In December 2008 Val staged a Christmas celebration for the 400th anniversary of John Milton's birth. The programme was a combined arts performance given in Milton's church - St Giles', Cripplegate, in the Barbican.
The programme included dramatised extracts and readings from Milton's poems, including Paradise Lost with Blake's visual images for this poem. Music was by Finzi and Parry who were inspired by Milton's words to compose several pieces of music.
Cast: Charles Aitken, Margo Cargill, Lucy Casson, and Dave Fishley. With tenor Henry Moss, St. Giles Choir and Director of Music for the choir, Ann Marsden Thomas.