Fundraising for our Jazz Programme

by World Heart Beat Music Academy
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Fundraising for our Jazz Programme
Fundraising for our Jazz Programme
Fundraising for our Jazz Programme
Fundraising for our Jazz Programme
Fundraising for our Jazz Programme
Fundraising for our Jazz Programme
Fundraising for our Jazz Programme
Fundraising for our Jazz Programme
Fundraising for our Jazz Programme
Fundraising for our Jazz Programme
Fundraising for our Jazz Programme
Fundraising for our Jazz Programme
Fundraising for our Jazz Programme
Fundraising for our Jazz Programme
Fundraising for our Jazz Programme
Fundraising for our Jazz Programme
Fundraising for our Jazz Programme
Fundraising for our Jazz Programme
Fundraising for our Jazz Programme
Fundraising for our Jazz Programme
Fundraising for our Jazz Programme
Fundraising for our Jazz Programme
Fundraising for our Jazz Programme

Following the UK's third lockdown earlier this year, with the arrival of the summer term we are now grateful to be back to face-to-face music learningThe academy feels fully alive once more with the sounds of live music practice as well as the patter of feet and excited chatter from our young musicians' keen to return to the academy. Despite the continued lockdownsWorld Heart Beat has not slowed down and instead has continued full throttle with its online tuition, projects and performances, outlined below. 

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, World Heart Beat musicians came together with their lockdown version of Stevie Wonder’s inspirational Love’s In Need Of Love Today to help spread the message of love and to help lift spirits. 115 young musicians including vocalists, flutes, violins, saxophones, drums, trumpets, trombones, tabla players and entire rhythm sections came together virtually with their home recordings which were arranged and mixed by eminent bassist and producer, Nick Cohen, and edited by film composer, Michael Csanyi-Wills at World Heart Beat Music Academy. Watch the link here

In March, World Heart Beat’s Second Line Band and the London Samba School took part in Alt. Vibes – a University of Roehampton, Wandsworth Council and community supported online initiative, funded by the Research England Strategic Priorities Fund. World Heart Beat musicians and The London Samba School performers were hoping to perform in a parade live throughout the Alton Estate and the University of Roehampton campus, helping to raise community spirits and boost wellbeing in light of lockdown. However, with COVID-19 regulations firmly in place, the performances were instead online allowing people to watch, listen and join in via the University of Roehampton’s YouTube channel, with free online samba classes offered in the lead up to this online event. Watch the link here  

At the end of March, World Heart Beat proudly presented its live streamed 'For the Struggle' concert. In light of Black Lives Matter, the concert highlighted the ongoing need for global awareness of racial injustice and discrimination and celebrated the musical excellence and messages of hope and unity from renowned artists including Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Cliff and Joe Henderson.  

The concert showcased a mix of influential protest music produced during the American Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s through to contemporary jazz pianist and producer Donald Brown and American jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding. This programme was directed by Trevor Watkis, with Ayo Vincent as Assistant Musical Director and presented by Julian Joseph O.B.E and Actress and Musician, Hannah Azuonye. Watch the link here

On Friday 30th Aprilin partnership with the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy (JJJA) World Heart Beat presented its ‘Together We Go Forward’ jazz concert in celebration of International Jazz Day featuring some of London’s most exciting young jazz musicians. 2021 marks the 10th anniversary of International Jazz Day, the global movement to celebrate jazz which brings together countries and communities and highlights music’s role in encouraging dialogue, combating discrimination and promoting human dignity. 

It was an exciting opportunity to show off some of our excellent jazz talent and to show how the partnering of both academies helps secure the shared enrichment and creation of more well-rounded musicians who benefit through learning, gaining experience and performance opportunities. There was some exceptional jazz playing from musicians including Josiah Wade, Wilf Cameron Marples (drums) Ezekiel Ajie  and Tom Sheen (bass) James Wade-Sired and Wilf Diamond (trombone) and Ava Joseph (voice) and featuring the wonderful jazz music of the late American composer Chick Corea alongside great tunes by Charlie Parker and Harry Connick Jnr.  

World Heart Beat’s jazz programme is spearheaded by the exemplary work of internationally renowned British jazz musicians, including pianist Trevor Watkis, saxophonist Tony Kofi and trumpeter Byron Wallenall of whom are also part of the founding faculty of JJJA. Watch the link here 

That’s it from us for now! Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to updating you on our next projects and events to come. 


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Despite entering a third national lockdown, we hope you are keeping well and wish you all the very best for 2021. 

The latest government announcements have moved us firmly back into the ‘online-only’ music learning camp until at least the February half-term. 

 Whilst we miss the face-to-face learning and live performances, the positives that have come out of lockdown include the gained experience into online music directing, recording and production, and we continue to learn more each day! We have a talented, in-house production team whose skills and knowledge have filtered through to our young musicians who have acquired exceptional hands-on experience in this field. 

 In October, we helped mark Black History Month with our collaboration with world renowned Jazz musician Byron Wallen, who we are also lucky enough to have teaching in our Jazz faculty at World Heart Beat. Funded by the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Byron’s ‘Masks for Seeing’ collaboration saw a presentation of West African masks and sculptures to Year 5 children in South East London.  Byron’s project involved deepening children’s knowledge, perception and value of works of art and music from across Africa, and culminated in online musical compositions and a video showing the students’ musical journeys. 

 Last month, we hosted a virtual live-streamed concert for Jazz Pianist, Karen Shiraishi, one of our visiting alumni from the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Karen performed in her Jazz Trio plus performing guests, all of whom are World Heart Beat musicians. Whilst at World Heart Beat, Karen was one of two exceptional students to attend Grammy Camp LA. She was also mentored in her teens by Julian Joseph OBE, Trevor Watkis, Tony Kofi and Byron Wallen. The event was held in association with Yokohama Calling, which produces collaborative arts events bringing together musicians from Japan, the UK and beyond. 

 All hands were on deck to produce World Heart Beat’s magical virtual Christmas Concert, which consisted of two live-streamed performances showcasing a selection of Christmas classics, Themes from the Nutcracker, Jazz, New Orleans through to charming Celtic Fiddles. Thanks to our musicians, our production team and young film crew we were able to showcase performances from students aged 4 to 25 years. The Christmas Concert was watched by music fans, friends and family from around the world from the comfort of their living rooms, with over 220 tickets sold! 

 We were also delighted to be able to extend our Christmas Concert offering virtually to care homes across the country by partnering with Artists ‘n Residents, a musical initiative set up to bring live music from talented musicians straight to care home residents each week. 

 Now, as we find ourselves in our third national lockdown, our young people, particularly those living in challenging circumstances, need your help more than ever to help maintain a sense of purpose, self-worth and identity during times of isolation and uncertainty.  

 A huge thank you to all those who have supported us already. 

 To keep up-to-date with our events and activities this year, please do subscribe to our social media pages and our YouTube channel for all our latest video footage! 


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World Heart Beat has been busier than ever over the summer monthscreating a variety of online music projects, as well as continuing its online music lessons for its students whilst self-isolating at home.   

In July, World Heart Beat welcomed its first ever virtual online Piano Party Festival – giving young pianists across London the opportunity to take to the spotlight virtually and showcase their musical skills to an online audience. 

The Festival saw over sixty young pianists (aged 5 to 25 years) of all levels of experience perform their chosen piece of music live from their own homes. Five concerts took place over a weekend which were live streamed via zoom to family, friends the wider community.  

The young people who took part showed huge skill, ability and confidence, and following the hugely positive feedback we will be repeating this virtual event annually. 

This summerthe academy was kindly donated 30 Scarlett Solo audio interfaces by Focusrite, the global music and audio products groupThis incredible gesture of generosity was made possible by Focusrite CEO Tim Carroll. 

World Heart Beat’s bass tutor, Nick Cohen, produced an online tuition course and carried out mentoring to show the students how to set up the audio interfacesand maximise their sound and recording production. The audio interfaces enable our young musicians to produce, record and mix with studio quality, whilst in the safety of their own homes. 

They are being used in a range of scenarios from one-to-one online music lessons through to taking part in the Academy’s recording projectsincluding our Facebook streamed Gala Concert, distance mentoring our World Heart Beat bands, and working on World Heart Beat’s latest project For the Struggle – a series of concerts highlighting important social issues, illuminated with music, especially in the midst of Black Lives Matter and the world’s racial temperature.  

At the end of JulyWorld Heart Beat held its annual Gala Concert, in partnership with charity Music for Liberia, this time produced virtually and streamed for the first time via Facebook. Young musicians and alumnias well as students from Music for Liberia’s beneficiaries – including the Agape National Academy of Music (ANAM), Cachelle International Creative Arts Centre and Mother Blessing’s Home performed at the event.  

There were also performances from special guest Ric’key Pageot (Steinway Artist, Madonna’s Madame X Tour) and Kamilla Arku, Music for Liberia Founder and Director and a World Heart Beat Piano teacher. Money raised goes to support children in Liberia through education and creative arts provision, funding sponsorships, supporting rural schools and providing accommodation for Ebola orphans. 

From 7-13th September, World Heart Beat took part in Radio Local on Riverside Radio – an exciting collaboration between innovative performance artists Hunt & Darton and Nine Elms residents to produce a daily live broadcast that will bring the stories of Nine Elms into people’s homes. 

From local legends to unsung heroes, from the mundane to the extraordinary, Radio Local is a celebration of local radio and community. The upbeat daily show celebrates the joys and necessity of local radio and what it means to be part of the Nine Elms community, in partnership with Wandsworth Council and Battersea Arts Centre. 

Young students from World Heart Beat Academy and the Elays network collaborated together and took part in workshops and got the opportunity to build on their radio production skills and learnt how to produce their own radio shows 

Please do keep checking our website and social media pages for our latest news and announcements. Nest stop, our For the Struggle concert will be live streamed on Friday 9th October - watch this space for more info! 


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 We hope that you, your families and loved ones are all safe during this difficult time. 

 “In these times, oneness, and the feeling of community and humanity are so vitally important. Music has the unbelievable magic of being able to bring these feelings into our lives. I can’t imagine a life without music.”  

Sahana Gero, World Heart Beat Founder and Artistic Director  

We believe this is a critical time for us to support our studentsand therefore we have taken World Heart Beat Music Academy online and are offering music making sessions to include 1:1 lessons and supported practice, as well as social sessions, for EVERY young person. That’s 350 students and 475 sessions every week! 

The coronavirus crisis is making it very tough for some young people, particularly those living in challenging circumstances whmay feel heightened levels of anxiety and loneliness. Being unable to continue with music lessons can make our young people feel disconnected from not seeing their World Heart Beat ‘family’ who provide them with support which they may be missing at home. It’s also a change to their weekly routine at a difficult and isolating time, and a discontinuity of their music learning which gives them a sense of purpose and helps boost self-confidence. 

With these factors in mind, World Heart Beat Music Academy has launched its GlobalGiving BE THERE campaign to request funding to support all our young people with the opportunity for music learning, particularly those living in difficult circumstances. Please help us by supporting our campaign now!  


We are proud to announce our partnership with ZEDRA who are sponsoring our Jazz development programme. ZEDRA’s partnership will fund the participation of eight talented young musicians with significant promise, for whom support is needed to enable them to reach their full potential.Our jazz students are receiving tuition from exceptional musicians even during this lockdown period.  


Community is so important for us all at World Heart Beat and so our young people have been recording at home. We are excited that we will be able to share with you very soon our three#worldheartbeatathome music videos to support our young musicians and help drive awareness of our GlobalGiving BE THERE campaign further. Please look out in the following few days to find out more from us on this exciting collaboration! 

We have been given the amazing in kind support by A-lister Nick Cohen (top UK session bassist and songwriter whose credits includes Eurythmics, Roy Ayers, Massive Attack, Matt Bianco and Ive Mendes) who arranged and mixed the audio of one of our lockdown videos, and bytwo times Grammy award winning Producer-Mixer-EngineerCraig Cameron (UNKLE, Adele, Annie Lennox, Grace Jones, Tina Turner, Suzanne Vega, Amy Winehouse to name a fewand edited by Michael Csanyi-Wills, award winning composer with credits that include feature length film scores. 

Our Widening Horizons Programme supported by the Jack Petchey Foundation for young volunteers (aged 15 - 25 years) has now launched. We are delighted to announce our Heartbeat Collective, a group of seven young people selected for their passion for music and a desire to make a positive contribution to the academy and the local community.  


To get you in the mood and to awaken the vocal chords, the highly talented vocalist and lyric soprano Ilona Domnich has started her Morning Wake Up classes which are FREE and open to all young people, every Wednesday morning. Please email if you’d like further information.  


This year we are taking part once again in the Wandsworth Arts Fringe (8 - 24th May) the annual festival highlighting local music, arts, theatre and dance this year from the comfort of your own living room. We will have a selection of performances and live streams taking place from our World Heart Beat musicians. 


We hope that when brighter days return, our young people will be well and happy, and ready to come together once again to play and perform for you again in person!  



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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 


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  


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 


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  


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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Location: London - United Kingdom
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