ALL CHANGE AT SMITH’S ACADEMY
For over 30 years the Smith’s Academy Informer,* founded by John and Margery Styles has chronicled the activities of the Westbrook Band. Originally a printed, quarterly newsletter circulated by post, latterly published online more sporadically, the SAI has kept track of tours, recordings and new projects.
Now that the relaying of up-to-date information is provided by the Social Media and the Diary and Latest News pages on the website, the Informer is free to concentrate on its other function, that of providing a space for reportage and background information.
Re-invented as the Smith’s Academy Notice Board, it will in future set out to give a platform to comment, analysis and in-depth writing on relevant topics. The Notice Board will be published on the website and each new edition notified to a mailing list of subscribers. Join Our Mailing List to be kept "Informed".
Back issues of SAI will continue to be available on the website.
Issue No 1 of Smith’s Academy Notice Board is devoted to Kate Westbrook’s “Tracks of Desire”, written in advance of the World Premiere and album release of GRANITE.
* Mike Westbrook discovered a new chord in 1983 while staying at Smith's Hotel in Glasgow, and subsequently called it "Smith's Hotel Chord". Westbrook used the chord as a matrix for large works such as "After Smith's Hotel" and "London Bridge Is Broken Down". It was decided to use the name "Smith's" for the newsletter and it became the "Smith's Academy Informer", A newsletter about Kate, Mike and the musicians associated with them. The Academy part was of course a fictional invention for fun.