The new musical by renowned jazz composer Julian Joseph, award winning composer Richard Taylor and librettist Tertia Sefton-Green is a chance for students to perform in a fully staged production, mounted in school with a team of professional artists.


Using Designer Neil Irish’s trench set and Catherine Thomas from Little Angel Theatre’s large-scale puppets the team of Director and Music Director work for a day in each school, spending the morning rehearsing the music and staging the piece with the students and their puppets, large-scale puppets and professional singers playing the roles of Subedar Daulat Khan and Norman Manley.


The project culminates in each school with a performance of the work, which incorporates pre-recorded instrumental and vocal music using Indian musicians, choir and the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy band, with live performances.


As well as singing the letter song they have composed and other musical numbers from the work, students form the chorus of troops with their Trench Brother puppets, bringing to life the soldiers’ hopes and fears, their longing for home, their camaraderie, courage and valour.

Since 2014 the Artistic Team has included:

Directors: Clare Whistler, Freya Wynn-Jones
Music Directors: David Keefe, Jenny Gould, James Cleeve
Singers: Cleveland Watkiss, Richard Sumitro, Damian Thantrey
Composers of Letter Songs:  Anna Appleby, Lucy Armstrong, Michael Betteridge, Sam Chaplin, Katherine Gillham, Jenny Gould, Paul Griffiths, Andrew Griffiths, Russell Hepplewhite, Matthew King, Rachel Leach, Pete Letanka, Ben Oliver, Lee Reynolds, Omar Shahryar, Andy Smith, Richard Taylor, John Webb