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10 - Servicemen’s Concert Parties

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 February 2020

Emma Hanna
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University of Kent, Canterbury
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Examines the development of servicemen’s concert parties in the context of the rapid expansion of the fighting forces, and of the significant figures who were key to the provision of music for the purposes of recreation and amusement. This chapter will show that Britain’s armed forces each had a strong tradition of musical entertainments solely by servicemen for their comrades which was much bolstered by men who had been professional performers before they enlisted. Furthermore, this chapter will show that servicemen used the pantomime form to reinforce their belief that they were fighting in a just war.

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Sounds of War
Music in the British Armed Forces during the Great War
, pp. 207 - 231
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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