“A Ploughman’s Tale” is a concept-recital which tells the story of an everyman who fought in the trenches, told through songs by composers or with words by poets who lived through the time of The Great War.

It includes songs composed by Butterworth, Farrar, Elgar, Gurney, Britten, Peel, Vaughan Williams and Ireland as well as contemporary popular songs and an original setting of John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders’ Fields” by Robert-John Edwards. It was first performed on the centenary of the beginning of The Great War in August 2014 and then again on Armistice Day in 2015.  In 2018, it was formally recorded along with the pianist, Sara Wilander and also taken on a 5-date tour around England (Bury (Lancs), Peterborough, Birmingham, Grantham and London) including a performance on the centenary of Armistice Day itself on Sunday, 11th November 2018.

A Ploughman's Tale Recital Poster by Robert-John Edwards with Sara Wilander.

A Ploughman’s Tale has been released on CD. Available to buy now.

A Ploughman's Tale CD Cover Front

Programme Notes

A sample copy of the programme notes from ‘A Ploughman’s Tale’ is available here.

Visit the Discography page to hear samples from the ‘A Ploughman’s Tale’ CD

Feedback from previous recitals:

“My wife and I attended a dramatic and very moving recital of World War 1 songs devised and sung by Robert-John Edwards and beautifully accompanied by Sara Wilander in the extraordinarily atmospheric setting of St. Mary de Crypt. What a wonderful event as part of Glow Fest, an enterprising new music festival in the heart of Gloucester. May it flourish on these debatable borders of post-Covid recovery and march on from strength to strength!”

Peter Savidge

“Loved it! [I] thought [it] was wonderful and very moving… it deserves a wider audience.” 

Jane S, Oakham

“… a wonderfully moving recital…”

Mr M Cunliffe-Lister, Stamford

“A Ploughman’s Tale by @rjedwards_btone @bhamfest @BlueOrangeThtr.  Beautifully performed, evocative & atmospheric WWI piece.”  

@cjharry, on Twitter