Exhibition hits the right note

Mike Wilson takes a look around the new exhibition dedicated to Herman Darewski.
Mike Wilson takes a look around the new exhibition dedicated to Herman Darewski.

A new exhibition celebrating the life of an unsung musical hero from Bridlington’s past has struck a chord with a local historian who has researched his career.

Musical Memories: The World of Herman Darewski opened at Sewerby Hall recently, looking at the life of the band leader who delighted crowds at The Spa almost a century ago.

Historian and author Mike Wilson has researched Herman’s time in Bridlington and was impressed when he went for a preview of the exhibition.

Mike’s collection of memorabilia has been used to for parts of the new display and he said: “It was brilliant. It really has been done so well.

“There are huge panels of information, beautfiully presented.

“I’m delighted that at last someone has taken notice of the impact Herman Darewski had on Bridlington.

“He really made a difference in the 1920s and 30s and it’s time it was known locally what that man did at The Spa.

“I accept that his music is outside some people’s appreciation, because it was just before recording became common and then the war got in the way.

“But this is an eye-opener and I’m hoping lots of people will go to the exhibition at Sewerby and find out more.”

Born in 1883 in Minsk, Herman moved to London with his family and studied music in Vienna.

After the First World War, he became a conductor of light music in London and in 1924, he took up a 17-week engagement as musical director at Bridlington Spa.

He launched the Darewski Dances in 1925, which were a huge success, so much so that a large dancefloor was included in the rebuild of the Spa in 1926.