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Our artist Career Development Programme turns 1!

Our artist Career Development Programme turns 1!

BlogAug 20 2019Comments Off on Our artist Career Development Programme turns 1!

Over the last seven years we’ve been inspired by Abram to build a cohort of up and coming artists who remain engaged with the Foundation throughout their careers. They’re paying it forward by acting as role models, mentors and educators. In 2018 we formally launched our Career Development Programme, to support some of these ...

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In conversation with: Reuben James

In conversation with: Reuben James

BlogJul 23 2019Comments Off on In conversation with: Reuben James

Critically-acclaimed jazz musician and AWF patron Reuben James was just 17 when he was asked to join Abram’s band, offering him a chance to raise his profile and develop his skills as a pianist. In 2013 Reuben was approached to play with a then up-and-coming singer called Sam Smith. He’s subsequently toured the world with Smith, ...

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Seven years: how far we’ve come

Seven years: how far we’ve come

BlogJun 11 2019Comments Off on Seven years: how far we’ve come

Can you believe it’s been seven years already?  As I reflected on the lows and highs of life since Abram passed away, I am gradually managing to accept that no matter how bad it gets, it always gets better, often in ways you can never imagine. With the support of a wonderful array of friends and funders, I’m unbelievably proud of what ...

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Does jazz have a glass ceiling?  Nikki Yeoh on smashing it and being brave with Courtney Pine

Does jazz have a glass ceiling? Nikki Yeoh on smashing it and being brave with Courtney Pine

BlogJul 17 2018Comments Off on Does jazz have a glass ceiling? Nikki Yeoh on smashing it and being brave with Courtney Pine

Photo credit: Nick White Birmingham is one of the many special places where Abram inspired young people with his warmth, enthusiasm and music. Back in 2012 he was working there with 350 children on a new commission for the city’s Symphony Hall to be performed as part of their first ever Generation Ladywood Showcase Event. Sadly Abram never ...

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Why Music is Magic

Why Music is Magic

BlogJul 25 2017Comments Off on Why Music is Magic

Magic. It’s a word we like to use a lot here at AWF HQ. Probably because we get to experience a disproportionate amount of it. We are magic seekers after all and like the great Roald Dahl once wrote, “…above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most ...

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