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about the project ...

Nomination for
Parliamentary Jazz Award
venice sunrise

Listen to sample ....Venice Sunrise

Colour Beginnings

Colour Beginnings takes you on a musical journey through the most spontaneous, atmospheric and edgy areas of JMW Turner's famous watercolour sketches, Colour Beginnings, that inspired Mark Rothko, David Hockney and countless other modern artists.

Tim's transcribed spontaneous compositions, originally recorded in front of the famous works at Tate Britain, where he was artist in residence in 2009, are performed by the Personal Standards Quartet, featuring the unique pianist Liam Noble, whose recent recording Brubeck earned him a 5 star review in the Guardian, and a letter from Brubeck saying that Liam had opened doors in my music that I can only dream of walking through.


I make it my business to hear as much live music as I can, and I can say that the performance I heard of Tim Whitehead's Colour Beginnings at Tate Britain on November 6th was one of the most inspiring I have ever heard."

Nigel Llewellyn - Head of Research, Tate Britain

This is a lovely record ...vital and muscular, Whitehead draws powerful performances from his players ...Liam Noble ...quite splendid.

Duncan Heining - Jazzwise Magazine 

Whitehead's music always stands on its own feet. His bands are consistently fine examples of attractively song-rooted composing and cutting-edge postbop improv

John Fordham - The Guardian 

Tim Whitehead
"In days thats past beyond our ken
When painters saw like other men
The music sang the voice of truth
Yet sigh'd for painting's homely proof"