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Welcome to the official website of Kate St John. Musician (oboe/cor anglais, sax, accordion, piano), composer, arranger, producer and solo artist. One time member of The Ravishing Beauties, psychedelic 80s band The Dream Academy, years recording and touring with Van Morrison and a member of Tom Waitsí Magic Bullets band for Robert Wilsonís Black Rider, she has been involved in many varied projects. In the last few years she has worked extensively with New York producer/curator Hal Wilner including concert tributes to Nino Rota as arranger/player, and the Dublin Came So Far For Beauty Leonard Cohen show, arranger and player in Jarvis Cockerís Meltdown Disney tribute and the Rogues Gallery shows.
April: Co wrote with Neill MacColl the music for Katrine Boorman's documentary about John Boorman Me and Me Dad which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.
June: wrote and recorded string/wind arrangements for Jim Lauderdale.
August: Performed with Peggy Seeger in Hal Wilner's Freedom Rides Show at The Festival Hall in Anthony Hegarty's Meltdown.
Extensively toured and promoted Marianne Faithfull's Horses and High Heels album.
Toured with Mike Scott and The Waterboys on their An appointment with Mr. Yeats shows and played on the subsequent album.
Recorded with Nick Lowe and Richard Hawley.
September: Performed with The Bible for their reunion shows.
November: Performed the Nick Drake Way To Blue show in Sydney and Melbourne.
January: Nick Drake Way to Blue shows in Glasgow, Brighton, London and Warwick, filmed for BBC4. Rogues Gallery and Marianne Faithfull Tour in Australia.
September: Tim Robbins tour.
October: Way To Blue shows in Italy and the UK.
Kate is part of Marianne Faithfull’s band promoting her latest album Easy Come Easy Go. For a list of tour dates see: http://www.mariannefaithfull.org.uk.
|2008 saw the resurrection of the Daughters of Albion concert at Birmingham and the Brighton Festival and a set of string arrangements for singer Bishi and the London Symphony Orchestra that was performed at St. Lukes in June. In July Kate was Musical Director for Hal Wilner’s Rogue’s Gallery Sea Shanty concerts in Dublin, Gateshead and London which featured amonst others, Lou Reed, Shane MacGowan, Martha Wainwright, Teddy Thompson and actor Tim Robbins.
In November Kate co produced and played on Kathryn Williams’ new album. In December she was part of the Barbican’s Twisted Christmas show and Musical Director of the Thompson Family Christmas reunion show at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. As an arranger she worked with Tracey Thorn and Geraint Watkins.
|In 2007 Kate was worked with Damon Albarn producing the score and parts for his and Jamie Hewlitt's opera
Monkey: Journey To The West for the Manchester International Festival and the Chatelet Theatre in Paris.
|Kate played oboe and Cor anglais in the ensemble for Philip Glass's work The Book of Longing which featured settings of Leonard Cohen's poems for singers and small instrumental ensemble. The world premier was in Toronto at the Luminata festival June 1-3 2007 and was also performed in Charleston's Spoleto festival June 6-8, Chicago's Ravinia festival June 12-13 and the Lincoln Center festival July 14-15 2007.|
|In May 2007 Kate played with Damon Albarn and Vashti Bunyan at the Barbican’s Syd Barrett tribute. In July she took part in the Jarvis Cocker/Hal Wilner Meltdown Disney tribute concert at the Festival Hall in which her arrangement of Little April Showers was performed by Skye from Morcheeba, Ed Harcourt and the orchestra. In November she composed a work for the Plague Song concert at the Barbican for choir and 10 piece band.|
|Kate was part of the band for Tom Waits' The Black Rider showing at the Los Angeles Ahmanson Theatre, end of April to mid-June 2006. She has also performed in London, San Francisco and Sydney as part of the band.|
|In spring 2006 Kate put together and played in the band for the London sessions of Hal Wilner's Sea Shanty album Rogues Gallery, working with amongst others Nick Cave and Bryan Ferry.|
|Kate was Musical Director of the sell out Daughters Of Albion show at London's The Barbican, part of their Folk Britannia series. The concert, which received glowing reviews, featured Norma Waterson, Eliza Carthy, June Tabor, Kathryn Williams, Lou Rhodes and Sheila Chandra backed by a 9 piece band playing Kate's arrangements of traditional and new folk/crossover songs. It was shown on BBC 4 in March 2006. Read reviews>>|
On April 24th 2004 Kate performed as a guest artist and arranger at Hal Wilner's Perfect Partners tribute to Nino Rota at London's Barbican as part of their Only Connect series of concerts. Read reviews>>
For both 2002 and 2003 Kate was selected as one of 12 judges for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize and appeared on national TV discussing her views on the nominees.