Making Precious Moments Count

The Marc Bolan London Music Project and Noah's Ark Children's Hospice

In the early 1970’s Marc Bolan was the biggest rock star to emerge in the UK since The Beatles. With his bands Tyrannosaurus Rex and T. Rex, Marc took the music world by storm and his music has been highly influential on a wide range of musicians and recording artists over the decades since his untimely death in a car crash on 16th September 1977.

Marc always understood the power of music on children. Now Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, in conjunction with Marc's family, friends and fans, is planning to build a memorial bandstand and garden within the new Noah’s Ark complex in Barnet, North London. The memorial will be funded solely by the Marc Bolan London Music Project, which will also donate equipment for a Music Therapy Room within the hospice. This will enable children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions to express themselves musically, vocally, visually and spiritually in Marc's name.

 

A hospice building for children and families in North London. The 'Building the Ark Appeal' is raising the funds required to construct North London’s only children’s hospice building, which will allow a wider breadth of care to more of the 1,169 babies, children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.

The hospice will be built on a 7.5 acre nature reserve close to Barnet town centre and will provide an inspiring space for relaxation, adventure and for children and their families to connect with others facing similar challenges. It will be a ‘home from home’ for children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, where they will be given the time and space to be children and not just patients.

Messages of support

A compilation of some of the messages we have received so far from Marc's friends, family and supporters of the project.

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We have a range of exclusive merchandise for sale with all profits going to The Marc Bolan London Music Project.

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Biog

Mark Feld was born on 30th September 1947 and grew up in post-war Stoke Newington, in the borough of Hackney, north-east London. The son of Phyllis Winifred (nee Atkins) and Simeon 'Sid' Feld, a market stall holder and a lorry driver respectively.

Along with his elder brother Harry, the family lived in the top floor flat at 25 Stoke Newington Common. Mark and Harry attended nearby Northwold Primary School, and then William Wordsworth Secondary School in Stoke Newington (now Grasmere School) before later moving to Wimbledon, south-west London, when Mark was aged 15.

Harry and Mark Feld

Harry and Mark Feld

Mark first discovered rock n roll by accident when his father Sid mistakenly bought him a copy of Bill Haley's 'Rock Around The Clock'. Mark had asked for a Bill Hayes record as he'd enjoyed listening to one of Hayes' previous records 'The Ballad Of Davy Crockett'. His disappointment soon turned to delight when he heard the sound coming out of the speaker. He later recalled "just one play of that and I chucked Bill Hayes out of the window". Nothing was the same ever again.

Mark with his first guitar

Mark with his first guitar

At the age of nine, he was given his first guitar and began a skiffle band. While at school, he played guitar in Susie and the Hula Hoops, a trio whose vocalist was a 12-year-old Helen Shapiro (who was to go on to have several chart topping hits a few years later) along with friend Steve Jameson.

During lunch breaks at school, he would play his guitar in the playground to a small audience of friends.

Aside from Bill Haley, Mark was inspired by the likes of Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Arthur Crudup, Elvis and Chuck Berry and would go along to The Hackney Empire, with his friend Steve Jameson, each week to watch recordings of the TV music show Oh Boy, where he would sometimes meet the stars such as his hero Eddie Cochran.


Marc on TV

A selection of videos including TV appearances, live performance, interviews and documentaries.

Special thanks to the following for their support of The Marc Bolan London Music Project

Harry and Sandy Feld, Teri Scoble, Phil Bourne, Ludger Wilmott, Helen Farrell, Tina Weatherby, Carlton (Easy Action), Chris Burns, Ange Burchell, Brian Dunham, Barry & Sarah (Beltane), Peter Kearsley, Sven Ake Sandburg