a tune

nrhn 080312 Patrick Cooke alongside broadcaster and musician Jools Holland.

nrhn 080312 Patrick Cooke alongside broadcaster and musician Jools Holland.

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An ORGAN grinder from Crich is to appear in a London-themed musical documentary alongside piano legend Jools Holland.

Patrick Cooke often entertain the summer crowds at Chatsworth House with his 19th-century designed street organ.

But 67-year-old Patrick swapped the stately home for the streets of Camden, to film a one-off BBC2 show called ‘The Sounds of London’ alongside Jools Holland.

The organ, a mechanical music device, was popular on the streets of the capital for bringing dance hall songs to the masses in the days before radio.

Patrick said: “I had to play a typical piece of London music, so I chose the Lambeth Walk.

“Jools commented on it and listened for a bit. The pleasing thing for us was that the show recognises the organ grinder as an art form.”

The show one of a series of short films about London’s history and will be shown prior to the Olympics.