22 maggio 2015

Torna in scena l'amato programma Glad Day con le musiche di Mike Westbrook sulle poesie di William Blake, così come inizialmente adattate da Adrian Mitchell per il suo lavoro letterario e teatrale del 1971, Tyger. Con il classico sestetto - Phil Minton, Kate Westbrook, Karen Street, Billy Thompson, Mike Westbrook e Steve Berry - ci sarà stavolta il coro Bath Camerata diretto da Benjamin Goodson. L'appuntamento è per domani al prestigioso Bath International Music Festival, e precede di soli pochi giorni l'avvio per i Westbrook di un'elettrizzante stagione segnata dal debutto mondiale del loro più grande sforzo compositivo e organizzativo degli ultimi tempi, A Bigger Show.

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.