Jan 27, 2020

World Heart Beat Music Academy Entering the Roaring 20s

GlobalGiving - January 2020 

 

Happy New Year from us all at World Heart Beat Music Academy and welcome to the roaring '20s' - another exceptional golden age for music! We have already started off the year so positively. 

We have started off the year so positively following a successful Open Day at the end of 2019. We are delighted to report that we have more students than ever coming through the door enquiring about music lessons. Just over half of our students are on bursary assisted places, supporting our aim to realise every young person’s potential and giving them the opportunity to learn an instrument.              

The year sees a whole host of exciting concerts and events lined up for World Heart BeatWe have already had our first concert of the year entitled ‘Songs on the Spectrum’ by piano composer Michael Csanyi-Wills and Professional Opera Singer James Robinson May. It was a truly moving performance for our students and audience to experience, reflecting on James’ recent adult diagnosis of autism and the trials and tribulations it brings. For our next event, we have a jazz concert which we would like to invite you, showcasing our jazz students on Monday 30th March at 7.30pm. For further details, please visit:  www.ticketsource.co.uk/whb 

We are excited to be part of the nationwide Learn to Play Day, an opportunity to encourage all children into the joys of learning music. Young students can visit the academy on Saturday 28th March and trial any instrument of their choice with advice given by our talented students at the academy. Alongside this opportunity for young students, we are also about to launch our Widening Horizons Programme, supported by the Jack Petchey Foundation for young volunteers (aged 15 - 25 years). This provides opportunities to work within our community through active citizenship and will include training in music related events organisation, marketing, design and digital media, video, radio and TV production, sound engineering and front of house roles. Please visit the linkhere: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Yc2QcuswGk  

We wanted to let you know about World Heart Beat’s and supporter Nick Thomlinson’s national win of the 2019 Achates Individual Philanthropy Award, the only annual prize that celebrates first-time supporters of the arts in the UK. Nick was presented with a sculpture by the renowned British artist, Peter Brooke-Ball MRBS and World Heart Beat Music Academy received a £5,000 donation from the Achates Philanthropy Foundation which will be spent on much-needed instruments – including alto and tenor saxophones, trumpets, trombones, drum kits, cymbals, pianos and a double bass – for young people in Wandsworth.  

At the end of last year, World Heart Beat’s 51st State Band put on a fabulous concert with two  performances at the Putney Arts Theatre. We had a full house on both occasions and it provided an evening of exceptional musical talent from our students. A selection of jazz and film scores to the greats of Aretha Franklin and Freddie Mercury were performed by seventy plus young musicians who created an upbeat and inspirational musical extravaganza for all. Please visit the link here: https://youtu.be/XSQPRf_QmrA 

And finally, building developments and investment are coming along nicely for our new music education centre and venue at Embassy Gardens in London’s Nine Elms, a major area of regeneration on London’s southbank. If you would like to contribute to our fundraising target please visit here: https://www.worldheartbeat.org/embassygardens/ 

A huge thank you for all that you do to make World Heart Beat what it is and for adding so much to the happiness and future of our children through music. We look forward to updating you with further exciting news as the year develops! 

 

Jan 17, 2020

World Heart Beat Entering the Roaring 20s

GlobalGiving - January 2020 

 

Happy New Year from us all at World Heart Beat Music Academy and welcome to the roaring '20s' - another exceptional golden age for music! 

 

Following a successful Open Day at the end of last year we are delighted to report that we have more students than ever coming through the door enquiring about music lessons. Just over half of our students are on bursary assisted places, supporting our aim to realise every young person’s potential and giving them the opportunity to learn an instrument.   

              

The new year already sees a whole host of exciting concerts and events lined up for World Heart Beat. Last weekend we had our first concert of the year entitled ‘Songs on the Spectrum’ by piano composer Michael Csanyi-Wills and Professional Opera Singer James Robinson May. It was a truly moving performance reflecting on James’ recent adult diagnosis of autism and the trials and tribulations it brings.  

 

We would like to invite you to World Heart Beat’s jazz concert, showcasing our jazz students on Monday 30th March at 7.30pm. For further details, please visit  www.ticketsource.co.uk/whb 

 

We are excited to be part of the nationwide Learn to Play Day, an opportunity to encourage children into the joys of learning music. Young students can visit the academy on Saturday 28th March and trial any instrument of their choice with advice given by our talented students at the academy. 

 

We are just about to launch our Widening Horizons Programme supported by the Jack Petchey Foundation for young volunteers (aged 15 - 25 years). This provides opportunities to work within our communitythrough active citizenship and will include training in music related events organisation, marketing, design and digital media, video, radio and TV production, sound engineering and front of house roles. Please visit the linkhere https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Yc2QcuswGk  

 

We wanted to let you know about World Heart Beat’s and supporter Nick Thomlinson’s national win of the 2019 Achates Individual Philanthropy Award, the only annual prize that celebrates first-time supporters of the arts in the UK. Nick was presented with a sculpture by the renowned British artist, Peter Brooke-Ball MRBS and WorldHeart BeatMusic Academyreceived a £5,000 donation from the Achates Philanthropy Foundation whichwillbe spent on much-needed instruments – including alto and tenor saxophones, trumpets, trombones, drum kits, cymbals, pianos and a double bass – for young people in Wandsworth.             

 

At the end of last year, World Heart Beat’s 51st State Band put on a fabulous concert with two  performances at the Putney Arts Theatre. We had a full house on both occasions and it provided an evening of exceptional musical talent from our students. A selection of jazz and film scores to the greats of Aretha Franklin and Freddie Mercury were performed by seventy plus young musicians who created an upbeat and inspirational musical extravaganza for all. Please visit the link here https://youtu.be/XSQPRf_QmrA 

 

And finally, building developments and investment are coming along nicely for our new music education centre and venueat Embassy GardensinLondon’sNine Elms,a majorareaof regeneration on London’ssouthbank. Ifyou would like to contributeto our fundraising target please visit herewww.worldheartbeat.org/embassygardens  

 

A huge thank you for all that you do to make World Heart Beat what it is and for adding so much to the happiness and future of our children through music.We look forward to updating you with further exciting news as the year develops! 

 

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Nov 7, 2019

Autumn 2019 at World Heart Beat

We are delighted to announce that World Heart Beat Music Academy has been shortlisted for the 2019 Achates Individual Philanthropy Award, the only annual prize that celebrates first-time supporters of the arts in the UK.

This year’s prize received a record breaking number of submissions from across the country which reflects the emerging generation of supporters for arts organisations and their communities. Each individual has been nominated by a cultural organisation to express appreciation for their outstanding contribution including financial, experience and skill sharing as well as network growth and positive advocacy.

Nick Thomlinson has been nominated for the award on behalf of World Heart Beat. His considerable property experience made him an excellent contact as the academy began its pitch for a new music education centre and venue in Nine Elms. He met with Founder and Artistic Director, Sahana Gero and was inspired by her vision and seeing the young people first-hand he quickly became involved in the pitch for the new space, investing time and providing valuable expertise.

Following the successful pitch, he has been instrumental in working with the team on the capital fundraising campaign leading to gifts and a widening of World Heart Beat’s prospect pipeline. Nick has been incredibly generous with a large donation from himself and has secured personal donations from other generous individuals, despite initially being reluctant to be involved in asking people for gifts!

Other organisations in the Individual Philanthropy Award shortlist include Arts & Health South West, Lighthouse, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Town Hall Symphony Hall and the Young Vic.

The Award will be presented by cultural philanthropist, Hannah Rothschild CBE at a special Prize ceremony at Rich Mix on Tuesday 19 November.

Sahana Gero, Founder and Artistic Director of World Heart Beat Music Academy said: “We’re delighted to be short-listed for the individual award. It’s fantastic to celebrate Nick Thomlinson’s philanthropy – he has been so generous, making a major gift to our capital project and getting actively involved with our fundraising campaign. Nick embodies the true definition of the word ‘philanthropy’ and we really appreciate his support. Individual donations are a vital cornerstone of our work – we couldn’t achieve all that we do without them.”

Coming up soon we would like to invite you to join the 51st State Band live in concert at Putney Arts Theatre, Friday 15th November for an evening of exceptional musical talent from the students at the World Heart Beat Music Academy.  

Now performing in its 20th year at Putney Arts Theatre, like Bonfire Night, it has become a festive event in the Wandsworth arts calendar. It is a chance for the band to really shine and showcase the vitality and dedication that students of the World Heart Beat Music Academy thrive on and enjoy the experience of being part of a full live performance.  A selection of jazz and film scores will be performed by seventy plus young musicians creating an upbeat musical extravaganza for all those attending. 

We have two performances at 6.45pm and 8.30pm (each concert is one hour long).

Another big thank you to Ronnie Scott’s Charitable foundation for having World Heart Beat as one of their beneficiaries for their Instrument Amnesty drive on Saturday 20th July in which many instruments were donated to Ronnie Scott’s and passed along to us, giving even more young students the opportunity to learn and progress in their instrument! 

World Heart Beat is very proud to be connected to such a prestigious organisation which continues to drive many of our musicians in their jazz development, and to provide musical opportunity to our children and young people. 

As ever a huge personal thank you to you for all that you do to make World Heart Beat what it is and for adding so much to the happiness and future of our children through music. 

 
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