'Singing Together' was originally the longest running BBC Schools radio programme and ran for almost 60 years from 1939 when it was created to bring a sense of community to the nation's evacuees. It was recreated in 2016 into a radio play as part of the 2016 Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival, broadcast on BBC Wiltshire on 6 June 2016.
Eight young actors and three professional actors will soon be heard on a radio play set in Swindon and Wiltshire. In a first for Prime Theatre, Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival and BBC Wiltshire, 'Singing Together' is the story of a choir of World War Two evacuees coming to Swindon and being billeted all across the county.
The play also features the singing voices of 400 primary pupils from Wiltshire and Swindon. Fifteen schools learned nine folk songs such as Cockles and Mussels and Wild Rover as part of the sixth month project supported by Wiltshire Music Connect. The traditional songs were recorded in April at Wiltshire Music Centre before the final play was recorded in BBC Wiltshire studios. Actors aged 9 -18 from Prime Youth Theatre joined a trio of adult professionals to bring more than 20 characters to life.