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The Cool Web

A Robert Graves Oratorio
by Jools Scott and Sue Curtis

Saturday 11 November 8pm
Sacred Heart Church, Edge Hill, SW19 4LU
Tickets: £35/£28/£20 (Student £5)


Event sponsor

Robert Holmes & Company

A fine piece of music, unfailingly sensitive text setting…moments of great dramatic intensity. I think it likely that The Cool Web will be regarded as a significant contribution to the canon of works that deal with war

Andrew Carwood, Director of Music St. Paul’s Cathedral, Artistic Director The Cardinall’s Musick


Scott’s beautiful, lyrical, energetic music was both glorious and deeply disturbing and conveyed the richness of Robert Graves’ poetry with unfailing passion and intensity

Fine Times Recorder


Sonoro aims to produce an inviting, rich timbre and pretty much perfectly achieved this

Classical Source


Sonoro performed with such colour, energy, expertise and enthusiasm

Dr Peter Fribbins, Artistic Director LCMS

The Cool Web

A Robert Graves Oratorio
by Jools Scott and Sue Curtis

The Cool Web: A Robert Graves Oratorio, first performed in Bath Abbey in 2014, was written to commemorate the soldiers of all nations who fell in World War I.

Robert Graves was one of the great British writers of the 20th century, and author of the definitive WW1 autobiography Goodbye to All That.

The Cool Web forms its narrative from the poems Robert Graves wrote while serving in the trenches as a young soldier straight from school. Born in Wimbledon, he enlisted in 1914 at the age of 19 and fought until he was desperately wounded at the Somme. His poems convey with honesty and truth the fear, courage, friendship, and shock of war.

The subject matter is as powerful now, and as relevant to humanity, as it was 100 years ago.

Wimbledon based professional choir Sonoro are joined by The Philharmonia Orchestra in a Remembrance Day performance conducted by Robin O’Neil, with Robert Graves sung by Edward Grint. Merton Music Foundation Young Voices will begin the concert with songs from WW1 and will join the ensemble in performing the vital children's choir role in the The Cool Web.

The Philharmonia Orchestra is one of the world’s great orchestras.

Robin O'Neill's conducting has been praised for its balance of intellectual rigour, immaculate line, and visceral excitement. His international reputation is founded upon his work with many top orchestras across the world.

Edward Grint, an award winning British baritone, has sung many roles in opera and Oratorio.  Edward sang the role of a young Robert Graves at the 2014 world premiere.  'Hugely impressive' The Independent.


Merton Music Foundation Young Voices
Philharmonia Orchestra
Robin O’Neill
Edward Grint baritone

Songs from the First World War
MMF Young Voices’ Merton on the March’

The Cool Web
- Part One


The Cool Web
- Part Two

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