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02 November 2007

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Shaping words for remembrance - preview
'The Lion and the Deer': Sally Beamish World Première for Remembrance Day
  • St Thomas's Cathedral, Old Portsmouth
  • 11 November 2007
  • 8pm

    When Timothy Hands, the headmaster of Portsmouth Grammar School, asked me to write a choral work for Remembrance Day to be performed in Portsmouth Cathedral, I wasn't sure if I could reconcile my own views on the futility of war with this very naval setting


  • I met with Tim to discuss the project, and found him open and receptive
  • He recognised that as a Quaker, I wanted to take a pacifist approach, and embarked on a search for texts
  • Scores of poems arrived through the post
  • But nothing seemed quite right

  • Sally Beamish

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