With Michael James Ford, Susannah de Wrixon, Elliot Moriarty
and the Delmaine String Quartet : Philip Dodd, Elaine Rice (violins), Vanessa Sweeney (viola), Robert Pierce (cello)
This special performance of words and music reflects the human experience of the Western Front during the First World War. Featuring the letters of Artillery Officer, Eric Appleby, to his Athlone sweetheart, Phyllis Kelly, this moving correspondence records the discomforts, horrors, banalities and humour of trench life as Eric yearns to be back with his beloved in a world at peace. Threaded through this extraordinary love story are some of the great works from the famous generation of World War One soldier poets and composers, as well as music by Bach, Ravel, Dvořák & Schubert.
“… a small gem of melancholy beauty….. the three combine with heart-wrenching tenderness but there’s a particular poignancy in De Wrixon’s pure voice: she sings with an almost unbearable sense of loss.” (Sunday Independent)