In the mood

02 November 2006

AFTER 60 years, all aspects of World War II are being remembered. At  Winchester Cathedral, they are going to recreate the music of the time with the nostalgic Big Band sound. On 29 July, the Cooper Big Band with its four trumpets, four trombones, percussion, bass, and five saxophones, will be playing the most popular 1940s music, like “Moonlight Serenade” and “In the Mood”.

The Band Director, Ron Moonesinghe (above right, left), says: “The Glenn Miller Band helped to lift people’s spirits and morale in what was a very hard time,” and is music that still means a lot to anyone with wartime memories.

Advance publicity for the event was this tableau outside the Cathedral with American GIs, a “classic English rose”, and a genuine 1940s jeep. The group will be attending the event in costume, and the organisers are hoping that as many as possible of the audience will also come in 1940s uniforms or dress, “or at least with a wartime hair-do”.

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