Never Such Innocence

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:

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 or +44 7850 595089 for details

More Spirit of Yachting

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.


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: (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.