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

 

Caracals: Small Cats With Big Ears Arrive At Wellington Zoo

Visitors to Wellington Zoo will be able to see New Zealand’s first Caracals in the Zoo’s new Grassland Cats habitat, with a special visitor opening day on Saturday 27 September. More>>

Gordon Campbell: Classics - Tales From Moominvalley
Can’t speak for the reading end of it but the Moomins ( or maybe the story about Margaret Wise Brown) were the most enjoyable subject to think about and write about during these whole first 50 issues of Werewolf. For that reason – and because the Moomins always reward re-reading – I’ve decided to reprint it. The only added element is a link to an interesting hour long documentary about Tove Jansson. More>>

ALSO:

Repping In The Pacific: All Blacks And Manu Samoa To Play Historic Apia Test

The All Blacks will play Manu Samoa in Apia on Wednesday 8 July next year as part of both teams’ preparations for Rugby World Cup 2015. More>>

ALSO:

Monarchy: Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Are Expecting Second Child

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child. More>>

ALSO:

2015: Elton John Plans Wellington Show

After nine years, Elton John and his band will return to Westpac Stadium, Wellington for one spectacular concert! The November 21, 2015 concert will feature iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout his incredible five-decade career... More>>

Book Awards: Jill Trevelyan's Story Of Peter McLeavey Is Book Of The Year

The story of Wellington art dealer Peter McLeavey and his gallery has won the prestigious New Zealand Post Book of the Year 2014 in a glittering ceremony in Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: King Richard

Simon Nathan reviews 'Richard Seddon, King of God’s Own': My father grew up in Wellington during Seddon’s premiership... I can recall him standing under the Seddon statue in the grounds of parliament and telling me that Seddon had more backbone than Sid Holland and all his cabinet colleagues put together.. More>>

8 October: Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour Coming To Auckland!

Dainty Group announced today that global superstar Miley Cyrus will bring her BANGERZ TOUR to New Zealand in October this year. This will be Miley’s first ever visit to New Zealand and there will only be one Auckland show before she takes her tour to Australia. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news