Musical Concert - Wednesday Lunchtime - CANCELLED

Published on 20 April 2015 Categories: Music & Drama,  Former Pupils

Flyer for concertWe have been just informed that due to the singer's ill health this performance has had to be cancelled.

English Cabaret is visiting us on Wednesday to perform a pop-up performance of Sue Casson's song cycle, which celebrates the work of one of our former pupils, David Maxwell Fyfe (Class of 1917), his role as a prosecutor at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials, and his subsequent championing (and drafting) of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The performance will chart Maxwell Fyfe's journey from Nuremberg to Strasbourg in selected words from his letters and speeches, interwoven with Sue Casson’s musical settings of the Magna Carta and poetry that inspired him. It commemorates the signing of the Convention 65 years ago this year, and chimes with the debate of how rights and freedoms have evolved in the 800 years since Magna Carta. 

Maxwell Fyfe loved his time at Watson’s. He described it in his autobiography 'A Political Adventure' as ‘the best school in Scotland, and consequently the best school anywhere.’ He relied on an annual scholarship to pay for his fees for the forthcoming year, but felt the effort worthwhile and that he ‘was a happy and, in a modest way, a successful schoolboy.’

It provided him with an idealism that led him into law, into politics, to Nuremberg and to Strasbourg.

The performance will take place in the Auditorium on Wednesday 22 April at 1pm. All are welcome.

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