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A Change Is Gonna Come

A Change Is Gonna Come

BlogAug 08 2017Comments Off on A Change Is Gonna Come

This week we’d thought we’d introduce you to one our regular supporters aka Trailblazers, Ruth Bennett. Ruth has been a long-time friend of the Abram Wilson Foundation and like so many members of our community is busy doing her own brilliant trailblazing work as Editorial Director at Stripes Publishing. Read on to find out ...

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Why Music is Magic

Why Music is Magic

BlogJul 25 2017Comments Off on Why Music is Magic

Magic. It’s a word we like to use a lot here at AWF HQ. Probably because we get to experience a disproportionate amount of it. We are magic seekers after all and like the great Roald Dahl once wrote, “…above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most ...

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Should innovation in education come from music?

Should innovation in education come from music?

BlogJul 11 2017Comments Off on Should innovation in education come from music?

I spent the weekend being surrounded by social innovators and singers and it got me thinking about the things that they had in common. On Saturday I hung out with the innovators where there was a lot of chat about the current issues in education. I learned that the number of people attending university has gone up by 400% since the 90s. ...

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How making new friends is the new networking

How making new friends is the new networking

BlogJul 04 2017Comments Off on How making new friends is the new networking

Photo credit: Stephen Vakil   Weak ties. Have you heard of this little buzz word that’s been doing the rounds? I hadn’t either until recently. Weak ties? I asked. As in men’s apparel? Er, no. Really bad knots? Nope, not that either. Apparently it just means making new friends and the Abram Wilson Foundation for Creative Arts ...

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When sorry seems to be the hardest word

When sorry seems to be the hardest word

BlogJun 20 2017Comments Off on When sorry seems to be the hardest word

We have lots of really good news ready to share with you: some lovely funders have come on board this year and we’re looking forward to announcing their support and expanding Achieve Your Greatness, our arts education programme for disadvantaged young people. Our board of trustees is moving and shaking as we look ahead towards the next five ...

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Why I’m going to be fearless this week

Why I’m going to be fearless this week

BlogJun 06 2017Comments Off on Why I’m going to be fearless this week

This week will be five years since Abram passed away and I had planned to write about our journey since establishing the Abram Wilson Foundation, what we’ve achieved during that time and what we’re hoping to achieve over the next five years. But then events took another turn and here we are, three terrorist attacks later and two days ...

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

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

BlogMay 23 2017Comments Off on ABRAM WILSON FOUNDATION MAKES OVER £12,000 AT FIFTH ANNIVERSARY GIG!

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 ...

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WEST AFRICA, JAZZ, AND LONDON INFUSED AFROBEAT – INTRODUCING KOKOROKO

WEST AFRICA, JAZZ, AND LONDON INFUSED AFROBEAT – INTRODUCING KOKOROKO

BlogMay 02 2017Comments Off on WEST AFRICA, JAZZ, AND LONDON INFUSED AFROBEAT – INTRODUCING KOKOROKO

With just over a week to go till our five year anniversary fundraising celebrations on 11th May at Bush Hall, band leader of KOKOROKO, Sheila Maurice-Grey gives us the low down on this exciting, up and coming afrobeat group. Inspired by Fela Kuti, Ebo Taylor, Tony Allen and the great sounds that have come out of West Africa they play music ...

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ASHLEY HENRY: A Q&A WITH ONE OF THE RISING STARS OF THE UK JAZZ SCENE

ASHLEY HENRY: A Q&A WITH ONE OF THE RISING STARS OF THE UK JAZZ SCENE

BlogApr 24 2017Comments Off on ASHLEY HENRY: A Q&A WITH ONE OF THE RISING STARS OF THE UK JAZZ SCENE

Ashley Henry is one of a new generation of musicians that have been raised with a wide range of influences, from such luminaries as Rebello, Kirkland, Glasper, Moran, Madlib and Dilla, yet also steeped in the traditional sounds of masters like Hancock and Monk. At only 25, Ashley plays the piano with a beauty and sensitivity that usually comes ...

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AWF Founder Jennie Cashman Wilson talks about the Power of the Arts and Nurturing the Next Generation of Musicians

AWF Founder Jennie Cashman Wilson talks about the Power of the Arts and Nurturing the Next Generation of Musicians

BlogApr 18 2017Comments Off on AWF Founder Jennie Cashman Wilson talks about the Power of the Arts and Nurturing the Next Generation of Musicians

With just over a month to go until our five year anniversary gig on 11th May at Bush Hall our founder, Jennie Cashman Wilson caught up with her pal, Nour Saleh from Art Breath to talk all things Abram Wilson Foundation, the power of the arts, jazz and nurturing the next generation of musicians (tickets here). Art Breath: Could you share with ...

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