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‘The future is bright!’ KOKOROKO’s Yohan Kebede is on a musical journey

‘The future is bright!’ KOKOROKO’s Yohan Kebede is on a musical journey

BlogFeb 18 2019Comments Off on ‘The future is bright!’ KOKOROKO’s Yohan Kebede is on a musical journey

📷: Edwin Louis Our super exciting Late Night Jazz series kicks off for 2019 next week, showcasing some of London’s most talented rising stars at the exclusive Hospital Club London. Ahead of his first ever solo gig, I caught up with KOKOROKO pianist, Yohan Kebede. Jennie: You recently graduated from the London College of Contemporary ...

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‘The musical heritage here feels very strong’: meet David Austin Grey

‘The musical heritage here feels very strong’: meet David Austin Grey

BlogFeb 06 2019Comments Off on ‘The musical heritage here feels very strong’: meet David Austin Grey

As our latest Achieve Your Greatness programme gets moving with two new primary schools in Birmingham this month, I stole a few moments with our newest workshop leader pianist and composer David Austin Grey … Jennie: This is your first AYG workshop, though you’ve worked extensively in education in the past. What are you expecting, ...

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‘There is power in knowledge’: meet Sheila Maurice-Grey

‘There is power in knowledge’: meet Sheila Maurice-Grey

BlogJan 22 2019Comments Off on ‘There is power in knowledge’: meet Sheila Maurice-Grey

Hot off the back of celebrations for ‘Abusey Junction’ winning ‘Track of the Year, 2018’ at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM awards last week, I caught up with KOKOROKO band leader and trumpet-player Sheila Maurice-Grey.  Sheila’s one of the super-talented musicians selected for our career development programme, plus a dedicated ...

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‘If music inspires your soul, then find out more…’ – Wei Ching Poon

‘If music inspires your soul, then find out more…’ – Wei Ching Poon

BlogJan 07 2019Comments Off on ‘If music inspires your soul, then find out more…’ – Wei Ching Poon

As we get going on our plans for 2019, I caught up with one of our awesome Abram Wilson Foundation donors whose support helps make it all happen. Wei Ching Poon shares why her university memories of Abram’s music inspired her to get involved. Jennie: You’ve been an AWF supporter for three years now, can you tell us about why you ...

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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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