, touring the UK with a repertory theatre (repertory) group. His first professional stage performance was in a 1973 run of ''A Bequest to the Nation'' at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry. He made his West End theatre debut in a production of ''Pygmalion (Pygmalion (play))'' in 1974, starring alongside Alec McCowen and Diana Rigg in the role of "Sarcastic Bystander".
as Black Black British (including Black African (Black British), Black Caribbean (Black British) and other black), compared to 3.2% in the West Midlands Region and 3.4% in England. * 1.6% identify as Other (including Arab and others (Other ethnic group (United Kingdom Census))), compared to 0.9% in the West Midlands Region and 1.0% in England. Coventry has a large student population (approximately 15,000 are non-UK UKCISA - 404<
Bainton, a Congregational minister (Religious minister), and his wife, Mary Cave. Bainton later moved with his family to Coventry and he showed early signs of musical ability playing the piano; he was nine years old when he made his first public appearance as solo pianist. He was awarded a music scholarship to King Henry VIII Grammar School in Coventry in 1891, and in 1896, he won an open scholarship to the Royal College of Music to study theory (music theory) with Walford Davies
called "the bridge", which is a way of helping them get used to secondary school life. Biography Burder was born in London on the 5 June 1752. In his early twenties he was an engraver, but in 1776 he began preaching, and was minister of the Independent church at Lancaster (City of Lancaster) from 1778 to 1783. Subsequently he held charges at Coventry (1784–1803) and at Fetter Lane, London (1803–1832). He was one of the founders of the British and Foreign Bible Society, the Religious Tract Society, and the London Missionary Society, and was secretary to the last-named for several years. As editor of the ''Evangelical Magazine'' and author of ''Village Sermons'', he commanded a wide influence. He died on the 29 May 1832 and the next year ''A Life'' (by Henry Forster Burder) was published. WikiPedia:Coventry Dmoz:Regional Europe United Kingdom England West Midlands Coventry Commons:Coventry
as a virginal player in 1527. By 1523 records of London Freemans indicate John Heywood was married to Joan Rastell, daughter of John Rastell the printer. Through this marriage Heywood would have entered into a very dramatic family. Rastell was a composer of interludes himself, and the very first publisher of plays in England. When Rastell built his own house in Finsbury Fields, he built a stage explicitly for the performance of plays, and his wife made costumes. The whole family appeared to be involved in these productions, including Thomas More. In this private theatre, Heywood would have found an audience for his early works, and a strong artistic influence in his father-in-law. In the fifteen-twenties and fifteen-thirties, however, he was writing and producing interludes for the royal court.He enjoyed the patronage of Edward VI (Edward VI of England) and Mary I (Mary I of England), writing plays to present at court. While some of his plays call for music, no songs or texts survive. Early comprehensives The first comprehensives were set up after the Second World War. In 1946, for example, Walworth School was one of five 'experimental' comprehensive schools set up by the London County Council Peter Medway and Pat Kingwell, ‘A Curriculum in its place: English teaching in one school 1946-1963′, ''History of Education'' 39, no. 6 (November 2010): 749-765. Another early comprehensive school was Holyhead County School (Holyhead High School) in Anglesey in 1949. WikiPedia:Coventry Dmoz:Regional Europe United Kingdom England West Midlands Coventry Commons:Coventry
major rock concerts for some of the world's biggest acts, including Oasis (Oasis (band)), Bon Jovi, Lady Gaga, Rod Stewart, Kings of Leon and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. It was also one of the venues chosen for the footballing events at the 2012 Olympic Games. The adjacent Jaguar Exhibition Hall is a 6,000-seat events venue for hosting a multitude of other acts. * The SkyDome Arena, which is a 3,000 capacity sports auditorium, and has played host to artists such as Girls Aloud, Paul Oakenfold, Judge Jules and Paul Morrell. It is the home ground for Coventry Blaze ice hockey club, and has also hosted professional wrestling events from WWE, TNA and Pro Wrestling Noah * War Memorial Park (War Memorial Park, Coventry) - known by locals simply as the Memorial Park - which holds various festivals including the Godiva Festival and the Coventry Caribbean Festival, every year. * The Butts Park Arena, home of Coventry Rugby Football Club (Coventry R.F.C.), holds music concerts occasionally. * The Kasbah nightclub, Hillfields. It was renamed after refurbishment in 2007, but is still often referred to by its previous name, 'Colosseum'. By older Coventrians, it is still remembered as the Orchid Ballroom. * The Criterion Theatre (Criterion Theatre (Coventry)), a small theatre, in Earlsdon. * Coombe Country Park, although outside the city boundary, Coventry City Council's only country park. Media Radio The local radio stations include: *BBC Coventry & Warwickshire: 94.8FM * The New Touch FM 96.2 (Touch FM (Coventry)) *Free Radio Coventry and Warwickshire (Mercia FM) (formally known as Mercia Sound and Mercia FM): 97.0FM *Free Radio 80s: 1359am *The Hillz FM: 98.6FM *Radio Plus: 101.5FM *Coventry Hospital Radio serves the patients and visitors of University Hospital Coventry. Written media The main local newspapers are: *''Coventry Telegraph'' *''Coventry Times'' *'' Coventry Observer'' Television news The city is covered on regional TV News by: *BBC Midlands Today (Midlands Today) *ITV News Central Sport thumb The Ricoh Arena (File:Ricoh arena 30s07.JPG) Sporting teams representing the City currently include: * Wasps RFC (rugby union); *Coventry City F.C. (association football); *Coventry Buildbase Bees (Coventry Bees) (speedway (motorcycle speedway)); *Coventry Storm (speedway (motorcycle speedway)); *Coventry R.F.C. (rugby union); *Broadstreet R.F.C (Broadstreet Rugby Club) (rugby union); *Coventry Bears (rugby league); *Coventry Godiva Harriers (athletics); *Coventry Jets (Coventry Jets (American football)) (American football); *City of Coventry Swimming Club (swimming); *Coventry Blaze (ice hockey); *Four Masters G.A.A. Club (Gaelic football). Football The only professional football (association football) team representing the city are Coventry City F.C. The club has been in existence since 1883, originally as "Singers F.C.". The club reached the pinnacle of the Football League; the Football League First Division in 1967, when they were promoted as Second Division (Football League Second Division) champions. Their highest league position so far is sixth place in the First Division in 1970. Consequently, Coventry qualified for the European Fairs Cup (later the UEFA Cup, now the Europa League) in 1970–71. 1987 was a significant year for the club, when the Sky Blues won the FA Cup, with a 3–2 (after extra time) win over Tottenham Hotspur (Tottenham Hotspur F.C.) at Wembley (Wembley Stadium (1923)). That year, the club also won the FA Youth Cup. The club was a founder member of Premier League in 1992 and spent an impressive 34 consecutive seasons in the English top flight prior to their eventual relegation in 2001. Following eleven seasons in the second-tier Football League Championship without any significant success, Coventry were relegated to Football League One in 2012. Significantly, it was the first time in 48 years that the club were destined to play in the English league system's third tier. Their current stadium is the 32,600 capacity Ricoh Arena, which opened in Rowleys Green in the north of the city in 2005, replacing 106-year-old Highfield Road to the east of the city centre. Notable former players include Reg Matthews (the first Coventry-born footballer to be capped by England), Clarrie Bourton (the club's all time leading scorer), George Hudson (George Hudson (footballer)), Bobby Gould, Willie Carr, Ian St. John, Dion Dublin, Stuart Pearce, Gerry Francis, Kevin Gallacher, Terry Gibson, Mark Hateley, Ian Wallace (Ian Wallace (footballer)), Tommy Hutchison, Martin Jol, Les Sealey, Robbie Keane, Gary McAllister, Steve Ogrizovic, Colin Stein, Magnus Hedman and Terry Yorath. Their most famous former managers are Jimmy Hill, John Sillett, George Curtis (George Curtis (footballer born 1939)), Noel Cantwell, Jesse Carver and Harry Storer (Harry Storer, Jr.). Other notable managers include George Raynor, Dave Sexton, Bobby Gould, Phil Neal, Ron Atkinson, Gordon Strachan, Peter Reid, Gary McAllister, Micky Adams, Iain Dowie and Chris Coleman (Chris Coleman (footballer)). From 1899 to 2005, the club's home was Highfield Road stadium. In 2005, the club left its home of over a 100 years and moved to the Ricoh Arena. In 2006, having been sold to developers, Highfield Road was demolished, making way for new housing. The Ricoh Arena is a 32,609 capacity stadium in Rowleys Green in north Coventry. The Ricoh Arena was a regional host for the 2012 Summer Olympics football tournaments, it was renamed as the City of Coventry Stadium during the event. WikiPedia:Coventry Dmoz:Regional Europe United Kingdom England West Midlands Coventry Commons:Coventry
Division 3 title and have appeared in the Challenge Cup. Both Coventry University and the University of Warwick compete in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Midlands 1a competition. Ice Hockey The Coventry Blaze (currently known as the Genting Casino Coventry Blaze, for sponsorship reasons) are one of the founding team of the Elite Ice Hockey League. They compete in the Erhardt Conference and play their matches at the SkyDome Arena. In 2002
Coventry Bees for sponsorship reasons) are based at Brandon Stadium (also known as Coventry Stadium). The stadium is located just outside the city in the village of Brandon (Brandon, Warwickshire), Warwickshire (6 miles to the east of the city). The stadium has operated both sides of the Second World War. Before the Second World War speedway (Motorcycle speedway) also operated for a short time at Foleshill Stadium, off Lythalls Lane in the city. Between 1998 and 2000, Coventry
class "infobox" style "float:right;" - ! colspan "2" Coventry religious demographics from the 2011 census (United Kingdom Census 2011) - ! '''Religion''' '''Population''' - Christian 170,090 - No Religion 72,896 - Muslim 23,665 - Undeclared 20,327 - Sikh 15,912 - Hindu 11,152 - Buddhist 1,067 - Jewish 210 - Other 1,641 According to the 2011 Census, 53.7% (170,090) of residents identified themselves as Christian making Christianity the largest followed religion in the city. Islam was the second most followed religion with 7.5% (23,665) of residents identifying with the religion. 5.0% (15,912) of Coventry's population were Sikh (Sikhism), disproportionately larger than the national average in England of 0.8%. Hindus (Hinduism) made up 3.5% (11,152) of the resident population followed
as a trustee with Rathbone (Rathbone (charity)), a national charity. '''Jason Herbert''' (also known as '''Jason John'''), born on March 18, 1967 in Coventry, England, is a former band member of the boy group Big Fun (Big Fun (boyband)) (1989-90). He was also the manager of former Ginger Spice Geri Halliwell, at Global Talent (2003-04), Callan, Jessica (January 3, 2004). "You're not for U.S., Geri: It's all over for Halliwell in the States", '' Daily Mirror
;''(British, Irish, Other)'' 234,029 - Asian ''(Bangladeshi, Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, Other)'' 51,598 - Black ''(African, Caribbean, Other)'' 17,764 - Mixed ''(White & Asian, White & Black African, White & Black Caribbean, Other)'' 8,230 - Arab 2,020 - Other 3,319 Like most major British cities, Coventry has a large ethnic minority population, making up 33.4% of the population at the 2011 census. ref name "
'''Coventry''' ( ) is a city (City status in the United Kingdom) and metropolitan borough in the centre of England. It has been the capital of England more than once in the 15th century when the seat of Government was held in Coventry. Historic Coventry - Coventry, Some History "Historic Coventry", ''Historic Coventry'' Coventry's outstanding heritage includes the Roman Fort at Baginton, Lady Godiva, St Mary's Guildhall (where kings and queens were entertained) City Guild of Tour Guides "City Guild of Tour Guides", ''City Guild of Tour Guides'' and three cathedrals. Historic Coventry - Cathedrals "Historic Coventry", ''Historic Coventry''
Coventry is located in the county of West Midlands (West Midlands (county)) although historically (Historic counties of England) speaking, it is part of Warwickshire. Coventry is the 10th-largest city in England and the 12th-largest UK (United Kingdom) city overall. List of English districts by population based on Census 2011 figures, Coventry is the 10th-largest city in England and the 12th-largest city in the UK proper with a population of 316,915; after London (1st: 8,204,407), Birmingham (2nd: 1,074,283), Leeds (3rd: 750,683), Glasgow (Scotland) (4th: 598,830), Sheffield (5th 551,756), Bradford (6th: 523,115), Manchester (7th: 502,902), Edinburgh (Scotland) (8th: 495,360), Liverpool (9th: 465,656), Cardiff (Wales) (10th: 346,100), Leicester (11th: 329,627) and Wakefield (12th: 326,433). It is also the second largest city in the West Midlands (West Midlands (region)) region, after Birmingham, with a population of 329,810 in 2013. 2013 mid-year estimates from the Office for National Statistics "UK Population Estimates", ''ONS (Office for National Statistics)'' Coventry is an ancient settlement that predates Birmingham and Leicester.
Coventry is situated north of Warwick. It is further from the coast than any other city in Britain (City status in the United Kingdom). Although harbouring a population of almost a third-of-a-million inhabitants, Coventry is not amongst the English Core Cities Group due to its proximity to Birmingham. Approximately half a million people live within 10 miles (16 km) of Coventry city centre.
Coventry was the world's first twin city (Twin towns and sister cities), when it formed a twinning relationship with the Russian city of Stalingrad (Volgograd) (now Volgograd) during the Second World War. The relationship developed through ordinary people in Coventry who wanted to show their support for the Soviet (Soviet Union) Red Army during the Battle of Stalingrad. A part of the city centre at the entrance to the Lower Precinct is named Lidice Place.
Coventry Cathedral is one of the newer cathedral buildings, having been built after the destruction of the 14th century cathedral (Coventry Blitz) church of Saint Michael by the German Luftwaffe on 14 November 1940. Coventry motor companies have contributed significantly to the British motor industry. The city has two universities, the city centre-based Coventry University and the University of Warwick on the southern outskirts.