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5. Samuel Pepys and The Great Fire of London - part 3

Finding out about rebuilding London with songs based on well-known nursery rhymes.

The tutorial

Find out what happened after The Great Fire - the need to help the homeless and build a new city...one constructed from bricks and stone, not wood.

Learning to sing two songs: 'London town has fallen down' (to the tune 'London Bridge has fallen down') and 'Ring the bells of London' (to the tune 'Oranges and lemons').

Duration: 12' 13"

Song 1: 'London town has fallen down' (vocal)

The song is based on the popular nursery song 'London Bridge has fallen down' and is sung to the same tune.

Once you have learnt the song using the vocal version you could try singing to the backing track only.

Click here for the backing track version of the song or go to the Clips page.

Duration: 1' 19"

St Paul's Cathedral on fire

The original cathedral is destroyed in the fire

Song 2: 'Ring the bells of London' (vocal)

The song celebrates the bells of London, using the tune 'Oranges and lemons'.

Once you have learnt the song using the vocal version you could try singing to the backing track only.

Click here for the backing track version of the song or go to the Clips page.

Duration: 1' 30"

London Bridge on fire

Listening music

Purcell: 'March' from 'Music on the Death of Queen Mary'

Children can tap in time to the repeating drum-rhythm. Can they identify the moment when the music becomes louder? What makes this funeral music sound 'sad'?

Duration: 1' 22"