On International Dance Day …

… these photos from the IWM’s incomparable online collections immediately sprang to mind to share with you:

THE MACEDONIAN CAMPAIGN, 1915-1918 (Q 32070) An officer of the 8th Royal Scots Fusiliers with Serbian Officers and Dr Katherine Stewart MacPhail of Scottish Women’s Hospital dancing the Kolo at a Slava or Regimental Festival. Salonika 1916. Copyright: © IWM
THE MACEDONIAN CAMPAIGN, 1915-1918 (Q 32072) Dr Katherine Stewart MacPhail of the Scottish Women’s Hospital and a British officer dancing the Kolo (the Serbian National Dance) at a Serbian Slava or regimental festival at Salonika in 1916. Copyright: © IWM

To dance you need music, so here’s the Greek Village Dance from 85th Field Ambulance’s 1916/17 pantomime, Aladdin in Macedonia, arranged and performed by Philip Edwards.

Philip continues to be fascinated by the music of these pantomimes, so we will be sharing more of his arrangements and performances in the coming months – music that probably has not been heard for a hundred years!

Author: Robin B

Robin's interest in the campaign comes from his grandfather, Fred, who served as a cyclist with the BSF from 1915 to 1917, mainly in the Struma valley. Robin joined the SCS in 2003 and served on the committee for 18 years as journal and web editor. Opinions expressed in these posts are his and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Society.

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