Words For You is a stunning collection of 27 of the greatest poems of all time, read by 12 of the best voices in British acting and set to the greatest classical music ever composed. Combining William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 read by Joanna Lumley with Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8, Robert Browning’s Home Thoughts, From Abroad using the voice of Geoffrey Palmer with Dvorak Symphony No. 9 and the heartbreaking WH Auden’s Stop All The Clocks read by Lindsay Duncan with Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 [III], Words For You brings together the best of the best of the best. Alison Steadman, one of the Words For You artists said, “I loved being involved in Words For You, it’s a great idea and I’m sure will help promote poetry.”
The artists involved have waived their royalty so that a proportion of proceeds from sales can go to I CAN, a UK charity that helps children who have difficulties speaking and understanding. Virginia Beardshaw, Chief Executive of I CAN, said; “Words come easily to many of us. Actors, especially, thrive on their mastery of the spoken word. Sadly, for a large number of children, the ability to use words is a real challenge. It is a struggle for them to learn and make friends. I CAN helps these children so they don’t get left out and left behind.”
The 27 poems featured on Words For You have been recorded by Joanna Lumley, Lindsay Duncan, Geoffrey Palmer, Honor Blackman, Brian Cox, Alison Steadman, Martin Shaw, Miriam Margolyes, Lennie James, Samantha Morton, Anthony Head and Ben Whishaw.
Words For You have got many spin-offs including a Christmas Words For You, Words For You The Next Chapter: USA, and ‘Words For You: The Next Chapter’. We are also currently working on a Words For You: Live. Watch This Space…