12th Jul, 2020

VIDEO - RGS Dodderhill's Alumnae Choir produces rousing 'We'll Meet Again' for VE Day 75

A ROUSING rendition of ‘We’ll Meet Again’ was sang by the RGS Dodderhill’s Alumnae Choir as part of former pupils’ VE Day 75 celebrations.

Members used modern technology to rehearse and perform, whilst overcoming the social distancing issues posed by the Coronavirus lockdown.

It was felt the Vera Lynn classic would be a fitting piece for the former school friends and Caroline Vinson, head of music at RGS Dodderhill, decided on an acapella version to showcase the voices, some who now sing professionally.

The choir initially met via an online platform and three separate hour-long rehearsals took place, along with practice tracks being emailed out to all ladies to learn.

Finally, the backing beat and tunes were all compiled and sent to everyone to sing against on video.

Mrs Vinson said: “We are thrilled with the result and are already planning the next project ready for Remembrance Day in November.”

Social media has been instrumental in the ‘old girls’ making contact and there are now nearly 80 members of the alumnae group.

Not all of these sang on the recording, and the school is building up a database of alumnae – women who are passionate about education at Dodderhill and keen to be a part of its future with RGS, having merged in May 2019.

Any former girls wanting to be included are asked to contact the school directly on 01905 778290.

RGS Dodderhill Sarah Atkinson said: “I am absolutely delighted with the result and when I first saw the video and heard the voices, I was moved to

tears.

“At this time, when our country is in lockdown and unable to properly celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day, this music really does mean something.

“I am grateful to Mrs Vinson and Yvonne Wood who instigated a lot of contact and the Dodderhill former girls’, for their hard work in producing this film.”

 

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