On Sunday our team were privileged to photograph a wonderful occasion, a performance of ‘Last Train To Tomorrow’ at iconic venue The Roundhouse in Camden, on behalf of the Association of Jewish Refugees. Such was the gravitas of this occassion, that HRH The Prince of Wales was there in person. He spoke warmly to many of the Kinder, giving time to everyone, and was genuinely interested in every story he heard.
Commissioned by the Halle Orchestra, The Last Train to Tomorrow is a song cycle composed and conducted by the internationally acclaimed artist Carl Davis CBE, and tells the extraordinary story of the Kindertransport through a sequence of ten songs written by the celebrated children’s author, Hiawyn Oram. It was magnificently performed by the Finchley Children’s Music Group. Indeed there was something extremely powerful about a performance whereby the characters being portrayed in this moving story are sitting in the audience, now elderly people accompanied by their children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren. Those being depicted were given a second chance at life, in England, and in many cases have lived incredible lives but also have lived with the shadow of having never known the family they left behind at such a tender age.
This special concert, introduced by Natasha Kaplinksy, the newsreader and television presenter, and member of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Holocaust Commission, also featured The Marriage of Figaro Overture by Mozart and Mendelssohn’s Violin concerto performed by City of London Sinfonia together with an outstanding young violin soloist from The Yehudi Menuhin School.
Here are a few of our favourite shots from a truly remarkable occassion…