May 13, 2019

Summer Term at World Heart Beat

Stardust Jazz Improvising Choir
Stardust Jazz Improvising Choir

We are in the middle of a very joyful term here at World Heart Beat.  Alongside all our lessons and ensembles, we have a number of exciting events.

Last Friday 3 May our wonderful New Orleans Second Line Band performed at the Opening Ceremony of the 10th Anniversary of the Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2019 in Shillington Park, Clapham.  We had a great evening performing with other local vocalists, dancers and the beautiful Cirque Bijou.  

Then looking forward, on Friday 17 May (7-9pm), we invite you to our Summer Vocal Fiesta here at the Academy.  Our young vocalists will be showcasing their talent with a beautiful programme of contemporary, soul and pop classics, supported by our rhythm section musicians.  The concert will also feature a set by singer/songwriter Sian Kelly.  

We are excited to offer our congratulations to Arnaldo Cogorno, our young Venezuelan-born pianist, who has been studying here at World Heart Beat with Michael Csanyi-Wills.  We are delighted to say that he has recently been awarded a scholarship by Trinity Laban College of Music to continue his studies from September.  There is an opportunity to hear Arnaldo's extraordinary talent on Sunday 19 May (5pm) when he will perform a piano recital of music by Bach, Brahms and Chopin, here at World Heart Beat.

At the end of June, we are providing the opportunity for our young pianists to perform in a Piano Party to allow us all to hear the progress they have achieved in their playing during the year.

We are also really excited to once again present the Stardust Jazz Improvising Choir at World Heart Beat, led by Cleveland Watkiss.  This is an unmissable 4-week course starting on 11 June, every Tuesday, 7:30-9:30pm... with a performance on 7 July - this event is open to all!
"Music speaks to all that we are and all that we want to be and is the most complete language that we have on the planet Earth. Cleveland Watkiss is one of the premier vocalists that England has ever produced. There are very few people who could operate a choir in this way, Bobby McFerrin would be one, Cleveland would be the other. Its about bringing people together and allowing them to really investigate what they have to say" trailer introduced by Julian Joseph.

Once again, thank you for the amazing donations that continue to impact so positively on young people's lives. 


Piano Recital by Arnaldo Cogorno
Piano Recital by Arnaldo Cogorno


Apr 29, 2019

Jazz at World Heart Beat Music Academy

Some of our musicians with Julian Joseph
Some of our musicians with Julian Joseph

We have had a wonderful start to our summer term here at World Heart Beat!

On the 1st April we had an truly fantastic performance from all our young jazz musicians learning at World Heart Beat. It was a great evening of music where the young musicians got to showcase their skills, playing great tunes such as Hot House by Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie, and Watermelon Man by Herbie Hancock. 

Thanks to the support of renowned jazz musicians such as Bryron Wallen, Trevor Watkis and Tony Kofi who mentor and teach our students on Mondays, our students can put together wonderful concerts like the recent one and always be inspired. 

We have just cut this short clip to show you the amazing access to this wonderful music that we are able to teach these young people. It is all thanks to your donations that we have been able to continue this programme.

Congratulations to our musicians who have achieved their 'Jazz 5' this term; a programme of jazz study created by our patron, the maestro Julian Joseph OBE. We were honoured to have had Julian visit the young jazz students in our Thursday jazz roots programme. He tested the young cats and was really impressed!

We also have some exciting events coming up! We have been invited to do a Second Line New Orleans performance for the opening of Wandsworth Fringe Festival 2019. Our Second Line band is has growing its repetoire and everybody here in the academy enjoys being part of it.

Once again thank you for the amazing donations that continue to impact young people's lives.

Our fantastic trombone players
Our fantastic trombone players
Feb 11, 2019

Spring Term at World Heart Beat

Congratulations to all our exam students
Congratulations to all our exam students

Welcome back to World Heart Beat Music Academy 2019!

Firstly we would love to show you the standard and levels of enthusiasm that our wonderful young musicians continue to achieve. Please do take a moment to look at the attached video clip from our wonderful Annual 51st State Band Concert that took place in November 2018.  Certainly a great evening was enjoyed by musicians and audience alike:

We are very proud to announce that the students that took their Trinity Grade exams before Christmas passed with flying colours - merits and distinctions all round! Many congratulations to all!

Thanks to your ongoing and hugely valued contributions, we are really happy that this term we have achieved an excellent number of seven young trombonists performing here at the Academy in our Monday Jazz programme.  

Recently, we held our Winter Warmer Party here at the Academy where several of the students performed to a number of invited guests.  Solo performances, pop and jazz numbers and of course our superb Gypsy Ensemble, directed by Laci Olah.  They were all a huge success! 

Importantly, we are very pleased to say that fundraising is going well for our new venue located in the Battersea Nine Elms development. However we are still looking to raise the last £150,000 to complete Stage 1 which will allow us to start the building works.  For your interest, please read more here:

Thank you as always for your continued support to develop musical experiences and teaching for the young musicians of south west London.


Our wonderful 51st State Band!
Our wonderful 51st State Band!
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