Director James Kent seems to be on a roll at the moment. MotherFatherSon with Richard Gere is one of the most compelling things on TV and here's one of the trailers I voiced recently for his romantic post-war movie The Aftermath with Keira Knightley, which is also well worth catching. Nice work by the team at Create UK for Fox Searchlight.
Great to work with actor Roger Allam last week who was at the studio to record an Introduction to Buddhism, no less. We actually had a lot of fun so I'm not quite sure why we both look so miserable (though I’m probably wondering how I ended up with the greyer beard of the two). He is between series of ITV’s Endeavour and about to appear at the National Theatre in Rutherford and Sons.
Great fun at the weekend narrating an orchestral concert with the fab West London Sinfonia and conductor Philip Hesketh as part of the 2019 Ealing Music & Film Festival. The Composer is Dead is a kind of musical whodunnit with a brilliant musical setting by US composer Nathaniel Stooky of Lemony Snicket’s book of the same name. The composer is dead so the Inspector is called in to the find the murderer (or murderers) among the instruments of the orchestra…with much ensuing hilarity. We had a blast!
And while we’re on the subject of Christmas, here’s a reprise of a fun Santa item we put together a couple of years ago (with apologies for the old boy’s fruity language!).
Now here are some good Christmas gift ideas. Any of these will do thanks, Santa. Very nice web spot from the clever people at Domu Brands and a nice campaign to work on.
I enjoyed working on this really cool image film from the creative team at Stilbezirk in Nürnberg. Some pretty cool gear too…
With all that's happening on the US-Mexico border at present this brilliant sequel to the original Benicio del Toro vehicle suddenly seems even more topical. It's hard-hitting stuff. Pleased to voice these.
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...