St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Wind & Words of World War I:
Chris Hooker – clarinet, and Valerie Fry – poetry

Tuesday, 14 November at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Wind & Words of World War I:<br />Chris Hooker – clarinet, and Valerie Fry – poetry


"Keep the Home Fires Burning"

 

Jessie Pope

Who's for the game?

Paul Rubens

Your King and Country want you

Rupert Brooke

The busy heart

George Henry Powell

Pack up your troubles

Evelyn Underhill

Non-combatants

Nat Ayer

If you were the only girl in the world

A E Housman

Is my team ploughing?

Joseph E Howard

I wonder who's kissing her now (excerpt)

Guillaume Apollinaire

L'adieu du cavalier

Lew Brown

Au Revoir, but not Goodbye

Siegfried Sassoon

Dreamers

Jack Judge

It's a long way to Tipperary

Mike Harding

Christmas 1914

Jerome Kern

They didn't believe me

John McCrae

In Flanders Fields

trad.

The Last Post bugle call (excerpt)

Wilfred Owen

Anthem for Doomed Youth

trad.

Taps (excerpt)

Leslie Coulson

The rainbow

trad.

Sunset (excerpt)

Rudyard Kipling

Gethsemane

Haydn Wood

Roses of Picardy

Woodbine Willie

The spirit

trad.

Mademoiselle from Armentières

Isaac Rosenberg

Break of day in the trenches

Irving Berlin

Oh how I hate to get up in the morning

Valerie Fry

For the record

Mills, Godfrey, Scott

Take me back to dear old Blighty

G K Chesterton

Elegy in a country churchyard

J P Long and M Scott

Oh! It's a lovely war

George Willis

Any soldier to his son

Ivor Novello

Keep the Home Fires Burning

Wind & Words is a recital of clarinet and poetry with Chris Hooker and Valerie Fry. Today's programme Keep the Home Fires Burning is based on the First World War which provides the link between the music and the words. It combines tunes of the period with both poems and writings, weaving them into one continuous performance. Other themed programmes - Come fly with me, and Arrivederci Roma on the topic of travel, Let there be Love on the theme of romance, Singing in the Rain about weather, and 'Twas the night before Christmas, in celebration of the festive season - are also in Wind and Words' repertoire.

As a poet, Valerie Fry has given readings across the country to a wide range of audiences. Originally a Drama and English teacher, she now combines her interest in writing with performance. Currently she is taking poetry into care homes, giving older people a chance to enjoy verse from their schooldays. Some of her poems can be seen in hospital waiting rooms in Leeds, whilst her play, A Game of Two Halves won BBC Radio Five Live's playwriting competition in 2006. In 2013, and again in 2015, she was commended in the Hippocrates Poetry Prize.

Chris Hooker's career has been in Music Education both as a teacher and a manager. Now he devotes his time to playing, composing, arranging and conducting. He is the leader of City Saxes, a saxophone quartet in which he plays soprano sax and is a member of Barnes Concert Band and occasional player with City of London Symphonic Winds. He has recently created 'Saxswing', a programme of music of the 20s to the 50s performed on sax and clarinet. More information may be viewed at www.windandwords.com

Enquiries to valerie@windandwords.com or 07960 794737

Wind & Words is a recital of clarinet and poetry with Chris Hooker and Valerie Fry. Today's programme Keep the Home Fires Burning is based on the First World War which provides the link between the music and the words. It combines tunes of the period with both poems and writings, weaving them into one continuous performance. Other themed programmes - Come fly with me, and Arrivederci Roma on the topic of travel, Let there be Love on the theme of romance, Singing in the Rain about weather, and 'Twas the night before Christmas, in celebration of the festive season - are also in Wind and Words' repertoire.