‘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 schools workshop leader and accomplished visual…

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‘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…

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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 with Nina after…

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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! We’re aiming…

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‘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 no other…

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‘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 Greatness workshop leaders. Tyrone…

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Announcing new grants from PRS Foundation and Arts Council England for unique music education project!

We’re delighted to announce an exciting new and exceptional collaboration with two of our faves: up-and-coming Afrobeat-jazz band Kokoroko and award-winning jazz promoters and AWF Associate Artists Church of Sound! Thanks to generous grants worth £17,000 from PRS Foundation and Arts Council England we’ll be presenting Sunday School.   This new project will blend Church of…

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