Singing Histories: London
EFDSS has recently worked in partnership with Sing London to produce Singing Histories: London - an illustrated song booklet which tells the story of London via its historic songs including street traders’ rhymes; ballads about the river, love, war, crime and punishment; rhymes and ditties; and songs of London pride. It features material, gathered from sound recordings and manuscripts in the VWML archives and elsewhere, and gives an unusual perspective on London life throughout the ages.
The Singing Histories: London song booklet was launched on Monday 8th June 2009, at the British Library, Conference Centre with a lively, participatory event. A Singing History of London workshop also took place at Fulham Library Monday 22nd June attended enthusiastically by around 100 people keen to sing the songs.
For more information about the Singing Histories project which is creating song books – primarily drawing from folk and traditional songs - in eight areas across England, visit the Sing London website.
Download a copy of the Singing Histories: London booklet and accompanying teachers' notes below, as well as mp3s of many of the songs featured. Please note: some of these are large files and may take longer to download if you are not using a high-speed broadband connection.
- Singing Histories: London
- Singing Histories London, Teachers??? Notes, MUSIC GCSE
- Singing Histories London, Teachers\' Notes, KS 2, 3 & 4
- Singing Histories London - General Teachers\' Notes
- Basket and Chairs, sung by Sam Lee
- Hopping Down in Kent, sung by Sam Lee
- Hopping Down in Kent, sung by Sarah-Jane Miller w fiddle accompaniment
- How Many Miles to London Town, sung by Sarah-Jane Miller with ukulele accompaniment
- Lavender, sung by Sam Lee
- London Bridge, sung by Sarah-Jane Miller with fiddle accompaniment
- London Steamer alto and tenor harmonies, sung by Sam Lee
- London Steamer melody with alto harmony, sung by Sam Lee
- London Steamer melody with tenor harmony, sung by Sam Lee
- London Steamer, sung by Sam Lee
- London Wherryman, sung by Sam Lee
- Maybe It\'s Because I\'m A Londoner, sung by Sarah-Jane Miller
- Press gang refrain alto or tenor harmony, sung by Sam Lee
- Press gang refrain bass harmony, sung by Sam Lee
- Press Gang, sung by Sam Lee
- Press Gang, sung by Sarah-Jane Miller w fiddle accompaniment
- Stanley and Dora, sung by Sam Lee
- Up To The Rigs, sung by Sam Lee
- What Will We Do If We Have No Money, sung by Peta Webb, harmony Sam Lee
- Wild and Wicked Youth, sung by Sam Lee
- London Lights, sung by Sam Lee