Concert: “I Have a Dream”


On Friday 13th December, young talented musicians and vocalists from the World Heart Beat Music Academy performed in a concert, entitled “I Have a Dream”. Directed by, and featuring virtuoso jazz pianist, Trevor Watkis, it presented a great programme of works inspired around Martin Luther King’s legacy and what he stood for, in this 50th Anniversary of his iconic speech.

Several musicians, including celebrated Reggae artists, JayJay and Don Chandler, world-class jazz musicians, Julian Joseph, Tony Kofi, double-bass player, Andrew Robb and platinum recording artist, Daisy Chute also came down to support the kids and to join them on stage. Among the packed-out audience were Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE, and the broadcaster, educator and musician, Alex Pascall OBE, both of whom provided presentations during the course of the evening.

“What a joyful occasion the Martin Luther King celebration was on Friday. Keith and I loved every moment of seeing and hearing the talent displayed before us. The academy is such a treasure to the world and it’s a much better place with it being part of it. Your love and commitment to music and the young people needs to be applauded. Thank you for inviting us, the evening warmed my heart and wouldn’t have missed it for the world. Once again many congratulations to you and all the talented young people who made a musical difference to our lives that evening… one that Martin Luther King would be proud of.”

– Baroness Floella Benjamin

“Frankly, the room and the atmosphere was very inspiring. the youngsters were models for lots of the children who are getting bad names. I like your spirit.”

– Alex Pascall O.B.E

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  1. Cath Mattos, Wandsworth Fringe Producer 09/01/2014 at 1:14 pm #

    Thanks so much for inviting me. It was an amazing concert, and I was blown away by all the young talent. It was awesome to see all those esteemed jazz musicians playing alongside and mentoring those aspiring stars.

    I was very lucky to have been sitting next to Alex Pascall on Friday, he was a lovely man and gave such a wonderful presentation.

  2. Tony Kofi 09/01/2014 at 1:20 pm #

    It was such a great concert and I was still buzzing when I got home and couldn’t sleep for ages. It’s a real pleasure to be a part of what you created, I love being a part of it.

  3. Rufus Stilgoe 09/01/2014 at 1:21 pm #

    Really it is the most wonderful pleasure seeing my kids so happy making and listening to music, seeing the delight on performers and audiences faces. What you do is utterly amazing and we are very grateful to be part of it.

  4. Mike 09/01/2014 at 1:22 pm #

    Thank you so much for inviting me to join you at last nights wonderful concert – it was a great pleasure and privilege to be there. It was wonderful to see the smiles, joy and pride on the faces of your young stars as they made such beautiful music.

    You have done wonderful things in creating this academy and which has and will continue to change and enrich the lives of a great many young people. Well done and I hope you and the academy continue on from strength to strength.

  5. JAYJAY BORN2SING 09/01/2014 at 1:22 pm #

    It is always a pleasure to be present in your events. Keep on doing what you do because its a wonderful thing.

  6. Tony Martin 09/01/2014 at 1:23 pm #

    I thoroughly enjoyed the concert – congratulations on another unique event! Thank you for a genuinely inspiring and uplifting concert.

  7. Ava Joseph 09/01/2014 at 1:24 pm #

    Thank you, I enjoyed it very much.

  8. Corinne Oulton 09/01/2014 at 1:25 pm #

    Amazing amazing night! Truly phenomenal.

  9. Anonymous 09/01/2014 at 1:25 pm #

    What a fantastic concert last night. Thanks for the invite!

  10. Ezekiel Ajie 09/01/2014 at 1:27 pm #

    I should be thanking you. If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t have been able to meet everyone who has helped me progress so far. Thank you.

  11. Sian Kelly 09/01/2014 at 1:28 pm #

    Thank you so much, I enjoyed the atmosphere of the evening! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to perform.

  12. Renato Paris 09/01/2014 at 1:28 pm #

    Thank you so much for your support! I’m glad that I could be a part of the event.

  13. Trevor Watkis 09/01/2014 at 1:29 pm #

    Enjoyed working with the kids! It went really well and I was happy with it all. You’re doing great work at the academy!

  14. Wilf Cameron-Marples 09/01/2014 at 1:30 pm #

    Thanks once again I really enjoyed it especially the last number.

  15. Tim Brown 09/01/2014 at 1:30 pm #

    That was a great evening! Well done you and all your wonderful people at WHB.

  16. Veronica Bradbury 09/01/2014 at 1:31 pm #

    The concert was absolutely amazing and Floella was quite right in saying that you’d have to pay handsomely for it if it had been at the Albert Hall. Well done to all of you at the academy.

  17. Peter Highland 09/01/2014 at 1:32 pm #

    Thanks for a lovely evening.

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