Collected episode five - Music and the First World War

Music has the ability to express feelings and ideas in simple, relatable ways; it has the capacity to bring people together and galvanise the spirit. So it should come as no surprise to discover that music of all kinds played an important role in the First World War. 

In Episode 5 of Collected Louise Maher talks to Senior Curator, Theresa Cronk and the Memorials Artist in Residence, Chris Latham about the music, the composers and the social impact. 

Presented by: Louise Maher
Produced by: Louise Maher
Interviewed:

  • Theresa Cronk, Senior Curator Published and Digitised Collections.
  • Chris Latham, Director Flowers of War and Artist in Residence.

Voice of WWI soldier: Rob Little
WW1 music: Produced by Chris Latham and performed by Alan Hicks, Rohan Thatcher, Andrew Goodwin, David Hidden and Christina Wilson 
Original music: Andy Heaney – Vice Like Grip

Featured Collection Items

Sheet music for 'I want to go home' RC10872
See full sheet music and listen to our modern recording https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C212387

Sheet music for 'Anzacs, well done!' RC10992
See full sheet music and listen to our modern recording https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C215784

Sheet music for 'A perfect day' RC10788
See full sheet music and listen to our modern recording https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C211721

Sheet music for 'Just a khaki soldier and a little maid' RC10524
See full sheet music and listen to our modern recording https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C209488

Sheet music for 'Pack up your troubles in your old kit-bag' RC10923.009
See full sheet music and listen to our modern recording https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C214266

Related exhibition: Music and the First World War