This moving cycle of songs and readings offering an intimate insight into the birth of modern human rights in Europe.
As a prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials,
Edinburgh-born David Maxwell Fyfe cross-examined Goering and, subsequently 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 & directed by Tom Blackmore
musical settings by Sue Casson
Narrated by Robert Blackmore
Sung by Lily Blackmore and Rebecca Morton
with Sue Casson at the piano
Read the full Three Weeks interview with Tom Blackmore
about the project here
' lyrical piano and ... exquisite singing...
Sue Casson's compositions are delicate and uplifting'
'A fine tribute to an idealistic and important figure'
An appropriate piece to be at the fringe on 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War and serves as a reminder of the hardships fought and the rights that were fought for'
'The melodies are well constructed and communicate a level of intrigue and satisfaction at the developing structure of the convention of Human Rights....(they) are played well by composer and pianist Sue Casson and sung beautifully by the group'
'a serene and respectful project'
'A timely intervention in the debate on human rights' MUSICALTALK
'A sermon like celebration...' Broadway Baby
'A secular hymn for humanity'
Courtroom at Nuremberg
Court of Human Rights Strasbourg
'I am not a human rights activist, I am a storyteller who feels lucky to have been handed this story to tell. However, it is striking how the subject of human rights is bathed in silence, the bleak silence of those whose material interests will be undermined by the freedom of others, and the uneasy shuffling silence of those who believe that keeping their heads down will prevent the worst of the savaging of our rights. History teaches that keeping quiet never works.
So we are making a little gentle noise.'
'a timely and thought-provoking reminder of the seeds of an era-defining movement.'
Photos Sarah Morton
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