Michael Morpurgo’s books are enjoyed and celebrated by thousands of readers. Many of Michael’s stories are re-told in different ways, from stage performances and blockbuster films, to concerts with his wonderful words set to music. Michael supports many charities and always finds the time to meet his fans at special reading events.
Thursday, 28th August 2014
Michael Morpurgo joined musicians for this emotional show. Photograph: Geraint Lewis/Rex Features
Earlier this week, bestselling author Michael Morpurgo joined the Coope, Boyes and Simpson a cappella trio and the Paul Rans Ensemble from Flanders, Belgium for an unforgettable evening of poetry and music marking the centenary of the First World War.
Michael read a selection of war poems, including some by his own grandfather, the eminent Belgian scholar, poet and playwright Emile Cammaerts, accompanied by a mixture of English and Flemish songs composed by Coope, Boyes and Simpson and Paul Rans capturing the spirit of the Great War.
The evening was supported by the Representation of the Government of Flanders in the UK and the ‘In Flanders Fields Museum’ in Ieper (Ypres) in Belgium.
Robin Denselow has this to say in his article for The Guardian:
The centenary of the start of the first world war is being marked by a batch of musical projects – I’m aware of six so far – but it will be difficult for other live events to match this original and powerful blend of music and spoken word…..
The staging was simple but effective. The cast performed beneath a screen that showed what they were reading or singing, including translations from Flemish and French, for this was a show in which the words were as important as the exquisite harmony singing.
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