‘Keep the Home Fires Burning’
Music and Poetry of World War One

Friday 10th November, 2023, at 1:15 pm

Retiring Collection

The Programme

Wind and Words
Chris Hooker – clarinet
Dimitri Kennaway – piano
Valerie Fry – poetry

Jessie Pope

Who’s for the game?

Paul Rubens

Your King and country want you

Rupert Brooke

The busy heart


Good-bye-ee! (excerpt)

Evelyn Underhill


Nat Ayer, Clifford Grey

If you were the only girl in the world

A E Housman

Is my team ploughing?

George Butterworth

Is my team ploughing?

Guillaume Apollinaire

L’adieu du cavalier

Lew Brown, Albert von Tilzer

Au Revoir, but not Good Bye

Siegried Sassoon


Mike Harding

Christmas 1914

Jerome Kern

They didn’t believe me

Ivor Gurney

Bach and the Sentry

Ivor Gurney

In Flanders

John McCrae

In Flanders Fields

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The Last Post (excerpt)

Wilfred Owen

Anthem for doomed youth

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Taps (excerpt)

Leslie Coulson

The Rainbow

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Sunset (excerpt)

Rudyard Kipling


Haydn Wood

Roses of Picardy

Woodbine Willie

The Spirit


Mademoiselle from Armentières (excerpt)

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


World War One popular songs

G K Chesterton

Elegy in a Country Churchyard

J P Long, M Scott

Oh! It’s a lovely war

Philip Gibbs

The Armistice

Ivor Novello

Keep the home fires burning

The Artists

‘Keep the Home Fires Burning’, about World War One, is a recital of clarinet, piano and poetry with Chris Hooker, Dimitri Kennaway and Valerie Fry. It combines tunes of the period with poetry, weaving them into one continuous performance. The programme consists of poems written by poets who served in The Great War, including Siegfried Sassoon, John McCrae and Wilfred Owen. The music features a range of composers including Ivor Novello, Jerome Kern and George Butterworth.

Also in their repertoire are ‘We’ll Meet Again’ about The Second World War and ‘Music and Sweet Poetry’, a programme with music spanning five hundred years accompanied by poems about composers and their works.
Enquiries to or 07960 794737

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. 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, arranging and conducting. He is the leader of River City Saxes, a saxophone quartet in which he plays soprano sax and is a member of Barnes Concert Band. He also plays saxophone and clarinet in ‘Saxswing’, a programme of music of the 1920s to the 1950s.

Dimitri Kennaway studied at the Royal College of Music from 1977 to 1980 and gave his Wigmore Hall debut in 1986, and subsequently performed at the Purcell Room, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Fairfield Hall. Recently, composition for the commercial sector has been an extensive part of his musical activities in addition to teaching private pupils.

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