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BLAKE BURNS BRIGHT IN BURY
Smith’s Academy’s Spring activities ended on a high with what many judged to be “the best ever performance of The Westbrook Blake”, presented by Airshaft Trust at the Bury St Edmunds Festival. The Westbrook Blake will be back next season.
Meanwhile here’s a clip of Billy Thompson’s solo on Let The Slave, (courtesy of Matt North)
SMITH'S ACADEMY INFORMER (SAI 106 - September 2017)
The latest edition of the Westbrook Newsletter, The Smith's Academy Informer is now online.
THE CORTEGE- NOW ON FILM
Tony Staveacre’s documentary of the 1982 tour of the Westbrooks’ masterwork featuring Kate Westbrook,  Phil Minton  and a star-packed Orchestra can now be seen on YouTube
Part One            Part Two
LAVOLTA 
A stunning performance on a stormy night at the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis brought to a close the current tour by this contemporary music ensemble featuring the voices of Kate Westbrook and Sara Owen in music by Berio, Walton, Weill, Vaughan Williams, Morton Feldman, Bartok, Donatoni and Judith Weir. We look forward eagerly to the group’s return.
More information about Lavolta
Also of Current Interest
LOVE FOR SALE
The complete version of the Westbrook Trio's take on the Cole Porter classic, filmed live in St Etienne in 1993:
See here
SERPENT HIT NEWS
What they are saying about THE SERPENT HIT
Some of our foremost  Jazz writers respond to the album.
See the the articles by
Richard Williams, Chris Parker, John Fordham, Dave Gelly, Stephen Graham, Duncan Heining, Andy Robson and Chris Searle.
More information about The Serpent Hit  The CD
MICHAEL FINNISSY - TRANSGRESSIVE GOSPEL PAGE
We have a page about Michael Finnissy's Transgressive Gospel which was premiered at Wilton's Music Hall in London as part of the Spitalfields Music Summer Festival in June 2009. Kate Westbrook joined Richard Jackson and Finnissy's favourite ensemble IXION. Michael Finnissy conducted the piece.
FINE 'N YELLOW
The CD version of Fine ‘n Yellow is now re-issued on ASC Records (ASC CD 149) with UK distribution by Proper Note. The album is also available from Westbrook Records.

You can also download Fine 'n Yellow as a CD quality Flac file or as an MP3 file from Westbrook Downloads. We have changed our download host and we can once again offer the download all over the world.

Following rave reviews in the French Jazz Press the Fine ‘n Yellow album was selected by staff reviewers of the Italian magazine Musica Jazz as one of the top albums of the year. CDs will now bear the sticker ‘consigliato da musica jazz’ recommended by Musica Jazz).
CD Information.






Yellow Fig Leaf film
ENGLISH SOUP DVD/CD
Now available exclusively from Westbrook Records, in a Special Limited Edition for collectors, comprising DVD, audio CD and Recipes.

See here for details
English Soup DVD
WESTBROOK RECORDS
Selected Westbrook recordings can now be purchased online direct from Westbrook Records with payment being made via PayPal. (It's possible to pay using PayPal without opening an account with them). It's also possible to pay by cheque if you wish.

Further information on the CDs available and how to pay
are on the main Westbrook Records page.

We've added CDs of The Cortege, Chanson Irresponsable and The Orchestra of Smith's Academy to the list of CDs and DVDs that you can buy direct from Westbrook Records. The price of the DVD/CD English Soup has also been dramatically reduced!
Take a look.
Acceptance Mark
BBC JAZZ ON 3 MARKED THE CENTENARY OF THE OUTBREAK OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR WITH THE WESTBROOKS’ “PICARDIE”
On Monday August 4th 2014 BBC Jazz on 3 broadcasted in full The Picardie section from the album London Bridge is Broken Down by Kate and Mike Westbrook.
More information.     
Details of the London Bridge album

The BBC Radio 3 interview with Kate and Mike can be heard on SoundCloud.
KATE AND MIKE WESTBROOK
The Paris Interview 'Passent a Table '  Jazz Magazine
Download a PDF copy in French

SOCIAL MEDIA
KATE WESTBROOK ON FACEBOOK
Kate Westbrook joins Mike Westbrook on Facebook.

Kate's Page: http://tinyurl.com/6g7orom

Mike's page: http://tinyurl.com/66ufq7z

The Uncommon Orchestra Page: http://tinyurl.com/j2gkoqs
WESTBROOKJAZZ NOW ON TWITTER
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CUFF CLOUT
SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS FROM KATE WESTBROOK'S
NEOTERIC MUSIC HALL:

Oceans, Straits Currents and Seas

Riddle

The Devil and the Canny Lad

My Lazy Goodheart

One Cezanne Apple
PAINTBOX FOR THE (ENGLISH) RIVIERA
Not exactly Raoul Dufy’s Nice, but the English equivalent. The next performance of Paintbox Jane by Westbrook & Company will be in Torquay on May 9th at the Speakeasy, in David Walden’s enterprising programme at the Toorak Hotel. Details in the Diary.
DIANA AND ACTÆON IN LYME
The first public showing of Kate Westbrook’s Diana And Actæon series of paintings will be at The Malthouse Gallery, Lyme Regis, from Friday 5th May to Tuesday 22nd May 2018.
more information
HAY TOR ROCKS!
Kate launches her new album GRANITE with a performance in Ashburton, Devon on June 21st as part of the Dartmoor Society’s Dartmoor Resonance Music Festival. GRANITE is commissioned by Frank Eichler. Kate’s texts are set to music by Mike Westbrook and performed by a new ensemble featuring the guitars of Matt North and Jesse Molins, and the saxophone of Roz Harding with Billie Bottle on electric bass, Coach York on drums and Mike Westbrook on piano. The album will be on ASC Records.
See Diary for more details.
UNCOMMON ORCHESTRA - WHERE NEXT?
The Orchestra rounded off the year with what many agreed was the best ever performance of A Bigger Show, in Birmingham just before Xmas ( read Gary Corbett’s review). The bandwagon will start rolling again in the summer. More news soon.
Meanwhile for Matt North’s Taste of Bury see here.
More Uncommon Orchestra Films.
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