Music: Street Cleaner's Mass

In Tonypandy, Wales, 200 members of the Mid-Rhondda Choral Society gave first performance to a Christmas mass. It was composed by Edwin Gardner, local street cleaner, who, despite no technical knowledge of music, took inspiration from the noises of the street, worked out melodies on a wheezy home organ and turned out a mass that last week made him hero of the Rhondda coal district.


Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!