Join the author Michael Morpurgo and the BBC Philharmonic in this very special event to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.
This recording showcases the outstanding songs composed for the award-winning radio series, The Ballads of the Great War. The songs, written by some of the UK’s top folk musicians, are based on recordings of real people describing their experiences in WWI at home and abroad.
The songs have received stirring new orchestral arrangements by Greg Lawson, and will be interwoven with the poignant testimonies that inspired them. Respected folk artists Bob Fox, John Tams, Chris While, Julie Matthews and Jez Lowe will sing the songs, along with popular music from the time.
Michael Morpurgo will read passages from his books, War Horse and Private Peaceful, and in combination with the musical performances and vivid testimonies, pay tribute to people whose lives were so greatly affected by a terrible conflict. This will be one of the significant commemoration broadcasts marking the centenary of the armistice.