Super Sewer Project Backs Local Young Musicians

World Heart Beat Academy to appear at Totally Thames with four new songs

A still from the Ebb and Flow, Go with the Flow song

World Heart Beat Music Academy’s Ebb and Flow music project is being showcased at Totally Thames 2022.

Organised by the Thames Festival Trust, Totally Thames will feature Ebb and Flow as part of a celebration of London’s river including arts events, environmental initiatives and an education programme running throughout September.

The Wandsworth-based music academy was backed by the super sewer project Thames Tideway in releasing the four new songs of Ebb and Flow. Heartbeat Academy is one of five community groups in the borough to receive support like this from the Tideway project. The four other groups are The Katherine Low Settlement, Bags of Taste, Waste Not Want Not Battersea and Enable Leisure and Culture.

Ebb and Flow aims to connect young people from the World Heart Beat Academy with Thames-side residents to celebrate the river and the local area through music.

The Ebb and Flow four songs are called River, Step Inside, Tread Lightly and Go with the Flow, and you can listen to Go With The Flow on YouTube here:

Last year Tideway - the company building London’s Super Sewer system - committed funding to five local groups “to deliver positive and impactful projects in the local community”.

Ebb and Flow provided creative opportunities for young people aged between eight and 23, developing their communication, song-writing and performance skills. The group participated in a range of activities inspired by the Thames, including recording river soundscapes, music activities on the Thames, interviews with workers and residents, engagement workshops and performances for local audiences - while the project also supported seven students in gaining experience in event and project management, filming, recording and producing.

Tideway’s Wandsworth Community Fund was open to organisations supporting people where the company’s construction sites are based, and the Borough’s most deprived wards as measured by the English Indices of Deprivation. Five grants were given to charities and social enterprises supporting young people, families in food poverty and vulnerable groups.

The Thames Festival Trust, an independent charity which is showcasing Ebb and Flow throughout September, launched its first Thames Festival in 1997.

The World Heat Beat Academy is a charity formed in 2009 and based in Kimber Road, promoting music as a universal form of communication that can transform the lives of young people. Youngsters from age five to 25 are brought together with world-class musicians to share their love of music.

Founder and Artistic director Sahana Gero says, “Learning a musical instrument gives a child an immense sense of achievement. The emotion, discipline and structure involved, takes them on a journey far beyond their initial expectations, and they soon recognise that there are no limits.”

See Ebb and Flow this September in Wandsworth. For specific details check the Thames Festival planner.

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August 2, 2022