The law is a living thing is a collaborative project with English Cabaret. The project was formed to run events during the Big Year of Freedom in 2015 which marked the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and the 65th of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Throughout Spring 2015 English Cabaret popped up to sing Dreams of Peace & Freedom.
Weaving the words of David Maxwell Fyfe with original musical settings of poets who inspired him, the song cycle tells the story of how our human rights came to be enshrined in European law following WWII.
It follows Maxwell Fyfe's championing of Human Rights, from the very first War Crimes Trials at Nuremberg, to the signing of the European Convention, chiming with the Magna Carta 800 celebrations of our rights and freedoms.
So as well as visiting places important to Maxwell Fyfe, English Cabaret visited Magna Carta sites around the country, encouraging other choirs to join them.
CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO DISCOVER MORE
2015 was also the year the British government announced of its' decision to make major changes to the Human Rights Act.
As the year drew to a close, it was planning a public consultation on
the future of our
Maxwell Fyfe’s birthplace, his childhood home and where he attended school.
Where he was a barrister on the Northern Circuit, MP for
West Derby, and where he met
his wife Sylvia Harrison
(sister of actor Rex)
His home from the 1930s and location of the Houses of Parliament.
2015 also marked the centenary of the death of Rupert Brooke, whose poems were known and loved by David Maxwell Fyfe, and whose lines (from The Soldier) he quoted in his closing speech at Nuremberg. Musical settings of his War Sonnets form the backbone to
English Cabaret also visited Norwich to make a film exploring Dame Julian. Find out more by clicking here.
Tour photographs by Lily Blackmore.