A Statue for Brian Epstein
Honouring the Life of the Man Who Gave Us The Beatles
Brian Epstein was one of the most important and influential men of the sixties music scene and is credited for taking the Beatles to national and international fame on a scale never seen before.
The Beatles’ early success has been attributed to Epstein’s management and sense of style and it was perhaps inevitable that he would ultimately become known as “The Fifth Beatle”. Of course, Epstein also managed several other musical artists such as Gerry & the Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Cilla Black, The Remo Four & The Cyrkle.
However, despite his immense contribution, there has never been any formal recognition and celebration of his incredible accomplishments. Until now that is!
A song has been written to spearhead a campaign to raise funds to have a statue erected in Liverpool honouring the life of Brian Epstein, and we need to raise the £70,000 to complete the project.
The campaign has the full backing of the Epstein family as well as some very high profile supporters including Mike McCartney, Andy McCluskey of OMD, Freda Kelly (who ran The Beatles fan club), Billy J Kramer, Ian McNabb, Ian Prowse and Gerry Marsden, to mention just a few. Henry Epstein, Brian’s nephew, said “You have our gratitude and the full backing of the Epstein family behind you and what you are trying to achieve with this song”. The statue itself is being created by sculptor Tom Murphy who was responsible for the striking representation of John Lennon in the airport named after him in Liverpool.
To help raise the funds to pay for the statue, some of Liverpool’s famous celebrities and other singers from around the UK are coming on board to sing and record a song composed by Bob Pitt. It is hoped the song will be released in the Autumn of 2014 with all proceeds going towards the statue. Billy Kinsley of The Merseybeats, and who was also managed by Brian Epstein, will be producing this song. We’ve already got some huge names signed up and on board and we will be inviting more to join us.
Latest Eppy News
Bay TV Liverpool today produced a short video promoting the Statue 4 Eppy campaign and in particular, the recording of the song. The video includes an interview with Statue 4 Eppy chairman Nicc Hardman. You can watch here:
Read the full article here: Campaign for Brian Epstein statue begins with the recording of a song in Liverpool (opens new window/tab).
We are delighted to announce that Tom Murphy was today officially commissioned to create the Brian Epstein statue in Liverpool. Tom has created some of the most notable statues and memorials across Liverpool and the North West including the Hillsborough Memorial, John Lennon and Bill Shankly and he is proud to be given the opportunity of adding the statue of Brian Epstein to his remarkable portfolio.
With more than thirty daunting, monumental bronze sculptures and memorials on public display throughout the North-West of England, Tom Murphy proves that he is among the leading sculptors and painters of recent times.
3rd June 2014
We’re delighted to announce the appointment of trustees and other key members of the campaign team. Nicc Hardman has been appointed as chairman of the campaign, Nick Robins becomes Treasurer and Jayne Hardman is the campaign secretary. In addition, Fiona Williams takes on the role of Events Organiser, Paul Jackson joins us as the Official Photographer, Barry McPhillips is our Marketing Manager, Mark Roberts comes on board as our Legal Representative, Billy Kinsley joins the team as Producer of the song and Alan Humphreys is our Cameraman. We are very grateful to all of these people who have very kindly given their free time to help this great cause.
15th May 2014
New Recording Session
Although the original recording session went ahead as planned on Friday 4th April at Parr Street Studios and everyone had a fabulous day, sadly we have to go back into the studio to re-record parts of the song (for reasons we cannot go into). The new date for the recording at Parr St Studios is Sunday 28th September 2014 at 10am.
We need your help! We need to raise £500 to cover the costs of the new recording session. This will pay for the studio time, a studio engineer and refreshments. If you’re able to sponsor us or contribute to the costs in any way, please contact us. Your help would be very much appreciated!