Jan 2, 2018

Thank you from World Heart Beat and Happy New Year

Piano party
Piano party

Thank you so much for your generosity this past year.  We are truly grateful for your support which has opened up the world of music to so many children. Not only that, it has enabled these young people to receive training and develop their innate talent.

We do appreciate everything you have done and our doing to make their dreams come true.  You are providing a platform from which they can spring into ever greater things through the universal language of music.

We have had an amazing year at the academy.  It has been vibrant, sometimes challenging but rewarding in so many ways.

We started the year with a flash mob at Southfields shopping centre.  Everyone of all ages took part.  It had a Brazilian flavour since we were fortunate enough to have our good friend Pepe with us and also Almir a maestro on the caipera guitar. Also in the current time of unrest in Rio de Janeiro, our Youtube flashmob has been shared to give people peace and hope and as a reminder of the beauty of culture.  

Flashmob Southside Shopping Centre https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsTmMCdw6Xw

 We went on to give numerous concerts in a great many different venues including our tango summer school performance at the renowned 606 Jazz Club and the 51st State Band concerts at the Putney Arts Theatre. The performers were these young people that you are supporting and to see how their confidence grows with these opportunities is really touching and amazing.  We have also hosted many smaller events at the academy such as piano parties, violin recitals, jazz concerts and friends of the academy nights.  We would always welcome you to these.  Just email in advance so we know you are coming.

51st State Band in concert November 2017 https://youtu.be/nzfeMn9fjlA

Two new ventures this year which have been enthusiastically embraced is the setting up of a New Orleans 2nd line band, complete with costume to go out and provide a carnival atmosphere.  We have also introduced a classical orchestra under the direction of Michael Csányi Wills, and Michael is also writing and arranging his own original compositions and film scores for our World Heart Beat orchestra.  We have a great little recording studio so our students can write their own music and record. We are proud of our students past and present who are doing so well at their universities and colleges and many have continued in the musical field.  Quinn Oulton has just launched his first debut solo album. Quinn has grown up through World Heart Beat since a very young boy and we are very proud of his achievements please check out his new music video- its beautiful!

Quinn Oulton Debut album -music video https://youtu.be/AHeSROX4W1E

Another wonderful award we just recieved  before the close of the year was the Kids Count, Inspire the House best Community group award. Thank you for this lovely honour which always inspires and encourages us with our work.

We could go on and on with news items but most importantly we have to thank you for supporting the academy and investing in the future of our young people.  We could not begin to give the quality of tuition or the facilities for development without your help, so sincere thanks from everyone at World Heart Beat. We are really looking forward to 2018 and the opportunities and developments that it holds and wish you a really happy and fulfilling New Year. 

New Orleans 2nd line music
New Orleans 2nd line music
Violin recitals
Violin recitals
51st State Band in concert
51st State Band in concert
Kids Count Award- Inspire the House
Kids Count Award- Inspire the House
Happy New Year and Thank you
Happy New Year and Thank you
Nov 13, 2017

WHB 51st State Band on Friday 17 November

51st State Band
51st State Band

There is a real buzz going round at World Heart Beat right now as rehearsals are well under way for the annual performance by the Academy's fantastic 51st State Band.  Our vibrant programme showcases the talent, enthusiasm and passion of our incredible young musicians and promises to be a thrilling and uplifting evening of live music.  The performances take place on Friday 17 November 2017 at 6:45 and 8:30 at Putney Arts Theatre, Ravenna Road SW15 6AW.  We would love to have you with us and you can apply for tickets through the following website: www.ticketsource.co.uk/whb

Earlier in the autumn, much to the surprise and delight of fellow passengers, a number of our students performed in Pop Up Performances one Saturday morning on Chiltern Railways Train No 165!  Spread discreetly throughout the carriage, the musicians gradually started to perform, one by one, an arrangement by our own composer/conductor, Michael Csanyi-Wills, of Wagner's rousing Ride of the Valkyries.  Arranged at the request of Yamaha, it really was a great and enjoyable experience for the musicians (and passengers!) alike.  Following that, the same students were invited to the Yamaha headquarters in Milton Keynes where they were able to try out many of the range of instruments that Yamaha produce.

Thank you so much as always for the continuing support and interest that you show in World Heart Beat which truly does make a difference to so many of our young people in develping their talents and building their confidence in a joyful and positive environment.

Here are our Pop Up Prodigies
Here are our Pop Up Prodigies
Oct 6, 2017

World Heart Beat are back to enjoy another season!

Exam success for WHB
Exam success for WHB

I think we can safely say that the students of the World Heart Beat Music Academy have returned for the autumn with much enthusiasm for more exciting and enjoyable music making.  We are all delighted to be back!

Firstly, congratulations to all the Academy students that recently took their music exams.  We are so pleased that they all passed with flying colours!

Exam success for WHB

In mid-September, it was a real pleasure to host the stunning Japanese Jazz Flautist, Erisa Ogawa, in a workshop and performance here at the Academy.  Our students were thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such a wonderful artist in what is the beginning of a long term friendship between us and a host of Japanese artists that will be coming in the future.

Erisa Ogawa and the Academy Flautists 

We are pleased to announce that this autumn has seen the launch of our new World Heart Beat Music Academy Orchestra - which is going from strength to strength every week.  Conducted by the awarding winning pianist, composer and arranger, Michael Csànyi-Wills, the Orchestra is currently working on the wonderful Brahms Hungarian Dance No 1 and "Theme & Variations on a Hungarian Theme" written and arranged especially for the Orchestra by Michael himself.  We're already very much looking forward to our first performance!

Practice makes perfect!

Rehearsals are also well underway for our big showcase concert which presents the Academy's flagship ensemble the 100-piece 51st State Band !  Directed by our Artistic Director, Sahana Gero, the talented Academy students, of all ages, will be performing live at Putney Arts Theatre SW15 6AW at 6:45pm and 8:30pm on Friday 17 November 2017.  We would love to have you with us and warmly invite you to come and experience a thrilling and uplifting evening of music! Please purchase your tickets via: www.ticketsource.co.uk/whb

Warmly invited to The 51st State Band

Thank you all so much for continuing to support us at World Heart Beat in making a difference to the lives of many young people who may otherwise have taken a different path in life.  Music provides them with focus, enjoyment, friendship and support and we would like to encourage you to continue your support by becoming a Friend and set up a monthly donation through GlobalGiving. 

Erisa Ogawa and the Academy Flautists
Erisa Ogawa and the Academy Flautists
Practice makes perfect!
Practice makes perfect!
Warmly invited to The 51st State Band
Warmly invited to The 51st State Band
 
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