THE Prime Minister, comedians, soap stars and Hollywood actors have been brought together in an extraordinary album of spoken word and music, marking the most haunting moments of World War One.
The unprecedented line-up, which includes Sean Bean, Sarah Millican and Stephen Fry, will forge new links to the valour of the most courageous heroes of the Great War.
Following months of research, the Royal British Legion and the Victoria Cross Trust also tracked down descendants of Victoria Cross recipients, who join the celebrity line-up for a unique collection of recordings.
David Cameron has recorded The Soldier by Rupert Brooke, while Cold Feet star John Thomson records Wilfred Owen’s Dulce et Decorum Est. The readings are set to music such as Abide With Me and I Vow to Thee, My Country.
It’s the contribution of the descendants of the VC heroes which forms the most moving centrepiece of the album, with a special version of John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields. Each paid a personal tribute to their relative’s heroism, creating a priceless moment of audio history.
Producers Decca Records will make donations to RBL and the VC Trust from sales of the album, entitled Forever. It goes on general release from 14 July and is available to pre-order now by following this link.