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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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FRONTWOMAN FOR MADAM, SUKIE SMITH ON HOW NOT WAITING TO BE PICKED IS THE KEY TO ARTISTIC SUCCESS

FRONTWOMAN FOR MADAM, SUKIE SMITH ON HOW NOT WAITING TO BE PICKED IS THE KEY TO ARTISTIC SUCCESS

BlogApr 05 2017Comments Off on FRONTWOMAN FOR MADAM, SUKIE SMITH ON HOW NOT WAITING TO BE PICKED IS THE KEY TO ARTISTIC SUCCESS

Sukie Smith is a classically trained actress who studied at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She began her acting career working with Nic Roeg (The Witches), Mike Newell (A Summer Story), and on improvised/collaborative films such as Mike Leigh’s ‘Topsy Turvy’ and with Neil Hunter & Tom Hunsinger (Lawless Heart). Sukie ...

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FROM THE SHETLANDS ISLES TO LONDON VIA BIRMINGHAM: INTRODUCING SAXOPHONIST RACHAEL COHEN

FROM THE SHETLANDS ISLES TO LONDON VIA BIRMINGHAM: INTRODUCING SAXOPHONIST RACHAEL COHEN

BlogMar 27 2017Comments Off on FROM THE SHETLANDS ISLES TO LONDON VIA BIRMINGHAM: INTRODUCING SAXOPHONIST RACHAEL COHEN

Rachael Cohen a London-based alto saxophonist and composer, is one of the brightest emerging stars of her generation. Her skills as a composer and improviser have gained her a great deal of attention in the UK and beyond. The Rachael Cohen Quartet will be performing at the Abram Wilson Foundation’s Fifth Anniversary Celebrations on May ...

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NEW SCHOOLS NETWORK REPORTS THAT ARTS FUNDING, CLASSROOM TIME, AND TEACHERS ARE BEING CUT IN RESPONSE TO EBACC

NEW SCHOOLS NETWORK REPORTS THAT ARTS FUNDING, CLASSROOM TIME, AND TEACHERS ARE BEING CUT IN RESPONSE TO EBACC

BlogMar 21 2017Comments Off on NEW SCHOOLS NETWORK REPORTS THAT ARTS FUNDING, CLASSROOM TIME, AND TEACHERS ARE BEING CUT IN RESPONSE TO EBACC

A recent New Schools Network’s report shows that more students are doing arts GCSEs since the introduction of the Ebacc. For those of us with an interest in the arts in schools, this at first appears to be great news. But, scratching the surface, we start to see some issues with the positive presentation of these findings. Firstly, the issue ...

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