Jocelyn West

Fellow in 1994 for Singing

Jocelyn West studied at the Purcell School of Music, where she met Katharine Blake and Kelly McCusker. Together they went busking in London, singing madrigals. They were discovered by Barry Adamson, who invited them to sing on his album Delusion, which he was recording for Mute Records. Jocelyn and Katharine also sang on the single Heart On The Line by fellow Mute artists Fortran 5.

The trio recorded the album Madra (25 madrigals for three voices) under the name Miranda Sex Garden in 1991. The single Gush Forth My Tears became a hit in various remixed versions. Jocelyn appeared live with Miranda Sex Garden, but left before their next recording.

Jocelyn moved to the US, where she worked with David Lynch on an album of music by Hildegaard von Bingen. The album Lux Vivens (1998) is still highly regarded today. She later worked on several albums with the renowned medieval music ensemble Sinfonye led by Stevie Wishart. Now as a solo artist, Jocelyn West recorded her remarkable debut album Salt Bird, written and recorded over several years and released in March 2009.