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Music is in the air – pop-up space in Nine Elms

To celebrate Make Music Day (Tuesday 21st June) World Heart Beat launches Music is in the Air – a pop-up space for playing and enjoying live music in Nine Elms this summer!  

Music is in the Air will launch at Alcove 3 along Merchants Way, the colourful walking route which runs through New Covent Garden Market between Nine Elms Tube station, Arch 42 and Ponton Road. 

We are delighted to welcome Pianist and Composer Howard Blake (who’s amazing work includes his soundtrack for Channel 4’s 1982 film, The Snowman) who ‘christened’ our piano to Nine Elms’ passers-by.

Free music lessons and space to practice

If you’re aged 5-25 years and interested in piano, guitar or vocal lessons, or if you’re a musician keen to find a regular space to practice or to perform al fresco this summer then World Heart Beat would love to hear from you.

The alcove features a donated piano as part of World Heart Beat’s instrument donation programme, and has been painted by local artist, Nunziatina Del Vecchio

FREE piano lessons are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3.30 – 7.30pm. The pop-up music space will be available until the end of September. If you are interested in using the space for free lessons, to jam or to hold a concert, please email info@worldheartbeat.org 

Date: Now, until the end of September 2022

Time: 3.30 – 7.30pm

Location: Alcove 3, Merchants Way, Nine Elms, SW8 5EL

Brightly coloured walkway along Merchants Way, Nine Elms
Piano, painted by local artist @nunziatina7art
Well-known Pianist and Composer Howard Blake ‘christening’ the piano in the alcove
Map showing Merchants Way in Nine Elms

#MusicIsInTheAir Concert Schedule

Wednesday 10 August, 6:30pm

Edith WeUtonga will be carrying out a workshop teaching a few rhythms and songs, and singing some songs of her own! She is the leader of her Utonga Band, a #multitalented bassist, singer and songwriter who has a unique Zimbabwean sound mixed with Jiti, a popular style of #Zimbabwean dance music. Much of her music explores world flavours such as #Rhumba, #Reggae Calypso and #Jazz

Tuesday 23 August, 6:30pm

Arnaldo Corgono, one of our resident piano teachers will be performing one of his recitals – please come along and hear his beautiful playing at Alcove 3, Arch 46, Merchants Way.

Arnaldo Cogorno is a Venezuelan pianist of 22 years of age, currently studying second year of BMus in Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. He came to London in 2018, studying on full bursary at World Heart Beat Music Academy, specialising in Piano with Michael Csanyi Wills. He won first prize in the Silvia Eisenstein National Piano Competition in Caracas and has also played many recitals there and the Mozart Piano Concerto no. 23 in A Major with the Evencio Castellanos Youth Orchestra in 2018. He subsequently was awarded a scholarship place at the prestigious music conservatoire, Trinity Laban. Arnaldo has distinguished himself early on as finalist in the Beethoven Competition 2021. He has remained part and parcel of the World Heart Beat community and teaches piano with us as well as offering these recitals and concerts.

Come along and enjoy Arnaldo’s performance of Tchaikovsky, Bach and more!

Thursday 1 September, 7pm

Gin Tzu Tsai will be our next performer at our Alcove!

Gin started her musical journey at the age of 5 and is currently pursuing her Master of Music at the Royal College of Music under the artistic guidance of Nigel Clayton and Andrew Zolinsky. In September 2021, she graduated Bachelor of Music (Honours) with Distinction and received the Best Graduate Award at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.

Gin has received more than 8 awards such as The Hokkien Huay Kuan Arts and Cultural Prize in 2018, The Hokkien Foundation Arts and Cultural Award 2021, and E.SUN Bank Scholarships for Outstanding Talents 2021. She has won many prestigious prizes in international competition across Asia and the world. Namely, Singapore International Classical Competition 2017, International Open Piano Competition 2018, Singapore Asia Youth Piano Competition 2018, and Great Composers Competition Second Prize in the category of Best Bach and Schubert Performance 2022.

If that was not enough, she has also led community projects such as performing at Tan Tock Seng Hospital: The Art of Healing 2015; St. Andrews Community Hospital: A Christmas Getaway 2019; and volunteering at Willing Hearts Singapore.

Come down to the Alcove on Thursday 1st September to see her perform!


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