1940s nostalgia at Gala Music Night
1940s Gala Concert (picture by Tony Mould)

1940s nostalgia at Gala Music Night


There was a stirring celebration of nostalgic 1940s favourites at Roedean’s annual Gala Music Night in the theatre last week.   

The school orchestra's 60 instrumentalists, accompanied by 70 singers, captivated the sell-out audience of parents, friends and supporters, including the Mayor of Brighton and Hove.  

The wide variety of wartime hits included an upbeat Glenn Miller medley by the Jazz Band, rousing pieces such as the Dambusters March by the full orchestra, and optimistic tunes from accomplished soloists and the chamber choir such as Don’t Sit under the Apple Tree and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy by The Andrews Sisters. 

The finalé was We’ll Meet Again, made famous by Sussex girl Dame Vera Lynn, one of the most loved songs of the era. By this point the audience - some dressed in period costume - were completely in the spirit of the evening and their rousing chorus nearly brought the house down.

Counsellor Ann Norman, Mayor of Brighton and Hove said: “This was a quite outstanding evening – just what I would expect from the talented girls at Roedean. These events for the local community demonstrate the important and absolutely integral part the School plays in our city, and the high achieving but well-rounded education that the girls receive.”

A simple wartime supper of bread and dripping brought the night to a close.

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