Enoch Arden performance on Saturday 7th Nov 2021 at 3pm

with Christopher Kent (Actors) and Gamal Khamis (Pianist)

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Sunday 7th November, 3pm - St Mary's, Perivale, London, UB6 8SS

Free (with retiring collection) – no pre-booking required

ENOCH ARDEN (60')

THE CASTLE BY THE SEA (5')

 

Livestreamed Click Here

 

Click Here for the trailer

 

Here is Christopher Kent invitation to the show

"We first performed Enoch Arden as a livestream during last year's lockdown and it immediately caught people's imagination, with subsequent in person performances played to rave reviews at this year's Three Choirs Festival and at London's Jermyn Street Theatre (as part of our Love and War Trilogy). Audience comments have included “Poignant & enthralling”, “Electrifying”, “An extraordinary performance.” We have also recently recorded it for SOMM Recording for CD and download release in Spring 2022.

 

Enoch Arden is a hidden gem of the romantic repertoire: an epic narrative poem originally written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson in 1864 and set by Richard Strauss for speaker and piano in 1897. It tells the true story of a fisherman and sailor who marries his childhood sweetheart Annie Lee and then sets off on a long voyage from which he never returns. After many years his friend Philip comes to Annie and makes her an offer. So what does Annie do? And where is Enoch? What happens next is both stirringly dramatic and agonisingly tender. With words and music of haunting beauty, Enoch Arden is a masterwork of the now almost lost genre of musical melodrama.

 

At this performance we will also present the world premiere in English of my own translation of another much shorter Strauss work called The Castle by the Sea, a setting of Ludwig Uhland’s brief and mythical romantic poem of lost love, which is also included on our forthcoming CD.

 

You are warmly invited to join us at St Mary's for what should be a really special event. Or, if you can't be there in person, please do catch the livestream at www.st-marys-perivale.org.uk (it will start live at 3pm but remain online for the next few weeks).

Hope to see you there."

 

 

 


The Love and War Trilogy

BY CHRISTOPHER KENT AND GAMAL KHAMIS.
DIRECTED BY CHRISTOPHER KENT

 

 

In case you’re around, the pianist Gamal Khamis and I will be appearing tomorrow Monday July 5th live on Radio 3’s In Tune programme to talk about our forthcoming LOVE AND WAR TRILOGY with Sean Rafferty and to perform extracts from all three shows. The programme runs 5-7pm and we’re in the earlier part of it, shortly after 5pm. CLICK HERE

 

We are performing THE LOVE AND WAR TRILOGY as part of The Footprints Festival at Jermyn Street Theatre in London’s West End next Saturday 10th July. The Trilogy is a “retrospective” of three of our recent narrative recital programmes which blend narrative, poetry and music on epic subjects. The three shows can be booked individually or as a series and a few in theatre and online tickets are still available.

 

Timings and trailers are below and full booking details are AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE

 

2pm NEVER SUCH INNOCENCE [watch trailer]

“An incredibly moving performance” BBC Radio 3

 

First performed in 2016, Never Such Innocence traces the story of WW1 conscript Private Percy O’Key, setting his real-life letters and diaries alongside words by writers such as Wilfred Owen, Edward Thomas and Vera Brittain and piano music of the period by composers including Ravel, Debussy and Schoenberg. It is a compelling journey from innocence to loss, told with unflinching clarity and compassion (95 mins)

                                                                                                                                                    

5.30pm ODYSSEY - WORDS AND MUSIC OF FINDING HOME [watch trailer]

“Extraordinary – exceptionally sensitive and beautiful.” Refugee Hosts

 

Next the trilogy turns to the aftermath of war. Odysseus’s epic journey home from Troy, as told by Homer, is interwoven with Shakespeare, Bach, Debussy and Clara Schumann plus specially commissioned works by six award-winning contemporary poets and composers on themes of journey, diaspora and migration to create another absorbing, moving and richly rewarding narrative (95 mins)

8.15pm ENOCH ARDEN [watch trailer]

“A magnificent performance – rarely have I been so moved.” Words and Music

 

 

A rare jewel concludes this epic journey. Tennyson’s narrative poem Enoch Arden, as set for speaker and piano by Richard Strauss in 1897, tells the story of a sailor who marries his childhood sweetheart but is then lost at sea and returns Odysseus-like years later only to find life is not as he left it. Stirringly dramatic and agonisingly tender, Enoch Arden is a hidden gem of the romantic repertoire. Christopher and Gamal are due to make a landmark CD recording of Enoch Arden for SOMM Recordings later this year. (65 mins)

BOOK NOW FOR THE JERMYN STREET THEATRE PERFORMANCES:

Or call: 020 7287 2875

Ticket prices per show:

In theatre: £29.00/£21.75 (concessions – 65+, theatre unions, Access Needs, Universal Credit)

At Home (livestreamed): £15.00

Festival Pass costs £25 and allows 25% off all festival ticket prices

Jermyn Street Theatre Footprints Festival  17 May – 1 August 2021

Live on stage. Enjoy from home or at our theatre.

43 productions encompassing drama, music, poetry, and comedy; shows to make us laugh, think, and perhaps shed a tear or two.

 


The Love and War Trilogy

BY CHRISTOPHER KENT AND GAMAL KHAMIS.
DIRECTED BY CHRISTOPHER KENT.

 

On stage at the Jermy Street Theatre

&

Streaming

10th July 2021

 

For Booking and Info click here

 

See below for previous info on the three performances


Enoch Arden Livestream performance on Sunday 8th Nov 2020 at 4 pm

with Christopher Kent (Actors) and Gamal Khamis (Pianist)

 

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As we head back into lockdown I thought you might like to know about a livestreamed performance I am giving this coming Sunday with my regular recital partner, the wonderful pianist Gamal Khamis. Following our acclaimed narrative recitals Never Such Innocence (2016-18) and Odyssey – Words and Music of Finding Home (2019-20), our next adventure is a complete performance of ENOCH ARDEN, the rarely heard and deeply touching epic 1864 poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, which was set to music for speaker and piano by Richard Strauss as his opus 38 in 1897.

Enoch Arden is being streamed live from the beautiful St Mary’s Perivale, West London’s premier concert venue on

Sunday, November 8th at 4 pm here:

ST MARY’S LIVESTREAM

 

It lasts just over an hour and is free to view (with donations invited to support venue and performers).

It will remain available for online viewing for seven days.

 

Enoch Arden tells the story of three childhood friends who grow up in a remote fishing village. Enoch becomes a sailor, marries his sweetheart Annie Lee and then sets off on a long voyage from which he never returns. After many years, assuming he is lost forever, Annie reluctantly marries the third friend, the miller Philip Ray, who has offered to bring up her children. But then Odysseus-like, Enoch does return only to find, unlike Odysseus, that his wife has not waited for him. What happens next is both stirringly dramatic and agonisingly tender. With words and music of haunting beauty, Enoch Arden is a hidden gem of the romantic repertoire and a masterwork of the now almost lost genre of musical melodrama.

Please do join us for the livestream on Sunday if you can for what promises to be a memorable and moving occasion (or catch it online during the following week).

 


ODYSSEY - Words and Music of Finding Home 

This is Christopher's brand new narrative recital programme ODYSSEY - Words and Music of Finding Home with the pianist Gamal Khamis at St Mary's Perivale on Sunday 10th November at 7.30pm, or at its official opening at OSO Arts Centre Barnes on Friday 8th November as follows:

 

Friday 8th November, 8pm - OSO Arts Centre, Barnes Green, London, SW13 0LF

Tickets: £14/£12 (Booking)

 

Sunday 10th November, 7.30pm - St Mary's, Perivale, London, UB6 8SS

Free (with retiring collection)

 

ODYSSEY is the sequel to Never Such Innocence, our acclaimed narrative recital of words and music from the First World War (described by BBC Radio 3 as “incredibly moving”). ODYSSEY tells the story of the aftermath of war, with the legend of Odysseus’s epic journey home from Troy to Ithaca interwoven with themes of journey, diaspora and migration explored through words and music. We are very excited that we have been able to commission brand new original works on Odyssey themes by six award-winning contemporary poets and composers, including Vahni Capildeo (2016 Forward Poetry Prize winner) and Daniel Kidane (whose "Woke" opened this year's BBC Last Night of the Proms). Their work is set alongside Homer’s original words in Emily Wilson’s acclaimed new translation, as well as works by Shakespeare, JS Bach, Debussy, Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann to create another absorbing, moving and richly rewarding evening.

 

Full details at CLICK HERE. Further performances are being planned nationally from February 2020.

 


Never Such Innocence

Christopher Kent acclaimed production

Autumn 2018 Season Updates

“Incredibly moving” BBC Radio 3

 

Click Here to access Christopher's website

 

Saturday 17th March, 7.30pm. - All Saints Church, Isleworth, TW7 6BE

Sunday 18th March, 7.30pm - Jermyn Street Theatre, London SOLD OUT

Sunday 27th May, 2.15pm - English Music Festival, Silk Hall, Radley College, Oxfordshire, OX14 2HR

Tuesday 3rd July, 7.30pm - Festival of Chichester, Oxmarket Centre of Arts, Chichester

Friday 13th July, 7.30pm - JAM on the Marsh Festival, St Dunstans Church, Romney Marsh

Saturday 8th September, 7.30pm - St Chad’s, Shrewsbury (in aid of Medic Malawi). Book tickets

Wednesday 12th September, 7.15pm – Freemasons Hall, Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ SOLD OUT

Thursday 13th September, 7pm – Freemasons Hall, Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ Book tickets

Friday 21st September, 7pm - Village Hall, Sutton Veny, Wiltshire BA12 7AP Book tickets SOLD OUT

Sunday 30th September, 4.15pm - Sandham Memorial Chapel, Burghclere, Hampshire, RG20 9JT

Saturday 20th October, 7.30pm - Canterbury Festival, Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs

Friday 2nd November, 8.00pm – Southside House, Wimbledon, London, SW19 4RJ

Saturday 3rd November, 7.30pm - Bath Recitals, St Michael's Church, Bath

Monday 5th November, 7.30pm - Royal Overseas League, Park Place, St James’s Street, London, SW1A 1LR

Wednesday 7th November 7.30pm - Royal British Legion, Neston, Cheshire, CH64 9PB

Friday 9th November, 7.30pm – Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh, IP15 5BN

Sunday 11th November, 7.30pm - St Mary's, Perivale, London, UB6 8SS

Sunday 18th November, 7.30pm - Jermyn Street Theatre, London, SW1Y 6ST

Sunday 25th November, 7.30pm - New London Synagogue, London, NW8 0AT

Friday 30th November, 7.30pm – HEART Arts Centre, Bennett Road, Leeds, LS6 3HN

Saturday 1st December, 8pm - OSO Arts Centre, Barnes Green, London, SW13 0LF

“A very special, moving and immensely absorbing production.”

"The most amazing evening... one of the most moving and thought-provoking events I have ever attended."

“Beautifully nuanced show – tender, moving, angry.”

“A spell-binding evening. So compelling to watch and listen to.”

“Thank you for the power and pathos of your performances.... I don’t think I have spent a more emotionally charged ninety minutes.”

“A masterclass in performance art...so atmospheric, so empathetic. I was in floods of tears at the end.”

“The choice of poetry and music was perfect and the narrative and underlying story very moving…I don't think there was a dry eye in the house."

 

 

 


 

I thought you might be interested to know about two forthcoming London performances of NEVER SUCH INNOCENCE, the acclaimed narrative recital of words and music from the First World War which I've been performing during the last year with the pianist Gamal Khamis.

 

We are at Jermyn Street Theatre, just off Piccadilly Circus, on Sunday March 18th at 7.30pm (pre-booking advised at http://www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk/show/never-such-innocence/) and //www.google.co.uk/maps/place/All+Saints+Church/@51.4716553,-0.3221212,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x48760c52dbbdfc93:0x6a766f16494fda0e!8m2!3d51.4716553!4d-0.3199325?expflags=enable_star_based_justifications:true&hl=en">

 

All Saints Isleworth, a lovely church by the river near Syon Park (just opposite The London Apprentice) the previous evening, Saturday 17th March at 7.30pm (free with retiring collection).

We’d love to see you at either, but if you can make it to Jermyn Street friends are also warmly invited to join us for drinks afterwards at The Three Crowns, just opposite the theatre.

 

NEVER SUCH INNOCENCE juxtaposes the words of writers like Wilfred Owen, Edward Thomas, Siegfried Sassoon and Vera Brittain with piano music of the period by composers such as Elgar, Ravel, Debussy, Arnold Schoenberg and Ivor Gurney, with a linking narrative about my own great uncle Private Percy O'Key. Audiences so far have been kind enough to describe it as "moving", "spell-binding" and "immensely absorbing".

 

The video trailer is here: https://youtu.be/gfIgKLdki-U

And further details are at http://www.ckuk.com/never-such-innocence and https://www.facebook.com/NeverSuchInnocence/

 

NEVER SUCH INNOCENCE 2018

Saturday 17th March, 7.30pm. - All Saints Church, Isleworth, TW7 6BE

Sunday 18th March, 7.30pm - Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Sunday 25th May, 2.45pm - English Music Festival, Silk Hall, Radley College

Tuesday 3rd July, 7.30pm - Festival of Chichester, Oxmarket Centre of Arts, Chichester

Sunday 8th July, 3pm - JAM on the Marsh Festival, St Dunstans Church, Romney Marsh

Saturday 8th September, 7.30pm - St Chad’s, Shrewsbury (in support of Medic Malawi)

Friday 21st September, 7.30pm - Village Hall, Sutton Veny, Wiltshire BA12 7AP

Sunday 30th September, 4pm - Sandham Memorial Chapel, Burghclere

Saturday 20th October 7.30pm - Canterbury Festival, Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs

Saturday 3rd November 7.30pm - Bath Recitals, St Michael's Church, Bath

Monday 5th November 7.30pm - Royal Overseas League, London

Sunday 11th November 7.30pm - St Mary's, Perivale

 

It would be a great pleasure to see you at any of these performances.

Very best wishes

Chris

 


 

2017

 

 

Never Such Innocence, the acclaimed narrative recital of words and music from the First World War

which CK has been performing during the last year with the pianist Gamal Khamis is back.

We went to the Première at St Mary's Perivale and were deeply moved by this production.

We highly recommend Never Such Innocence commemorating events that affected almost every family in Europe.

 

 

There are a couple of performances coming up in London at Clapham Chamber Concerts this Friday 10th November and Jermyn Street Theatre on Sunday March 18th, plus others as per the full list below and a few more in the pipeline (including, we hope, some further north). 

 

 

NEVER SUCH INNOCENCE juxtaposes the words of writers like Wilfred Owen, Edward Thomas, Siegfried Sassoon and Vera Brittain and piano music by composers such as Elgar, Ravel, Debussy, Arnold Schoenberg and Ivor Gurney, with a linking narrative about my own great uncle Percy O'Key.

 

Audiences so far have been kind enough to describe it as "moving", "spell-binding" and "immensely absorbing".

 

Click Here for The video trailer

 

For Further Details Click here for the FaceBook Page

 

2017

Thursday 9th November 4.30pm & 7.00pm - Kingswood School, Bath, BA1 5RG

Friday 10th November, 7.30pm - Clapham Chamber Concerts, St Paul’s Church, Rectory Grove, London, SW4 0DX

 

2018

Sunday 18th March, 7.30pm - Jermyn Street Theatre, London, SW1Y 6ST

Sunday 25th May, 2.45pm - English Music Festival, Silk Hall, Radley College, OX14 2HR

June/July (date TBC) - Festival of Chichester

Saturday 20th October 7.30pm - Canterbury Festival, Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs, CT10 2BN

Sunday 30th September 4pm - Sandham Memorial Chapel, Burghclere, RG20 9JT

Saturday 10th November 7.30pm - Old Theatre Royal, Bath

Sunday 11th November 7.30pm - St Mary's, Perivale, UB6 8SS

It would be a great pleasure to see you at any of these performances. 

 

For more info about this production and Christopher Kent Click Here

 

 

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