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Churchill

Churchill

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20 tracks 61 min
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A celebration in words and music

The voice of the great man himself in a selection of his most famous speeches, combined with music of the period: songs of hope, and cheerful little numbers in amongst the stirring words of Britain's most famous Prime Minister.

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Churchill
A celebration in words and music

The voice of the great man himself in a selection of his most famous speeches, combined with music of the period: songs of hope, great orchestral music and cheerful little numbers in amongst the stirring words of Britain's most famous Prime Minister, who died forty years ago.

The 60th Anniversary of Victory in Europe 1945-2005

1 Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat 13 May 1940: extract Sir Winston Churchill
2 We'll Meet Again Vera Lynn
3 On the Siegfried Line Elsie & Doris Waters
4 In a Solemn Hour 19 May 1940: extract Sir Winston Churchill
5 London Pride Noel Coward
6 We Shall Fight on the Beaches 4 June 1940: extract Sir Winston Churchill
7 This Was Their Finest Hour 18 June 1940: extract Sir Winston Churchill
8 'Spitfire' Prelude & Fugue Sir William Walton
9 Never in the Field of Human Conflict 20 August 1940: extract Sir Winston Churchill
10 Every Man To His Post 9 November 1940: extract Sir Winston Churchill
11 This Is the Army, Mr Jones Ambrose and His Orchestra
12 The Sailor with the Navy Blue Eyes Ambrose and His Orchestra
13 Give Us the Tools 9 February 1941: extract Sir Winston Churchill
14 The White Cliffs of Dover Vera Lynn
15 Westward Look, The Land Is Bright 27 April 1940: extract Sir Winston Churchill
16 Moonlight Serenade Glenn Miller
17 Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer Anne Shelton
18 All clear!
19 The End of the War in Europe 8 May 1945: extract Sir Winston Churchill
20 When They Sound the Last All Clear Donald Peers


CCL CDG1125
Published by Classical Communications Ltd
P& C 2005 Classical Communications Ltd
Cover image: VE Day celebrations on 9th May 1945 The Illustrated London News Picture Library/www.bridgeman.co.uk
Made in Great Britain

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Churchill
A celebration in words and music

'You ask what is our policy? I say it is to wage war by land, sea and air. War with all our might and with all the strength God has given us and to wage war against a monstrous tyranny never surpassed in the dark and lamentable catalogue of human crime".

Churchill is often referred to as the greatest orator of the 20th century. The speeches he made during 1940, such as the excerpt from the one above, established the policy of 'no surrender', and made us feel that we were not alone in the struggle against Hitler. He had a supreme command of English although he was not a natural public speaker but, as President Kennedy once noted, he used the English language as a powerful weapon of war. Indeed, his use of language in speeches, remarks and writings has made him one of the most quotable persons in history. He had a slight stammer and lisp and would often practice his speeches for many hours.

Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was born on November 30th 1874 to one of the most outstanding families in British history. He would grow up to become one of the most important figures of the 20th century leading England during the darkest days of World War 11. His father was Lord Randolph Churchill, the second son of the Duke of Marlborough and his mother was Jenny Jerome, the daughter of a wealthy American family.

When the second World War broke out in September 1939, Neville Chamberlain appointed Churchill to his old post of First Lord of the Admiralty. In May 1940, when Chamberlain was forced to resign, Churchill became Prime Minister at almost sixty years of age. If there was ever a perfect example of the right man in the right place at the right time, it was Churchill in 1940. His magnificent oratory, his great energy and his resolute refusal to accept anything but total victory were crucial in rallying British resistance and keeping the nation and its empire in the war.

In his first speech to the House of Commons on May 13th 1940 (just three days after becoming Prime Minister), he defiantly told the members 'I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat'. Then, after the disaster in France and the evacuation of the British army from the beaches at Dunkirk, he memorably spoke to Parliament on June 4th 1940 on the possibility of a German invasion and what Britain's reaction would be: 'We shall fight on the beaches. We shall fight on the landing grounds. We shall fight in the fields, and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender!'

Churchill's defiant, 'never admit defeat' attitude was best summed up in a speech to the pupils at his old school in Harrow: Never give in---never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy"

He died in January 1965 at the age of ninety and his death marked the end of an era not only in British history but also in world history.


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