This moving cycle of songs offering an intimate insight into the birth of modern human rights in Europe, premiered at C South, St Peter's Lutton Place as part of the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.


As a prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials, Edinburgh-born David Maxwell Fyfe

cross-examined Goering and subsequently championed human rights and The European Convention.


The story is told in words from his letters and speeches, interwoven with settings of Rupert Brooke,  

James Logie Robertson, and other poetry that inspired him.

'A timely intervention in the debate on human rights' MUSICALTALK

Three Weeks Editor's Pick Week 2


'lyrical piano and ... exquisite singing...

Sue Casson's compositions are

delicate and uplifting'  


'Beautiful... Enthralling. Sublime'


Number 5

in the Fringe Review's Top 20 Music Shows

Dreams of Peace & Freedom

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conceived & directed by Tom Blackmore


And in 2018, it featured in a documentary about

the Nuremberg Trials made by Russian film-maker

Cultural Solidarity.

In 2015, to chime with the Magna Carta 800 celebrations and the centenary of Rupert Brooke's death it toured the country with a series of pop up performances.

Find out more at English Cabaret


Dreams of Peace & Freedom grew from a collection of choral pieces

originally written to underscore Under an English Heaven,

and performed at the launch the Kilmuir Papers Website.


Hear the Phoenix Choir, under the direction of David Chapman sing a selection by clicking here.


Since then...


It is now at the heart of The Human's in the Telling 

a family story, that tells of the journey of David Maxwell Fyfe from Nuremberg to Strasbourg, 

and explores our discovery of his life and work, inspiring  people not to forget

the stories of the past, but to learn its lessons to shape the future.

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Sue Casson has written a series of  blogs which look at the development of

Dreams of Peace & Freedom for

The Human's in the Telling.


You can read them by clicking

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