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70. Norma Winstone, Tony Kofi, Ankita Saxena, Will Bartlett: Larkin Songs

28 October 2022, 17:00 - 18:00


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The acclaimed jazz pianist and composer Will Bartlett has written a jazz-infused song cycle setting the poetry of Philip Larkin in celebration of the poet’s centenary. The cycle has recently been recorded on a new album, The Soundless Dark on the Jellymould Jazz label, by Will and legendary jazz singer Norma Winstone. We are thrilled to host their album launch at the Festival with a performance of this cycle, accompanied by readings and other original songs. They are joined by the award-winning saxophonist Tony Kofi and former Barbican Young Poet, Ankita Saxena.


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The event duration is approximately 1 hour and there will be no interval.


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Artist Portrait

Norman Winstone

Norman Winstone

Jazz Singer

Norma Winstone was born in London and first attracted attention in the late sixties when she shared the bill at Ronnie Scott’s club with Roland Kirk. Although she was known initially for evolving her own wordless approach to improvisation, her extraordinary versatility means she is equally at home with the standards repertoire, performing with small groups, orchestras and big bands. She joined Mike Westbrook, Michael Garrick and sang with John Surman, Kenny Wheeler, Mike Gibbs and John Taylor, and worked extensively with many of ... Read Full Biography
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Tony Kofi

Tony Kofi


Tony Kofi is a British Jazz multi-instrumentalist born of Ghanaian parents, a player of the Alto, Baritone, Soprano, Tenor saxophones and flute. Having 'cut his teeth' in the “Jazz Warriors” of the early 90’s, award-winning saxophonist Tony Kofi has gone on to establish himself as a musician, teacher and composer of some authority. As well as performing and recording with Gary Crosby's “NuTroop” and “Jazz Jamaica”, Tony’s playing has also been a feature of many bands and artis... Read Full Biography
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Ankita Saxena

Ankita Saxena

Poet and Performer

Ankita Saxena is a British-Indian poet and performer. She is a member of the Octavia poetry collective for womxn of colour, led by Rachel Long, the 2021 Apples and Snakes Writing Room, and a former Barbican Young Poet. She is one half of the poetry duo, ORIGINS. Her poetry is published in Wasafiri, Modern Poetry in Translation and Bath Magg. She has performed widely across the UK, most recently at the Wasafiri New Writing Prize celebration, English PEN’s Sisterhood and Solidarity event at the Southbank Centre, the South Asian Herit... Read Full Biography
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Will Bartlett

Will Bartlett

Jazz Pianist

Will Bartlett read music at St. Peter's college, Oxford, specialising in composition and musical analysis as well as directing the Oxford University jazz orchestra. Based in London since 2004, he completed an MA in jazz performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Simon Purcell, John Taylor and Pete Churchill. He was awarded the Archer scholarship at Trinity college of music in 2005 and was pianist for the National Youth Jazz orchestra from 2005-2008. Since then he has worked as a pianist, educator and comp... Read Full Biography

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