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Mike Westbrook
Hometown: Dawlish
Web site: http://www.westbrookjazz.co.uk/mikewestbrook/
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Biography:
Mike Westbrook has led and composed for a succession of big bands and small groups
since the 1960s. His compositions range from large-scale works for jazz and classical
ensembles, such as The Cortege and London Bridge is Broken Down, to stage musicals,
opera and experimental theatre, as well as pieces for radio, TV and cinema. He has made
over fifty albums, among them Citadel/Room 315, featuring John Surman, Glad Day, settings
of William Blake and On Duke’s Birthday, dedicated to Duke Ellington. His work for the
theatre includes Adrian Mitchell's Tyger a celebration of William Blake, staged by the National
Theatre in 1971. Mike's television music credits include the award-winning BBC drama
Caught On a Train by Stephen Poilakoff , directed by Peter Duffell, starring Peggy Ashcroft
and Michael Kitchen. His opera Coming Through Slaughter based on the novel by Michael
Ondaatje about the New Orleans cornettist Buddy Bolden, was premiered in London in a
concert version in 1994. He has directed performances of his work with big bands in Norway,
Sweden, Finland, Germany, France, Italy, Slovenia, Australia and Switzerland. Recent
collaborations with Kate Westbrook include Chanson Irresponsable, recorded by the New
Westbrook Orchestra, the song cycle The Serpent Hit and the Duo song album allsorts. He
was awarded the OBE in 1988.

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