Elbow’s Guy Garvey visits John Rylands Library for BBC 6 Music special

Guy Garvey, lead singer of acclaimed band Elbow, visited The John Rylands Library to make recordings for his radio show.

The recordings featured in his BBC Radio 6 show Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour – Library Special, as part of 6 Music Celebrates Libraries.

Guy visited the John Rylands Library as well as two other Manchester libraries, The Portico Library and Central Library.

During his visit Guy was presented with the Gutenberg Bible; a 1,500-year-old papyrus fragment; a concrete poetry book; and a Charles Wesley hymn book including the original lyrics of ‘Hark! How All the Welkin Rings!’, more commonly known as ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’.

Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour – Library Special was broadcast on BBC Radio 6 Music on Sunday, 16 November at 2pm.

You can read an article about the making of the programme in the Independent: