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Never Such Innocence

A Narrative Recital of Words and Music from the First World War


Including works by Wilfred Owen, Edward Thomas, Siegfried Sassoon and Vera Brittain. With piano music by Elgar, Ravel Debussy, Frank Bridge and Ivor Gurney

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A ninety minute performance to be held in Temple 10 Freemasons’ Hall

Great Queen Street

London WC2B 5AZ

Guests will be stewarded from the entrance in Great Queen Street


Christopher Kent


September 12th 2018

to be seated 19.00 starting at 19.15

September 13th 2018

to be seated 18.45 starting at 19.00

Entrance to include the programme – 12£

Gamal Khamis


One hundred years after the devastating events of the First World War, actor Christopher Kent and pianist Gamal Khamis look back at the writers such as Wilfred Owen, Edward Thomas, Siegfried Sassoon and Vera Brittain with piano music by composers including 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 draws on letters, diaries and accounts from personal family history.

Buy your Tickets

Tickets (numbered seats) – 12.00£ may be purchased: 

By post (including name and address with cheque, made out to ‘UGLE’ to Keith Gilbert, Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ

Online (including name and address) to with electronic transfer to Sort Code – 2′-32-29 Account Number 93359408

Gamal Khamis

studied at the Royal College of Music and has since appeared at most of the major UK concert halls, across Europe, the USA and Canada, and on BBC Radio 3 and Dutch radio.

He has been a Concordia Foundation Artist since 2010, a Park Lane Group Artist since 2013, and is a member of Lipatti Piano Quartet.

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 and The Government Inspector with Timothy Spall.

Chris is also one of the UK’s best known voiceover actors, regularly heard on commercials, documentaries, film trailers and literary recordings.

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