Loving the look and feel of this new film for Volvo we've just completed. Very happy to be on this one, especially with such a beautiful sound track from old friends Ljudbyran in Gothenburg. Both visuals and music have a touch of sci-fi classic Interstellar about them (than which there is no higher praise in this house).
Delighted to appear on BBC Radio 3 with pianist Gamal Khamis this evening for interview with Katie Derham and extracts from our acclaimed narrative recital Never Such Innocence about the First World War, ahead of our performance at The English Music Festival at Radley College Oxfordshire on Sunday May 27th. Katie was kind enough to describe the show as "incredibly moving". Tour dates continue through the year. Full details at www.neversuchinnocence.co.uk
Fun to voice the TV campaign for the clever and genuinely terrifying Ghost Stories, but did feel a bit stupid when I asked if they'd noticed some of the spellings were wrong in the TV spots and it was gently pointed out that this was all part of Lionsgate's #whatdoyousee viral campaign. Whoops... note to self: pay more attention in future
Looking forward to performances of Never Such Innocence this week at Kingswood School, Bath on Thursday November 9th at 4.30pm & 7pm (tickets via firstname.lastname@example.org) and Clapham Chamber Concerts on Friday November 10th at 7.30pm.
Audience comments from previous performances:
“A very special, moving and immensely absorbing production”
“Beautifully nuanced show – tender, moving, angry”
“A spell-binding evening. So compelling to watch and listen to …I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house.“
Looking forward to performing Myth, Hope and Tragedy at All Saints' Church, Church Street, Isleworth, TW7 6BE, a programme of words and music to commemorate the centenary of the Russian Revolution. I'll be reading historical and literary accounts, plus poetry by Yevtushenko, alongside the music of Shostakovich, Prokoviev and Scriabin played by Simon Trentham (cello), Yoriko Gibbs (piano) and Yoriko Wakabayashi (piano). Admission free (with retiring collection). They're all fantastic musicians so do come along if you're around. Should be a fun evening.
Enjoyed voicing trailer campaign for surprise breakout hit Goodbye Christopher Robin with the good people at Create UK, quite a thoughtful and touching film with more subtlety than you'd guess from some of its press.
This one is apparently showing pre-match in Premier League stadiums, but since I've never managed to get a ticket I'm hard pressed to know. Nice campaign though from the guys & gals at Blackbook London.
Audiophiles will immediately prick up their ears at the sound of the words Bowers & Wilkins, synonymous with ultra high end audio. This uber-stylish film featuring the inner workings of the human ear is part of the launch campaign for the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system in the new BMW 5 series... words alone which are probably enough to get both audiophiles and petrol-heads drooling in stereo. It was certainly a pleasure to voice...
Well I must admit this one was a bit of a departure for the actor whose own kids claimed to be scared when he read them bedtime stories (sorry girls). But even the voice that brought you The Woman in Black, Spooks, The King's Speech and countless other heavy hitting dramas dramas can't help but soften up for the nation's favourite little piggy. This is the trailer campaign currently airing for Peppa Pig the Movie, very nicely done by the team at Create UK.
More stellar work from the guys at Fox Soccer USA, with some stylish promos for their UEFA League coverage. This one is from ace LA producer Luke Van Kampen and as always I was very honoured to voice it.
The first performance of NEVER SUCH INNOCENCE, a programme of poems, readings and music from the First World War I am performing with the amazing pianist Gamal Khamis takes place on November 3rd 2016 at 7.30pm as part of the Somme 100 commemoration at St Mary's Church, Perivale, UB6 8SS Map. Admission is free (with retiring collection). Do join us if you can: https://www.facebook.com/events/1173146682762046/
Actor Christopher Kent and pianist Gamal Khamis look back at the writing and music that emerged from the period, juxtaposing the words of writers like Wilfred Owen, Edward Thomas, Siegfried Sassoon and Vera Brittain with piano music by composers such as Elgar, Ravel, Debussy, Frank Bridge and Ivor Gurney.
In a moving and thought-provoking sequence, they trace a narrative from the early innocence and nostalgia of pre-war life, through initial patriotic optimism, to the growing realisation of what was happening at the front and the deep sadness and loss that followed across Europe. As well as poetry the programme will include extracts from letters, diaries and contemporary accounts, plus material drawn from personal family history.
NEVER SUCH INNOCENCE is available for booking for concert societies, festivals, schools and theatres. Please contact Christopher Kent at email@example.com or +44 7850 595089 for details
Now this is really cool… a racetrack with robotic cars, like Scalextric meets Inception, or something. I somehow doubt many small boys will be able to wrest the controller away from big boys (or girls) in the house. Very nice international spot from the guys over at Cinco Design in Portland, Oregon. Pleased to add my voice to this one...
Some rather stylish ads in the can for upmarket estate agents Fine & Country, their first ever TVCs apparently. Nice work from the team, I reckon...
It's been a privilege to be one of the voices associated with Volvo's advertising over the years, but particularly enjoyable to voice these new spots for the new S60 and V60 Polestar models for Volvo's performance division. Drool alert for petrol-heads everywhere…
Back to IMG today to continue narrating this very entertaining documentary series about all the top offshore yacht racing events around the world. Here's a link to the episode about the 2015 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup at Porto Cervo, Sardinia last September. Since Rolex partnered the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda over 30 years back, the regatta has become a season highlight. The filming is as spectacular as the boats and the settings are just stunning. It's a rich man's sport though, with the total outlay for a week-long event somewhere around $150,000. Fun to watch though. Broadcasts are ongoing on BBC World and Sky Sports channels.
Delighted to be reading poems as part of this concert with London's Orlando Choir, Fieri Consort and soloists on Thursday 10th March, 6.30pm at the ancient City church of St Sepulchre-without-Newgate (near St Paul's Cathedral) in London.
"Membra Jesu Nostri is a strange and beautiful sequence of devotional cantatas by the German baroque composer Dietrich Buxtehude for choir, soloists and instrumental ensemble.
Punctuating the seven cantatas and forming a counterpoint to them will be readings by actor Christopher Kent of nineteenth and twentieth century secular poetry by writers including Sylvia Plath, WB Yeats and Simon Armitage."
Thursday 10th March 6.30pm, St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2DQ
Tickets: orlandochoir.org.uk (or on the door)
A very stylish commercial for Ladbrokes "Capture the Moment" TV campaign. Pleased to have recorded the vo for the spots here at the studio with the guys from top Swedish agency Prolounge.se
Hear what happened the day the big man got on the phone to Chris. When the call comes, can a fellow really say no…?
A bit of festive fun from the CK studio.
Very pleased to have recorded the trailer campaign for this hugely impressive new documentary feature from Davis Guggenheim about the inspiring Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who survived a Taliban attack on her life to become a leading advocate for the rights of children and young women and is the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. The movie opens in the UK on November 6th and is highly recommended.
Back to IMG this week to record narration for episode 2 of Luca Ceccolini's six-part BBC documentary series The Spirit of Yachting, which follows some of the world's most spectacular boats round the grand prix yacht racing circuit. Episode 1, broadcast on August 9th, featured the Giraglia Cup, one of the most renowned offshore races in the Mediterranean. Over two hundred craft raced 243 nautical miles over three days from the chic harbour of Saint-Tropez to Genoa, Italy via the Giraglia, a rocky outcrop off the northern tip of Corsica. Episode 2 features the Rolex Fastnet Race, an altogether grittier affair in the cold offshore waters of southern England, with a record fleet of 356 yachts heading off from Cowes to the Fastnet Rock in the Irish Sea, via the Scilly Isles, and back to Plymouth. Some spectacular footage, well worth catching on BBC World, Sun Oct 11th, 20:30 UK time.