I am so sorry Year 6 that I missed you World War 2 Day. I can’t wait to the pictures and hear about how it went. Meanwhile here is some music from the era.
Music was very important to people during the second world war. Factories played popular tunes to keep their workers happy and to get them to work harder. Homesick soldiers enjoyed the special music concerts that the Army arranged for them. Lots of people sang cheery tunes to help them keep their spirits up.
The video below is taken from a radio programme that used to be played every day in factories. It is quite different from the radio programmes that the BBC make today!
Glenn Miller was an American musician and composer who was very famous before the war. Once war broke out he joined the army and used music to keep up morale for the American soldiers.
This is a very famous song by a singer called Vera Lynn. Soldiers were going off to fight leaving their families behind. Many wives and mothers were terrified their sons and husbands would be killed and not return so the song “We’ll meet again” tried to reassure families that there loved ones would actually return
Dances were very popular. Below is an American style of dancing that was very energetic!
The BBC have collected together everyday sounds from life in Britain during World War 2 here
Below is a clip from Billy Cotton who was a very popular British dance band leader.