Released 18th October 2010
An impressive array of British talent has joined forces to read on this recording, giving up their time to help the cause. Those who recite texts on the disc are Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley, Nigel Havers, John Humphrys, Bernard Cribbins, Dame Vera Lynn and Simon Williams, as well as forces songbird Hayley Westenra whose uncle served in the New Zealand Royal Air Force. Lt Gen Sir John Kiszely, the President of The Royal British Legion and a decorated war hero who also served on the Falklands frontline, completes the round-up. The album includes some of the nation's favourite poems of Remembrance, leading the listener through conflicts chronologically and taking in best-loved prose from Rupert Brooke's World War I sonnet 'The Soldier' to Staff Sergeant Andrew McFarlane's 'Sunset Vigil', written to commemorate his comrades killed while serving alongside him in Afghanistan. In addition Stephen Fry reads 'In Flanders Fields', Joanna Lumley recites 'Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep' and Nigel Havers reads 'Our Wall' written by William Walker, a Battle of Britain veteran whose Spitfire was shot down 70 years ago. A particularly moving moment is Joanna Lumley's reading of 'I Am With You' written by Hannah Carpenter, a Service wife. Joanna Lumley said of the project: "I've observed Remembrance Day all my life. Because my father was a soldier Remembrance Day is always sacred to me."