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

Tutorial: learn the songs 'London Town has fallen down' and 'Ring the bells of London'

The tutorial: learn the songs

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').

Song: 'London Town has fallen down'

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

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 by singing with vocal version polish your performance by singing with the backing track.

Click here for the lyric sheet.

Click here for the music sheet.

Song: 'Ring the bells of London'

Song 2: 'Ring the bells of London' (Vocal)
Song 2: 'Ring the bells of London' (backing)

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

Once you have learnt the song by singing with vocal version polish your performance by singing with the backing track.

Click here for the lyric sheet.

Click here for the music sheet.

Listening music

Tap a repeating drum-rhythm and hum sad notes with the ‘Funeral 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'?

Resources

Teacher's Notes
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Meet the famous people
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Lyric sheets for pupils
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Lyrics - London town has fallen down
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Music - London town has fallen down
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Lyrics - Ring the bells of London
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Music - Ring the bells of London
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The original St Paul's Cathedral is destroyed in the fire
London Bridge on fire

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