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2015 - A Bigger Show
Composition for a new 22 - piece ensemble The Uncommon Orchestra, with text by Kate Westbrook, involving three actors/vocalists, full big band plus double rhythm section. Based on the Waxeywork Show. Developed in workshops with students at the Grieg Academy, Bergen and the Guildhall School, London. Previewed Dartmoor August 2014. Toured West Country from Summer 2015. Featured soloists include vocalists Kate Westbrook, Martine Waltier and Billy Bottle, saxophonists Roz Harding and Alan Wakeman, Dave Holdsworth on trumpet and sousaphone. Album A Bigger Show - Live, recorded at the Barnfield Theatre, Exeter July 2015. Release on ASC Records February 2016.
2007 - Empress Concerto
Composition by Mike Westbrook for improvising pianist and Harmonie (French Wind Band) dedicated to to Bessie Smith. One of a series "Portraits de Femmes" by eight contemporary composers. Featuring pianist Francois Raulin with L'Harmonie du Personell de la R.A.T.P. directed by Martin Lebel commissioned by La Forge, Grenoble. World Premiere Salle Gaveau, Paris, December 2007.
2006 - Wasteground Concerto
For soloists and Big Band. Commissioned some 20 years ago but not performed until 2006 in London as part of Mike Westbrook's 70th birthday celebrations, with soloists Pete Whyman and Chris Biscoe and the Guildhall School of Music Jazz Band directed by Martin Hathaway.
2003 - Turner in Uri
A 7 part work based on the painter J.M.W. Turner's travels in Switzerland. Written for two solo vocalists, Kate Westbrook and classical baritone Claudio Danuser, choir (Schola Uriensis directed by Renaldo Battaglia) brass band (Brass Band Uri, conducted by Hans Burkhalter), jazz/rock group: Jon Hiseman (drums), Tim Harries (bass guitar), Mike Westbrook (piano), Chris Biscoe, Barbara Thompson (saxophones). Music: Mike Westbrook. Text: Kate Westbrook, including translations in the 5 Swiss languages, German, French, Italian, Swiss German and Rumantsch. Plus film projection of paintings by Kate Westbrook. Commissioned by Alpentöne Festival - Premiered in Altdorf and at Zurich Theater Spektakel, August 2003. Broadcast by Swiss Radio and TV. Documentary film directed by Charles Mapleston for Malachite Films, commissioned by Swiss TV.
2001 - Chanson Irresponsable
An 80 minute work taking as its starting point the song of the Sedge Warbler. Commissioned by BBC Radio 3. Music by Mike Westbrook, texts by Kate Westbrook with Italian, French and German versions by Sergio Amadori, Lucienne Droz and Tommy Bodmer. Performed by the New Westbrook Orchestra combining jazz and classical players including a string quartet. Featuring as principal soloists two vocalists (Kate Westbrook and Matthew Sharp) and two saxophonists (Peter Whyman and Chris Biscoe).
World Premiere Auditorium di Milano, September 2001.
UK Premiere Cabot Hall, Canary Wharf, London, 9 May 2002
Broadcast Premiere 'Performance on 3', 4 June 2002.
Album Release: Chanson Irresponsable Enja Records (2003)
Chanson Irresponsable CD
1998 - The Orchestra Of Smith’s Academy
Album on ENJA Records. Compositions by Mike Westbrook recorded ‘live’ by the Mike Westbrook Orchestra at the Outside-In Festival, Crawley in 1992, and by the Steve Martland Band at the Cheltenham Festival in 1995. Soloists include Dominique Pifarely (violin), Kate Westbrook (voice), Anthony Kerr (vibraphone), Pete Saberton (piano), Chris Biscoe, Peter Whyman, Alan Barnes (saxophones). Titles are: Checking In, I.D.M.A.T. (based on Ellington’s "It Don’t Mean A Thing"), Measure for Measure, So We’ll Go No More A’Roving, Blighters, Viennese Waltz, and Blues For Terenzi.
Album release: The Orchestra of Smith's Academy
ENJA RECORDS ENJ-9358 2
1997 - Glad Day
A new recording, comprising all Mike Westbrook’s settings of the poetry of William Blake. Sung by Phil Minton and Kate Westbrook with the Mike Westbrook Brass Band,- Chris Biscoe, Alan Wakeman, Dave Barry, and Mike Westbrook, plus Peter Whyman and Steve Berry and the 30-piece Senior Girls Choir of Blackheath Conservatoire of Music and the Arts directed by Lucy McAlary.
See also Westbrook Blake
Performed at Greenwich Festival 1996, Salisbury Festival 1997,
Radio 3 Festival, Antwerp 1998, and UK touring in 1999.
Album release: GLAD DAY ENJA Records, June 1999.
1995 - Bar Utopia
A song cycle with lyrics by Helen Simpson, music by Mike Westbrook. Scored for the 19 piece Mike Westbrook Orchestra and the voices of Kate Westbrook and John Winfield. Commissioned by Bath Festival and BBC Radio 3. World premiere Bath, Summer 1995. European Festivals. Contemporary Music Network Tour 1996. Performance with U.M.O. Jazz Orchestra, Helsinki Festival, 1997.
Album release: Bar Utopia on ASC Records 1996, on Enja Records, November 1997.
ENJA RECORDS ENJ 93332.
1992 - Measure for Measure
Composition for voice and jazz orchestra by Mike Westbrook. Text by Kate Westbrook after William Shakespeare. Commissioned by the Vienna Art Orchestra. World premiere Mike Westbrook Music Festival in Catania, Sicily, July 1992.
Included on the album "The Orchestra Of Smith's Academy"
- ENJA RECORDS ENJ-9358 2.
1987 - Big Band Rossini
Composition for jazz orchestra and the voice of Kate Westbrook, based on the small group Westbrook-Rossini plus new material. Commissioned by Norddeutscher Rundfunk for the NDR Big Band. Premiered in Hamburg. Extensive touring in Europe with the Mike Westbrook Orchestra 1991-2.
UK festival premiere at the Royal Albert Hall, London in the 1992 BBC Promenade Concerts. Scandinavian tours with Swedish Tolvan Band 1991-2 and performed with Brisbane Biennial Big Band at Brisbane Biennial 1993 International Music Festival.
See also Westbrook Rossini.
No commercial recording available.
1987 - London Bridge is Broken Down
A composition for Voice, Jazz Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, commissioned by LeTemps du Jazz, Amiens and premiered at the Maison de la Culture, Amiens. May 1987. Music by Mike Westbrook and settings of French. German and English texts, written and arranged by Kate Westbrook, including poems by Rene Arcos. Wilhelm Busch, Andree Chedid, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Bernard Lassahn and Siegfried Sassoon. Sung by Kate Westbrook, with a nine-piece jazz orchestra and classical chamber orchestra. Le Sinfonietta de Picardie, conducted by Alexandre Myrat.
7 LP sides, Double CD, Double cassette - London Bridge is Broken Down - released on Virgin Records’ Venture label June 1988 (now deleted).
Re-released in 2008 by BGO on BGOCD788
More Information and Reviews
London Bridge Is Broken Down CD
1984 - On Duke’s Birthday
Dedicated to the memory of Duke Ellington. Composition by Mike Westbrook for 11-piece Jazz Orchestra. Commissioned by two French festivals: Le Temps du Jazz, Amiens, and Jazz en France, Angouleme. Premiered at the Maison de Ia Culture, Amiens, May 1984. Other festival appearances include Le Mans, Willisau, Florence and Santarcangelo.
Double LP On Duke’s Birthday, recorded live, released on Hat-ART (1985). First released on CD on Hat-ART (1989). (Now Deleted)
Hat-ART CD 6021 Distributed in the UK by Harmonia Mundi. - now deleted.
Reissued in July 2007 on hatOLOGY 635 (more information)
1983 - After Smith’s Hotel
(The Young Person’s Guide To The Jazz Orchestra)
A composition by Mike Westbrook for 17-piece Jazz Orchestra, with spoken introductions by the composer to the various sections of the work, with musical illustrations. Commissioned by Aldeburgh Festival - Snape Maltings Foundation.
Premiered at Snape Maltings, October 1983. BBC Radio 3 Broadcast 1984.
1980 - The Westbrook Blake
Settings of the poetry of William Blake, with music by Mike Westbrook, texts selected by Adrian Mitchell Much of the material originally commissioned by the National Theatre for the 1971 production of Adrian Mitchell’s Tyger, directed by John Dexter and Michael Blakemore. The Blake settings, sung by Kate Westbrook and Phil Minton, were an integral part of the repertoire of the Mike Westbrook Brass Band from its formation in 1973. The Westbrook Blake (Bright As Fire), a programme entirely devoted to Blake’s poetry, was first performed in 1980 and has been widely performed throughout Britain and Europe, in New York (1983) and at the Adelaide Festival (1984).
See also the updated version of this work - Glad Day.
LP The Westbrook Blake recorded for Original Records (1980).
Released in USA on Europa Records (1981).
LP & cassette re-released by Impetus (1987) and on CD (1991)
1979 - The Cortege
A composition for Voices and 16-piece Jazz Orchestra including settings of poetry, arranged by Kate Westbrook, by Lorca, Rimbaud, Hesse, John Clare and other European poets, sung in the original languages by Kate Westbrook and Phil Minton. Commissioned by Bracknell Jazz Festival, 1979. and subsequently performed at the Edinburgh Festival and many European Festivals, including Camden, Angouleme, Vitrolles, Willisau and Santarcangelo. Selected material performed and recorded for radio with Big Band della RAI, Rome, in 1980, and with Sveriges Radio Jazz Group, Stockholm in 1987. Arts Council Contemporary Music Network Tour 1982.
Triple LP The Cortege recorded for Original Records (1982). Awarded Grand Prix du Disque, Montreux, 1982.
One hour TV documentary for BBC 2 directed by Tony Staveacre (1982).
Re-issued as double CD on Enja Records, 1992. (Deleted)
The Cortege - Enja Records ENJ 9587 2 Reissued 2011.
See our Cortege section for more information.
1974 - Citadel / Room 315
Composition for Big Band by Mike Westbrook commissioned by Sveriges Radio and first performed in Stockholm in March 1974 by the Swedish Radio Jazz Group with soloist John Surman. Toured by the Mike Westbrook Orchestra (plus Surman) and recorded by RCA on LP in 1975, re-issued 1979 and again on CD on BMG's Novus 70 series (1991 - since deleted), and again on CD in 2006 on BMG BGOCD 713. CD Information
1971 - Copan/Backing Track
A seven and a half hour composition based on overlapping time cycles, inspired by the Mayan Calendar. Seven musicians improvised over a pre-recorded backing track on which they had also played.
A programmed light show by Cyberdescence paralleled the musical cycles. Performed at University Festivals in Guildford and Essex.
1969 - Earthrise
A multi media work, commissioned by Sir Bernard Miles. Its premiere at the Mermaid Theatre coincided with the Apollo 11 moon landing. A collaboration with John Fox and the Welfare State theatre group, involving 25 piece rock orchestra, singer Norma Winstone, film projection and lighting effects.Touring version with The Cosmic Circus, including clowns, acrobats, magicians, film projections, mixed media and jazz/rock group.
1969 - Metropolis
A composition initially performed in a quartet form, then sextet, then
with a 17-piece orchestra combining jazz and rock rhythm sections.
Written with an Arts Council Bursary (the second ever awarded) and premiered by the Jazz Centre Society at the Mermaid Theatre, London on May 18th, 1969. Recorded with 25 piece orchestra in 1971 for RCA ‘s Neon label. Available on BGO Records.
1968 - Release
Composition for 10-piece Mike Westbrook Concert Band; Dave Holdsworth trumpet, Malcolm Griffiths, Paul Rutherford trombones, Mike Osborne, Bernie Living, George Khan, John Surman saxophones, Harry Miller bass, Alan Jackson drums, Mike Westbrook piano. Premiered at Ronnie Scott’s Old Place. Recorded for Deram.
1967 - Marching Song
A two – hour composition on the subject of war developed with the Sextet and expanded for the Concert Band., with double rhythm section and additional brass and saxophones. Included sections by John Surman,
Premiered in Plymouth, performed at the Camden Jazz Festival
and Bath Festival. Recorded with a larger band – totalling 26 musicians - for Deram.
1967 - Celebration
An extended work, including pieces by John Surman, for which the sextet: Mike Osborne, John Surman, Malcolm Griffiths, Harry Miller, Alan Jackson, Mike Westbrook was augmented by additional brass and saxophones to form the 12 piece Mike Westbrook Concert Band. Premiered at Liverpool University and in London at Ronnie Scott’s Old Place. Sections from the work were recorded for the Deram album.
2015 - Sonnet for Stephen
A piece dedicated to the memory of Stephen Hewitt, with
words by Kate Westbrook, recorded by Kate with Roz Harding, Sarah Dean, Gary Bayley, saxophones Marcus Vergette bass, Coach York drums and Mike Westbrook piano.
Issued as a limited edition CD.
2013 - The Serpent Hit
A composition for voice, saxophone quartet and percussion with texts by Kate Westbrook,
music by Mike Westbrook. Based on a piece originally commissioned by the Delta Saxophone Quartet in 2009.
Premiered by the Mike Westbrook Band in London, April 2011 and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
2012 - Five Voyages
Composition for voice and piano, commissioned by Peninsular Arts as Part of a series commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the foundation of Plymouth University as a School of Navigation. Performed by Kate and Mike Westbrook and released on a Commemorative CD by Peninsular Arts. Later Included in the repertoire of The Westbrook Trio.
2009 - Fine 'n Yellow
A studio album dedicated to the memory of Margery and John Styles, with
texts by Kate Westbrook, music by Mike Westbrook. Recorded with Jon Hiseman. Released in a
Limited Edition in 2009, and on the Gonzo label in 2010. First live performance by the Mike Westbrook Band
London April 2011
Information about the band and the work
Information about the CD
2008 - English Soup or The Battle of the Classic Trifle
A piece commissioned by the Bollwater Project with lyrics by Kate Westbrook music by Mike Westbrook performed by Kate Westbrook with The Village Band premiered at the Peninsular Arts Contemporary Music Festival, University of Plymouth February 2008.
Information about the limited edition DVD
2006 - The Nijinska Chamber
A celebration of the life of the choreographer and dancer Bronislava Nijinska, lyrics by Kate Westbrook, music by Mike Westbrook. Performed by the duo Kate Westbrook (voice), Karen Street (accordion). Album produced by Jon Hiseman, released on Voiceprint 2006.
More information on Kate Westbrook's site
Nijinska Chamber CD
2006 - The Waxeywork Show
A piece for voice and acoustic brass with lyrics by Kate Westbrook, music by Mike Westbrook. Written for the Mike Westbrook Village Band (West Country based sextet) and first performed in jazz clubs and arts centres in Devon and Cornwall Spring 2006 and a number of performances at the London Jazz Festival in November 2006.
Information about The CD
2003 - Art Wolf
Commissioned for the re-opening on October 15, 2003, of the Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland, extended and re-designed by architects Herzog and de Meuron. Text by Kate Westbrook inspired by the life and work of the painter Caspar Wolf (1735-1783) and music by Mike Westbrook for quartet: Kate Westbrook (voice, tenor horn), Peter Whyman, Chris Biscoe (saxophones) and Mike Westbrook (euphonium, piano).
CD produced by Jon Hiseman, released on altrisuoni in 2005.
Art Wolf CD
2002 - L'Ascenseur/The Lift
A composition marking the 20th Anniversary of the formation of The Westbrook Trio, inspired by the groups geographical and musical travels. Music by Mike Westbrook and Chris Biscoe, texts by Kate Westbrook. Versions in German, French, Italian and Portuguese. European Touring. U.K. Premiere at Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, November 13 2002.
Album: L'Ascenseur/The Lift CD on Jazzprint.
More information about The Westbrook Trio
2002 - Cuff Clout
Remake of Kate Westbrook's neoteric Music-Hall EVEN/UNEVEN originally premiered May 1994 at London Jazz Festival and Chard Festival of Women in Music. Texts by Kate Westbrook, music by Eleanor Alberga, Barbara Thompson, Lindsay Cooper, Chris Biscoe, James McMillan, Jenni Roditi, Errolyn Wallen and Mike Westbrook. Album recorded by Jon Hiseman with musicians from the worlds of jazz, pop and contemporary classical music.
Cuff Clout CD Released on Voiceprint, February 2004.
More information about Cuff Clout
1998 - Platterback
A jazz-cabaret with story and lyrics by Kate Westbrook and music by Mike Westbrook, performed by a new 5-piece ensemble Westbrook & Company,- Kate Westbrook, John Winfield/voices; Karen Street/accordion & voice; Stanley Adler/cello & voice; Mike Westbrook/piano, tuba & voice. From 2000 Wills Morgan and Chris Allan replace Messrs Winfield and Adler.
Album release on PAO Records (Austria) in January 1999, subsequently Voiceprint (UK) on Jazzprint label 2001, distributed by Discovery Records.
Commissioned by Blackheath Concert Halls, London Arts and Peter Fritz. Premiered at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge in June 1998. Touring in UK and Europe. Live TV in Poland and Czech Republic, radio in Germany
1997 - Love or Infatuation
A jazz cabaret based on on the Hollywood songs of Friedrich Hollaender devised and performed by the Kate Westbrook/Mike Westbrook Duo. First performed as part of a tribute to Hollaender's music at the Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, 1996.
Album: Love or Infatuation, released on ASC Records.
ASC Records ASC CD20 - Limited Edition.
1995 - Stage Set
A programme of music for voice and piano, performed by the Kate Westbrook/ Mike Westbrook Duo, comprising original songs, settings of European poetry, standards and popular songs.
Album "Stage Set" released on ASC Records, March 1996
1988 - Off Abbey Road
Based on The Beatles’ Abbey Road album. Arranged for 8-piece band featuring vocalists Kate Westbrook and Phil Minton. Commissioned by Comune di Reggio Emilia for a festival in Reggio Emilia in December 1988 celebrating the music of The Beatles. Recorded live at Willisau Jazz Festival in August 1989.
Released as CD and cassette Off Abbey Road on Enja/Tiptoe Records in February 1990.
More information about Off Abbey Road
1986 - Pierides
Dance / Music Theatre piece based on the theme of the Greek muses, commissioned by Extemporary Dance Theatre and performed by a company of eight dancers and four musicians - Brian Godding, Peter Whyman. Kate Westbrook and Mike Westbrook - The Dance Band. Lyrics and original concept by Kate Westbrook, choreography by Emilyn Claid, designed by Jacqueline Gunn. Pierides toured thirteen English theatres in over sixty performances in the spring and summer of 1986. LP Pierides released on Westbrook Records (1986). LP & CD re-released on Core/Line (1987).
Re-issued by Jazzprint on CD in Westbrook Music Theatre series May 2002.
1985 - The Ass
Music-Theatre Entertainment, by Kate and Mike Westbrook, commissioned by the D.H. Lawrence Centenary Festival, Nottingham, based on Lawrence’s poem. Set in Taormina, Sicily, it includes a traditional Sicilian song about a donkey ‘Lu Me Sceccu’. Produced by Foco Novo Theatre Company, with a company of six actor-musicians, including Stephen Boxer in the role of D.H. Lawrence. The Ass toured a dozen British theatres and arts centres in the autumn of 1985. It was directed by Roland Rees and designed by Ariane Gastambide, with choreography by Pat Garrett.
BBC Radio 3 recording directed by Derek Drescher.
Issued by Jazzprint on CD in Westbrook Music Theatre series May 2002.
1984 - Westbrook-Rossini
Jazz and Rock variations on themes from the operas of Gioacchino Rossini, including arias form The Barber of Seville, Otello and William Tell. Arranged for a 7-piece brass band. William Tell material originally commissioned by the Festival International de Theatre Contemporain, Lausanne (1984). Full Westbrook-Rossini programme premiered at the Andre Previn Music Festival, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London (1985). Extensive European touring, including numerous festival appearances.
Double LP recorded live at Zurich Jazz Festival, released on Hat-ART (1987). Studio version, also recorded in Zurich, released by Hat-ART on CD (1988).
See also Big Band Rossini
Studio CD re-issue July 2008
Double LP re-issued on CD - Hat ART CD 6152 - now deleted.
1982 - A Little Westbrook Music
A trio formed by Kate Westbrook, Mike Westbrook and Chris Biscoe. A jazz-cabaret of songs, theatre music, poetry and improvisation, including original songs and settings of poetry in various European languages, as well as jazz standards, songs by Brecht-Weill and Cole Porter and material drawn from such Westbrook works as The Cortege and Mama Chicago. Extensive touring and festival appearances in Europe; also in Canada, Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong. LP & Cassette A Little Westbrook Music (Westbrook Records 1983).
Double LP Love For Sale (Hat-Art 1986).
(LP now deleted).
Released on CD, November 1990. (CD now deleted).
1981 - Hotel Amigo
A music-theatre piece, with music, lyrics and scenario by Kate and Mike Westbrook. Performed by the 6-piece Mike Westbrook Brass Band, with singers Kate Westbrook and Phil Minton. Premiered at the Tricycle Theatre, London, and subsequently toured in Britain and Europe. TV adaptation made for Television Southwest (1983), directed by Derek Fairhead.
Songs from the show are included in the LP album A Little Westbrook Music (1983).
(LP now deleted).
1978 - Mama Chicago
Mama Chicago includes material originally commissioned 1n 1976 by the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield,
for a musical about Al Capone, 'Mama Chicago", an English version by Michael Kustow of the original
by Roger Planchon. The musical was never staged, but Mike and Kate Westbrook later adapted the piece
for The Brass Band. Mama Chicago, a Jazz Cabaret , featuring the voices of Kate Westbrook and Phil Minton,
was premiered at the Open Space Theatre, London in 1978. It went on to win the 1978 Edinburgh Festival
Fringe Award. There were many subsequent performances in London, followed by extensive touring in Britain
and Europe, as well as Australia. There were broadcasts on radio and television in several countries and the double
album, produced by Andy Duncan and Tony Visconti was recorded in Hamburg, for Teldec, in 1979.
Double LP Mama Chicago recorded in Hamburg (1978) for Teldec, with UK release on RCA (now deleted). TV version directed by Tony Staveacre (1980) for BBC series ‘A Little Night Music’.
CD Released 2007
DVD Release 2011
1977 - White Suit Blues
Score for Adrian Mitchell’s music /theatre show about Mark Twain and “ his adventures in the after life”. Commissioned by Nottingham Playhouse. Directed by Richard Eyre with Trevor Peacock as Mark Twain. Premiered in Nottingham and staged at the Edinburgh Festival and the Old Vic in London. Later broadcast in a radio version by BBC Radio 3, directed by Jeremy Mortimer.
1972 - Man Friday
Music score for Adrian Mitchell’s re-telling of the
Robinson Crusoe story from Man Friday’s viewpoint. First recorded for BBC TV production, then adapted for the stage and toured the UK with the 7:84 Theatre Group, with the participation of Solid Gold Cadillac.
1971 - Tyger
Score for Adrian Mitchell’s stage musical about William Blake. Commissioned by the National Theatre, co-‐ directed by John Dexter and Michael Blakemore. designed by Jocelyn Herbert. Cast included Gerald James, Jane Wenham, John Moffatt, Denis Quilley, Bill Fraser, Isabelle Lucas, Norman Beaton, Maureen Lipman, Staged in repertory at the New Theatre, St. Martin’s Lane ( now the Noel Coward Theatre ). Original Cast recording released on RCA. TV adaptation, Glad Day, with Jonathan Pryce and Zoe Wanamaker, filmed for Thames in 1977. Updated version Tyger Two staged by RADA in 1996.
2007 - Cape Gloss - Mathilda's Story
An opera for solo soprano voice and piano. Music: Mike Westbrook, Libretto: Kate Westbrook with Marie Vasilliou (soprano) and Brendan Ashe (piano) Carolyn Doorbar musical director.
World Premiere Sherwell Centre, Plymouth University, 25th February 2007.
More Information on Kate Westbrook's site
2000 - Jago
An opera with libretto by Kate Westbrook, music by Mike Westbrook. Written for 4 principal soloists, with Wills Morgan in the title role, 12 soloists in supporting roles, children's choir, 60-piece chorus and chamber orchestra. Musical director Carolyn Doorbar, stage director Marilyn Johnstone.
Commissioned by Wedmore Opera. World premiere Wedmore, Somerset July 2000.
More information about Jago.
1994 - Coming Through Slaughter
An opera based on Michael Ondaatje’s novel about the life of the New Orleans cornettist Buddy Bolden. Libretto by Michael Morris. Script consultant Kate Westbrook. Music by Mike Westbrook. Scored for seven classical voices, string quartet and valve trombone.
World premiere of concert version, featuring Wills Morgan as Bolden, conducted by Odaline de La Martinez, Q.E.H., London, Summer 1994. BBC Radio 3 broadcast produced by Derek Drescher 1995.
No commercial recording available.
1993 - Good Friday 1663
TV opera commissioned by Channel 4 TV, with libretto by Helen Simpson, based on her short story. Music by Kate Westbrook and Mike Westbrook.. Scored for the multi-tracked voice of Kate Westbrook, classical bass Simon Grant, synthesisers, saxophones /piccolo / flute, percussion.
Sound track recording produced by Jon Hiseman. Film directed by Frank Cvitanovich. Screened Spring 1995.
Issued by Jazzprint on CD in Westbrook Music Theatre series May 2002.
1989 - Quichotte
An opera, commissioned by the Ensemble Justiniana, premiered at Saonora, Macon in April 1989, and subsequently toured in the Franche-Comte region. Directed by Charlotte Nessi with a libretto by Jean-Luc Lagarce that takes Cervantes’ Don Quixote as a starting point. Music by Mike Westbrook in collaboration with Kate Westbrook. Scored for four opera singers, a jazz vocalist (Kate Westbrook), a rock singer, a choir, four jazz instrumentalists and 80 piece harmonie (amateur brass band of the region).
No commercial recording available.
2007 - Blues For A Blue Earth
Composition for string orchestra and soloist.
commissioned by Purbeck Strings with funds from South West Arts.
World premiere Swanage, Dorset, March 18 2007, with Billy Thompson violin, Alex Stanford piano, The Stanford Quartet, The Purbeck Festival Strings conducted by Ian Pillow.
2002 - Classical Blues 2002
Composition by Mike Westbrook for symphony orchestra plus solo piano. One of six pieces commissioned by the BBC Concert Orchestra to mark the Orchestra's 50th Anniversary.
Premiered with piano soloist John Alley, conductor Barry Wordsworth, Royal Festival Hall, London,September 26 2002.
Broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Thursday 19 December 2002.
2001 - Classical Blues 2001
A work by Mike Westbrook for classical wind quintet. Commissioned by the Summer Music Society of Dorset and the group Quintessence.
Premiere Dorset, June 2001.
1999 - Classical Blues 1999
Composed by Mike Westbrook for Brass Quintet, commissioned by Harlequin Brass.
1997 - Cable Street Blues
A piece for string septet by Mike Westbrook, commissioned by The Gogmagogs and premiered at the City of London Festival in a performance directed by Lucy Bailey.
No commercial recording available.
1995 - Blues for Terenzi
A 25 minute work dedicated to the memory of the trombonist Danilo Terenzi. Written for the Steve Martland Band. World premiere Cheltenham Festival. Summer 1995.
Included on album "THE ORCHESTRA OF SMITH'S ACADEMY"
ENJA RECORDS ENJ-9358 2.
1995 - September Song
Arrangement by Mike Westbrook of the Kurt Weill song, for Saxophone and string quartet, commissioned by Barbara Thompson and recorded by her with the Medici Quartet on her album "Barbara Song" (Virgin Classics).
1991 - Bean Rows and Blues Shots
Saxophone concerto by Mike Westbrook commissioned by Bournemouth Sinfonietta for John Harle. World premiere July 1991 in UK. Recorded by Decca / Argo and released in July 1992.
Decca Argo 4338472 Distributed in the UK by Polygram. (now deleted)
1988 - In A Fix
A composition for saxophone quartet and percussion commissioned by the Delta Saxophone Quartet.
First performance: Almeida Theatre, London, 2 October 1988.
No commercial recording available.
2010 - Frank
Choral music for the film “Frank Brangwyn: Stained Glass” A catalogue raisonné, by Libby Horner, directed by Charles Mapleston, released on DVD by Malachite. Written for an a capella choir of women’s voices, performed by the group Miscellany.
2007 - Tamar River
A documentary film about the River Tamar, commissioned by Mike Hooton for Weir Quay Boatyard. Music recorded by Mike Westbrook, keyboard, Jon Hiseman, drums, Kate Westbrook voice. Filmed by Will Halfacree.
1996 - Camera Makes Whoopee
Score by Mike Westbrook to accompany a short (18 mm) movie by Norman McLaren. Commissioned for the Matrix Ensemble, conductor Robert Ziegler.
World premiere Q.E.H. London, March 1996
No commercial recording available.
1990 - Moulin Rouge
Score by Mike Westbrook for full length silent feature film directed by E.A. Dupont (1928). Commissioned by the British Film Institute, the Auditorium du Louvre, Paris and BBC 2 TV for The Matrix Ensemble, conducted by Robert Ziegler.
World premier November 1990, 34th London Film Festival. BBC 2 TV broadcast 1992
No commercial recording available.
1986 - Shift Work
TV drama starring Maureen Lipman directed by Angela Pope.
1980 - Caught on a Train
Score by Mike Westbrook for BBC TV drama by Stephen Poliakoff, starring Peggy Ashcroft and Michael Kitchen, Directed by Peter Duffell and produced by Kenith Trodd.
Musicians involved were: Chris Biscoe/alto clarinet and alto sax, Alan Wakeman/sop and tenor sax, Kate Westbrook/tenor horn & piccolo, Phil Minton/trumpet, Brian Godding/guitar, Georgie Born/cello, Steve Cook/bass guitar, Dave Barry/drums, Mike Westbrook/piano.
Released by the BBC on video and DVD.
1976 - Music in Progress
An Arts Council Film, directed by Charles Mapleston for Malachite Films. Focuses on the working life of the Mike Westbrook Brass Band (formed in 1973) - Phil Minton, Kate Westbrook, Dave Chambers, Paul Rutherford Mike Westbrook and Trevor Tomkins, recording and performing in London and on tour in France, playing in concert halls and in the streets. The Band’s repertoire embraced folk song, settings of William Blake, traditional jazz, popular songs, modem jazz, Brecht-Weill songs, Elizabethan music and contemporary improvised music.
Album, For The Record, originally released on Transatlantic, 1976.
Later released on CD and since deleted.