Don’t miss Songs that won the War

The title Songs That Won The War pretty much sums up what the show is all about. The songs that entertainers like Vera Lynn, Glen Miller and Bing Crosby made popular, provided a much needed boost to the morale of those left behind throughout the darkest days of World War II.
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

Songs That Won the War will showcase the best-loved songs and music of the Second World War in a special show on November 10.

Book now for this one-day event held at the historical Old Courthouse reliving precious memories, hearing wonderful old songs and enjoying Devonshire tea on the veranda at interval.

World War II

This year, Songs That Won the War will return to the Old Courthouse stage ahead of Remembrance Day.

The show has been a tradition for the Ipswich Musical Theatre Company since 2011, when the first Songs That Won the War performance was held.

That show was especially written by Clive Render, and it has been held every year since on the Sunday closest to Remembrance Day.

Songs that won the war

This year Sophie Salvesani, who is currently performing the principal role of Maria in the Australian Opera 2019 touring production of West Side Story, will perform the songs We’ll Gather Lilacs and Some Day My Heart Will Awake.  

Ms Salvesani has been touring in Melbourne, Wellington (NZ),  Berlin, Dresden and Cologne in Germany, the Sydney Opera House, Canberra and will finish the year in Adelaide.

She previously performed major roles with the Ipswich Musical Theatre Company as Christine in The Phantom of the Opera (2014) and Cosette in Les Miserables (2017).

World War II planes

The songs that entertainers like Vera Lynn, Glen Miller and Bing Crosby made popular provided a much needed boost to the morale of those left behind throughout the darkest days of World War II.

During Songs That Won the War you’ll hear: We’ll Meet Again, Run Rabbit Run, Umbrella Man, Underneath the Arches, The Last Time I Saw Paris, The White Cliffs of Dover, Keep the Home Fires Burning, Who Do You Think You Are Kidding Mr Hitler?, You Are My Heart’s Delight, I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now, Underneath the Arches, Lambeth Walk, Girls Were Made to Love and Kiss, Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer, Tramp Tramp Tramp, A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square, Bless ’em All, Roll Out the Barrel, Maisy Dotes, Knees Up Mother Brown, The Road to Gundagai, Brown Slouch Hat and Chattanooga Choo Choo.

Included are speeches by Neville Chamberlain, Winston Churchill and Dwight Eisenhower.  The story is narrated by Doreen Orton, who was a child in England during World War II.

The cost is $20 and includes Devonshire tea.  Book online or in person at the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre.

Discover Ipswich Staff Writer
Rocky the Rock Wallaby is a Sagittarius who lives at the Ipswich Nature Centre and often contributes to Discover Ipswich in his spare time. When he's not busy showing tourists around, blogging or hanging out with his bestie Milly the Wombat, he likes to hit the gym for a leg session, graze on quinoa salad and ponder the possibilities of the universe.

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