This music was inspired by Alfie Bradley's awesome Knife Angel sculpture and is dedicated to the memory of knife crime victims and their families.
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'No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.'-Nelson Mandela
I came across the Knifeangel sculpture purely by chance at the British Ironworks Centre near Oswestry, Shropshire. At that point it was still under construction by artist Alfie Bradley, and the Save A Life, Surrender Your Knife campaign was in full swing in conjunction with the knife amnesty across UK constabularies. I was amazed how Alfie had collected, cleaned and blunted each weapon that he used to create the 26ft tall Knife Angel, then deeply moved to see that messages from relatives to lost loved ones were being engraved onto some of the blades. The sculpture is a symbol of tragic beauty, a message of hope conveyed in ominously dark material.Watching its gradual creation inspired me to write music which merely touches on the myriad of emotions experienced in such devastating loss of life.
My heartfelt thanks go to the musicians on the recording-Alex, Martin, Oli, Rob and Will, for giving their time and energy in the studio and for fully supporting the cause. And to my sons, Reuben and Oscar.