ABRAM WILSON FOUNDATION MAKES OVER £12,000 AT FIFTH ANNIVERSARY GIG!

ABRAM WILSON FOUNDATION MAKES OVER £12,000 AT FIFTH ANNIVERSARY GIG!

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On 11th May 2017 we celebrated our five year anniversary with a very special gig at Bush Hall raising funds for the next generation of artists.

Our almost entirely female led line-up included MADAM, the RACHAEL COHEN QUARTET, and KOKOROKO. With a special guest performance from NITIN SAWHNEY.

There were some truly exceptional performances, a raffle, an unbelievably exciting live auction led by Eddie Latter and great vibes all night.

Thanks to an incredible team of volunteers and super talented artists we sold out and smashed our fundraising target making over £12,000 after costs!

Check out the whole evening below with images by Tia Simon-Campbell.

Cheeky smiles from AWF Patron, Reuben James and AWF Founder & CEO, Jennie Cashman Wilson 

AWF VIP dinner beforehand. Left to right, clockwise: Artist, Nitin Sawhney; Tom Frederikse from Clintons; AWF Trustee Flo Butler; Darrel Sheinman from Gearbox Records; Kansas Smitty’s Co-Founder, Giacomo Smith; AWF Founder & CEO, Jennie Cashman Wilson; AWF Patron, Reuben James

Tables set 

Waiting for the guests to arrive

Band members from KOKOROKO backstage.From left to right: Cassie Kinoshi; Pharoah S-Russell; Oscar Lawrence; Onome Edgeworth 

Band members from MADAM backstage. From left to right: Adam Franklin and frontwoman, Sukie Smith

Raffle ticket buyers! 

Nearly kick off time…

Ashley Henry on keys from the Rachael Cohen Quartet

The Rachael Cohen Quartet. From left to right clockwise: Ashley Henry on keys, Shane Forbes on drums, Joe Downard on double bass and Rachael Cohen on alto saxophone. 

The Rachael Cohen Quartet, nice view!

Adam Franklin on guitar and Jeff Towsin on drums from MADAM

MADAM performing on stage. From left to right, clockwise: Adam Franklin on guitar, Gareth Moss on bass guitar and backing vocals; Sarah Gill on cello; frontwoman Sukie Smith on guitar and lead vocals

MADAM performing on stage. From left to right, clockwise: Adam Franklin on guitar, Gareth Moss on bass guitar and backing vocals; Jeff Towsin on drums; Sam Willard on guitar; Sarah Gill on saw; frontwoman Sukie Smith on guitar and lead vocals

A happy audience

KOKOROKO on stage. Left to right, clockwise: Mutale Shashi on bass; Pharoah S-Russell on drums; Onome Edgeworth on percussion

KOKOROKO on stage. Left to right, clockwise: Cassie Kinoshi on alto saxophone; Sheila Maurice-Grey on trumpet; Richie Seivwright on trombone

AWF Founder & CEO, Jennie Cashman Wilson waiting for one of our donors, Chris Nott to draw the winner of our charity cocktail, ‘Miles Ahead’

Our incredible auctioneer, Eddie Latter drumming up some serious bidding for our live auction 

AWF Patron, Reuben James giving our audience a taster of what they would get if they successfully bid for him in the live auction 

And Reuben James is sold! Three times over in fact! 

Nitin Sawhney on guitar and vocalist, Eve Stone

Nitin Sawhney on guitar and his tabla player, Aref Durvesh

Nitin Sawhney, all the smiles! Maybe because he knew he was soon to be awarded an Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement Award! 

The final encore kicks off with Rachael Cohen on alto saxophone and Reuben James and Ashley Henry sharing keys

Frontline of final encore from left to right: Rachael Cohen on alto saxophone; Cassie Kinoshi on alto saxophone; Richie Seivwright on trombone; Sheila Maurice- Grey on trumpet; and Oscar Lawrence on guitar with Pharaoh S-Russell on drums and Ashley Henry on keys. 

Final encore. Same as above with Reuben James on melodica. 

Standing ovation, what a night!