Flamenco in the Thames Tunnel at Brunel Museum

Thames Tunnel

The Thames Tunnel is hosting live concerts. Image: failing_angel/Flickr

Like flamenco? Like underground spaces? Want to hear flamenco music in the world’s oldest tunnel under a river?

Well, now you can: the flamenco trio Attab Haddad, Ramón Ruíz & Demi García Sabat are performing in the Thames Tunnel underground shaft as part of a series of events staged by the Brunel Museum.

The Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe is directly above the Thames Tunnel, designed and built by Sir Marc Brunel and his son Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who joined his dad on the project when it ran into a series of problems (it was, at the time, one of the most ambitious engineering projects in the world).

The tunnel was built between 1825 and 1843 and it served pedestrians upon opening. People reached the tunnel via staircases in two circular shafts at either end of the tunnel, in Rotherhithe and Wapping – and one of these shafts is now playing host to the Brunel Museum’s concerts.

(The tunnel was not a big hit with the Victorians, by the way. After some initial excitement, people lost interest because accessing it was so difficult – and possibly also because it linked one fairly out of-the-way place with another. Plans to have horse-drawn carriages go through it proved impractical and in 1869 it began running steam trains. It’s still in use as part of the London Overground.)

2013 is the 17oth anniversary of the tunnel and the museum is holding a whole series of events.

The Attab Haddad trio specialise in oud, guitar and percussion, and the performance is on Wednesday 26 June at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10.

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