Music tuition for 70 disadvantaged London children

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Tamira with her Cello
Tamira with her Cello


We are excited to share with you some of the activities and events that have happened over the past month.

Three of our aspiring young musicians are now the proud recipients of instruments through Ronnie Scott’s Music Instrument Amnesty, a wonderful initiative to collect and donate instruments from Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation. Tamira, one of our talented young pianists, also really wanted to learn the Cello so that she can play in our orchestra. Here (pictured above) you can see how proud and happy she is to have the instrument and we look forward to updating you with her musical progress. Nathan, an upcoming Jazz musician, has been learning double bass. He is being mentored by one of our own bass players, Ezekiel, who only a few years ago was given a double bass and supported with lessons here as a result of your generous donations through Global Giving. We also have the talented young Sophie who, as a result of your contributions, now has her own flute. They’re all very grateful and happy with their new instruments!

Our students also benefited from film classes from Brazilian filmmaker Thiago. Thiago came to the Academy three years ago to make a film about the positive impacts music has in the lives of disadvantaged young people. Looking back to footage from three years ago, it is amazing to see how much our musicians have progressed! The documentary will be shared with everyone once it is finalised!

We also had the world’s best Sarongi player, Kamal Sabri, in residence with us for two weeks. As well as playing alongside our students at World Heart Beat Music Academy, Kamal led very successful Indian Classical Music workshops to three of our local primary schools. Children had the chance to explore Indian music through the different rhythms and soul stirring sounds of the sarongi.

Looking ahead, we are excited to be holding a fundraising event at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club this coming May. We are also delighted to be performing at the Big Top in Battersea Circus Garden on the 7th May at 8pm. Please come along to witness extraordinary young talent! Tickets can be bought on the Wandsworth Arts Fringe website:

Thank you to all our donors who have been supporting us for the last few years. Your donations have really enabled disadvantaged young people to continue and excel with their music endeavours.

Piano party
Piano party

Thank you so much for your generosity this past year.  We are truly grateful for your support which has opened up the world of music to so many children. Not only that, it has enabled these young people to receive training and develop their innate talent.

We do appreciate everything you have done and our doing to make their dreams come true.  You are providing a platform from which they can spring into ever greater things through the universal language of music.

We have had an amazing year at the academy.  It has been vibrant, sometimes challenging but rewarding in so many ways.

We started the year with a flash mob at Southfields shopping centre.  Everyone of all ages took part.  It had a Brazilian flavour since we were fortunate enough to have our good friend Pepe with us and also Almir a maestro on the caipera guitar. Also in the current time of unrest in Rio de Janeiro, our Youtube flashmob has been shared to give people peace and hope and as a reminder of the beauty of culture.  

Flashmob Southside Shopping Centre

 We went on to give numerous concerts in a great many different venues including our tango summer school performance at the renowned 606 Jazz Club and the 51st State Band concerts at the Putney Arts Theatre. The performers were these young people that you are supporting and to see how their confidence grows with these opportunities is really touching and amazing.  We have also hosted many smaller events at the academy such as piano parties, violin recitals, jazz concerts and friends of the academy nights.  We would always welcome you to these.  Just email in advance so we know you are coming.

51st State Band in concert November 2017

Two new ventures this year which have been enthusiastically embraced is the setting up of a New Orleans 2nd line band, complete with costume to go out and provide a carnival atmosphere.  We have also introduced a classical orchestra under the direction of Michael Csányi Wills, and Michael is also writing and arranging his own original compositions and film scores for our World Heart Beat orchestra.  We have a great little recording studio so our students can write their own music and record. We are proud of our students past and present who are doing so well at their universities and colleges and many have continued in the musical field.  Quinn Oulton has just launched his first debut solo album. Quinn has grown up through World Heart Beat since a very young boy and we are very proud of his achievements please check out his new music video- its beautiful!

Quinn Oulton Debut album -music video

Another wonderful award we just recieved  before the close of the year was the Kids Count, Inspire the House best Community group award. Thank you for this lovely honour which always inspires and encourages us with our work.

We could go on and on with news items but most importantly we have to thank you for supporting the academy and investing in the future of our young people.  We could not begin to give the quality of tuition or the facilities for development without your help, so sincere thanks from everyone at World Heart Beat. We are really looking forward to 2018 and the opportunities and developments that it holds and wish you a really happy and fulfilling New Year. 

New Orleans 2nd line music
New Orleans 2nd line music
Violin recitals
Violin recitals
51st State Band in concert
51st State Band in concert
Kids Count Award- Inspire the House
Kids Count Award- Inspire the House
Happy New Year and Thank you
Happy New Year and Thank you
Exam success for WHB
Exam success for WHB

I think we can safely say that the students of the World Heart Beat Music Academy have returned for the autumn with much enthusiasm for more exciting and enjoyable music making.  We are all delighted to be back!

Firstly, congratulations to all the Academy students that recently took their music exams.  We are so pleased that they all passed with flying colours!

Exam success for WHB

In mid-September, it was a real pleasure to host the stunning Japanese Jazz Flautist, Erisa Ogawa, in a workshop and performance here at the Academy.  Our students were thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such a wonderful artist in what is the beginning of a long term friendship between us and a host of Japanese artists that will be coming in the future.

Erisa Ogawa and the Academy Flautists 

We are pleased to announce that this autumn has seen the launch of our new World Heart Beat Music Academy Orchestra - which is going from strength to strength every week.  Conducted by the awarding winning pianist, composer and arranger, Michael Csànyi-Wills, the Orchestra is currently working on the wonderful Brahms Hungarian Dance No 1 and "Theme & Variations on a Hungarian Theme" written and arranged especially for the Orchestra by Michael himself.  We're already very much looking forward to our first performance!

Practice makes perfect!

Rehearsals are also well underway for our big showcase concert which presents the Academy's flagship ensemble the 100-piece 51st State Band !  Directed by our Artistic Director, Sahana Gero, the talented Academy students, of all ages, will be performing live at Putney Arts Theatre SW15 6AW at 6:45pm and 8:30pm on Friday 17 November 2017.  We would love to have you with us and warmly invite you to come and experience a thrilling and uplifting evening of music! Please purchase your tickets via:

Warmly invited to The 51st State Band

Thank you all so much for continuing to support us at World Heart Beat in making a difference to the lives of many young people who may otherwise have taken a different path in life.  Music provides them with focus, enjoyment, friendship and support and we would like to encourage you to continue your support by becoming a Friend and set up a monthly donation through GlobalGiving. 

Erisa Ogawa and the Academy Flautists
Erisa Ogawa and the Academy Flautists
Practice makes perfect!
Practice makes perfect!
Warmly invited to The 51st State Band
Warmly invited to The 51st State Band
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.

Friends Night at Maestro Arts
Friends Night at Maestro Arts

World Heart Beat Music Academy continues to send our thanks for everyone who has shown their support through the start of another wonderful year.

Our students have shown dedication and commitment to music through their outstanding marks on the most recent Trinity and ABRSM exams. A remarkable 86% of students received distinction or merit on their exams.  We are very excited for all that our students are able to achieve and eager to see what they are able to accomplish in the coming months.

The students’ increasing knowledge and love of music was evident at our most recent Friends night, held this past March at the Maestro Arts Gallery. Invited guest were able to enjoy a performance given by 22 talented students of all ages as well as enjoy the marvelous art on display. A range of performances were enjoyed, including flute duets, solo clarinet pieces, jazz keyboard, and a wonderful vocal ensemble.

We are also excited to announce that the Academy has been shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards. The annual RPS Music Awards, presented in association with BBC Radio 3, are the highest recognition for live classical music in the UK. Awards, in thirteen categories, are decided by independent panels consisting of some of the music industry’s most distinguished practitioners. The awards honour musicians, composers, writers, broadcasters and inspirational arts organisations. The list of previous winners reads like a Who’s Who of classical music. This year’s RPS Music Awards celebrate outstanding achievement in 2016

We would like to extend our thanks also to the Singswell choir who chose World Heart Beat as their charity of choice for their recent excellent concert on 25th March 2017 With around 100 performers including pupils from Southmead and St Joseph's Schools, the concert was a fantastic showcase of the students talent. The choir sang songs ranging from stage and screen, pop and rock to Mozart. Thank you to all the wonderful singers, musicians and event organisers involved. We were really touched by such a wonderful and beautiful concert.

Thank you for all who have showed support in previous years and we hope you continue that support through to another. We could not continue what we do without you and cannot wait to share all we are able to accomplish with your help.

Please do consider becoming a friend of the academy and donating through Global Giving each month.

As a friend of World Heart Beat Music Academy, you will enjoy the ‘feel good factor’ of supporting young people and making a life-long difference to many students. Every donation opens new opportunities for the Academy and we are grateful for any and all support given.


Monthly donation categories

Con Spirito - £6 per month

priority Invitations to all WHB concerts and other public events

seasonal newsletters highlighting WHB past and forthcoming activities and behind the scenes news

Con Amore - £20 per month

You will receive: all the benefits of a Con Spirito Member PLUS

a credit in WHB concert programmes

two complimentary tickets to one WHB concert

Bravura - £40 per month

You will receive: all the benefits of a Con Amore member PLUS

a position on WHB’s Ideas Board

four complimentary tickets to one WHB concert

Colossale - £100 per month

You will receive: all the benefits of a Bravura member PLUS

invitation to one of WHB’s exclusive dinners

Prima Donna - £200 per month

You will receive all the benefits of a Colossale member PLUS

an invitation to our Prima Donnas annual private recital

the opportunity to host a Prima Donnas special dinner

ten complimentary tickets to WHB concerts


Please remember to Gift Aid your contributions – the additional funding is very valuable to us.

Anything you can give, you’ll be playing a part in changing the lives of young people.

Friends Night at Maestro Arts
Friends Night at Maestro Arts
Students completion of ABRSM exam
Students completion of ABRSM exam
Shortlisted for RPS Music Awards
Shortlisted for RPS Music Awards

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World Heart Beat Music Academy

Location: London - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Sahana Gero
London, London United Kingdom
$35,525 raised of $52,000 goal
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