A penny for your thoughts

in 2017 we were commissioned by the Dandenong Ranges Music council (DRMC) to compose and record a song commemorating the 1919 “Penny Drive’, where Victorian children gave their pennies to fund the rebuilding of the school in Villers-Bretonneux in France, destroyed in a bloody battle along with the entire town during World War 1.

In October we went to primary schools in Tecoma, Macclesfield and Kallista in the Dandenong Ranges, to workshop the project with students from Grades 3 to 6, and over the summer we composed and recorded the resulting composition ‘Together Forever’.

We think this song could be a great addition to Anzac Day and/or Remembrance day celebrations. Like to listen to the song? Click here to watch an amazing video of Susie and Phil performing “Together Forever” It’s on our homepage as well!

There is also a wonderful children’s book written by Vicki Bennett called Two Pennies

After World War 1, a little boy called George, living in Victoria, Australia decides to work hard and raise two pennies to help build a school in Villers-Bretonneux, France. This town had been flattened by war and the school destroyed.

This is a powerful and poignant story about a little boy who, with courage, hope and perseverance, helped to build this school across the oceans.

A bond was forged between George and Villers-Bretonneux that was never broken.

George was one of many Victorian school children who raised money to build the Victoria School in France after World War 1. This is his story.

This book is personal for Vicki. Just before her father died, he pressed two pennies into her hands and asked her to take them to a little school in France.

If you’d like to know how to get a copy please contact us by email info@welcometomusic.net . They are $19.95 plus postage

— simonk

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