On Saturday 27th April 2019 Gateways to the First World War hosted a free Lecture-Concert presented by Dr Emma Hanna and Dr Helen Brooks with the Invicta Concert Band at Westgate Hall, Canterbury.
The event explored the history of the wartime West End and gave the audience of over 200 the opportunity to experience the music and stories from some of the biggest hits of the war years, including Chu Chin Chow, A Little Bit of Fluff, and The Bing Boys Are Here.
The event included an exhibition on First World War music and theatre and drew on information uncovered by a team of volunteers who took part in a research day at the University of Kent.
- Marie Kelly
- Clare Millett
- Jack Naismith
Piano: Stephen Matthews
Music: Invicta Concert Band conducted by Jim Harrison
Gateways would like to thank:
- All the volunteers involved in sourcing material for the concert
- Jo Baines, Karen Brayshaw, Karen Goodwin and all the team at Special Collections and Archives, University of Kent.
- The Imperial War Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery for the use of images.
- Jeanette Barnes and the Elgar Society
- Helena Power