Schools musical programs are amazing, and one of the longest running in the UK was ‘Singing Together’ on BBC Radio, where kids sang along with songs live across the country.
Jarvis Cocker presents this fascinating elegy for the live music show that taught children songs but without National Curriculum nor testing, just a joy of singing. I do think this sort of community and music making for fun is missed, apart from the odd school performance and harvest festival. Music like the arts has been cut in a lot of schools, so it’s a shame this isn’t still going – although that said I can’t imagine children singing modern songs like ‘All About That Bass’, ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’, ‘Turn Down For What’ or ‘Umbrella’.
You will hear a certain Sophie Aldred singing in this program though – she went from being Ace on Doctor Who to presenting this show in the 90s!
I have to admit I don’t remember this at all – probably because I think most of my early schools had musical people in them, doing their own thing, although it also had a taint of sandals and beards to it also. The article and gallery of pamphlets is fascinating though, classic design for children.