We launched this website 5 years ago, using Moonfruit. As with so many businesses, it has become the heartbeat of the company. It’s our marketing shop window, our broadcast channel, our portal to YouTube, SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and this Mailchimp newsletter. It has encouraged us to tell our stories, play our songs, and talk to others in new and different ways. More than 200,000 people have visited our sites and another 50,000 have been to our other channels. For a company dedicated to live performance, it's opened up new avenues to get to people, and new magic to entrance them to stay.
These 5 years have been family years and have centred on
a song cycle which grew quite gently from my work exploring my grandfather David Maxwell Fyfe, and his role in
re-defining modern human rights after a year of forensic study of Nazism.
Fyfe was inspired by poetry and Casson set those poems to music encouraging reflection on Fyfe's words, and time to consider the past and how we are getting on.
We have continued to play with cabaret. Casson's songs, old and new have been sung in shows of various styles and timbres. From these experimental shows more solid shapes are now arising. Casson, as 'a woman, a piano...' this summer launched Last Call for Nefertiti, becoming a storyteller in song, with her take on our Egypt excavation years.
English Cabaret is an independent production partnership.
Casson's Chorus extended the character's original magical powers to bring the music onto the stage, and the compact show won hearts and Lily and Robert plaudits, in 2 seasons with C in Edinburgh, at the Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival in Dublin, and at the Bridewell Theatre in London.
Unfortunately, its launch in 2014 coincided with the announcement of government plans to abandon Fyfe's legacy - the European Convention, so this gentle honouring has been cast as a protest piece. Still we play on and I am sure that to have his great grandson and daughter celebrate his work and so well, would be a source of joy to their antecedent.
We've enjoyed our 5 years of ‘telling ideas in story in song’.
Now we start a period of ‘the human’s in the telling’. In the face of dark clouds, this may be a harder time.
Tom Blackmore December 2016
Lily is divided: as Lily Casson she is a singer of theatrical and choral songs, as the English Singing Baker she is a uke toting YouTube persona who takes her baking very seriously. Robert is now a filmmaker; his stage work, and the film skills he has employed on behalf of the whole family, have led him to creating a slate of his own films to tackle.