Danny Dyer recording with David Cameron?
Prime Minister David Cameron has teamed up with Eastenders star Danny Dyer to record an official World War I centenary album of spoken words and music. Cameron has recorded the classic war poem The Soldier by Rupert Brooke while Dyer read In Memoriam by Ewart Alan Mackintosh.
Danny Dyer At Broadcasting House
Elsewhere, the Cold Feed actor John Thompson recorded Wilfred Owen's Dulce et Decorum Est and Sean Bean, Stephen Fry and comedian Sarah Millican also recorded tracks. Some descendants of recipients of World War I Victoria Crosses have recorded John McCrarie's In Flanders Fields, which will be released as a single with 40 pence from each sale being donated to the Royal British Legion and Victoria Cross Trust.
In terms of music, The Central Band of the Royal British Legion have re-recorded classic tracks of the time, such as It's a Long Way to Tipperary, Keep The Home Fires Burning and Pack Up Your Troubles.
The album is a "truly unique and painstaking collaboration" according to Royal British Legion Director of Fundraising Charles Byrne.
"Poets such as John McCrae and Wilfred Owen express this tragedy in a manner that only those who have seen it first-hand can describe. This album will help keep these moments alive for future generations," he added.
Decca Records is to make a donation of £10,000 to the Royal British Legion, plus a further donation to the Victoria Cross Trust.