November 29, 2020

Winston Churchill loved the songs of Harrow, where he was a student as a boy. Due to the pandemic, Harrow’s annual tradition of Churchill Songs in Speech Room was unable to take place in its usual form this year. In its place, the School put together this wonderful virtual presentation to share with boys and staff in their Houses. To view, please CLICK HERE. The presentation includes remarks by Lord Dobbs, who also delivered the Keynote address at this year’s online International Churchill Conference.

Churchill entered Harrow at age thirteen on 17 April 1888 and wrote to his mother three days later to say that “I like everything immensely.” More than five decades later, in his first year as Prime Minister during the Second World War, Churchill returned to Harrow for the annual School Songs in December 1940. Afterwards he remarked: “Listening to those boys singing all those well-remembered songs I could see myself fifty years before singing with them those tales of great deeds and of great men and wondering with intensity how I could ever do something glorious for my country.”

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