Music composed in the Shadow of War (2014)

What was it like to be a child evacuee during the War? Through music, pictures, storytelling and theatre, we tell the story of Maggie, her two brothers and the adventure of their evacuation. A poignant, funny and heartwarming tale which explores themes of travel, adventure, of leaving things behind, fitting in and learning new ways, based on genuine letters and diaries of evacuates. Our story is illustrated with short extracts from chamber music by Finzi, Alwyn and Howells – some of which was composed against the backdrop of two World Wars – plus original arrangements.

‘You and your musicians thrilled and amazed the schools in which you played. Here was a lot of careful preparation in this thoughtful and very moving piece’

Lin Hetherington |  Cambridgeshire Music

‘That was so lively, compelling and relevant to our work here at the school….it really exceeded all our expectations’

Suzy Howden |  Cottenham Primary School


  • Stapleford Granary – 11 November 2014
  • Teversham Primary School –  5 December 2014
  • Stapleford Community Primary School –  4 December 2014
  • Queen Edith School –  4 December 2014
  • Cottenham Primary School –  2 December 2014
  • St Laurence School – 2 December 2014

 Written, narrated and produced by Kate Romano

Music performed by Goldfield Ensemble

Repertoire  – extracts from

  • William Alwyn:  String Trio
  • Gerald Finzi: 5 Bagatelles for clarinet and strings
  • Herbert Howells: Rhapsodic Quintet
  • Its a Long Way to Tipperary (arr. for strings)

Music Composed in the Shadow of War was supported by the Cambridgeshire Music Hub