The Jack Petchey Foundation is a young, progressive grant making Trust based in Ilford Essex. The award includes money to be spent on equipment and instruments, workshops and masterclasses, or going to concerts and shows.
Rasida Gerald, 18 years old, May 2018
Rasida has been involved with the academy for many years now and is incredibly talented vocalist, songwriter and pianist. She is always joyful and always bring energy and warmth to the academy, and puts her entire heart and soul into rehearsals and performances. Rasida is inspiring to be around, and her passion seems to spread to those around her.
Tomas Dickinson, 16 years old, May 2018
Tomas has been playing Piano at World Heart Beat for 4 years now and has consistently been improving. Tomas is playing like a true pianist, and always takes part in our semi-annual piano parties. Even during his GCSE exams, a period which many people use as an excuse to put music on hold, Tomas continued with his studies and performances, showing his true passion and dedication to music. Tomas has put his money towards tuning all of our pianos, and fixing one of the ones that is broken! He has also put some money towards buying ABRSM Grade books from grade 1-5.
Ella Vyas, 13 years old: February 2018
Ella is an extraordinary flautist who has been at the academy for many years. She has been developing her teaching skills by giving up her time every Wednesday to teach young flute players-which can be challenging at times! In addition, she has just completed her Bronze Silver Arts Award, and has recently started violin lessons, so Ella is looking to expand her talents further. We are lucky to have such a supportive and hard working musician with us. Ella is spending the money on two lovely new violins for World Heart Beat.
Miranda Gallacher, 14 years old: March 2018
Miranda is a dedicated musician, who encompasses what WHB is all about. As a talented female drummer, she defies social stereotypes and is an inspiration to many, especially since recently all male bands take up around 90% of festival line ups. She is constantly involved in academy life, taking part in our Friday night band sessions which has really improved her confidence. On top of that, she has attended some of our New Orleans Second Line gigs, which have been really successful. Miranda would like to put the money towards a new gig PA system, including a mixing desk with amps and speakers.
Leader Award 2017: Kamilla Arku
One of our invaluable piano teachers, Kamilla encourages our young pianists to aspire to achieve the greatest they can and does not just teach the basics of piano, but also encorporates this with educating students on famous piano composers, which really helps students to become inspired. An extremely talented pianist, Kamilla recently performed in the renowned ‘Pianists of the World’ Series at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and has performed in prestigious programmes such as the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme and the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, and has been awarded scholarships and prizes internationally. Kamilla performs frequently as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician, in the UK and abroad. Kamilla, whose father is Liberian is committed to volunteer efforts, and since 2008 has organised concerts in aid of the Liberian Education Trust, which raises money for education in Liberia. She has also had the honour of performing for the President of Liberia, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Inaya Salam, 12 years old: November 2017
Inaya is an integral part of the World Heart Beat community; attending the academy multiple days a week as part of theGypsy Violin group and our new Orchestra. In addition to this she has been studying classical violin, in which she has just completed her Grade 3 and has started studying for her grade 4. Inaya is building up a large musical repertoire; she plays as part of a band, and is also promising to be a confident soloist. She has also completed her bronze arts award and hopes to start her silver award soon.
Ola Fils, 13 years old: November 2017
Ola is at the academy almost every day working on her silver arts awards and helping out as well. She has already built her website and is working on filming and recording a typical week atWorld Heart Beat Music Academy. Ola explores the behind the scenes of the creative industry while she is working us, for example with photography, design, journalism and filming. She is a great help to the academy and is always supporting us in as many ways she can. Ola is planning on spending the money on new instruments and music for the academy.
Jesse Boulting, 15 years old: July 2017
Jesse came to the Academy with £50 pocket money he had saved up for piano lessons. Before long he was getting involved in all of our projects including our jazz band, 51st State Band, film composition classes, songwriting classes, Pop Keyboard sessions, and our Radio Show. With an entrepreneurial spirit, he already has his own website where he blogs about jazz music and goes to concerts to interview musicians. He is close to releasing his first EP, and is now also completing a Silver Arts Award. He has so many plans and ideas, there are just not enough hours in the day to fulfil them!
In tune with his musical interests, Jesse decided to put his reward money towards a new keyboard, and new recording software.
Lalou Laredo, 15 years old: May 2017
Lalou has been chosen for this award because she is always cheerful and polite, and always offers to help around the Academy. In addition she is a fantastic musician who learns incredibly quickly. Not only is she passionate about the music, but she takes an interest in her fellow musicians and is a joy to work with and teach. Lalou has been attending our Friday evening guitar classes, helping with reception and administration at the Academy, and she also helped to host and teach workshops at our recent open day. Lalou co-hosted our radio show live on Wandsworth Radio and played a short performance.
She has chosen to use the Jack Petchey award money to contribute towards new guitar and keyboard equipment, and supply new Grade 5 theory books for class.
Elizabeth Thatcher, 15 years old: March 2017
Elizabeth is a great musician with a real interest in the guitar – she is even a left handed player! She is adaptable to a range of genres and open to learn all different kinds of music with commitment and genuine joy. She is always ready to lend a helping hand around the Academy with setting up for concerts, and she also helped lead guitar workshops at our recent open day. Elizabeth also has been on our radio show to host a fantastic radio show about guitarists, and played a song live.
Antonia Parham, 15 years old: February 2017
Antonia has been coming to our Songwriting classes, guitar classes and is a flexible, focused musician who is clearly passionate about music. She supported one of our other students as she was completing her Gold Arts Award by helping to host a guitar party, and recently helped at our open day. She learned how to play the Viola Caipira with Almir Pessoa during our Spirit of Brazil project and performed in the Brazilian Guitar concert. Antonia also co-hosted our radio show on Wandsworth Radio where the guitarists performed live.
Leader Award 2016: Scipio Mosley
Jaidon Farodoye-Regis, 13 years old: October 2016
Jaidon has been chosen for this award because he is a talented drummer who is currently working towards grade 7 aged just 13. His wholelife revolves around music and he spends morethan 15 hours a week at the Academy. He plays drums and saxophone in the 51st State Band, attends our vocal group, jazz ensembles, songwriting workshops and Brazilian music workshops. He is highly communicative, enthusiastic and passionate, which also makes him an excellent radio presenter, a supportive member of any team and an excellent student mentor for younger musicians. We have just invited Jaidon to take part in drum masterclasses with the Great Mark Mondesir who has been described as the ‘most astonishing drummer on the planet’ by Drummerworld.
George Gero, 13 years old: October 2016
George moved to England when he was 11 and took up the saxophone on his arrival. He also joined the 51st State Band a few weeks after and didn’t waste any time performing on stage with
the 100 piece band at Putney Arts Theatre. George has already completed both grade 1 and grade 3 on Saxophone attaining distinction in both grades. George mixes well with all his fellow musicians and is happy to throw himself into any piece and style of music.
Pauline Tossou, 13 years old: June 2016
Pauline is an excellent flute player and a very cheerful member of the Academy; she is a pleasure to be around. She is very dedicated and perseveres. She comes along to all of our special projects and recently she has played classical flute music at the Skinner’s Hall and Kensington Palace.
Pauline wanted to spend her Jack Petchey Achievement award money on helping us to buy classical flute ensemble sheet music and Georgian-themed costumes for the Skinner’s Hall and Kensington Palace events. This is a big help as the Kensington Palace performance has become an annual booking for the Academy.
Omar Ambass, 17 years old: May 2016
Omar started learning saxophone at World Heart Beat last year. He stays for hours in our Monday night jazz programme, playing and improving his skills. The teachers have been very impressed with his progress and dedication to practicing. He mixes well with others and is a pleasure to play with.
Omar has been helping us to organise our instrument cupboard and noticed that some of our saxophones needed some TLC – he decided to spend his Jack Petchey Achievement Award money on repairs for some of the World Heart Beat equipment.
Isabel Marangos, 13 years old: April 2016
Isabel plays Guitar, Piano, Sings and is a very exciting songwriter. She attends vocal groups, jazz ensembles, songwriting workshops , production classes and spends almost 15 hours a week at World Heart Beat. She is also a talented radio presenter and her show gained the highest ratings on Wandsworth radio for the whole year, including their launch show!
Isabel has been working very hard on recording her own original music recently, she decided to spend her Jack Petchey achievement award money on some equipment for the World Heart Beat recording studio, as well as paying for a songwriting workshop for the Academy students.
Jordan Hadfield, 18 years old: March 2016
Jordan is a multi-talented musician who can pick things up very quickly. He plays drums, bass guitar, guitar, piano, percussion instruments and all to a very good standard. Recently, he has performed in the Emirates stadium, Chelsea Theatre, for Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce and in a Funk concert. He is always willing to help out around the Academy by teaching younger students or setting up for concerts.
As Jordan is one of our most dedicated drummers, he did a lot of research to find the best-sounding set of cymbals and used his Jack Petchey achievement award money to contribute towards these new cymbals for World Heart Beat concerts.
Leader Award 2015: Tony Kofi
Tony is absolutely brilliant with all of the students. He is so engaged, and cares so much about their progress. He will invest extra time in mentoring them, sharing information about great musicians to listen to. He is an inspiration in his own life as well as being one of the top Jazz players internationally. He performs with the students and recently supported all of the students in his own extra time at our fundraising concert at 606 Jazz Club.
Jerin Hossain, 13 years old: November 2015
Jerin is one of our most enthusiastic young violin players. She is always cheerful in lessons and spreads joy to everyone. She is so dedicated to her instrument that she has lessons 3 times a week to learn Gypsy, Celtic and Classical music! She has performed in many of our concerts, most recently playing with a small Gypsy band at our 51st State Band concert in Putney Arts Theatre.
Jerin will put her money towards buying spare violin strings and shoulder rests for the academy.
Carla Flores, 17 years old: September 2015
Carla has been given this award because of her immense inspiration to our young violin players. She has been invaluable, helping the Celtic Fiddle teacher every week by mentoring the younger students and helping them to improve their technique. Carla also gets involved in all of our projects, and has been learning Brazilian music, Jazz and Songwriting.
Carla will put her money towards buying a set of drum microphones for the academy’s new recording studio.
Ines Tossou, 15 years old: June 2015
Ines took part in all of our events as part of the Brazilian music programme and will be performing in an upcoming event at Kensington Palace. She is always cheerful in rehearsals and always gives her best.
Ines is putting her money towards a wide angle lens to take pictures of the Academy’s performances.
Jaideep Grewall, 14 years old: May 2015
Jaideep has been coming to the Academy every week for over 3 years. He has really improved his bass playing recently and the teacher always speaks highly of his engagemet. He always gets fully involved in projects and helping teach younger students. His dedication is a real inspiration to everybody.
Jaideep is putting his money towards buying a microphone and cables for the bass amp.
Arianne Tan, 13 years old: March 2015
Arriane threw her heart and soul into the Brazilian music project and performed in all of the Brazilian concerts; Speakers House (Houses of Parliament), Wimbledon (Tennis), Brazilian Embassy and both of the concerts at the academy. She is an inspiration to all other musicians with her cheerfulness, tenacity and her excellent playing. She mixes well with musicians of all ages an we all enjoy Arriane’s musicianship and humanity.
Arriane has decided to spend her awards money on buying two stage lights that adds an extra magic to the performances.
Lucas Clahar, 14 years old: February 2015
Lucas has been awarded this for his great attitude and approach towards music. He performed Brazilian music at the Speakers House concert, both for the main programmed concert and for the reception. He has recently started to learn the bass and is exceptionally talented. He also mentors the younger students at the academy and is a great role model and a wonderful young musician.
Lucas has chosen to put his award towards an upright bass for the academy.
Here is the Brazilian Concert at the Speakers House: You can see Lucas as one the first saxophonists playing in the reception.
Leader Award 2014: Michael Csanyi Wills
Michael has been inspiring the kids to write the idents for Wandsworth radio, teaching them how to write music and linking it to the commercial world. Supporting them while they take their exams, accompanying them on the piano. Also for their GCSEs, A levels and for performances. So supportive all the musical endeavours of the young people, has a great sense of humour and is fun to work with.
Milda Paulauskaite, 15: October 2014
Milda was chosen because of her amazing enthusiasm and keenness. She learns the guitar, sings and writes songs. Needless to say, she is very dedicated to her art and is always at the academy learning and mixing well and inspiring her peers. She is really a joy to have here.
Milda has bought vocal microphones for the Academy. We purchased 2 SM58’s which are excellent pro vocal mics.
Yannis Hannachi, 16: October 2014
Yannis has been incredible in his progress and commitment to music. He almost ‘lives’ at the academy and from scratch in just a few months he can now play the piano to a good level. We reckon that Yannis would be ready to take the grade 8 piano in 2 years. He is also a composer and spends hours and hours at the Academy every week writing and working on his original pieces.
Yannis would like to buy a Spectrasonic Omnisphere -(production and composition software) which will benefit composition and production at the academy.
Dieu Merci, 18yrs: June 2014
Dieu takes on challenging songs and performs them with his own style. He is always ready to go outside his own comfort zone to develop his musicianship and skills. He has a professional approach and works incredibly hard in rehearsals. Recent performances include Sugarman by Rodriguez in our Nelson Mandela concert, Trouble Trouble by Lemontagne and They Won’t Go by Stevie Wonder in our Martin Luther King concert.
Dieu contributed his money towards buying professional recording equipment for the Academy.
Isaac Duribe, 18yrs: April 2014
Isaac has shown everybody at the Academy how learning music can transform your life. Isaac has contributed immensely to our performances at World Heart Beat by doing the sound. He also writes music and has inspired our electronic music faculty. He is now going to Birmingham University to study audio engineering.
Isaac spent his money on buying an industry-standard Komplete instruments and effects package for our digital studio.
George Casci, 13yrs: March 2014
George was chosen to win this award because of his progress on the clarinet. He has been practising a lot and as a result was selected as an instrumental soloist in our recent NY East Village concert, playing alongside guest artists from New York.
George has spent his award money on buying a saxophone for the Academy.
2017 Update: George is now an amazing saxophone player and you can find out more about him from this video:
Ezekiel Ajie, 18yrs: February 2014
Ezekiel started playing the bass from scratch just over a year ago and has made unbelievable progress. He has a great groove and feel. His passion and dedication is first class. He was our bass player in both the Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela tribute concerts held this year.
He put his money towards buying the Academy a Focusrite Saffire Pro recording machine.
Leader Award 2013: Daisy Chute
Ava Joseph, 12yrs: October 2013
Ava was chosen to receive the award because of her unbelievable commitment to music. On Mondays it’s Jazz, On Tuesdays she helps out with the young vocalists and then is in our Stardust Jazz Improvising choir. On Thursdays she stays for all 3 of our 51st State band sessions, helping teach the very young musicians in the 50 and a Half State Band and then plays percussion in the main bands. On Friday she is in the Reggae school and on Saturdays she attends the renowned Julian Joseph Jazz Academy. She spends well over 30 hours per week at World Heart Beat practising music and also on top of this helped to plan our recent Friends night.
Ava is going to put her money towards a songwriting course for the academy.
This is Ava now aged 13, performing at the Half Moon in Putney with Pepe Barcellos.
Sian Kelly, 17yrs: September 2013
Sian is major life energy at the academy. She is a superb and inspired singer and songwriter and her love of music is infectious. She is always on hand to help out with classes, reception and anything else that needs doing, including the planning of our recent Friends night. Sian is fantastic in every way and also so lovely to have around.
Sian is also going to put her money towards a songwriting course for the academy.
Charlie Collins Walters: Summer 2013
15-year-old Charlie Collins Walters, whose father has Jamaican heritage, was presented with his award by Brina, and has decided to spend the £200 he received to buy new microphones for the academy. Artistic director Sahana Gero said, “The academy is like a second home for Charlie, his love for and participation in music has brought confidence and focus that few other things can. He was so proud and happy and we were too!”
Olaf Wein: Summer 2013
The Great Johnny Clarke presented an award to Year 8 student Olaf Wein who has dedicated lots of time to developing his musical abilities. Olaf has spent his £200 on buying a new Bass guitar for the Academy. Both students received copies of Brina‘s latest album, and a Jack Petchey Foundation certificate to recognise their achievements.
Kieran Williams: Spring 2013
Kieran won his award because of his commitment to the vocal classes at the academy. He come every week and always gives his all. Kieran just loves to sing. Kieran chose to spend his award money on microphones for performances at the academy.
Liam Tyndale: Spring 2013
Liam has shown massive improvements in his bass playing since coming to reggae school and his concentration, focus and dedication is first class. Liam spends a lot of time practising. Liam spent his award money on buying pizza for everybody after a Reggae School Concert.
Ella Joseph: Autumn 2012
Our first award winner is Ella Joseph who didn’t get the chance to learn an instrument when she was a young child and now at the age of 15, through our work and the Reggae School, Ella has started the guitar and not put it down since. She is a real inspiration. Award presented to Ella by Levi Roots at the Academy’s concert 22 November 2012.