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.

 

Premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014, it toured as a pop-up production through the spring of 2015, to co-incide with Magna Carta 800 celebrations.

 

It is now returning to contribute to the debate about the future of human rights in the UK looking towards the 75th anniversary of the Nuremberg trials which coincides with the 70th anniversary of the signing of the European Convention in 2020. Read about Project 2020 here.

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Hear writer Sue Casson talk to MusicalTalk's Thos Ribbitts about the story of

Dreams of Peace & Freedom

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'The idea of fundamental human rights is one in which I firmly believe.'

David Maxwell Fyfe

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DREAMS OF PEACE & FREEDOM ON TOUR

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On August 29th 1946 David Maxwell Fyfe gave his one address to the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials. In delivering it he looked back at the year of the trials: the decision to strive to provide the defendants justice, the evidence of atrocity, and  the cross-examination of the Nazi leaders. And he looked forward to his work over the next 5 years in championing and drafting the European Convention on Human Rights. He talked about these plans to the Conservative Association in Oxford on his return from Nuremberg. This set of events were commemorated in these performances, which for the first time, used film projections including archive footage to add a further dimension to the story.

Performances in:

 

MANSFIELD COLLEGE OXFORD

 

MEMORIUM NUREMBERG TRIALS

 

PALACE OF WESTMINSTER

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