I have decided to update my website. It happens very occasionally when I feel that my online business card is out of keeping with what I actually do and I think I’d better be a grown up and rebrand!

So, I was trying to think of how to describe what I do to someone who has never seen me live. At which point, my husband piped up with  “ The thing is, Kate, that your work changes depending on who you are collaborating with.” I had never seen it that way but suddenly I realise  why I have had such trouble trying to explain myself over the years. And I thought I was just a problem third child!  But this idea of collaboration – well, he could be on to something….He has known me a while.
Up until recently my collaborators have included : musicians from across the musical spectrum (folk/jazz/electronic/dance), a comedy director, two playwrights, a virtuoso savant pianist and two dead singer/songwriter icons from totally different genres with dramatically different stories to tell.
Increasingly, my main collaborator is the audience.  I have started performing totally spontaneous shows –  acapella and accompanied – in which the audience become my guide in terms of material as well as joining me in song…..

It has taken 20 years to accept that it is collaboration that I love above all else. And live performance.   Both share a magic in that however much you prepare, you never really know what is going to happen in the moment. They are mostly unplanned meetings.  For some reason the words of South Pacific come to mind :

Some enchanted evening you may see a stranger
You may see a stranger across a crowded room
And somehow you know, you know even then
That somewhere you’ll see her again and again

Who can explain it, who can tell you why
Fools give you reasons, wise men never try

Some enchanted evening, when you find your true love
When you feel her call you across a crowded room
Then fly to her side and make her your own

Or all through your life you may dream all alone
Once you have found her, never let her go
Once you have found her, never let her go

It is a good description of how my projects have evolved – the magic of attraction to a particular song/person/idea/story that once it has caught alight seems to keep pulling on my attention.  But unlike the song, I have learnt the hard way to let it go, when the moment is right, and move on.
And so – with a lazy summer looming, I am opening my arms to whatever meeting will take me on my next journey.

After my weekly NOT PODCAST with pianist Malcolm (go to http://soundcloud.com/kate-dimbleby to have a listen and get involved), I am planning some video podcasts – interviews and song with different singers talking about performance and the journey of the voice. There will be more Circlesongs and vocal groups here in Bristol.  Gigs with Dory Previn and 70’s show plus I am singing (and writing) every day as instructed by the great Bobby McFerrin

And I have started writing a musical/song cycle with brilliant songwriter Emily Philips and my pianist/friend/collaborator Naadia Sheriff.

Happy days.  Come on sun.  Shine.