How can music bring hope in the wake of coronavirus? Launching our new Future Sound film and campaign

We’re super thrilled to reveal our latest Future Sound film!  And to announce that later this month we’re launching an exciting new campaign that gives you the chance to help us bring Future Sound to even more young people. Future Sound is a unique concept – an aspirational and inspirational music learning programme that pairs…

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Future Sound 2020

Future Sound 2020: inspiring the next generation of jazz musicians.

📷 Remy Archer Our Future Sound 2020 programme began this month, a unique and award-winning collaboration that aims to help develop and inspire the next generation of young jazz musicians. Mercury-nominated band SEED Ensemble are working with young people at Mossbourne Community Academy in Hackney and innovative jazz venue Church of Sound. Seven members of…

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Future Sound: the film!

Do you remember our innovative Future Sound project last Autumn? Talented Afrobeat jazz band KOKOROKO came together with promising young musicians at Mossbourne Community Academy in a series of exciting school workshops. The collaboration culminated in a performance at award-winning jazz venue Church of Sound, showcasing the band’s music and new compositions in front of…

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Why music in schools shouldn’t be cut!

Last Autumn we brought together young people at Mossbourne Community Academy in Hackney, afrobeat-jazz band Kokoroko and jazz venue Church of Sound in a unique collaboration called Future Sound. Six months on, I caught up with the school’s head of music, Sophie Sayer [pictured, left of photo] to talk more about music’s transformative power. Jennie:…

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‘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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‘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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‘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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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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