Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

School Songs from Radio’s Past to be Showcased in Wellington

8 May 2013

School Songs from Radio’s Past

Nearly every New Zealand-born person over the age of 50 seems to know the same set of folksongs, sea shanties and evergreens. The reason lies partly in last century’s ‘Music to Schools’ radio broadcasts, the subject of a free presentation at the National Library, Molesworth Street Wellington, on Saturday 18 May 2013 at 2pm.

‘It’s a fascinating glimpse into our cultural history’, says Newtown resident Dr Michael Brown, one of the team of five local people who will explain the history and lead in singing a selection of the songs. ‘Soon after radio was introduced in the 1920s, keen educators saw the potential of using radio in schools. Music educators taught songs and the basics of music over the wireless, first with a piano and single voice in the studio, and later with children’s choirs’.

The presentation lasts about an hour. The group has presented the show several times already and the earlier performances were warmly received by people of all ages.

‘Many older New Zealanders first learnt community songs in their classrooms while listening to the music broadcasts to schools’, says Dr Brown.

‘Singing from the same songsheet’ (Settle down, Standard Three!) is an illustrated talk about the ‘Music to Schools’ broadcasts in New Zealand from 1931 to 1979, written and performed by ‘The Song Snatchers’: Anne Russell, Michael Brown, Jane Shallcrass, Marie Russell and Robin Brew.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Wellington Rugby Zeroes: Sevens To Move To Hamilton

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester: “The Sevens has been a big part of recent Wellington history but it was time for the event to move on… Wellingtonians have been voting with their feet in the last few years and we’ve seen the result in dwindling crowd numbers and lower ticket sales.” More>>

ALSO:

Matafeo & Dravid: The Billy T And Fred Award Winners For 2017

At the final show of the 2017 NZ International Comedy Festival powered by Flick Electric Co. the Festival came to a close after 115 shows in Auckland and 68 shows in Wellington. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: What’s Fair? Tax and Fairness

This is an excellent and timely book, since apart from general statements about increasing or mostly reducing tax, there has been very little comment or debate as to whether we should pay tax at all and how much tax should each of us pay. More>>

Ockham Awards: Globally Lauded Novelist Wins NZ’s Biggest Fiction Prize

Internationally renowned Ngāruawāhia resident Catherine Chidgey has won New Zealand’s richest writing award, the $50,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize, for her novel The Wish Child. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland