‘The Fellowship of Hill, and Wind, and Sunshine’ choir
To mark the breathtaking vision and generosity of this gift to the nation, a wonderful arts project during 2018 was created, as part of the Trust New Art programme funded by Arts Council England.
Informed by the mountaineering principle of ‘leave no trace’ we’re working with Mouthful – leading professional musicians from the North of England – and amateur singers drawn from community choirs in Cumbria. A 'singing picnic' was created at Peace How – a tiny hill at the south end of Derwent Water which was given to the National Trust in 1917 so that those returning from the trenches could experience peace and tranquillity.
We also recruited singers to learn, perform and record a series of songs on many of the 14 summits dedicated as memorials after the end of the war.
Cumbrian songwriter, musician and teacher Dave Camlin created a new arrangement of the moving speech by poet, climber, war veteran and FRCC member Geoffrey Winthrop Young that was ‘declaimed in a trumpet voice’ on the summit of Great Gable at the dedication ceremony. The song will form part of the song cycle.
The song, entitled 'The Fellowship of Hill, and Wind, and Sunshine' was recorded on the summit of Great Gable in May 2018. You can listen to the recording HERE