A MUSIC teacher whose work has been put on hold due to lockdown wanted to celebrate VE Day in the best way she knows how, through the power of music. 
 
Catherine Newcombe, 58, has played the piano since she was just three years old and has been a music teacher for almost 40 years. 
 
During the lockdown her job as a music teacher at Barnsley Music Service has been put on hold but Catherine has found an innovative way of celebrating VE Day through the power of music. 
 
“I wanted to do something for VE Day but my initial plans have been out on hold because of coronavirus,” said Catherine from Darfield. “I knew I wanted to do something with the music of Dame Vera Lynn because she was the forces’ sweetheart during the war.”
 
Catherine recorded herself playing the instrumental tracks of two of Dame Vera Lynn’s most famous songs; the White Cliffs of Dover, and We’ll Meet Again. 
 
“I made a video on an app so I filmed myself playing the piano and all the other instruments and built it up from there,” added Catherine. “I sent it across to my colleagues and they really liked it so I thought I would put it online.
 
“I think it is important to do something for VE Day because the people involved are no longer here to talk to us in person and it’s important for us to recognise their contribution.
 
“People can’t be together in person but they can enjoy music.”
 
To see Catherine’s video visit the We Are Barnsley Facebook Page.