Songs of the Great War
The Orchard Cafe, London.
OPEN Ealing presents Patricia Hammond and Matt Redman as they perform music as it sounded a hundred years ago whilst Chef Vix looks to the future with his food – what a divine combination!
Matt plays a multitude of instruments, including a banjo that went to the Western Front! Patricia sings from her collection of old sheet music, telling the stories behind the songs, presenting not only the familiar but also some rarities. We hear tuneful offerings from the French, German and Pacifist perspectives.
"We do so appreciate the tender and respectful way you have treated the songs, not wrenching them up to date but just giving them your honest and creative reaction, as of now." – Dame Emma Kirkby
"Songs of the Great War delivers an almost historically-informed approach, stripping back decades of postwar performance practice. The pleasure of discovery ought to delight anyone with a soft spot for songs of the period." – Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio 3