poppies 1Tamsin collaborated (for the second time) with composer Cheryl Frances Hoad on a song cycle for baritone Marcus Farnsworth and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

The work, Last Man Standing, was commissioned for the World War 1 Armistice Centenary and was premiered on 30th November 2018 at the Barbican Hall.  The programme also included Vaughn Williams's Fourth Symphony, inspired by his wartime service in the Medical Corps, and Arnold Bax's 1917 tone poem 'November Woods'. 

"Well how absolutely warm-glow-inducing to come to your friends' premiere and be handed a gift by them merely for turning up. How incredibly thoughtful. And what a premiere! Incredible, touching masterful work by Cheryl Frances-Hoad & Tamsin Collison, superbly performed by Marcus Farnsworth, Paul Michael Hughes' magnificent BBCSO and Martyn Brabbins conducting for the second night in a row for me. Not forgetting Kenneth Richardson's lean, telling staging. Bravi Tutti!" Bill Bankes-Jones.