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Dreams of Peace & Freedom is a moving song cycle exploring the birth of modern human rights. The writings of David Maxwell Fyfe, Nuremberg prosecutor and champion of the European Convention, intertwine with musical settings of the poets who inspired him, with a backdrop of archive film, images and words.
Dreams of Peace & Freedom began life as a soundtrack to Under an English Heaven - a film about the life of David Maxwell Fyfe that Tom Blackmore made for the Kilmuir Papers website. It took its’ name from the final line of Rupert Brooke's famous sonnet The Soldier, which Fyfe had quoted in his closing at Nuremberg, and comprised five songs – musical settings of poetry that inspired him.
This final cycle of songs has grown organically over the past decade, to reflect the developing show. The recording ambition for Dreams of Peace & Freedom has also grown with the project. We are presently introducing violin and cello to the voices as a soundtrack to the film, which will be available early in 2020. In the meantime, you can hear the recording opposite, and earlier and live recordings on English Cabaret's Soundcloud profile.
Click on the buttons below to hear each part of Dreams of Peace & Freedom individually and find out more about how the songs came to be.