VE Day Celebrations

Eugene Portman - Cockney Singalong Pianist
Eugene Portman – Cockney Singalong Pianist

As you all no doubt know this year is the 75th Anniversary of VE Day (Victory in Europe Day). This has had a direct influence on my work as a pianist and I am constantly being hired to play the piano for parties to commemorate this event. Luckily I play quite a lot of war songs and I have a song sheet which was specifically created for these events. This song sheet consists of the following songs:

      Run Rabbit Run



      Bless 'Em All

      Lili Marlene

      It's a Long Way to Tipperary

      Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag

      The White Cliffs of Dover

      Wish Me Luck (As You Wave Me Goodbye)

      Who Do You Think You Are Kidding Mr. Hitler

      We'll Meet Again

I’ve prepared two web pages with words and music so that you can have sing-along to celebrate VE day. The pages are on the following links:

Sing-along Sheet WS1

Sing-along Sheet No. 1

Also, please see the song sheet page to see other song sheets that would fit the VE Day theme.

Besides the songs in the song sheets I also pay a lot of other repertoire from this era. I have always loved the songs from the 30s and 40s, and do play a lot of music of the jazz and swing numbers that were being played at this time. This means that I can provide a complete evening of piano music that would complement any wartime themed event. Some of these other songs include:

I’ll Be Seeing You
Sentimental Journey
Tuxedo Junction
Moonlight Serenade
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
The Very Thought of You
I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire
In the Mood
The More I See You
Your Nobody Until Somebody Loves You
You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To
I Only Have Eyes For You
Chatanooga Choo Choo
You Make Me Feel So Young
Bye Bye Blackbird
April Showers
It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie
Pennies From Heaven
Oh You Beautiful Doll
On a Slow Boat to China
Stars fell on Alabama
You Made Me Love You

Besides the VE Day celebrations I am also called upon to play for remembrance day events. The music for these occasions requires slightly different music from that of WWII themed events. Music from a slightly earlier era is needed, but quite a lot of the songs that were sung during the Second World War were the same as the ones sung in the First World War.