Songs have been a unifying force in Harrow life since John Farmer wrote the first one as Head of Music in 1864. They are sung in Houses every term and regularly as a whole School.
Twice a year, the Harrow Association (Harrow's Old Boys society) holds Songs in Speech Room for Old Harrovians from a particular age group. Churchill Songs is held in the autumn term, in honour of our most famous prime minister, in front of an audience of special guests that includes members of royalty, governments and the Churchill family. Songs are usually sung whenever Old Harrovians gather together, enduring far beyond their schooldays. Forty Years On has become known as The Harrow Song and, over the years, has been adopted by many girls' schools, seemingly few of which discern its references to Harrow football.