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 2014-04-15 18:37:07

"Turner And The Thames"for The London Jazz Fest 2014

The Tim Whitehead Quartet is slated to make appearances at The 2014 London Jazz festival, and touring UK in 2015 to perform the second part of this adventure in music , film and projected artwork through The famous English artist JMW Turner's lifelong love of The River Thames.


 2013-09-26 16:12:13

Centrally Heated Knickers on tour with Michael Rosen

Our show "Centrally Heated Knickers"with Michael Rosen and his poems about The Science of Sound and Other stuff,goes on the road with a three week residency at Stratford Circus from 1st November, and venues around The UK through to final performances at The Science Museum December 5th ,6th and 7th.a
The show features the award winning Jim Hart on Vibes, drums and kitchen hardware, Dave Preston on guitar and bicycle, and myself breaking all personal records for the number of instruments played in one performance , on tenor and soprano saxes, bass clarinet, recorder, swanee whistle , bottles and teapot.
website for details www.centrallyheatedknickers.co.uk


 2013-09-26 16:02:51

Tim Whitehead new music commission for The 2013 London Jazz Festival

I have been busy playing and filming some improvs at locations used by the artist JMW Turner to paint the River Thames in and around London , from which I am writing some new music to be performed at The London Jazz Festival in November . There are performances scheduled for West London(tbc), Central London (Southbank Centre) and The Maritime Museum at Greenwich (confirmed for Saturday 23rd November).


 2013-02-28 13:36:51

Centrally Heated Knickers

We (Colin Riley, myself , Michael Rosen,Maisie Whitehead, Jim Hart David Preston and director Tony Graham) have just completed two weeks of R&D putting together a new show which goes into final rehearsals in May, then on the road in June/July then September to December.

Colin and myself wrote the music to surround, subvert and enhance (we hope) Michael's brilliant poems for young people, with Michael's characterful dramatisations enhanced by Maisie's physical theatre, balletics,mime and aerial work. It has been joyous work and a learning experience for Colin and I ,collaborating with such talented theatre professionals as Tony Graham (artistic director of The Unicorn Theatre for 13 years till 2012)and designer Jason Southgate,whose work has graced many productions worldwide,including The Ring at The Royal Opera House,Hansel and Gretel at The Frankfurt Opera, The Secret Life Of Charlie Chaplin at The Pleasance Edinburgh, The Turn Of The Screw at St Petersburg in Russia , and Beauty And The Beast at The Unicorn in London.


 2012-10-17 13:46:40

Autumn Jazz School Weekend Nov 2-4th 2012

Tony Woods and I will be holding an Autumn Jazz School weekend in a lovely old mill in Northamptonshire where we will be getting into lots of ensemble playing and working on some repertoire.
You can get more details and availability by emailing maisiewhitehead@hotmail.com.

There are only 12 places available so if you are interested get in touch with her asap.


 2012-10-01 12:32:09

Centrally Heated Knickers

We are pleased to say that the celebrated theatre director Tony Graham has joined the team to direct the new production, "Centrally Heated Knickers" in 2013, featuring the music of The Homemade orchestra, composed by Tim Whitehead and Colin Riley, and the poetry of Michael Rosen who takes the lead role in this science and ecology fantasy journey .

Tony was artistic director of London's Unicorn Theatre for 13 years. Graham's work for children and young people includes his current production of Beauty and the Beast, as well as productions of The Tempest, Red Red Shoes, Adrian Mitchell's Jemima Puddle-Duck and her Friends and Clockwork, an opera based on Philip Pullman?s novella.

His 2003 production of Phillippa Pearce's Tom's Midnight Garden, which was adapted for the stage by acclaimed children's dramatist David Wood won the 2003 TMA Award for Best Show for Children and Young People. Graham's own adaptation and direction of Michael Morpurgo's Billy the Kid won Time Out's Family Show of the Year in 2007 and was revived by the Unicorn in 2011 as Graham's final production as artistic director.


 2012-07-19 22:09:47

New Theatre collaboration with poet Michael Rosen and The Homemade Orchestra

We have just heard that we have been successful in receiving funding to develop and tour a new production with Michael Rosen and The Homemade Orchestra.
The new production which has been in R&D since last Autumn, is called "Centrally Heated Knickers" and will go into rehearsals in October and January 2013 and on tour June, July, September-November 2013. It will feature Michael's poems from the book of the same name, and music by Tim and Colin Riley.


 2012-06-20 15:35:29

What's Your Story? Autumn School Weekend Nov 2-4th

Tony Woods and I will be holding an Autumn Jazz School weekend in a lovely old mill in Northamptonshire where we will be getting into lots of ensemble playing and working on some repertoire.
You can get more details and availability by emailing maisiewhitehead@hotmail.com.

There are only 12 places available so if you are interested get in touch with her asap.


 2012-06-20 12:13:28

New album release

Tony Woods and I have been collaborating around gigs at WayOutWest and dueted on some recordings we made in St Cyprians Church Marylebone since a while back.

The album is an expression of our friendship, understanding and admiration of each other's work, and I think the recording reveals some close reading of each other's playing, making it, I hope, an absorbing listening experience, whether its on my arrangement of the folk/roots classic Blackwaterside, on a loose and relaxed interpretation of standards like My Romance, or on the headlong roar of Tony's Rowing Blues.

Some of the tunes, like my "Underlined", were written especially for this piano-less, guitarless, line-up where the horns and the bass of the wonderfully articulate Patrick Bettison sketch out the harmony in turns. Milo Fell's groovy and witty commentary on the drums and percussion completes the intimacy we shared on these recording sessions.

You can check out a review in the Guardian 22.6.12 edition.


 2011-08-12 16:49:53

Colour Beginnings @ The London Jazz Festival

Tim Whitehead's Colour Beginnings will feature in a special concert at the home of Turner's artistic career, The Royal Academy Of Art, in The London Jazz Festival, on saturday 19th November.
The work , featuring music written from spontaneous improvisations recorded in front of the famous "Colour Beginnings" works which inspired Rothko, Hockney and many other artists, while Tim was artist in residence at Tate Britain in 2009, and has been touring in Autumn 2010 and spring/summer 2011.

The performance is accompanied by projections of the works which inspired the music.

The work will also be performed in the festival at The Arts Depot in North Finchley on the 18th November.

Tim's residency at Tate Britain in 2009 was funded by The Leverhulme Trust and touring in 2011 has been funded by awards from Arts Council England and PRS Foundation.


 2011-04-26 13:13:44

Colour Beginnings shortlisted for Jazz Album of the Year

Colour Beginnings has been shortlisted for Album Of The Year in The Parliamentary Jazz Awards for 2011, along with albums by John Turville, Django Bates and Norma Winstone.
The music was inspired by the colour sketches of the British landscape artist JMW Turner, written while Tim was Artist In Residence at Tate Britain


 2011-01-20 15:28:30

Kenny Wheeler to play Colour Beginnings with Tim Whitehead's Personal Standards Quartet at The Purcell Rooms 25th July

Trumpet legend and composer Kenny Wheeler is to play "Colour Beginnings", music composed by Tim Whitehead while he was artist in residence at Tate Britain, with Tim and The Personal Standards Quartet at The Purcell Rooms at The Southbank Centre on July 25th.

More touring dates for Colour Beginnings for 2011 to be published soon.


 2010-10-20 17:25:53

2010 Composer Awards



 2010-10-05 15:01:24

Colour Beginnings in The Guardian

A full page article written by Tim Whitehead featured in the Guardian (films and music section)on Friday 24th September, describing the Colour Beginnings project and his residency in Tate Britain in 2009.You can get it on line.Go to http://browse.guardian.co.uk/search/Music?search=colour+beginnings&sitesearch-radio=Music&go-guardian=Search.
The quartet played to sell out audiences at The Riverhouse Arts Centre on Sunday 3rd, and at Scarborough Jazz Festival the previous week, as well as gigs at Queens Theatre Barnstaple and Jazz at Future Inns , in Cabot's Circus Bristol.
The band appear at The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond on Sunday 10th, then The Forge in Camden Town on the 21st(see gigs).On 29th The quartet will perform Colour Beginnings in the spectacular surroundings of Tate St Ives in Cornwall.

Further touring dates are scheduled for 2011.


 2010-09-24 09:54:33

Colour Beginnings Album release

Apologies for the delay in availability of the new album.The CD of Colour Beginnings will be available wallet packed (same material) from 27/9/2010 for £8 and the digipack version with colour images booklet will be available from 1/10/10,all from jazzcds (price £12 plus p&p).


 2010-09-21 13:10:34

Colour Beginnings Album release

"Colour Beginnings", due for release this week, coinciding with tour dates(see see gigs).The album is a mix of live tracks recorded at Tate Britain at the premiere performance on Nov 6th 2009, and studio tracks recorded in July this year.
Tim composed the music from transcribed improvisations recorded in front of, and inspired by Turner's colour sketches at Tate Britain, where he was artist in residence in 2009.
The album features Liam Noble on piano, Milo Fell on drums and percussion, Pat Bettison on bass guitar and Oli hayhurst on double bass.The album will be available from JAZZCDs.


 2010-04-14 11:36:42

"What's Your Story"Summerschool 2010 dates confirmed

30th August to 3rd September in 18th Century Mill in Northamptonshire.
This year's theme-"Sounding like yourself playing the American song book"
workshops,ensemble work, rhythm and ear training,2 one to one tutorials ,evening gigs in local venues
Tim Whitehead and Tony Woods saxes and clarinets-Course tutors
Visiting tutors Liam Noble ,pno,Steve Berry, double bass composition/arranging
drums tbc

Course fee £400/£340 students,MU members and unwaged, including food
free camping space.Local accomodation available.
Contact Maisie Whitehead -maisiewhitehead@hotmail.com 07725 236294


 2010-04-14 11:26:02

Cleveland Watkiss Trio with Tim Whitehead at WayOutWest

Cleveland Watkiss will be bringing his trio for his debut at WOW on May 12th.I took my daughter Hattie and my wife Linda to see him at the 606 and he invited me to sit in with him and his trio , Karl Rashad on double bass and Shane Forbes on drums, which is the band he's bringing to WOW.I was impressed with the plasticity of the trio's ensemble work, and Cleveland's free wheeling and imaginative improvisation,and enjoyed getting caught up with it all on a rhythm changes tune.I'm looking forward to the 12th.


 2010-04-07 16:05:34

Tribute To Adrian Mitchell

I will be having the rare delight of performing with a host of exceptional poets including Chrys Salt, Michael Horovitz and Pete Brown in tribute to the late poet and peace activist Adrian Mitchell, in aid of the Movement For The Abolition Of War, at The Imperial War Museum in SE1 on 16th April at 6pm.

Come and support the concert,it's one positive way to express your response to the daily news.


 2010-04-01 19:19:08

All Means All-Rose Theatre friday 26th march big thanks

Thanks to all the wonderful performers,John Hegley, Julian Joseph,Micheline Mason, The Heya House Band, `Michael Rosen,Leon Rosselson,,Mark Bassey,Amy Baldwin and The London Community Gospel Choir for making it such an amazing evening. I've had a steady flow of appreciations from so many of the audience.

And thanks to the staff of the Rose who proved to everyone that "All Means All",even to putting one disabled member of the audience on four seats lying down so she could see the show.And really sorry we ran over- I think we all got a bit carried away with it.

I'll let you know how much we made for Parents For Inclusion and The Alliance For Inclusive Education when the figures come through.Pity the MP's didn't turn up though.


 2010-03-08 11:00:22

"All Means All"-Julian Joseph, London Community Gospel Choir and John Hegley to perform at fundraising concert for Parents for Inclusion and The Alliance For Inclusive Education friday 26th March @ The Rose Theatre 7.30pm 24-26 High St Kingston KT1 1HL

Pianist Julian Joseph and The London Community Gospel choir have agreed to join Tim Whitehead and an impressive bill of performers for this charity gala night.

Also on the bill are comedian Liz Carr, BBC TV's Mik Scarlett (compere),The Heya House Band, poet Michael Rosen, John Hegley and singer songwriter Leon Rosselson, trombonist Mark Bassey and bassist Oli Hayhurst.

Tickets box office 0871 230 1552


 2010-03-08 10:47:51

Colour Beginnings

A preview performance of the new work prior to recording "Colour Beginnings", music written about and inspired by the watercolour sketches of the great English painter JMW Turner, compositions from spontaneous improvisations which Tim recorded in front of the works while he was artist in residence at Tate Britain in 2009, is to be performed at WayOutWest @ The Orange Tree on wed 17th march (Kew Rd Richmond-2 minutes walk from Richmond Station).

The forthcoming recording will add to some live tracks already recorded at the premiere performance at Tate Britain in November 2009, and will be released later this year to coincide with UK touring dates.


 2009-08-12 11:45:48

Summer School 09.

There are still a few places left on this year's summer school.
This year we are featuring the European jazz heritage including work by Kenny Wheeler, Keith Jarrett,Tony Woods , Liam Noble , myself and others.

All tutors (Myself,Tony Woods saxes,Liam Noble piano,Milo Fell drums, and Oli Hayhurst double bass)will present workshops, and there will be nightly playing sessions at local venues.

Contact Maisie Whitehead for details at maisiewhitehead@hotmail.com phone 020 8948 0687 /07725 236294


 2009-08-11 18:28:54

Colour Beginnings

The date for the performance of "Colour Beginnings"at "Late At The Tate" has been confirmed as 6th November 2009, and a further lecture demonstration performance at Tate Liverpool scheduled for the new year.

"Colour Beginnings" is a work composed from improvisations recorded in situ at Tate Britain and in front of and responding to the original works.I have researched Turner and his works and consulted with curators, art historians and writers throughout this year .

The performances will include projections of the selected art works and film recorded on locations related to the works by the film maker Mike Dibb.


 2009-01-09 15:10:34


I'm pleased to say I have been invited to be Artist in Residence at Tate Britain 2009.
I will compose some new music about The "Colour Beginnings" and related work of the great JMW Turner following a period of research.
During the residency I will conduct some lecture/workshop/performances on the work in progress at Tate Britain, Tate St Ives and Tate Liverpool.

The completed work will receive it's premiere performance at "Late At The Tate",Tate Britain in November 6th followed by touring dates.

Turner has been a source of inspiration for me over the years and Tate Britain is a place I feel very at home in, so I'm very much looking forward to the adventure and working with a team of curators and gallery staff, and also I'm very excited that the film maker Mike Dibb who produced biographical profiles of Miles Davis and Keith Jarrett,will also be involved in the project.


 2008-09-23 23:08:26

What's Your Story part 2 -Rhythm and Blues

There are still a few places left on this unique jazz course led by Tim and Tony Woods,exploring rhythmic and melodic development and jamming the nights away in The Old Mill, Yarmouth ,Isle Of Wight.Friday 3rd to Monday 6th of October.Special weekend only rate on application.
Email Maisie Whitehead at maisiewhitehead@hotmail.com


 2008-05-20 19:13:11

Back in business/new album of songs

I'm pleased to say that following extended family crises Jan-April I am now back in business and working on forthcoming projects for late 08-09,including one song writing with the poet and playwright Alan Franks,and the first one, "Extemporize" received a lovely interpretation from the amazing Liane Carroll at a gig with my quartet at Questors Theatre on the 11th May, after having seen the music for the first time that day.
We're planning to put together an album of the songs later in the year and I hope Liane will feature on it.


 2008-05-14 17:53:53

workshops and tuition

What's Your Story Part 2: Rhythm and Blues
Friday 3rd - Monday 6th October

Following on from last year’s success, Tim Whitehead will be hosting another residential jazz workshop this October on The Isle Of Wight.

The course will be devised and led by Tim and Tony Woods with visiting tutors Liam Noble (piano) Milo Fell (drums and percussion) and Oli Hayhurst (double bass) joining us for part of the weekend. Workshops will focus on how the fundamentals of rhythm and melodic development can enhance your playing in ensemble work and soloing across the jazz repertoire - with the emphasis again on ensemble/group playing.

There will be opportunity for one to one tutorials on the instruments represented, as well as in the jazz disciplines. The Jazz Club will once again be hosted by tutors in the evenings at a local inn.

This year’s setting is an 18th century converted watermill in Yarmouth, on the banks of the beautiful Yar estuary in the Isle of Wight. The Watermill is 5 minutes walk from the ferry terminal, so no need to bring the car, and the ferry takes 27 minutes from Lymington.

If you want to enjoy some more time at the Mill, you have the option of arriving Thursday afternoon and staying until Tuesday 4th at no extra cost.

“Inspired by our week I am determined to share Peter’s wonderful ambition to become more “accurately reckless” – superb. Thanks Tim for the lovely analogy that we “burst into flames when we touch other’s stories.””
course participant 2007

“Without a doubt the workshop was one of the most rewarding I’ve attended. I Look forward to the next one!”
course participant 2007

For more information email maisiewhitehead@hotmail.com or call 020 8948 0687

We are also looking to setting up a performance workshop session on a weekly basis.More details to be posted soon.


 2007-12-17 16:38:35

Too Young To Go Steady

Tim's new release of a live performance of his quartet at Pizza Express Jazz Club on Friday 13th 07 "Too Young To Go Steady" received 29 out of a possible 30 from a review panel on "Jazz Jury" (the two musician judges each gave it 10/10 and the DJ 9/10), and a 4 star review from John Fordham in The Guardian (see reviews).
It has also been reviewed on the Vortex website and will be the subject of a feature ithe coming issue of Jazzwise Magazine which includes an interview with Tim and review by Duncan Heining.

Tim will be touring the new album in April, May and June 08 which will include a return visit to The Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho where the album captured the first set of a gig on Friday 13th July 07.

Tim is currently working on a new writing project with the Homemade Orchestra which features the Nonsense poetry of Children's Poet Laureat Michael Rosen, which is scheduled for touring ,with Michael reading, for late 08/ 09.

Tim will be appearing as a guest at the 606 New year's Eve Party and on 2/1/08 at WayOutWest's "Blowing The New Year In "Jam session @The Ram Jam Club, and in Feb with the quartet at The River House Theatre in Walton On Thames (see gigs).


 2007-11-08 12:13:21

11/11/2007 BBC Radio 3 at 10.30pm

A special event from St George's small concert room in Liverpool where Dickens gave his legendary Penny Readings. Liverpudlian actor Cathy Tyson reads a selection of poetry and prose on the theme of freedom. With music from Ensemble 10/10, the saxophonist Tim Whitehead, pianist Gwilym Simcock and singer Jennifer John. Including new improvisations on the Beatles' Free as a Bird and the Declaration of Human Rights.


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