St Mary's Church

The Lark above the Trenches: Timothy Dean and friends


A performance of letters, poetry and song commemorating the end of the Great War of 1918 in a narrative sequence.

Following last year’s memorable To Lyonesse and Back, Timothy Dean and friends present a powerful and evocative collage of personal letters, poetry and song from the time of WW1. This compelling narrative, both personal and universal, touches on some of the themes and stories of the Great War: the idealism of the young recruit, the pride of the young wife or girlfriend, the challenges and realities of separation and life in the trenches, the ultimate challenge and sometimes the ultimate sacrifice.

The programme will also include songs by Hubert Parry, George Butterworth (killed in action 1916), Ivor Gurney (sent home after a gas attack) and Frank Bridge (conscientious objector) – and the poetry of Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Eleanor Farjeon and Muriel Graham.

Tim will be joined by Rose Stachniewska (soprano) and Nick Hurndall Smith (tenor). Local youngsters Anya Burlton and Jowan Jacobs will read poetry and prose from the time.

Anya Burlton: “born in Cornwall, I’m a Cornish girl through and through, with a deep love for pasties, cream teas and the Cornish countryside!”

Jowan Jacobs :
I was born and raised in Penzance, Cornwall. It will always be my home. I have loved it for its oceans, its rolling green fields, its people and its thriving theatre scene. I have particularly enjoyed having the opportunity to work with local companies such as Cube, Wildworks and Scary Little Girls. A special highlight was working with Mark Jenkin on his Cornish feature film, Bait. I am a tour guide and story-teller on St. Michael’s Mount and love to surf and play the piano. Kernow bys vyken!

Nick Hurndall Smith

Rose Stachniewska