Story added: 3:00pm Wed Oct 17, 2012
Concert pays tribute to sounds of the 1940s
Saturday 13th October, 2012 - Salvation Army Citadel, Balderton
By Joanna Parlby
A 1940s music extravaganza was performed by the pupils of Angela Smith’s Ro-An Academy on Saturday in aid of Beaumond House Community Hospice, raising more than £700.
Kids Do The Forties delighted a full house at the Salvation Army Citadel, Balderton, performed by the Tozer dancers from Southwell and a children and adults’ choir, Voices, under the direction of Christine Hopkins.
We were well and truly taken back to the time of the second world war in every sense in this atmospheric event. Technicians provided us with a moving backdrop to match each scene.
Costumes were authentic and everyone involved, from performers to directors, had their hair done 1940s-style by Divine Hair — a task that took all day.
The evening opened with a slick performance of Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy by the Tozer dancers, with spot-on costumes. There were tributes to Glenn Miller and Forces sweetheart Vera Lynn, and a wide variety of 1940s songs often heard on radio programmes such as Music While You Work and Workers’ Play Time.
Christine directed her choir with perfect precision, and her get-up-and-go approach got everyone singing.
We were even treated to a superb and sensitive performance by teacher Angela on her trumpet of the Last Post and Reveille. This was a poignant moment, accompanied by two minutes’ silence, befitting the time of year.
The evening would not have been quite the same without the contribution made by BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s Judy Theobald as compere who brought each section to life by giving a valuable taste of local history — JMP.
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