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.
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
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!