A Woman's War
NEW! Available 2017
A tribute in words and music to the women of World War Two – in the services, in the factories, on the farms and in the home
A WOMAN’S WAR celebrates the role and contribution of women across Britain in words and music from the war years. Relive BBC radio reports of nurses in the Blitz and workers at the factory bench coupled with the voices of entertainers such as Gracie Fields, Vera Lynn, Anne Shelton and Joyce Grenfell who forged indelible links with the boys overseas.
Recalled here in over 70 minutes of carefully chosen songs, newsreel and narrative is a richly diverse panorama of wartime life, pictured from a woman’s perspective. Here’s the young Princess Elizabeth addressing the children of the empire ... Elsie and Doris Waters offering cookery advice on ‘The Kitchen Front’ ... the great concert pianist Myra Hess recalling her famous lunchtime concerts at the National Gallery ... and a Glasgow mother speaking movingly of her pride and sense of loss on VE Day.
The war changed women’s lives forever by opening up a whole world of new opportunities and experiences. Many juggled jobs and motherhood, some found romance and marriage, some even led a secret life as codebreakers and agents. Complete with a fascinating accompanying booklet, this compelling CD tells the story of A WOMAN’S WAR in a fresh, original and uplifting way.
Cat. no.: GLMY203
Tracks comprise Britannia is a Woman (information film extract), Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye Gracie Fields, Women at War (information film extract), Something for the Boys Evelyn Dall, Queen Elizabeth’s broadcast to the Empire, 11th November 1939, A Nurse in the Blitz (BBC radio report), Nursie Nursie Bebe Daniels, Work of the WVS (BBC radio report), Calling All Workers - Theme from ‘Music While You Work’ Eric Coates, Dialogue extract from film ‘Millions Like Us’ Patricia Roc & Beatrice Varley, The Thingummybob Gracie Fields, Women at the Benches (BBC radio report), Milkman Keep Those Bottles Quiet Beryl Davis and the Squadronaires, I’m Going to Se You Today Joyce Grenfell, Princess Elizabeth’s broadcast to the children of the Empire, Three Elizabeths Suite: Youth of Britain - The Princess Elizabeth Eric Coates, The Kitchen Front Elsie & Doris Waters, Please Leave My Butter Alone Elsie Carlisle, Can I Do You Now Sir Dorothy Summers as ITMA’s Mrs Mopp, Make Do and Mend (information film extract), I’ll Be Seeing You Anne Shelton, Extract from Sincerely Yours, Vera Lynn (BBC radio), The White Cliffs of Dover Vera Lynn, Women’s Recruitment Trailer (information film extract), Leslie Howard on the wartime role of women from film ‘The Gentle Sex’, Women’s Land Army (information film extract), Really and Truly Ivy Benson and her Orchestra, V2 Attacks on London (BBC radio report by Audrey Russell), Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring Myra Hess, There’s A Boy Coming Home on Leave Bebe Daniels, A Glasgow Mother Speaks on VE Day (BBC radio report), My Work is Done Kathleen Ferrier.