Glad Day to celebrate The Simon Community’s 50th Anniversary

Revered British jazz pianist and composer Mike Westbrook will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Simon Community, a London based homeless charity, with a special concert at St. Giles-in-the-Fields Church, St Giles High Street this coming Saturday, 8 February. The Simon Community which was founded by Anton Wallich-Clifford in 1963 has continued to offer support and services to countless homeless people across the capital for the past 50 years.

In celebration of the past and continuing work of the charity Westbrook will be performing Glad Day, his celebrated settings of William Blake’s poetry. Originally commissioned for the National Theatre production of Adrian Mitchell’s Tyger in 1971 the music has been performed across Europe and other parts of the world. For this particular performance several original members of the ensemble will be performing including vocalists Phil Minton and Kate Westbrook, accordionist Karen Street, violinist Billy Thompson, double bassist Steve Berry and the Queldryk Choral Ensemble directed by Paul Ayres.

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