The summer of 1945 was one of celebration. All over the country, communities came together on VE (Victory in Europe) Day to mark the moment with street parties and dances, but it was also a period of contemplation. Whilst many rejoiced at the prospect of peace, years of air raids, rationing, hunger and displacement had been hard. During this project, our team led by Cat Foley, Nancy Hitzig and Annette Walker, took inspiration from this time period as well as from blue plaques commemorating Jazz musicians, dancers and singers who lived through the Second World War, such as Ronnie Scott and Elisabeth Welch. Following in the footsteps of these trailblazers, Young Music Makers created their own solo and ensemble artistic responses, and considered how the implications of the end of WW2 are reflected in society, heritage and history today.
Feel That Rhythm
In the autumn of 2020, we worked with Young Music Makers on Feel That Rhythm, an exciting jazz dance and music project commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.