The 51st State Band represents the spirit of World Heart Beat Music Academy, bringing young musicians of all ages, backgrounds and abilities together to learn and play in a band where every member is a vital part of a complete whole.
Our annual concert at Putney Arts Theatre is a chance for the band to truly shine and showcases the variety, energy and dedication that students of the World Heart Beat Music Academy thrive on.
We were given an incredible 360 camera by South West London TV to film the night. They have put the video on Youtube. If you’re watching on a smartphone you can move around to watch from literally any angle, and if you’re watching on a computer, just click and drag the mouse to change the viewing angle. You can see the video on youtube following the link:
Over the years we have had some incredible guests; giving our young musicians the opportunity to play alongside renowned musicians who inspire them and our audience. This year we were delighted to have renowned British jazz trumpeter Byron Wallen, who sets a great example for our young jazz musicians in the band, especially with his improvisation skills. It was also incredible to have Guy Henry-English stage and screen acting royalty with us to present the Jack Petchey Awards in the first concert. Gus Henry’s distinguished career includes Henrik Hanssen in Holby City, Pius Thicknesse in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Part 2, Gaius Cassius Longinus in Rome and Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One.
We were also deeply honoured to invite Julian Joseph to present the Jack Petchey Awards at the second concert. Julian Joseph has been a towering figure in contemporary Jazz for over two decades. Acclaimed by critics and audiences the world over, Julian never fails to inspire with his mastery of the piano and limitless scope of his creative imagination. We are hugely grateful for Julian’s endless inspiration at World Heart Beat Music Academy.
“My husband took our daughter to your concert last Friday at Putney Arts- they could not stop talking about it this weekend, they had such a wonderful time! So impressed with the programme, the musicians and came back home in such a good mood. World Heart Beat, you are such an inspiration. :)” Zdravka
“Congratulations on an excellent concert last night. We both thought it was the most polished 51st State Band in Concert we’d been to. A truly joyful event! You must be very proud. Thank you!” Tony
“I just wanted to say how great last night’s performances were! The students sounded amazing, really happy to have been involved.” Rachel
“It was good to see you again at the wonderful concert in Putney on Friday. The talent of your young musicians never ceases to amaze me!” Marcus Grubb
“Friday’s performance was absolutely amazing or in my son’s words AWESOME!” Sharon
“The concert was lovely-Sian has an unbelievable voice, her singing gave me goosebumps.”Sharon Endemann
“We had a great time and the music was, as always, fantastic – such a talented group of young musicians led by such a talented creative director. You are changing the world!” Tate Oulton
“We thoroughly enjoyed the concert last Friday. A huge thank you for all your hard work. Max and Lara get a lot for being part of the band and felt really proud to be part of the concert.” Sasha
“Emily has received so much pleasure from playing with the band. Playing next to such eminent trumpeters in the concert is a real privilege and she loves it!!” Catherine
17th November 2017
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Friday 18th November 2016
This year, we were honored to present the debut performance of a brand new composition, ‘Heartbeat: Spirit of Brazil’, written especially for the 51st State Band by acclaimed virtuoso pianist and composer, Julian Joseph. Julian’s beautiful composition featured layers of harmony which challenged every member of the band and featured every section.
“Thank you Julian for writing such an amazing and challenging piece of music!” – Emilly
“Thank you for writing such a groovy tune that encompasses the band so well.” – Julia
“Heartbeat is such a beautiful composition, thank you for giving us the honour of performing it.” – Ezekiel
“It is absolutely amazing and wonderful to see everyone progressing, developing and flourishing into amazing young artists. It was a privilege to witness the premiere of Julian Joseph’s magical composition which was performed with such style and panache.” – Sue
“We were truly honoured to see the concert last night. We came out bursting with positive energy. To see people of all generations working together is heart warming. How incredible for young ones to have the opportunity to be part of it at such a formative age.” – Zdravka
Friday 10th October 2015
This year, we were delighted to welcome a host of acclaimed musicians: leading saxophonist Patrick Clahar; world-class trumpet player Byron Wallen and sixth Generation Hungarian violinist Laci Olah. We also welcomed internationally renowned pianist, Julian Joseph and legendary British actor Alun Armstrong as our guest presenters. The 51st State Band performed award-winning original composition ‘If I Spoke My Mind’ by the incredible Tony Kofi, which had only been played before by the BBC Big Band!
“I think what’s so special about an evening like this is how inspiring it is. It’s a night where local youths create a show that the local community can enjoy which brings people together.” – South West London TV