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.
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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Dreams of Peace & Freedom
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DREAMS OF PEACE & FREEDOM ON TOUR
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.
MANSFIELD COLLEGE OXFORD
MEMORIUM NUREMBERG TRIALS
PALACE OF WESTMINSTER