Nov 3, 2015

World Heart Beat enjoying strong communities

Battersea Art Station
Battersea Art Station

The World Heart Beat Music Academy would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who continues to donate and support our projects. Your donations are making such a difference in the lives of our young musicians, inspiring them through music and helping them become confident performers.

Recently, some of our students performed at Battersea Art Centre for an exhibition and reception for Friends of Battersea Power Station.

“We pride ourselves on providing a community environment for excellence in music and it’s fantastic to see the community sharing the same values. Understanding that the arts are important to the wellbeing of all people, to the community and the spirit of any successful and prosperous region, we are very excited to be a part of the Battersea Arts Station event. Initiatives like this go hand in hand with the developing potential of our young people and we are very proud of this partnership. The regeneration project offers hope in the same way that our young musicians will become the life blood of this community.” – Sahana Gero, Artistic Director

We have seen first-hand how music has the power to change lives and inspire young people to new heights. Your funding has helped us to provide one young musician (14) with a bass guitar and lessons. His progress has been incredible, and he has already picked up 13 tunes. His confidence and skills have grown so much that he was able to play at the Battersea Arts Station event after only learning for a few months.

Recently, our students also had the opportunity to get involved with the Whisper to Katrina event, a creative commemoration of a decade since Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans. This event drew on the history of New Orleans Jazz to create a stunning soundscape and reminds us again of the regenerative power that music has.

“New Orleans is the only place I know of where you ask a little kid what he wants to be and instead of saying, I want to be a policeman or I want to be a fireman, he says, I want to be a musician.”

15 more young people who have benefited from your funding will be performing at the 51st State Band concert next month alongside award-winning British Jazz artist, Tony Kofi. They have already had the unbelievable and rare opportunity to work alongside Tony to learn an original score composed by him for the band; it is not often that musicians get to work with the composer themselves!

 

Battersea Art Station
Battersea Art Station
Whisper to Katrina
Whisper to Katrina

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Sep 17, 2015

Fundraising concert at 606 Club

Songwriting Students perform at 606 Club
Songwriting Students perform at 606 Club

On 15th July, our students showcased their talents in one of the UK’s most established jazz clubs, sharing the stage with the best jazz Trio in the country. The 606 Club is known for being the venue to experience the best of British Jazz, and the evening was no exception as the young musicians performed jazz standards with style and confidence, effortlessly securing their places amongst the next generation of London-based jazz musicians.

Our biggest congratulations to all of the young musicians who worked so incredibly hard and played to such a high standard. Thanks also to Trevor Watkis, Tony Kofi, Daisy Chute and Tammy Weis for continually inspiring our students and sharing your knowledge and experience with them. Our immense gratitude to Julian Joseph, Mark Mondesir and Andrew Robb for giving our students the opportunity to perform alongside the best in the business.

This concert marked the launch of our fundraising campaign to support the Jazz programme at World Heart Beat Music Academy. Proceeds from the concert have provided an amazing new Jazz teacher at World Heart Beat, Byron Wallen who is widely recognised as a seminal figure in British jazz and has been a creative force in UK jazz since the early 90s. We are so grateful to everyone who has supported this project so far, your will contributes so much to the musical education of these young musicians. We are now able to offer twice as many jazz classes to enable many more young people to take part in the programme, Jazz Trumpet classes and Upright Bass lessons.

As an example of how this concert has helped one of our upright bass players, Ezekiel has since been invited to play with Tammy Weis at 606 Club, at the Worshipful Company of Firefighters Charity Ball and the Gucci Timepieces and Jewellery Private Party. We look forward to seeing even more students develop at this speed in the new Trumpet and Jazz lessons.

Funds raised in this project so far have also enabled us to run songwriting masterclasses, lead by acclaimed songwriter Tammy Weis. The songwriting students recently performed their original song "Time for Change?" at 606 Club. The lyrics are truly beautiful and inspiring, and we look forward to many more original songs written by World Heart Beat students.

“Learning to make Music isn’t just about learning notes. It’s about commitment, sensitivity, understanding, mutual support and a love for what you are doing. The team at World Heart Beat don’t just appreciate that, they epitomise the dedication and passion that is necessary to convey those qualities to all the young musicians who pass through their doors. A visit to WHB is a joyous event, where students and teachers alike delight in the pleasure of music making and you leave somehow feeling that you have participated in something life affirming and unique. WHB is not just important to the musical life of London, it’s essential.” – Steve Rubie, 606 Jazz Club

 

Upright Bass lessons at World Heart Beat
Upright Bass lessons at World Heart Beat
606 Club Jazz Fundraising Event
606 Club Jazz Fundraising Event
606 Club Jazz Fundraising Event
606 Club Jazz Fundraising Event

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Jul 20, 2015

Violin tutition for disadvantaged London children

Helping each other is part of WHB culture
Helping each other is part of WHB culture

The World Heart Beat Music Academy would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who continues to donate and support our projects. Your donations, in combination with the donation of 41 violins from the ‘Don’t Stop the Music’ campaign have enabled us to introduce 2 new violin teachers to start Classical Violin and Gypsy Violin in addition to Celtic Fiddle.

These 3 violin styles have their own forms of expression, different phrasing and sound, and coexist together to give these young children a truly unique and universal experience of learning to play, making them unbelievable young musicians

The rhythm of Celtic and Gypsy music provides a perfect vibrant atmosphere that enables even the youngest aspiring musicians to learn violin both by ear and from music. The young players learn at an astonishing rate, and some attend the Academy three or more times a week for lessons; the Academy is their second home! The joy they show in their playing is infectious, and they are already confident performers.

Recently, we held a Celtic Fiddle and Tabla concert which blended traditional instruments from the repertoire of both Celtic and Indian music, resulting in a beautiful sound. The fusion of these two cultures through music represents the deeper harmony and understanding that exists at World Heart Beat. 

Your donations to this project have enabled Arturs (8 years old) to have violin lessons for a year. He loves playing so much that he comes to the Academy for 4 hours every week. He has just passed his grade 1 on Classical violin and is already preparing for grade 2. When he first started coming to the Academy, he didn’t speak much English, but in June he introduced our Piano Party concert in front of all the guests and performers. His school teachers can’t believe the vast improvement in his confidence and how much his work has improved. Playing the violin has helped him find a new confidence. Check out the video below of Arturs playing Celtic Fiddle.

We also have some really good news that the Keen Group, London’s leading taxi firm, are supporting this initiative and have printed 50,000 cards to be delivered all over London.

World Heart Beat Music Academy gives our local children more than just a chance to learn music. It gives them the opportunity to grow and prosper within the community. Your support and donation will continue taking the disadvantage out of young people’s lives.

Arturs in his suit introducng the Piano Party
Arturs in his suit introducng the Piano Party
Fiddle players performing in our concert
Fiddle players performing in our concert

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