A singing history of London

8 Jun 2009

Event times

18.30 — 20.00

Cost of entry

£6 / £4 concessions

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British Library

London, United Kingdom


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  • Tube: Kings Cross, St. Pancras, Euston
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A singing history of London


Sing your way through London's history. Take a journey through London's songs and delve into the stories behind them. Discover the hidden meanings of street traders' rhymes, learn the songs of illegal professions and find out why so many Londoners left town to spend their summers 'hopping'. From the tavern to the gentleman's club, discover how London's songs tell the story of our city. But this is no ordinary lecture; we want everyone to raise their voices and sing! No experience necessary; just a bit of London pride! Come if you love to sing, come if you think you can't. Everyone will receive a free copy of A Singing History of London - a wonderful new illustrated resource produced by Sing London in partnership with the English Folk Dance and Song Society. They will also learn how to find out more about folk music by accessing the British Library Sound Archive. The British Library session is the launch of a series of eight Singing History booklets, each covering a different English region. The project aims to preserve regional songs by making them accessible to new audiences, thereby giving folk music back to the folk. Live a little....Sing a little...Sing London! Sing London is producing ‘The Singing Histories', a series of eight books which use regional song to explore local history. Produced in partnership with councils, arts groups and historians. The Singing Histories series includes Birmingham, Kent, London, Manchester, Norfolk, Oxfordshire, Plymouth and Sunderland.


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