Hereford Wakes

by Thorsten Schmidt

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A five-part ITV children’s drama originally transmitted over the summer of 1972 and produced by Harlech Television based in Wales.

Set in a village outside Hereford the story follows the preparations for the annual Wakes event but dark forces are unleashed when the organisers decide to build a ‘Witch’s Hat’ ride on an ancient burial mound.

Roy Kinnear plays Mayor Hamilton who wants the Wakes event to go ahead in spite of warnings from local newspaper reporter Jane Meadows (Elisabeth Sladen). Also attempting to avert disaster are young white witch Heddwen (Camila Vargas) and visiting archaeologist Robbie Duggan (Iain Tranter).

The series' obscurity is explained by the fact that a Welsh Nationalist transmission engineer deliberately confined the broadcast of the programme to Wales, failing to perform the switch required and thus enabling the Welsh language programme ‘Ffalabalam’ to be shown on the nationwide ITV network whilst ‘Hereford Wakes’ was shown only in Wales.

A combination of luck and coincidence led to us being able to contact a relative of the composer and so we're delighted to present the music from Hereford Wakes for the first time.

The hitherto thought lost titles for the show are here:


released September 5, 2016

Composer: Thorsten Schmidt
Moog, Spanish guitar: Thorsten Schmidt
Flute: Julian Grace
Strings: Gail Cooper, Angela Buckler
Engineer: Michael Cross



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