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4Jul. 2016.

Warm words from Simon Callow

Next week, we welcome the London English Song Festival for Songs of The Somme, a moving yet uplifting evening of song, poetry and film to mark the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme.

We are particularly delighted that pianist William Vann, and his singers will be joined for readings by none other than Simon Callow CBE. Simon is no stranger to Wilton's and we can't wait to see him back with us again. In the meantime, he has passed on these warm words for everyone...

"I'm so very pleased to be taking part in this commemoration and celebration of the men who fought, were wounded - physically and psychologically - and died in the terrible battle of the Somme. The poetry and music that these events inspired have to some extent ensured that we will never forget them. Wilton’s will be the perfect place in which to do it - intimate and uniquely atmospheric. I’ve done a number of shows there - I started my Dickens and Shakespeare shows at Wilton’s, and performed Shakespeare’s Sonnets - twice in each case, once for people paying a lot of money, and the second time for local people who paid nothing. They were among the most enjoyable shows I’ve ever done. Everybody who loves the theatre, whether actors or audience, feels a deep thrill as they enter the place. It positively demands that you make beautiful theatre in it. A magical, blessed space".
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