Blackmore conceived and directed Dreams of Peace & Freedom, selecting his grandfather's words and identifying the poems that inspired him, then shaping them to tell the story of his journey from Nuremberg to Strasbourg.
Educated at Winchester College, he studied History at Keble College, Oxford University. His grandfather's letters and papers were first discovered in 1999. After archiving them, he wrote a play based on them - MAKING HISTORY produced in Sevenoaks and Oxford,
He has spent 35 years exploring ideas and telling stories that challenge preconception, delighting in working with writers and performers of excellence.
Lily speaks the words of her great grandmother Sylvia Maxwell Fyfe and is the leading singer In Dreams of Peace & Freedom.
Her time singing with Southwark Cathedral's Girls' Choir inspired the score.
Credits with the choir include appearances on BBC Radio 3 and BBC 1, and at the Royal Albert and Festival Halls. With English Cabaret she has played Pandora in The Happy Prince in Edinburgh, Dublin and London, as well as combining her twin passions for singing and baking into her cabaret persona, English Singing Baker.
Robert speaks the words of David Maxwell Fyfe, his great grandfather
in Dreams of Peace & Freedom.
With English Cabaret, Robert has acted, written sketches and vlogs, as well as presenting, filming and editing while creating and developing new work, both onstage and online. He has enjoyed being part of the collaboration finding a new way of telling the story of David Maxwell Fyfe, with music, lyrics and images onstage as well as in the accompanying film The Human's in the Telling.
Casson set the poems that inspired David Maxwell Fyfe to music.
On this recording she tells the story, sings accompanying vocals and plays piano.
She is a singer songwriter who began singing songs at the piano on BBC Radio when she was studying English at Oxford University. Since then she has played and sung on BBC radios 2, 3 and 4, SKY TV as well as writing music for BBC TV. A Vivian Ellis Prize finalist, her musical adaptation, with Tom Blackmore, of Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince toured nationwide, with a cast recording on CD, whilst Tutankhamun All Wrapped Up, recorded with The Brannick Academy,
has sold over 65,000 copies.
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Andrew sings Sergeant o' Pikes in Dreams of Peace & Freedom : Part III.
A singer, actor and writer,
Andrew has worked with
English Cabaret for more than 20 years. He played Chorus in The Happy Prince (Oxford, Bridewell & nationwide tour) returning to play the Prince for the 20th anniversary.