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H2 Mike Westbrook – The Westbrook Blake

May 23, 2015 @ 7:30 pm

£11.00 – £25.00

A rare chance to hear what has been described in the Independent on Sunday as perhaps the greatest work in all British jazz.

Born in London’s Soho in 1775, William Blake was regarded in his lifetime as politically dangerous; Blake is now acknowledged as one of the great visionaries in British art — and a figure whose work resonates powerfully in the 21st century.

With strong links to the West Country, Mike Westbrook is one of the leading figures in British music, working across a multitude of genres from opera to jazz. His settings of William Blake’s poetry, originally commissioned in 1971 for the National Theatre production of Adrian Mitchell’s Tyger, have been performed throughout Europe and in New York and Australia by a succession of Westbrook ensembles.

Award-winning chamber choir, Bath Camerata, has been entertaining audiences in and around Bath, across the UK and in Europe for over 28 years. Previous winners of the national Choir of the Year competition, they are renowned for their versatility, and will sing everything from mediaeval music, through Mozart to Flamenco, the Beatles and Jazz.

Blake’s outcries against enslavement, child exploitation, spiritual and economic oppression demand an audience now more than ever. In a world that puts a price on everything, this music, this vision remains priceless — Andy Robson — JazzWise.
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Date:
May 23, 2015
Time:
7:30 pm
Cost:
£11.00 – £25.00
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Venue

St Mary’s Church Bathwick
Darlington Street
Bath, BA2 4EB United Kingdom
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