Poems and Music...

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)


He Named Me Malala

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.



    The Spirit of Yachting

    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.

    The Spirit of Yachting

    Spooks - The Greater Good

    Spooks was a huge hit on British TV and internationally so it was only a matter for time before it hit the big screen, and here it is with the show's sharp action, stylish settings and frankly baffling plots all ramped up for the big screen. Hunk of the moment Kit Harrington takes time out from Game of Thrones duty to join classy Brit veteran star Peter Firth from the TV show in Bharat Nalluri's pacy Bourne-meets-Mission Impossible thriller. I was pleased to be asked to add my dulcets to these very slick trailers produced by Intermission Films.


    A Royal Night Out

    It's long been hinted that our current Queen, while still a young princess, slipped out of the Palace with her sister Margaret on VE Day in 1945 to mingle among the celebrating crowds in central London. Who knows what really happened, but from that merest wisp of narrative director Julian Jarrold has spun this charming period movie. It covers some of the same territory as the Oscar winning The King's Speech, perhaps hoping to draw the same audience, with Rupert Everett and Emily Watson taking on the roles played by Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter in the earlier movie and Sarah Gadon and Bel Powley playing the young princesses. In truth it's an altogether lighter confection, but is nonetheless an enjoyable watch, and it's been fun working with the creative team at Empire Design to put the TV campaign together. Here's one of the spots.


    Pringles Ducklips

    I must have been asleep but I seem to be the only person who was unaware of what Pringles Ducklips were. Not any more. The witty Pringles people in Canada have come up with this entertaining viral campaign to get people to post their own Ducklip creations via social media and asked me to voice the spots in a spoof nature documentary style. Always nice to get a chance to release one's inner Attenborough...


    Fox Soccer

    Much to the delight of my soccer-mad 14 year old daughter I have recently been working regularly with the good folks at Fox Soccer in LA on voicing promos for their increasingly popular syndicated shows. Soccer may be relatively niche in the US, but LA is home to some of the world's best promo and trailer talent, and they certainly know how to cut a cool promo. Hats off to Fox producer Zac Kenworthy on this one.


    A Most Wanted Man

    Voicing completed for trailers on this superb movie, which will be remembered for the late great Philip Seymour Hofmann's final starring role. He is magnificently dishevelled as a washed-up German secret service agent in Anton Corbijn's version of the John Le Carré novel. If it's tempting to see Hoffman's tragic demise prefigured in the distinctly unwell-looking figure onscreen, it's probably safer just to judge it as a brilliant piece of character-painting by one of the best actors of our time. This is one of the TV spots.

    The Two Faces of January

    Have just finished voicing the trailer campaign for this classy new British movie from the producers of The Talented Mr Ripley and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (for which I also did the campaign). Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst are always worth watching and it's good to see more of Oscar Isaac, who was so excellent in the Coen Brothers' recent Inside Llewyn Davis. Here's the 30" spot.