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While London's fast asleep

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One of the most important musical genres associated with London is the music hall song, and this needs careful handling by a classical singer. Stick your thumbs through imaginary braces and bellow ‘Let’s all go down the Strand’ and your audience will recoil in horror before you can say ‘Knocked ’em in the Old Kent Road’. But music hall was once a hugely popular part of London life, and its best songs have a comic or sentimental appeal that still entertains and convinces. Victorian Londoners were less afraid of sentiment than we are today (were they, in our modern phrase, more ‘in touch with their feminine side’?) and, keen philanthropists that they were, enjoyed wistful songs about homeless waifs and strays. One of the finest of these is Harry Dacre’s While London’s fast asleep. Let’s not forget that there are still, in the twenty-first century, pockets of the most abject poverty in London.

from notes by Catherine Bott © 2004


London Pride
CDA67457Last few CD copies remaining


Track 17 on CDA67457 [4'56] Last few CD copies remaining

Track-specific metadata for CDA67457 track 17

Recording date
26 May 2003
Recording venue
Savage Club, 1 Whitehall Place, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Simon Weir
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
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  1. London Pride (CDA67457)
    Disc 1 Track 17
    Release date: March 2004
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