Aug 15, 2017

Summer Celebrations at World Heart Beat

Success at the 606!
Success at the 606!

Hope you're all enjoying a good summer.

We have been having a great time here at World Heart Beat with our fantastic Tango Music Summer School at the end of July, with Argentinian sax and keyboard player Blas Rivera and bandoneonist Otto Hanriot, working with the wonderful, talented young musicians of the World Heart Beat Music Academy.  It has been a great opportunity for the students of the Academy to learn the ethos and the rhythms of tango which culminated in a superb concert (also starring Patriciá Melenca, vocals; David Chew, cello) at London's 606 Club on 1 August. A very good evening was had by all - audience and musicians alike!

In early September we have a beautiful Japanese Jazz Flautist, Erisa Ogawa, joining us for a special jazz workshop and concert at the Academy in the evening.  

We would like to invite you to an upcoming World Heart Beat concert ... our fantastic 51st State Band will be performing live at Putney Arts Theatre SW15 6AW at 6:45 and 8:30 on Friday 17 November 2017.  Our vibrant programme showcases the talent, enthusiam and passion of our incredible young musicians.  We would love to have you with us and you can apply for tickets through the following website: 

Thank you so much to everyone for all your continued support and interest in the wonderful World Heart Beat Music Academy - perhaps you would like to become a Friend and set up a monthly donation through GlobalGiving.  You could become a Con Amore Friend for just £20 per month or a Bravura Friend for £40 and this would provide a bursary for three students to study for a full year.

And once again, we must send our warmest congratulations to Sahana Gero, Artistic Director, for being awrded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for her relentless work to bring the joy of performing music to those that might otherwise not have the opportunity!

...and more Tango...
...and more Tango...
Jul 10, 2017

World Heart Beat are proud to announce ...

Jazz Concert at the Academy
Jazz Concert at the Academy

... that our Artistic Director, Sahana Gero, has recently received an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2017 for her continuing and valuable services to music education and her tireless work with the wonderful students of the World Heart Beat Music Academy.

We are also delighted that, for the first time, we have recently received National Portfolio Status for 2018-2022 awarded by the Arts Council England - one of only three arts companies based in London to receive this prestigious award.  This will help to give us increased security over the next four years to be able to develop and continue to reach out to the young musicians in our community.

And to strengthen the old adage that good things come in threes, the exciting and entertaining Brazilian Flashmob recorded back in January at Southside Shopping Centre in Wandsworth has recently gone viral on Facebook with nearly 2 million views.  Performing a beautiful song by Brazilian musician, Andre Filho, written in 1935 for the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, many of the students who took part in the Flashmob are supported by your donations and were receiving free Brazilian workshops as part of this project. We are really proud that as a result of our students love for Brazilian music, they were able to spread joy to so many people around the world.

As you know, the World Heart Beat Music Academy gives children and young people the opportunity to participate in music and explore how music from different cultures can be brought together.  So this summer we are holding a Tango Music Summer School led by Blas Rivera, the top exponent of Argentinian Tango music, with guest bandoneonist Otto Hanriot. The bandoneon (Argentinian accordion) is the instrument at the heart of Buenos Aires tango.  Suitable for all instrumentalists and vocalists the course costs £70 for 3 days of workshops on 28/29/30 July culminating in a concert at the World Heart Beat Academy on 30 July and London's notable jazz venue, the 606 Club, on 1 August.  With the funding we receive from GlobalGiving, we are pleased to say that we will be able to offer bursaries for students who otherwise would not be able to attend.

Thank you all so much once again for your generosity and support allowing us to continue the valuable and exciting work we do here at the World Heart Beat Music Academy.

May 17, 2017

World Heart Beat Open Day for the Community

Recently, we had our first Open Day. So many young children came in and were all free to roam the academy trying out guitars, trumpets, french horns saxophones, clarinets, flutes, tabla, violins and piano. At 20 minute intervals they all sat down and there were a few short performances given by the World Heart Beat students, before the taster sessions started up again.

The day was organised by Kirsty (17) for her Gold Arts Award, and the taster sessions were run by World Heart Beat students, many of whom are fully supported by your donations. Our young musicians had the opportunity to experience teaching the workshops and running their own event. The kids were fantastic managing the guestlist, decorating the academy and giving all the visitors the grand tour of the facilities! A big thank you to Kirsty, Milla, Ola, Nathan, Isabel, Elizabeth, Arturs, Bedr, Armaan, Evangelina and Leonela for your help on the day.

There was a great vibe at this event, it was so nice to see children having their imagination sparked. This was particularly great for the 5, 6 and 7 year olds who are not quite ready to have formal lessons but too old for our baby and toddler music classes, to give them the chance to try, learn and play in a really informal and relaxed way. It was so inspiring and joyful for everyone involved:

“We came along on Saturday to your open day. I just wanted to say a huge thank you for kindly opening your doors and inspiring us all with allowing everyone to have a go at all the  musical instruments and see some of the children teach us as well as perform! It was a  super afternoon!” - Visiting parent

We enjoyed the open day so much, that we want to make them a regular feature at World Heart Beat. This will enable more of our students to gain valuable transferable skills in event planning, marketing, leadership, communication, teamwork and organisation. This was such a fantastic opportunity to open our doors to the community and give more 5-7 year old children the chance to get excited about music and try a range of instruments before they find the one they really want to learn. Nathan (13), who was teaching saxophone and bass guitar on the day remarked "That was so much fun! When can we do the next one?"

Thank you all for your continuing support that makes projects like this possible. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events soon!

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