English jazz pianist and composer Mike Westbrook is bringing his orchestra to Russia to perform Glad Day: the Poetry of William Blake as part of a festival celebrating the 20th anniversary of DOM Cultural Centre.
‘Glad Day’ is based on poems by the great English poet and painter William Blake. Many of the songs that form the basis of ‘Glad Day’ derive from ‘Tyger’, Adrian Mitchell’s musical about Blake, which was staged by the National Theatre Company in 1971 with specially commissioned music by Mike Westbrook. By the end of the seventies the Blake songs had become an integral part of the repertoire of Westbrook’s bands, and particularly associated with singers Phil Minton and Kate Westbrook. More Blake material was added, and in 1980 ‘Bright as Fire’ was recorded and then performed around the world. Mike Westbrook’s first fully choral arrangements formed the basis for a radically new approach to the Blake material when, in 2007, ‘Glad Day – the Choral Version’ was given its first performance in London
Glad Day will feature the following musicians:
- Mike Westbrook – piano
- Kate Westbrook – voice
- Phil Minton – voice
- Chris Biscoe – saxophones
- Steve Berry – bass
- Billy Thompson – violin
- Karen Street – accordion
Also taking part will be the iTerChorum Soloists’ Ensemble from Moscow.
This performance of ‘Glad Day’ is part of the UK-Russia Year of Music 2019 and is supported through the Grant scheme for Russian organisations