The Simon Community very proudly presents
at St Giles-in-the-Fields
60 St Giles High Street, London WC2H 8LG
Saturday 8th February 2014 at 8pm (doors 7:30pm)
an extraordinary concert:
settings of the Poetry of William Blake by Mike Westbrook
texts arranged by Adrian Mitchell and Kate Westbrook
Phil Minton voice Kate Westbrook voice
Karen Street accordion Billy Thompson violin
Mike Westbrook piano Steve Berry double bass
Queldryk Choral Ensemble directed by Paul Ayres
This is a rare chance to see what was described in the Independent on Sunday as “perhaps the greatest work in all British jazz”. Mike Westbrook’s settings of William Blake’s powerful 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. A DVD of this current choral version, filmed ‘live’, will be released to coincide with the concert at St- Giles-in-the-Fields.
Marking the 50th anniversary of the foundation of The Simon Community, a registered charity that reaches out to homeless people, offering a radical alternative to institutional care, particularly for those for whom no other services exist. The Simon Community refuses government funding to ensure its independence, integrity and freedom to campaign.
St–Giles-in-the-Fields, in the heart of London’s West End, occupies a site where a church has stood since the 12th century. It is commonly known as ‘The Poet’s Church’ and has a long history of providing relief for the poor and today supports the work of the Simon Community.
William Blake was born close by in Soho in 1757. A poet and artist regarded in his lifetime as eccentric and politically dangerous, Blake is now acknowledged as one of the great visionaries in British Art whose work resonates strongly in the 21st Century.