Fenella Fielding recording for aod's Sweetness of Honey CD (Sappho poetry with music and spoken word)
Fenella Fielding rose to prominence in the 1950s, appearing in two Carry On films and an impressive number of stage productions, radio and television appearances. Her memoir Do You Mind if I Smoke? was published on the eve of her 90th birthday in November 2017, and she received an OBE for services to drama and charity in June 2018 - She continued to support aod until her death in September 2018.
We had the pleasure of working with Fenella on a number of projects including Savage Beauty at the Other Palace and The Sweetness of Honey CD. The name Fenella Fielding is synonymous with wit, glamour and sophistication, whilst her uniquely seductive vocal skills make hers one of the most recognisable voices in show business. We miss Fenella dearly - her candour, generosity, passion and kindness - and her spirit lives on in our hearts.
Simon Russell Beale is without a doubt one of the most critically acclaimed talents in British theatre. He is an associate of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and the Almeida Theatre, and in 2003 was awarded a CBE for his services to drama. He is an honorary fellow of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge and of the British Institute of Psychoanalysis. He holds honorary doctorates from Warwick University, City University London and the Open University, and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2013 he won a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Falstaff in the BBC's The Hollow Crown. Recent stage credits include The Lehman Trilogy at the National Theatre and Richard II at the Almeida Theatre.
Professor Bettany Hughes is an award winning English historian, author and broadcaster. Her speciality is is ancient and mediaeval history and culture. A scholar at Oxford University, she has taught at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and lectured at Cornell, Bristol, UCL, Maastricht, Utrecht and Manchester. She is a tutor for Cambridge University’s Institute of Continuing Education and a Research Fellow of King’s College London. Bettany is an honorary, founding patron of Classics For All and a long-standing patron and supporter of The Iris Project. She is vice president of the Churches Conservation Trust and of the National Churches Trust.
Natalie Haynes is a writer and broadcaster and has spoken on the modern relevance of the classical world on three continents, from Cambridge to Chicago to Auckland. She writes for the Guardian and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4 where four series of her show, Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics, have been broadcast. Natalie's first novel, The Amber Fury, was published to great acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic, as was The Ancient Guide to Modern Life, her previous book. Her second novel, The Children of Jocasta, was published in 2017. Her retelling of the Trojan War, A Thousand Ships, will be published in May 2019.