Music in the Shadow of War (2014)

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What was it like to be a child evacuee during the War? Through music, pictures, storytelling and theatre, we tell the story of Maggie, her two brothers and the adventure of their evacuation. A poignant, funny and heartwarming tale which explores themes of travel, adventure, of leaving things behind, fitting in and learning new ways, based on genuine letters and diaries of evacuates. Our story is illustrated with short extracts from chamber music by Finzi, Alwyn and Howells – some of which was composed against the backdrop of two World Wars – and original arrangements.

Evacuees‘You and your musicians thrilled and amazed the schools in which you played. There was a lot of careful preparation in this thoughtful and very moving piece’
Lin Hetherington | Cambridgeshire Music
‘That was so lively, compelling and relevant to our work here at the school….it really exceeded all our expectations’
Suzy Howden | Cottenham Primary School



Written, directed and narrated by Kate Romano

Musical extracts performed by the Goldfield Ensemble
William Alwyn: String Trio
Gerald Finzi: 5 Bagatelles for clarinet and strings
Herbert Howells: Rhapsodic Quintet
Its a Long Way to Tipperary (arr. for strings)

Music in the shadow of war


2014 Tour

Stapleford Granary – 11 November 2014
Teversham Primary School – 5 December 2014
Stapleford Community Primary School – 4 December 2014
Queen Edith School – 4 December 2014
Cottenham Primary School – 2 December 2014
St Laurence School – 2 December 2014


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