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

Dear friends and supporters, 

From celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, launching our Nine Elms Sessions’ music videos, hosting an open day and film screenings, hosting international Columbian musicians and educators with a two-week residency as part of our Planet Harmony project (including workshops in making musical instruments out of recycled materials as well as collaborations with local schools to explore themes of social, racial and climate justice through music) and launching a pop-up music space in an alcove in Nine Elms – it's fair to say it’s been a busy few months for World Heart Beat! 

On Sunday 5th June, our musicians were invited to perform at Wandsworth’s Big Jubilee Lunch to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. We provided five different musical performances including a piano party, Indian music featuring Tabla maestro, Alok Verma and supreme vocalist Raj Heer, a New Orleans Second Line Marching Band, plus contemporary gig and jazz bands in five of Wandsworth’s beautiful parks.  Local residents had the perfect opportunity to enjoy live music and picnics al fresco with friends, family and the community whilst celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee achievement! 

World Heart Beat once again took part in the hugely popular annual Wandsworth Arts Fringe (WAF) Festival, a celebration of culture and creativity which takes over the Wandsworth theatres, parks and streets. This year, we were invited to open the festival with our New Orleans band leading the way as we all followed the course of the River Thames through new, regeneration areas and local developments in Battersea and Nine Elms. It was truly uplifting and joyous; we even made it onto the front cover of the summer edition of the Wandsworth magazine, Brightside! 

In June, we launched our final Nine Elms Sessions on our YouTube channel - a compilation of six music videos celebrating the Nine Elmslocal community whilst reflecting on the area’s heritage, present identity and promising future.  We showcased the Sessions at the plush Cinema in the Arches at Battersea Power Station, as well as at one of our fundraising events to help try to secure the final funding required for our new music education centre and concert hall, opening in Nine Elms in October. If you’re able to help fund our ‘last mile’, or know a business who might be able to help, please do visit our website to find out more.   

We held another successful Try an Instrument - Open Day at our Kimber Rd residence, welcoming over 40 new faces to find out first hand from our young people and teachers the benefits of learning music at World Heart Beat. It was lovely to see so many enthusiastic young people (and parents!) from all backgrounds trying out instruments and asking questions about learning here at the academy.  

In May, we invited Mr Klaje, a collective of musicians and educators hailing from Cali, Colombia for a residency to deliver workshops across eight schools in Wandsworth. The collective initially began as a percussion group that used recycled materials to make music and over time, they started performing in Colombia and other countries of Latin America, sharing alternative lyrics that invite people to reflect on social and environmental issues. Since then, the group has engaged further with socially and environmentally engaged music projects, such as “The Rubbish Road”, a programme where they provided musical training and workshops to underserved and vulnerable groups, on how to make instruments using recycled materials and make music using them.  

The workshops were really well received by the students – they offered warm up activities and fun games, which saw them acquire practical skills in listening, rhythm, percussion, vocals, and also social values like trusting, empathy, respect and collaboration. They then made instruments out of recycled materials, which at times were shakers or drums! They then came together to play music, accompanying Colombian folk music and reflecting on the day, with a focus on empathy, consideration and the power of music to help make a difference to the world! 

In July, we launched our Planet Harmony Project in collaboration with Griffin Primary School and Harris Academy, Battersea exploring the themes of social, racial and climate justice through music.  Winston Rollins, Trombonist, Writer and Producer taught Trombone and Trumpet to twenty-two Year 4, 5 and 6 students at Griffin Primary School, whilst Alok Verma taught tabla to students at Harris Academy. The project was showcased at Griffin Primary School’s city garden – a beautiful, peaceful outdoor space – and an excellent location to showcase the students’ learnings, alongside recycling workshops for members of the public. 

We also took part once again in the uplifting, family-friendly Happy Streets Festival around Thessaly Road, Nine Elms. This one-day event takes inspiration from the nearby ‘Happy Street’ Thessaly Road bridge design with themes of happiness and wellbeing. The festival included a line-up of live music, theatre, craft and wellbeing activities and performances for all ages. Performances came from our gig band, our marching New Orleans band, as well as instrument making workshops at the Yvonne Carr Centre Garden using recycled materials – it was great to see all ages getting involved and making some rhythmic sounds and beats from the instruments! 

Furthering our outreach to schools in Wandsworth, Brazilian singer-songwriter Aleh Ferreira (best known as the front man of legendary Brazilian funk band, Banda Black Rio)has been teaching Viola Caipira (Brazilian 10-stringed guitar) to sixteen Year 7 students at Harris Academy, Battersea as part of the World Heart Beat Online Music Programme. Artist-educator Pepe Barcello has taught an Intro to Latin American music, as well as reaching out to Awesome Adventure King Henry’s Walk, a charity with the mission to empower children and young people to achieve their potential and improve their health, well-being and resilience.  

To celebrate Make Music Day (Tuesday 21st June) World Heart Beat launched Music is in the Air – a pop-up space offering FREE music lessons in Nine Elms throughout the summer until the end of August. The alcove includes a piano and drums set located at Alcove 3, Merchants Way, the colourful walking route which runs through New Covent Garden Market between Nine Elms Tube station, Arch 42 and Ponton Road. It also offers the opportunity for musicians to use the space to practice together, or hold a concert, free of charge! We were delighted when Pianist and Composer Howard Blake (his well-known work includes his soundtrack for Channel 4’s 1982 film, The Snowman) ‘christened’ our piano to Nine Elms’ passers-by. 

We hope you have a peaceful and relaxing summer! 

With my best wishes, 

Sahana  

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World Heart Beat has had a busy and productive start to the year, some of the key highlights of which we’d like to share with you below.  

In February, after much behind the scenes collaboration, brainstorming, site explorations, rehearsals, filming and production, World Heart Beat introduced The Nine Elms Sessions – a series of six music videos celebrating the Nine Elms local community whilst reflecting on the area’s heritage, present identity and promising future. The music videos feature the next generation of musical talent from our academy, and were kindly co-supported by Wandsworth Council and Developer EcoWorld Ballymore’s Embassy Gardens, the new business and residential quarter in Nine Elms.  

The videos play homage to the Nine Elms’ Portuguese and Latin communities with an energetic samba parade; tell the history of the Nine Elms docks as a destination of choice for Irish settlers; salute the Vauxhall-born, early aviator and aircraft manufacturer Hilda Hewlett; commemorate the United Nation’s International Day of Happiness; feature the iconic Ramport Studios (where The Who recorded its Quadrophenia album) as well as showcasing snapshots of the Nine Elms landscape, including The U.S Embassy, The New Covent Garden Market and Battersea Power Station. 

This summer, World Heart Beat will be welcoming individuals to its new state-of-the-art digital music education and concert venue in Nine Elms, featuring a 200-capacity auditorium and industry standard recording studio in advance of its official opening in October this year. Please visit our website here to find out more about the project and to enjoy the music videos for yourselves! 

Last month, we launched EMERGE, our first-ever music industry intensive course for emerging talent (aged 16-25 years) keen to develop their music careers. The event was supported by Stride, an organisation which encourages creativity and innovation to thrive in South London. Music Industry professionals including Domino, Reprezent Radio, Jyoty, Anjelo Disons, Lex Amor, and Shireen Valentina took part in panel discussions, networking opportunities, interviews and practical workshops ranging from beat-making, filming for music videos to learning about copyrights. It provided an excellent opportunity for young creatives to be inspired and to learn more about the UK music industry, as well as gaining skills and cultivating new networks. EMERGE ensures that the vital experiences, knowledge and imaginations of Black, culturally diverse and female talent are placed front and centre in the future of the music industries. This summer, we’ll be holding an 8-week training programme delivered with industry leader partners – watch this space to find out more!  

We also launched our Planet Harmony Project, which explores the themes of social, racial and climate justice through music. Working in collaboration with Griffin Primary School in Nine Elms, Trombonist, Writer and Producer Winston Rollins (The Brand New Heavies, Incognito, Aswad, Jamiroquai, Courtney Pine, Jool Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra) is leading a 12-week course with 22 young people who have little or no musical experience, but plenty of enthusiasm! The project also includes an introduction to samba rhythms, making instruments out of recycled materials as well as writing songs.  

Other exciting news to report is the launch of our online Piano Department – please subscribe to our YouTube channel and see some of the exceptional performances from five of our emerging pianists performing Bach, Beethoven andProkofiev. The event took place at the beautiful Coach House Pianos, and was hosted by award-winning composer and World Heart Beat’s Head of Keyboard and Composition, Michael Csányi-Wills. 

Thank you as always for your support – we look forward to updating you again soon! 

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It’s been a wonderful time as ever at World Heart Beat with community events in Nine Elms, eye-wateringly good fundraising success, the launch of our Latin and South Asian Online Programme and even performing in the annual Lord Mayor’s Show on a horse-drawn bus, performing to a crowd of more than 500,000 spectators 

First and foremost, we are delighted to announce an award of £800,000 from the Government’s Levelling Up Fund (LUF) towards the creation of a vibrant new music education centre and concert venue in Nine Elms, to launch in Autumn 2022.  Just one of six grants awarded in London, the funding is an endorsement of the project, which is situated in an area of major regeneration and will help benefit thousands of young people, many living in disadvantaged conditions in neighbouring estatesacross the wider borough of Wandsworth, and beyond. 

The public concert hall, the first to open in London since 2008, will programme an exciting mix of emerging, professional and international headline artists performing music from across the globe. To reach our target, we have now launched the final phase of our fundraising campaign, to raise the final £600,000 to enable us to fully realise our vision. Anyone interested in supporting can find out more  by visiting www.worldheartbeat.org/embassygardens where you can also find the ‘shopping list’ and how to donate.  

A Wandsworth Council spokesperson said: “Securing £800,000 of the Levelling Up Fund is a huge milestone for Wandsworth Council and World Heart Beat. As ‘cultural anchor’ partners, this money will go towards cementing a musical base into the very fabric of Nine Elms, a place that is fast becoming a destination for arts and cultural organisations. We look forward to continuing the fantastic work that World Heart Beat are already doing in the Nine Elms community to reach new audiences and bring music to our vibrant neighbourhood.” 

We have taken part in an abundance of community events in Nine Elms to introduce and help strengthen our presence in tharea before we open our second venue next year. Oli Savill, Basement Jaxx percussionist led two drumming workshops for World Heart Beat at St. George's Thessaly Church on the Patmore Estate; young people and families in the area took part and were encouraged to join in the fun by learning Afro-Cuban beats.  

At the end of August, wtook part in the Latin Jam Festival, free, family-friendly weekend event with live music and dance which took place at the Black Cab Coffee Company, a riverside piazza venue overlooking the inlet dock and the River Thames in Nine Elms. World Heart Beat put on Brazilian Rhythm workshops and a performance for young people led by Charlles Andre Souza De Almeida (known as Charlles Junior) and his Samba Band. 

At the end of October, we took part in the Line of Light Festivala weekend event to celebrate the communities living above the extension of the new Northern line tube, taking audiences across a 3.2km walking route between Battersea Power Station and the Oval with projections across buildings, accompanied by soundscapes. Our gig band musicians performed to an evening crowd at New Union Square, Embassy Gardensone of two Festival hubs with other free family friendly community activities, including arts workshops and street theatre. 

In mid-November, courtesy of the Rotary Internationalour New Orleans Band second line band took part in the Lord Mayor’s Showenthusiastically joining in the celebrations of 800 years of pageantry Our musicians made their way through the City of London whilst performing on an open top, horse-drawn bus to a crowd of over 500,000 spectators! 

Last monthwe launched our free online music programme, World Heart Beat Onlinefour curated music courses honouring Latin American and South Asian music and their communities, for young people (aged 7-25 years). Internationally acclaimed musicians Alok Verma, Pepe Barcellos, Almir Pessoa and Jonathan Mayer are leading the introductory and specialist courses, with sitar and caipira  instruments available on loan for freeThere's still time to sign up, so please share if you know anyoneor any communitieswho may be interested in taking part 

If you are a cinema-goer, look out for the latest ZEDRA ad featuring our young musicians and our Jazz programme Leader trumpet-extraordinaire, Byron Wallen; they were invited to be part of ZEDRA’s  #HeroesWorkHere ad campaign, to shine a light on its true heroes, including those at our academy! 

We wish everyone a very happy festive period and prosperous 2022! We would like to say thank you for all your supportwhich is invaluable in helping make the dream of World Heart Beat a reality.  

Photographer Sam Bibby at Sam Bibby Productions
Photographer Sam Bibby at Sam Bibby Productions
ZEDRA #HeroesWorkHere campaign
ZEDRA #HeroesWorkHere campaign
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It's been aeventful summer for World Heart Beat with the return of live music performances as well as continued online activity after a difficult covid influenced, lockdown year. 

In May, two of our young musiciansAva Joseph and Carla Flores produced and presented their first ever virtual concert ‘Operation Forest’a follow up to ‘For the Struggle’ concert held earlier in the Spring. The concert highlighted the need for global awareness of racial injustice and equality for all – as well as the need to protect our planet.  

The young musicians came up with the concept during lockdown. Since they were no longer able to meet in person and in light of Black Lives Matterthey came together virtually with fellow Heart Beat musicians to express themselves as well as giving something back to the academy, in recognition of the support they’ve received over the years. Many of the students involved also learn at the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy (JJJA) - both academies help to secure the shared enrichment and creation of more well-rounded musicians, who thrive through learning and performing together.   

Highlights included Jazz vocalist Cleveland Watkiss, MBE – a mentor who provides masterclasses at the academy featuring in the centerpiece composition with ‘Oh Freedom’, a post-civil war African American freedom song by galvanising all the musicians to sing as an a capella choir, as well as BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year Deschanel Gordon performing Duke Ellington’s classic ‘Come Sunday’, from his highly celebrated suite of 1942 entitled ‘Black, Brown and Beige’. 

Another highlight over the summer was our Congrego! Festival (Latin for gather/join) which provided a vibrant and danceable showcase of Latin energy and culture at this year’s Wandsworth Arts Fringe Festival (WAF). This year, World Heart Beat, one of this year’s grant awardees, showcased a fiesta of stunning curated performances providing a much-needed celebratory date for the diary that brought musicians, dancers and the community together after so much time apart 

Taking place in the ‘outdoor’ iconic Big Top Tent, Internationally-acclaimed Cuban violinist Omar Puente directed and performed with World Heart Beat’s young musicians in a programme of Cuban, Venezuelan and Brazilian music, as well as everyone’s favorite tracks from the Buena Vista Social Club repertoire and a performance from his own Cuban band.  

From the excitement of Salsa and the wonderful rhythms of the Cha Cha Cha, Mambo, traditional Rumba and Son to the blood-racing energy of Latin Jazz the dynamic, high energy professional dancers from The Salsa Cabana Show brought the warm 'Rhythms of Cuba' to accompany the music – it certainly was an evening to rememberThe energy and vibe from the festival was such a hit that Omar will be introducing a new Latin Music course for our young people starting in September, we can’t wait! 

 World Heart Beat also presented its online livestreamed American Cultural Concert as part of a jazz inspired education and performance programmefunded by The American EmbassyMusical performances spanned a whole host of music genres including New Orleans 2nd Line Band, blues, jazz, soul and R&B. 

The academy has taken part in many workshops and festivals (as well as performing piano recitals to local Southfields’ residents queuing for their covid vaccinations) in the Nine Elms area, a great opportunity for the local community to find out more about World Heart Beat before its second venue opens in Spring 2022. Musicians and volunteers toopart and helped show that everyone can take part in music learning – no matter the age, experience or background.  

Events included the community-led Happy Streets Festival organised by Wandsworth Council, exclusive 2-day percussion workshops learning Afro-Cuban rhythm for families and young people led by Oli Savill (Basement Jaxx percussionist), as well as taking part in the Latin Jam 2 Festival– a weekender of Latin music and dance –  by holding Brazilian rhythm workshops for young people (aged 6 –25 years) plus a performance by Charlles Andre Souza De Almeida (known as Charlles Junior) and his Samba Band, as well as World Heart Beat ‘one to watch’, Ava Joseph. 

Finally, ware so pleased to be able to get out once again into the community and to share our broad genre of musicfrom Jazz to Latin to South Indian to Classical with so many young people. We look forward to what the next quarter holds, and have some interesting projects in the pipeline to tell you about in our next update! 

Until then, thank you as ever for your continued support. 

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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 musicians2021 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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