Vera Brittain in her V.A.D. uniform.

On 13th January, Emma will record a new composition by Roland Bouman: a setting of a poem by Vera Brittain for mezzo-soprano and ensemble.

Vera Brittain wrote “Perhaps” in 1916 whilst working as a Voluntary Aid Detachment (V.A.D.) nurse during the First World War. Her fiancé, Roland Leighton, had been shot on 23rd December, 1915, whilst inspecting the wires in front of a trench in Hébuterne, France. The poem is dedicated to him.

Bouman’s setting of “Perhaps” captures the intimacy of the poem in beautiful, lyric lines. Scores of Bouman’s music can be found here and videos here.