No White Peaks

To raise funds for the W.A.T.CH Project we are selling a charity release CD, of the late Peter Cushing reading Peter Kayne’s poem No White Peaks, mixed by Adam Wakeman

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No White Peaks was written by Peter Kayne (lyricist and poet) in December 1969. Whilst taking a cabaret act on tour around England, Kayne came to a performance at the Mildenhall USAF base in Suffolk, there he saw first-hand the horrific effects of the Vietnam war on young servicemen. He was so moved by this moment that he later wrote No White Peaks, a poem far removed from his usual style of writing. He has always sought to have the proceeds from this poem donated to charity.

In 1991 Peter Cushing OBE recorded a reading of the poem. Cushing was, himself, a beloved and generous man who worked with a loving dedication into his old age. He was a celebrated actor, who was recognised for his extensive work with Hammer Horror Films. His career began in the British theatre but he rose to fame and notoriety in Holywood only returning to his native England later in life.

 

The CD was co-ordinated and produced by Somerset Film, a Bridgwater-based charity which specialises in supporting people to use moving image and digital media to have a voice. To find out more about their film production, training and project development work visit www.somersetfilm.com

 

Updates about the No White Peaks CD

The Life of Peter Cushing

Peter Cushing was one of the most beloved and important actors of the horror and fantasy genres. His career began in the British Theatre, before he made a name for himself in Hollywood with films like ‘The Man in the Iron Mask’ and ‘A Chump in Oxford’. Cushing returned to his native England during the Second World War and soon became a star on television with hits like ‘Nineteen-Eighty-Four’ and ‘Tovarich’.

To his fans, though, Cushing is recognised most for his work with Hammer Films. He began to star in many of Hammer’s horror and fantasy films from the late 1950s, which breathed new life into a forgotten genre, one of classic horror. These films gained such success and popularity with the viewing public that Cushing was catapulted to international stardom. Classics like ‘The Curse of Frankenstein’, ‘The Abominable Snowman’, ‘Dracula’, ‘The Mummy’, and many more besides are still watched the world over today. He is well known for his starring role as Sherlock Holmes in the BBC’s 1960s TV series of the same name. Cushing also worked with Amicus to produce titles such as ‘Dr Terror’s House of Horrors’, ‘Dr Who and the Daleks’, and ‘Tales From the Crypt’, capping off his career in the 70s with an appearance in ‘Star Wars’.

Still active in retirement Cushing wrote two autobiographies, recieved an OBE (in 1989) and recorded a reading of Peter Kayne’s poem No White Peaks in 1991.

Find out more about the late Peter Cushing from the Peter Cushing Association

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Dan Dormancommented:Peter Cushing was, in the words of Hammer co-star Hazel Court: “a wonderful artist. He also loved to write, and he loved birds, animals, flowers, children, children’s toys, music and his home in Whitstable. Above all, he loved his divine wife, Helen…Peter was a wonderful human being.” (from Hazel Court: Horror Queen; Tomahawk Press, 2008). The only thing she seems to have left out is how much of a humanitarian Peter Cushing was as well. Whether it was dedicating one of his books to help the disabled, a summer camp for children or any number of charities in and around the town of Whitstable, Peter was always concerned for the well-being of others — a trait he shares with another humanitarian, Peter Kayne. Mr. Kayne wrote the beautiful poem “No White Peaks” in December, 1969 after witnessing first hand the effects the Vietnam Conflict had on so many wounded soldiers. Mr. Kayne is just as passionate now about helping people as he was all those years ago when he penned his famous poem. The pairing of the two Peters on this project proved to be a perfect fit. Those words and That voice, together, will always be cherished.