Bringing it all back Home
Kate Luxmoore is a West Country girl – but her travels and musical exploration have taken her far and wide – through classical, jazz, and world music before bringing her back to her roots. The Somerset Songbook Revisted gives voice to her unique take on English folk tunes. Music with a sense of Englishness at its heart – but with a shared world vision.
Kate Luxmoore, “an accomplished clarinettist, with a velveteen tone and lithe style of playing”
“A free spirited, jazz infused, collaboration between Lekan Babalola the percussionist and cultural activist and classically trained clarinettist Kate Luxmoore.
“KLLB create a sweet juxtaposition of jazz, soul and rhythm.”
“Tales of Diaspora” underlines the talents of clarinet supremo and MD Kate Luxmoore alongside Percussionist Lekan Babalola, who shines throughout and brings out the recurring theme of a musical journey across the continents.”
“an inspiring afro-jazz album”
Blues and Soul
Kate went on to create her own ensemble “The Kate Luxmoore Group” for which she has written and recorded her own album “The Grove”. Produced in 2008, it launched at the Purcell Room, London in 2010.
“ a player with a big English sound”
“The title track presents the bass clarinet in tuneful, joyful mood a showcase for kate luxmoore’s lovely warm tone. This music has an immediate appeal, the unusual line-up produces a distinctive sound spanning continents and genres, catch them live if you get the opportunity otherwise the cd is the next best thing”
Clarinet and Saxophone Magazine.
Whilst living in Somerset and returning to her Dorset roots, she began to explore the collections of Somerset Songs notated in the 1900’s by Cecil Sharpe, which led to her latest performance which she hopes to record in 2019.
Kate enjoys working across the Arts and has devised live music for a number of plays incluing “The Rift” by Natalie McGrath at The Brewhouse Theatre.
“There was superbly evocative music from musicians Lekan Babalola and Kate Luxmoore who were present on stage throughout, creating a fabulous soundscape and an atmosphere which was both haunting and entertaining in its own right.”
Kate regularly organises workshops
encouraging and empowering the next generation of musicians. Her passion for educational work is ongoing. She began by leading projects for organisations such as The Halle Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, BCMG, Birmingham Royal Ballet and The Royal Festival Hall, as well as tutoring at Birmingham Conservatoire in workshop and improvisation skills and later as a Professor at The Royal College of Music.
Kate regularly organises workshops encouraging and empowering the next generation of musicians to create, improvise, compose and perform and she also now produces The Birchfield Jazz Festival, providing opportunities for young and local performers to perform jazz in it’s broadest sense.