Music tuition for 70 disadvantaged London children

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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.

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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsTmMCdw6Xw

 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 https://youtu.be/nzfeMn9fjlA

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 https://youtu.be/AHeSROX4W1E

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: www.ticketsource.co.uk/whb

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
 

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World Heart Beat Music Academy

Location: London - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​www.worldheartbeat.org
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Twitter: @whbeat
Project Leader:
Sahana Gero
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