The 18th song completes the collection, begun as 14 songs for 2014.
Sue Gilmurray writes: “Vera is Vera Brittain, author of the memoir Testament of Youth, and mother of Shirley Williams. She was an intelligent, attractive, privileged young woman, who was appalled when her fiance, her brother and her best male friends were all killed in the war. A volunteer nurse during the war, and a successful writer thereafter, she devoted her life to opposing warfare, even when it brought her contempt and abuse. In this year, the centenary of the Armistice, and a year which is emphasising the right of women to be taken seriously, I hope that Vera will be taken up and sung by choirs and singing groups, along with others from the collection.”