Songs of No-Man's Land

The Britten Sinfonia's new family concert, Songs of No-Man's Land, including new music by Tim Watts premiered at London's Wigmore Hall on 23rd January 2014 before touring to Cambridge, Norwich and Peterborough. Performed by Joy Farrall (clarinet), Jacqueline Shave and Miranda Dale (violins), Clare Finnimore (viola) and Caroline Dearnley (cello), and presented by Rus Pearson, it is based on the children's book, War Game by Michael Foreman. The book tells the story of four Suffolk lads who enlist to fight at the outbreak of the First World War and follows them on their journey to the front line where, in a brief lull in the fighting, they play a Christmas Day football match with German soldiers.  The concert version combines narration and incidental music with opportunities for audience participation.
Photo (left to right): Tim Watts, Michael Foreman & Rus Pearson