Sensations of a Wound

depicts the story of a Yorkshire soldier caught up in the First World War.

Robert Riby Boyes’ First World War experience took him a long way from home. He travelled from Scarborough to the Western Front in France; from the Battle of Passchendaele in Belgium to a cattle truck in the South of France; from the mountains of Italy in winter to the Front in Northern France and further still.

Jim Boyes, a member of critically acclaimed a cappella trio Coope Boyes and Simpson, is Robert’s grandson. He remembers how his grandfather, who was known as ‘Croppie’ in the family, never talked about his wartime experiences.

It was only when Jim began writing songs and researching First World War history that a fuller picture of his grandfather’s past emerged. While preparing for a performance for Flemish organisation Peace Concerts Passendale, Jim discovered the long journey of Private Boyes of the 23rd Middlesex regiment.

Bringing together ‘Croppie’ Boyes’ first-hand accounts, Jim Boyes’ original songs and Belinda O’Hooley’s subtle piano accompaniments, Sensations of a Wound tells the story of a young soldier who travelled far from home.

7.30pm. February 21st Westborough Methodist Church