World Heart Beat Academy Becomes Nine Elms Performance Hub

Youth music charity will move from Kimber road to Embassy Gardens

World Heart Beat Music Academy has been singled out from a field of 42 organisations to become Nine Elms’ newest cultural tenant at Embassy Gardens.

Developers Ecoworld-Ballymore, together with Wandsworth Council, chose World Heart Beat to create and drive a new educational, cultural and performance venue, to open in 2019.

A spokesperson said, “World Heart Beat’s dynamic new creative space at Embassy Gardens will include a fully equipped 110 seat auditorium and state-of-the-art educational, recording and broadcasting facilities. With almost a quarter of their £2 million fundraising target already achieved, World Heart Beat are still seeking further investment through major grants, donations, sponsorships and performance events.”

World Heart Beat, currently based in Kimber Road in Southfields, is an award-winning music charity. Its status as an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation reflects its key role in teaching musical excellence to a highly diverse young community.

Whatever their background, World Heart Beat students are taught, mentored and nurtured by top industry professionals and the best musicians with no financial constraints. Since 2002, World Heart Beat has motivated over 1,000 children to learn, thrive and succeed from creating and playing music.

Embassy Gardens is a landmark development set within the Nine Elms regeneration area which will provide nearly 2,000 new homes for Londoners when complete.

World Heart Beat Founder Sahana Gero MBE said, “Embassy Gardens is going to elevate us to a completely new level. It means that our concept for changing the lives of the next generation of raw talent through music education can become a reality for much greater numbers than we can reach currently. It will support our ambitions to create more outstanding concerts and innovative programmes and will open up thousands of opportunities for young people who find inspiration and lifelong success through music.”

Leader of Wandsworth Council, Cllr Ravi Govindia, said, “I am delighted to welcome World Heart Beat to Nine Elms, the second cultural anchor to be announced. Art and culture is at the heart of our vision for Nine Elms and World Heart Beat is well known for championing music education of all kinds to young people in the borough.

“I am proud that the council has played its part it helping to nurture this very popular and well respected local organisation and the move to Nine Elms will open their services up to residents in Battersea and beyond. This will contribute to creating a vibrant hub of activity in the developing the Embassy quarter – helping to link communities, new and existing, across the Nine Elms area.”

Sean Mulryan, CEO of Ballymore Group added, “The World Heart Beat Music Academy’s move is a reflection of our ongoing commitment to supporting arts and culture, and we hope that the new performance space will become a musical hub for young people of all backgrounds to learn and develop their creative talent. Music has always been something close to my heart, and can be a really positive influence on young people, helping inspire their creativity.”

Discover more about the World Heart Beat Music Academy here


June 6, 2018