Open Fund: Abram Wilson Foundation for Creative Arts
Abram Wilson Foundation & Church of Sound Present Sunday School
A unique collaboration between the Abram Wilson Foundation, award winning jazz promoters, Church of Sound and emerging Afrobeat jazz group, Kokoroko.
Sunday School will use the successful Church of Sound format of presenting a songbook of an alternative jazz great followed by original material to engage selected secondary students from a Hackney-based school in jazz.
They will be taught original music composed by Kokoroko using the West African tradition of composing and learning by ear. The sessions will be led by members of this emerging and exciting young band culminating in a performance at a mini-Church of Sound event inviting members of the school, their family and wider community to see their hard work come to fruition. To celebrate the end of Sunday School participating students will be invited to watch Kokoroko perform at a professional Church of Sound performance.
Our aim is to provide a unique opportunity for Kokoroko to compose new music while giving back to the next generation. This is an innovative and exciting project that will provide young people with inspiring experiences, exceptional role models and essential skills, contributing to their long-term engagement with music in the future and enriching the lives of the local community of Hackney.
The Abram Wilson Foundation is one of PRS Foundation’s recipients of the David Bedford Music Education Award in 2018.
The David Bedford Music Education Award is given four times a year by PRS for Music Foundation to exceptional education projects involving composers and new music which they have funded. You can read about the most recent David Bedford Music Education Award recipients here.
The Abram Wilson Foundation said,
“We are thrilled that the trustees of the PRS Foundation have awarded our Sunday School project a David Bedford Music Education Award. We’re really looking forward to collaborating with Church of Sound and Kokoroko, using Sunday School to create stronger roots in the local community of Hackney. At the same time, Sunday School will provide the band members of Kokoroko a unique opportunity to compose new music while also giving back to the next generation. Big thanks to the PRS Foundation for recognising this and for choosing to fund and highlight this very exciting new project!”