To hear excerpts of Marc's narration from "Memory Like Shells" for BBC Radio 4, please click here and select clip 12 from the jukebox.

 

NORMAN'S WAR

Norman Winchester was a machine gunner at Dunkirk and later in Italy. 'Memory Like Shells' was an extraordinary muscial venture which he undertook in his 80s when, assisted by the composer Karen Wimhurst, he wrote about his experiences of the Second World War. The picture above is from The Imperial War Museum and amazingly, it shows Norman (on the right, looking at the camera) with his battalion, the 2nd Cameronians, landing on the southern tip of Sicily on July 10th, 1943.

 

PERFORMANCE AT THE IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM, LONDON

On Remembrance Day 2002, 'Memory Like Shells' was performed at The Imperial War Museum by the internationally acclaimed Allegri String Quartet, with Marc providing the libretto - Norman's actual words narrating the piece. The concert was introduced by the former MP and BBC war correspondent, Martin Bell, and recorded for BBC Radio 4. The show was broadcast on 10th November 2002.

For more information and to hear the full broadcast, please click here.