Michael John David (Mike) WESTBROOK

Biography

Gender Male
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Birthdate 1936-03-21
Education Kelly Coll Tavistock Plymouth Coll of Art (NDD), Hornsey Coll of Art (ATD)
Books & Publications
Recreations walking by the sea
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Style Mike Westbrook, Esq, OBE
Career composer, pianist and bandleader; formed first band at Plymouth Art Sch 1958; moved to London 1962 and has since led a succession of gps incl: The Mike Westbrook Brass Band (with Phil Minton) 1973-, The Mike Westbrook Orchestra 1974-, The Westbrook Trio (with Kate Westbrook and Chris Biscoe) 1982-; toured in Britain, Europe, Australia, Canada, NY, Singapore and Hong Kong, written cmmnd works for festivals in GB and Europe; composed music for theatre, opera, dance, radio, TV and films and made numerous recordings incl: Marching Song (1967), Metropolis (1969), Tyger (Nat Theatre musical with Adrian Mitchell, 1971), Citadel/Room 315 (1974), The Westbrook Blake (1980), On Dukes Birthday (1984), Big Band Rossini (1987), Off Abbey Road (1988), Bean Rows and Blues Shots (saxophone concerto, 1991), The Orchestra of Smith's Academy (1998), Glad Day (1999); TV scores incl Caught on a Train (1980), cinema score Moulin Rouge (1990); concert works with Kate Westbrook incorporating Euro poetry and folk song: The Cortège (1979), London Bridge is Broken Down (1987); music theatre pieces incl: Mama Chicago (1978), Westbrook Rossini (1984), The Ass (1985), Pier Rides (1986), Quichotte (1989); other works incl: Good Friday 1663 (an opera for TV, with libretto by Helen Simpson), Coming Through Slaughter (with Michael Morris, based on novel by Michael Ondaatje), Measure for Measure (1992), Blues for Terenzi (1995), Bar Utopia (big band cabaret, lyrics by Helen Simpson) 1995, Stage Set 1996, Love Or Infatuation (duo with Kate Westbrook) 1997, Jago (opera, libretto by Kate Westbrook) 2000; current projects and recordings incl Platterback (lyrics by Kate Westbrook with ensemble Westbrook & Co), Chanson Irresponsable (lyrics by Kate Westbrook, for New Westbrook Orch), Classical Blues (for BBC Concert Orch), L'Ascenseur/The Lift (with Kate Westbrook and Chris Biscoe, for Westbrook Trio), Turner in Uri (libretto by Kate Westbrook) for Alpentöne Switzerland 2003, Art Wolf (text by Kate Westbrook) for Aargauer Kunsthaus Switzerland 2003, The Nijinska Chamber (Kate Westbrook album) 2005, The Waxeywork Show 2006 and English Soup - The Battle of the Classic Trifle 2008 (texts Kate Westbrook) for The Village Band, Cape Gloss, Mathilda's Story (one-woman opera, libretto by Kate Westbrook) 2007, Fine n' Yellow (lyrics Kate Westbrook) 2009, Allsorts (Kate Westbrook and Mike Westbrook duo) 2009, The Serpent Hit 2011 (with Kate Westbrook, for voice, saxophone quartet and percussion), Three into Wonderfull (trio album with Kate Westbrook and Chris Biscoe) 2012; Hon DMus Univ of Plymouth 2004
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