Kit & The Widow met in 1427 at the Cambridge University Footlights, a club created to enable socially inept students to show off to each other. They immediately went their separate ways. Kit made documentaries for the BBC while The Widow worked as a silver service waiter at Claridges. In desperate times they reconvened in London comedy clubs during the dark days of the Falklands crisis. Ten years later they were playing the Royal Lyceum Theatre as part of the official Edinburgh Festival. They were the first cabaret artists since Dietrich to do so. (They have never been asked back although they have furtively continued to haunt the Fringe for twenty five long years.) There has followed a patchwork quilt of appearances all over the world – a 12 tog duvet of achievement that has made them Western Europe’s Leading Piano-and-voice-based Lounge Act.
You may be surprised to learn that Kit & The Widow, in a long and distinguished career, have appeared at the following venues (if any of them are unfamiliar, just assume they are extremely top-drawer and impressive): St Moritz; Estepona; Southwark Cathedral; Lloyds building; Spencer House; Porto Fino; London’s South Bank; Buckingham Palace; Royal College of Music; Post Office Tower; Victoria and Albert Museum; St James’ Palace; Wigmore Hall; Monte Carlo; Mansion House; Kabul; Oxo Tower; Holders’ Festival, Barbados; Natural History Museum; Albert Hall; Buckingham Palace (or did I mention that already?); the Pacific rim.
You may not be surprised to learn that Kit & The Widow, in a long and sometimes undistinguished career, have appeared at the following venues (if any of them are unfamiliar, it is to your credit): Madame Jojo’s; Madame Tussaud’s; Isle of Man; Lord Archer’s garden; Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst; a boathouse on the Thames; Transport Museum, Brussels; Mount Etna; Canberra; Royal Variety Show; Chelsea Barracks; a health club in Golders Green; Cadbury’s chocolate factory; a campful of copper miners in The Gulf of Oman; Norfolk.
Kit & The Widow have recorded two collections of original material, Les Enfants du Parody and 100 Not Out and a version of Sitwell and Walton’s Facade.
Kit Hesketh-Harvey (Baritone!) is a singer for whom words such as technique, intonation and accuracy are simply not appropriate. His art transcends such earthbound detail and it is no exaggeration to say he transports the public to the very terminus of Western Art. He has been well described as ‘an animal of song’ who lives out his legendary melismata in the greatest concert halls and opera houses of the world. He has mastered an astonishingly international repertoire and it is safe to say that there hardly remains a tongue unexplored in his ceaseless quest for new artistic adventure.
Biographical note written by Widow (The)
The Widow (Pianist!) studied with Nadia Boulanger. When she was promoted to Milk Monitor over his head he pulled her plaits and they have never spoken to this day. His birthday was one June a long time ago. It is interesting to note that he may well be a re-incarnation of Gerald Finzi who spookily died exactly nine months before the actual birthing date of The Widow (allowing 28 days for postage and packing). The Widow lists among his musical influences the work of Lady Gaga, the English Hymnal and the musics of Javanese ritual. At one point he pretended to like Harrison Birtwistle but I think he was just showing off.
Biographical note written by Kit Hesketh-Harvey