About the piece

Futility, scored for Mezzo-Soprano, Violin and Piano, uses text from the poem baring the same name by Wilfred Owen. It reflects on the ‘futility’ of war, and on the innermost thoughts and feelings of the war-poet with regards to war.


Move him into the sun—
Gently its touch awoke him once,
At home, whispering of fields half-sown.
Always it woke him, even in France,
Until this morning and this snow.
If anything might rouse him now
The kind old sun will know.
Think how it wakes the seeds—
Woke once the clays of a cold star.
Are limbs, so dear-achieved, are sides
Full-nerved, still warm, too hard to stir?
Was it for this the clay grew tall?
—O what made fatuous sunbeams toil
To break earth’s sleep at all?

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Upcoming Performances

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Past Performances

Friday 9th November, 2018 – Christ Church, Birkenhead
Wilfred Owen – In Memoriam (Wilfred Owen Commemoration Festival 2018)
performed by members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Choir & Youth Company