Sunday November 10th 7.30 pm (please note time)
‘Odyssey- Words and music of finding home'
A narrative recital exploring the aftermath of war
by Christopher Kent (actor) and Gamal Khamis (piano)
Actor Christopher Kent and pianist Gamal Khamis are delighted to return to St Mary's with the sequel to last year's Never Such Innocence, their acclaimed narrative recital of words and music from the First World War, described on BBC Radio 3 as “incredibly moving”. ODYSSEY tells the story of the aftermath of war, with the legend of Odysseus's journey home from Troy movingly interwoven with themes of journey, diaspora and migration explored through writing and music. As well as words by writers including Homer, Shakespeare, Emily Brontë and TS Eliot and music by JS Bach, Debussy, Ravel and Beethoven, Chris and Gamal have also specially commissioned original works by award-winning contemporary poets and composers on Odyssey themes. It promises to be another absorbing, moving and richly rewarding evening.
Admission free with retiring collection. No tickets issued beforehand
Christopher Kent has appeared on stage, screen and radio in a wide range of roles from Shakespeare to contemporary drama. London theatre appearances have included Cyrano de Bergerac with Robert Lindsay at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and The Government Inspector with Timothy Spall at Greenwich Theatre. He is also one of the UK's best-known voiceover actors and his voice is regularly heard on commercials, documentaries, film trailers and literary recordings. Recent concert work includes collaborations with the Orlando Choir, West London Sinfonia, the Bridge String Quartet and the Voice of God in Britten's Noye's Fludde.
Gamal Khamis gained a degree in Mathematics at Imperial College London and completed his formal musical education at the Royal College of Music. He first performed at the Wigmore Hall at the age of 10 and has since appeared at most of the major U.K. concert halls, across Europe, North America and Australasia, and on BBC television and radio. Gamal has won major awards for both solo and collaborative piano playing, including at the Royal Over-Seas League and the Ferrier Awards. He is an Artist with the Concordia Foundation, Royal Over-Seas League, Park Lane Group and Samling, and is a member of the Lipatti Piano Quartet.