Music tuition for 70 disadvantaged London children

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Music tuition for 70 disadvantaged London children
Music tuition for 70 disadvantaged London children
Music tuition for 70 disadvantaged London children
Music tuition for 70 disadvantaged London children
Music tuition for 70 disadvantaged London children
Music tuition for 70 disadvantaged London children
Music tuition for 70 disadvantaged London children
Music tuition for 70 disadvantaged London children
Music tuition for 70 disadvantaged London children
Music tuition for 70 disadvantaged London children
Music tuition for 70 disadvantaged London children
Music tuition for 70 disadvantaged London children
Music tuition for 70 disadvantaged London children
Music tuition for 70 disadvantaged London children
Music tuition for 70 disadvantaged London children
Music tuition for 70 disadvantaged London children
Music tuition for 70 disadvantaged London children
Music tuition for 70 disadvantaged London children
Music tuition for 70 disadvantaged London children
Music tuition for 70 disadvantaged London children
Music tuition for 70 disadvantaged London children
Music tuition for 70 disadvantaged London children
Music tuition for 70 disadvantaged London children
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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEDvPDFi4Lg&feature=youtu.be

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:  www.worldheartbeat.org/embassygardens

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!
51t State Band Concert at Putney Arts Theatre
51t State Band Concert at Putney Arts Theatre

Welcome back to World Heart Beat in the build up to our fantastic annual showcase concerts this week featuring our 51st State Band which includes so many of our disadvantaged children and provides them with the opportunity to give a live performance to an enthusiastic audience, helping to inspire and encourage them to keep achieving high and positive results.

We would love to invite you to join us on Friday 16 November 2018 at 6.45pm or 8.30pm at Putney Arts Theatre SW15 6AW to enjoy the 51st State Band (tickets are available on https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/275909).  It promises to be a thrilling and uplifting experience, expressing the variety, energy and dedication of our students.

You might be interested to learn that the 51st State Band developed from a doughnut party held in a small living room one afternoon in the year 2000. Since then, the band has grown to well over 100 young musicians and is perhaps the largest and most vibrant community concert band in London. Young musicians of all ages, backgrounds and abilities learn together and play in a band where every member is a vital part of the complete whole. With a vibrant programme, ranging from jazz standards and film scores, to the greats of Stevie Wonder and George Gershwin, our annual concert will be a sensational and inspirational evening of music.

Following that, and further to an invitation by Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE, it was an utter pleasure to take several of our students to give a jazz and gypsy fiddle performance at Speaker's House in October. The venue was an amazing place to perform in and to both showcase the talent of our students and to give the audience a real sense of how their lives, and the lives of hundreds of others, are being transformed through the power of music. You might be interested in seeing a short video from the evening: https://youtu.be/uRxADEHaIW0

World Heart Beat has some bold plans to double its impact and reach hundreds more children and young people every year. Having been granted 750m2 of space in Embassy Gardens we have an incredible opportunity to expand and enhance our work. But we need vital financial support to make this space come to life. If you or anyone you know might be interested in playing your part in shaping London’s rich cultural tapestry, whilst helping to transform children’s lives, please do support us here through GlobalGiving. We need and value your support! And very excitingly, one of our supporters has agreed to match any donations we receive up to a total value of £25,000, so this is a great way to double the impact of your gift. We would be delighted to hear from you!



Performance at Speaker
Performance at Speaker's House
Hideaki Kanazawa with Sumire Kuribayashi
Hideaki Kanazawa with Sumire Kuribayashi

Here at the World Heart Beat Music Academy, we have been delighted to be able to open our students up to some very different experiences in the run up to summer...

In early June, we welcomed two of Japan's leading Jazz musicians to the Academy for an exclusive performance showcasing the beautiful, lyrical pianist Sumire Kuribayashi and master double bassist Hideaki Kanazawa.  It was a wonderful, relaxed evening session for all to enjoy!

Then on 28 June, we had a very special event where our students were invited to perform at the London Residence of the US Ambassador for their annual US Independence Day Celebrations, kindly hosted by the US Ambassador himself.  It was a wonderful experience including full band performances by some of our older students to entertain the huge crowds that had been invited but with a special Flash Mob performance by our superb New Orleans Second Line Band - this certainly got the crowds going!

Mid-July gave us two more super evenings back at the Academy.  The first with the supreme jazz pianist, Julian Joseph, a towering figure in contemporary jazz, signing his new book Music of Initiative - a deeply inspiring work in which Julian shares his insight into the philosophy and practice of jazz performance.  Some fine conversation and jazz performances rounded things off nicely!

The second was another very cool evening with Alex Heffes, the highly successful Hollywood film composer, who was able to join us to work with some of our students.  Following the workshop, family and friends were invited to come along for a fascinating hour of informal chat, to hear Alex himself perform and to hear him play with our young musicians.

Finally last week saw more of our students at a photo shoot, led by a famous music industry photographer, for the big time American jazz saxophonist, composer, producer and band leader, Kamasi Washington, who was performing in London last week.  Quite an afternoon.

World Heart Beat thank you once again for your support for our Academy and to making all these special events available to some very dedicated and very promising young musicians of the future.
Preparing to Flash Mob!
Preparing to Flash Mob!
Full Second Line Band Line Up
Full Second Line Band Line Up
Alex Heffes at World Heart Beat
Alex Heffes at World Heart Beat
Julian Joseph and delighted young admirer
Julian Joseph and delighted young admirer
WHB 2nd Line New Orleans Band
WHB 2nd Line New Orleans Band

It’s been a wonderful few weeks here at World Heart Beat!


We’ve just had our first ever concert in a Circus Tent - performing as part of the Wandsworth Arts Fringe! There were 3 sets – the WHB 2nd Line New Orleans band opened the evening. This was followed by the newly established WHB Rock Band led by Scipio Mosley and Sian Kelly. The evening closed with the very cool band of one of our longstanding students. It was everything we expected and much more! The students had a wonderful evening and we enjoyed being part of the festival.


Our work is only possible through the kind donations and support from our incredible donors. On Thursday 31 May we are having a special lunchtime performance at London’s legendary Jazz Club Ronnie Scott’s. As well as a very exciting opportunity for our students to perform at one of the world’s most famous jazz clubs, this concert is also a unique opportunity for us to meet all our amazing supporters. We know we have very supportive donors through GlobalGiving and it would be wonderful if some of you could come!


The day after our Ronnie Scott’s performance, we will be joining the Free Friday Music event at The Royal Albert Hall. The public will have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious Italian meal at the Verdi Italian Kitchen by the sound of great jazz. Please see the following link for further details:


https://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/events/2018/free-friday-music-world-heart-beat-academy/


This coming Saturday 12 May, we are hosting the World Heart Beat Open Day – an afternoon of free taster sessions and live music performance at the Academy. Children between the ages of 5-12 will have the chance to try a range of instruments for free as part of the Wandsworth Arts Fringe Programme. This will be a marvellous opportunity for us to meet new students and their families and we very much hope to engage more students from disadvantaged backgrounds.


We have many performances and music workshops planned for the summer term, we hope to share them with you soon. Once again, thank you to all our donors from GlobalGiving's website for your continued support. We really appreciate it!

Students from WHB 2nd Line New Orleans Band
Students from WHB 2nd Line New Orleans Band
Invitation to Ronnie Scott
Invitation to Ronnie Scott's Jazz Concert
WHB long - standing Band
WHB long - standing Band
Tamira with her Cello
Tamira with her Cello

Hello!

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: https://www.wandsworthfringe.com

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.

 

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World Heart Beat Music Academy

Location: London - United Kingdom
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Sahana Gero
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