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A powerful combination of film, text, and performance exploring the birth of modern human rights after the Second World War.  Told through the eyes of Nuremberg prosecutor and champion of the European Convention David Maxwell Fyfe, his words intertwine with musical settings of the poets who inspired him, with a backdrop of
archive film, images, and words.

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'A secular hymn for of the most beautiful things I've ever heard...  sublime'


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A series of planned performances between
June 15th 2022 - November 4th 
in the run-up
 to the 75th anniversary 
of the signing of the
European Convention on Human Rights


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Mansfield College | 20th May

We first visited Mansfield College to perform Dreams of Peace & Freedom in 2016, when the Bonavero Institute for Human Rights was little more than bricks and scaffolding poles. We returned to perform in the magnificent Hotung Auditorium in support of Justice for Ukraine, in what is now a fully finished building.

Southwark Cathedral | 9th May

It was a sunny spring day for the first of our informal and intimate performances of Dreams of Peace & Freedom to support Justice for Ukraine. Everyone at Southwark Cathedral made us feel very welcome. 

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On-Demand Livestream Available

Find out more about the history

The name of our educational wrap-around materials was inspired by a quote about human rights from Helena Kennedy on Radio 4 "the human is in the asking."
We believe the human is in the telling and retelling of the story of David Maxwell Fyfe's journey from Nuremberg to Strasbourg. 

 Watch the Film, Read the Book and listen to the Song Cycle at

The story so far

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10 DECEMBER 2013

Choral settings of Rupert Brooke's War Sonnets sung by a specially assembled Freedom Choir with readings from Maxwell Fyfe's papers performed at St Matthews Westminster.



Hear Sue Casson in conversation with MusicalTalk's Thos Ribbits 

Read Tom Blackmore talking to Three Weeks at
Ed Fringe 2014

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

David Maxwell Fyfe

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