Kate Westbrook studied Fine Art and indeed continues to exhibit her art regularly. Kate Westbrook’s musical career began in the mid seventies when she joined Mike Westbrook’s Brass Band. Working in a number of styles over the years including contemporary music, Jazz, Music Hall and Opera, Kate has released a number of albums with Mike Westbrook, Lindsay Cooper, and Fine Trash and also in a solo capacity. In fact over the last twenty plus years Kate has managed to record over twenty albums. Kate has worked with some of the best musicians in the world and amongst them are the London Symphony orchestra on the Seven Deadly Sins written by Brecht and Weill and the television opera Good Friday 1663 that has subsequently been released as part of Jazzprint’s Westbrook Music Theatre series. Moving into the more mainstream Kate has also recorded songs by the Beatles with the Westbrook band and also Arias by Rossini with the Mike Westbrook orchestra Kate Westbrook also performs regularly with the Westbrook Trio which has clocked up over twenty years of concerts and recordings.
Goodbye Peter Lorre is Kate's acclaimed solo album from 1991 and features Kate accompanied by pianists Mike Westbrook and John Alley and also includes performances from the vocal group Fine Trash. Goodbye Peter Lorre garnered excellent reviews on its original release in 1991 with many of the reviews commenting on Kate's "smoky vocals and her wide linguistic range" which came together in her own inimitable style. The album has many highs and lows and features songs in four languages. The album also includes an incredible version of Cole Porter's Love For Sale which is certainly a high point of an already high class album which will be well received on its re issue.