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Bringing in the new with Nina Fine

Bringing in the new with Nina Fine

BlogDec 11 2018Comments Off on Bringing in the new with Nina Fine

We’ve been super excited to extend our Achieve Your Greatness (AYG) programme to 7-11 year olds this term, working with two new schools in the London Borough of Greenwich.  And we were delighted that talented, North-London-based jazz and soul singer-songwriter Nina Fine joined our awesome team of workshop leaders.  I caught up ...

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Help us raise £10,000 in The Big Give Christmas Challenge!

Help us raise £10,000 in The Big Give Christmas Challenge!

BlogNov 26 2018Comments Off on Help us raise £10,000 in The Big Give Christmas Challenge!

If you’re passionate about music and about young people accessing a creative education, please be super generous and support the Abram Wilson Foundation this week, in our very special Big Give Christmas Challenge.  Between 27th November and 4th December anything you give HERE will be doubled, so one donation = twice the impact! ...

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Hendrix, community and new music – five minutes with Shirley Tetteh

Hendrix, community and new music – five minutes with Shirley Tetteh

BlogNov 20 2018Comments Off on Hendrix, community and new music – five minutes with Shirley Tetteh

📷: Gomez de Villaboa Rising star in the UK jazz scene, musician Shirley Tetteh explores the rich heritage and tradition of the guitar, influenced by pioneers and contemporary heroes alike.  She has performed with the likes of Jason Yarde, Nubya Garcia, Arun Ghosh, Courtney Pine and Jazz Jamaica. More recently she was announced as the ...

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‘No holds barred’: how Church of Sound’s bringing afrobeat and jazz to a new generation

‘No holds barred’: how Church of Sound’s bringing afrobeat and jazz to a new generation

BlogNov 06 2018Comments Off on ‘No holds barred’: how Church of Sound’s bringing afrobeat and jazz to a new generation

📷 Kathy Stocker A Hackney church reimagined as a music venue – winning a 2017 Jazz FM Award for Best Live Experience of the Year – AWF Associate Artist, Church of Sound has reclaimed a vital community space. Its co-founder and latest member of our career development programme, Spencer Martin, is getting ready for a gig like ...

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‘We’re designed to create’: takin’ over the world with Tyrone Isaac-Stuart

‘We’re designed to create’: takin’ over the world with Tyrone Isaac-Stuart

BlogOct 23 2018Comments Off on ‘We’re designed to create’: takin’ over the world with Tyrone Isaac-Stuart

Pushing the boundaries where music and dance collide, Tyrone Isaac-Stuart has a BA in Jazz, is an alto saxophonist, founded the band Parshmaune and started his professional hip hop dance career with Barbican Associates Boy Blue Entertainment. He joined our Education Committee in 2014 before becoming one of our super-inspiring Achieve Your ...

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How do we build a circle and cycle of greatness?

How do we build a circle and cycle of greatness?

BlogOct 09 2018Comments Off on How do we build a circle and cycle of greatness?

Have you heard of the UN’s ‘International Day of the Girl Child’?  It’s tomorrow, Thursday 11th October! It promotes young women’s empowerment, and this year it’s focusing on expanding learning opportunities for girls to help them chart new pathways and transition into the world of work.   I’ve been thinking about it a lot, ...

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How Abram Wilson inspired me: Dylan Jones on his tribute gig

How Abram Wilson inspired me: Dylan Jones on his tribute gig

BlogSep 26 2018Comments Off on How Abram Wilson inspired me: Dylan Jones on his tribute gig

It’s going to be an emotional one on 3rd October when multi-award-winning Ezra Collective’s trumpet player, Dylan Jones pays tribute to the late Abram Wilson, his former teacher, in a special gig at the Hospital Club.  Forming a unique quintet – including the formidable Will Cleasby on drums – Dylan will play a selection of ...

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How an international childhood inspired my fusion style – Ayo Salawu

How an international childhood inspired my fusion style – Ayo Salawu

BlogSep 12 2018Comments Off on How an international childhood inspired my fusion style – Ayo Salawu

Our newest Late Night Jazz showcase events kick off again later this month at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden, yay!  So I caught up with London-based drummer Ayo Salawu who plays our first gig of the series on 26th September.  Ayo drums with Kokoroko, Oscar Jerome and Julia Biel and is fast making his name on the UK circuit, after ...

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Five lessons I’ve learned from taking the big leap

Five lessons I’ve learned from taking the big leap

BlogAug 28 2018Comments Off on Five lessons I’ve learned from taking the big leap

At the beginning of September 2015 I was unceremoniously pushed over a cliff edge that I’d been standing on for way too long. I was forced to suffer the humiliation of being fired in order to be persuaded to leap and focus on the Abram Wilson Foundation full-time. That was three years ago and I want to share five lessons that I’ve learnt ...

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Stepping out – how can music change your life?

Stepping out – how can music change your life?

BlogAug 14 2018Comments Off on Stepping out – how can music change your life?

Photo credit: David Choi Achieve Your Greatness (AYG) is our arts education programme for 11 to 16 year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds, combining music with theatre, dance and spoken word. We train up and coming musicians and artists who pass on their knowledge and expertise to the next generation by going into schools to deliver creative ...

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