WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS (FIRST SET) Mike Westbrook’s 85th birthday is marked with a screening, for the first time, of films made by Jon Hiseman of Mike's solo performances at 19, rue Paul Fort, Paris - the sessions that produced the 2016 PARIS album. The films are shown in three weekly instalments: First Set March 19th (this film) Second Set March 26th
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12 March 2021
The WestbrookJazz Moving Picture Show #50
Burning Bright 50 Years of The Westbrook Blake
See Adrian Mann's "The Westbrook Blake - 50 Years After Tyger" essay on our notice board
The William Blake songs have been the most viewed of the Moving Picture shows since the screenings began in April 2020. If WestbrookJazz had a hit parade, I See Thy Form would be at Number One most weeks. 2021 sees the 50th anniversary of TYGER, Adrian Mitchell’s theatre show about Blake. With music by Mike Westbrook, the piece was staged by The National Theatre in 1971 with an all-star cast and the Westbrook Band in the pit.
Subsequently the songs have been recorded several times, and performed world-wide by vocalists Phil Minton and Kate Westbrook with a succession of Westbrook bands. Most recently the Blake was performed in Moscow in 2018. The Choral Version has been widely performed, with church choirs, radio choirs, community and college choirs and, as at Tavistock in 2010, Primary School children.
The choir’s name BIG NOISE was conceived by the concert’s producer, the late Mike Hooton. As well as director of Weir Quay boatyard on the Tamar, Mike was a man of the Arts, who made things happen. The concert and this film are a tribute to him.
The BIG NOISE choir is directed by Marion Wood. The musicians involved are Phil Minton, Kate Westbrook, Billy Thompson violin, Karen Street accordion, Mike Westbrook piano, and Steve Berry bass.
WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS (SECOND SET) Mike Westbrook’s 85th birthday is marked with a screening, for the first time, of films made by Jon Hiseman of Mike's solo performances at 19, rue Paul Fort, Paris - the sessions that produced the 2016 PARIS album. The films are shown in three weekly instalments: First Set March 19th
Tony Dudley-Evans comments on the First set. "The first set consists of a series of short pieces lasting about 30 minutes in total. The playing is full of ideas, all linked together in in a beautifully coherent set that I find very moving. I look forward to the other two sets, the second will be out on March 26th and the third on April 2nd".