Police cadets produce CD inspired by Magna Carta

Boston Police Cadets with their Magna Carta-inspired CD, back, from left, Michael Hall, Ross Tarry, cadets' liaison officer PC Martyn Chambers, Thomas Willetts, Hannah Kitchen, Front, from left, Jared Firth, Jordanne Waite, Charlotte Amey and China Smith.

Boston Police Cadets with their Magna Carta-inspired CD, back, from left, Michael Hall, Ross Tarry, cadets' liaison officer PC Martyn Chambers, Thomas Willetts, Hannah Kitchen, Front, from left, Jared Firth, Jordanne Waite, Charlotte Amey and China Smith.

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The Magna Carta and its effects on democracy and civil rights has been put to poetry and music by police cadets from the Boston area.

The cadets took part in an Arts Council-funded project in which they joined musician Liz Lenton, from Gosberton Risegate, to explore the medieval document on its 800th anniversary.

They have written and recorded two of six tracks on a CD produced by Liz and her partner – the other four tracks being plays recorded by Boston Lithuanian Community.

The cadets looked at what the document meant to them.

Liz, a singer, songwriter and composer from Gosberton Risegate, said: “It was interesting working with the cadets, discussing the impact of the Magna Carta then and now and the effects it has on democracy.

“It was interesting to hear their view on such issues as civil rights.”

The cadets were inspired by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, national poet of Wales Gillian Clarke and holder of the Queen’s Award for Poetry Imtiaz Dharker.

The cadets had been commissioned by Lincolnshire County Council as the county contains one of the best-preserved original copies of the world-famous document.

The two tracks are called Look Where We Are Now and King John Rap.

Liz said she was ‘especially impressed with Cadet Ross Tarry’s idea of looking at the Magna Carta from the perspective of King John and then the way he and the other cadets developed the rap’.

Liz and her partner, Wan Hewitt, provided musical backing and recorded and mixed the tracks at their Scarlet Records studio.

To listen to the poems visit http://goo.gl/z7mBE4 for King John Rap and 
http://goo.gl/4HBzab for the Look Where We Are Now track.