Decca Records are releasing a very special album of spoken word and music titled 'Forever' to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. The Prime Minister, comedians, soap stars, Hollywood actors and the cast of War Horse have all been brought together to mark the most haunting moments of the war.
And following months of research, the Legion and the Victoria Cross Trust tracked down descendants of a group of Victoria Cross recipients, including Colin McKenzie, who will join the celebrity line up for a unique collection of recordings.
The contribution of the descendants of the First World War Victoria Cross heroes forms the most moving centrepiece of the album. Recording engineers at Decca's studios carefully pieced together each of the 10 descendants voices to record a special version of John McCrae's In Flanders Fields. They have, in turn, each paid a personal tribute to their relative's heroism, creating a priceless moment of audio history.
Included on the album are the following spoken word tracks:
- The Soldier by Rupert Brooke read by The Prime Minister, David Cameron
- In Memoriam by Ewart Alan Mackintosh read by Danny Dyer
- Wilfred Owen’s Dulce et Decorum Est read by Cold Feet star John Thomson
- Amy Lowell’s haunting sonnet From One Who Stays read by Sarah Millican
- Futility by Wilfred Owen read by TV historian Dan Snow
- For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon read by Radio 4's Today programme presenter Jim Naughtie
- Anthem for Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen read by Sean Bean
- In Flanders Fields by John McCrae read by Stephen Fry
- In Flanders Fields by John McCrae read by descendants of Victoria Cross recipients