Dreams of Peace & Freedom is a moving song cycle offering an intimate insight into the birth of modern human rights in Europe. The story is told in words taken from the personal letters, speeches and autobiography of David Maxwell Fyfe, intertwoven with musical settings of Rupert Brooke and James Logie Robertson - poetry that inspired him.
Conceived and directed by Tom Blackmore, with original music by Sue Casson, this is a timely and thought-provoking reminder of an era-defining movement.
Premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014, the show toured as a pop-up production through the spring of 2015, and returned to mark the 70th anniversary of IMT Nuremberg.
No 5 in The Fringe Review 2014 Top 20 Music Show picks Three Weeks Editor's Pick Week 2
Musicaltalk 'One of the most beautiful things I've ever heard...sublime'
'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'
'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.'
Read Three Weeks interview with Tom Blackmore
about the project here
' lyrical piano and ...exquisite singing...
Sue Casson's compositions are
delicate and uplifting'
You can hear the score of Dreams of Peace & Freedom sung in pop-up performance by clicking on any of the tracks below.
T H E L A W I S A L I V I N G T H I N G
'A secular hymn for humanity' Musicaltalk
'The melodies are well constructed and communicate a level of intrigue and satisfaction at the developing structure of the Convention on Human Rights....(they) are played well by composer and pianist
Sue Casson and sung beautifully by the group'
'A timely intervention in the debate on human rights'