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13. In Performance 10 ISM

About the show

This moving cycle of songs and readings offers an intimate insight into the birth of modern human rights in Europe. As a prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials, Edinburgh-born David Maxwell Fyfe famously cross-examined Goering and, horrified by these revelations, became a champion of human rights and the European Convention.

The story is told in words from his personal letters and speeches, interwoven with choral settings of Rupert Brooke and James Logie Robertson, poetry that inspired him. Conceived by Tom Blackmore with Sue Casson’s original music, this is a timely and thoughtprovoking reminder of the seeds of an era-defining movement.

The track playing above is from the recording of Dreams of Peace & Freedom. To listen to the whole Songcycle, see the Soundcloud playlist opposite!

Sung by
Sue Casson
Lily Blackmore

Narrated by Robert Blackmore

DoPaF London 2

28th February 2017

Jubilee Room, The Palace of Westminster

'A wonderful and meaningful performance'
Professor Francesca Klug OBE

'Superb'
Dominic Grieve QC MP

DoPaF 1

16th & 17th November 2016

Memoriam Nuremberg Trials, Nuremberg

'Your performance was wonderful.
Everybody was impressed and moved.'
Dr Astrid Betz, Memorium Nurnberger Prozesse

'The show was fantastic.'
Henrike Claussen, Director Memorium

DOPAF Oxford

24th October 2016

Mansfield College, Oxford

'An amazing and really important piece of work... the most incredibly stimulating piece of history. Stunning.'

Baroness Helena Kennedy
Principal Mansfield College, Oxford

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27th January 2016

International Slavery Museum and Museum of Liverpool

'It was magical'

Julia Bryan, Senior Education Manager,
National Museums, Liverpool

Big Year for Freedom - 2015 Pop Up Tour

In 2015, Lily performed Dreams of Peace and Freedom with English Cabaret all over the UK, celebrating The Big Year for Freedom. To see some of the places they visited, see the gallery below!

To see our EC Vlog series, documenting our Big Year for Freedom, click the image below!

'5 Stars

One of most beautiful things I've ever heard...A timely intervention in the debate on human rights. Enthralling. Sublime. A secular hymn for humanity.' Musical Talk

'A fine tribute to an idealistic and important figure.' Three Weeks

'These fitting texts are given spirited delivery by the young performers.' Three Weeks

'Tranquil and easy to listen to.' EdFringe

Sue Casson's Song cycle Under an English Heaven written for the film of the same name by Tom Blackmore, is a setting of Rupert Brooke's Sonnets. It was recorded in Casterton Church by Casterton School's Pheonix Choir directed by David Chapman with soloists Lily Blackmore and Robert Blackmore.

It was premiered on International Human Rights Day 2013 in St Matthews, Westminster. It was sung by The Freedom Choir and narrated by Robert Blackmore.

Throughout August 2014, Dreams of Peace and Freedom was performed as part of the Edinburgh Fringe in C's new venue, St Peter's Church, Lutton Place. It was sung by Lily Blackmore, Sue Casson and Rebecca Morton
and narrated by Robert Blackmore.

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