Local Primary Schools' end of term gigs

Summer term ended with gigs at three of our local primary school partners, St Mary's RC Primary School, Ark Brunel Primary and St Thomas' CE Primary School. From Bob Marley to The Black Eyed Peas and The Weekend, these year 5 and Year 6 pupils performed their favourite songs in front of their peers and parents to round off another fantastic term of music workshops in our local community.

RSF Local Legends 003

The Rhythm Studio Foundation Local Legends 003 evening featured  Duncan Ellis (Atlas Artists Management) and Caroline SM ( A&R at XL Recordings, GRM Daily)

The third in our series featuring local music business professionals was an intimate evening at Moncada Brewery with RSF Jack Horner interviewing Caroline Simonescu-Marin from XL Recordings and Duncan Ellis, Managing Director of Atlas Artists management and Scruffy Bird Management. It was a wonderful opportunity for the audience to get an insight into what it really takes to succeed in the business.

At 22, Caroline SM is one of the leading figures in in Grime, Trap, new-wave R&B and the underground music scene. Caroline skipped university and started her journey by becoming the Editor of online platform GRM, fronting #NewGenRadio on radar Radio. A new role at XL as A&R Manager resulted in ‘New Gen’, a 17-track compilation album, bringing together the best of the UK’s underground grime and rap scenes with collaborations between 17 young artists. Last year, Caroline was feature in Complex's "30 under 30: Music Industry Creatives making waves right now" 

Well-known British manager Duncan Ellis recently launched a record label and publishing company under the Atlas Artists brand. For the past 13 years, Ellis has successfully managed and helped develop artists including The Young Knives (Transgressive), The Rumble Strips (Island), Foals (Transgressive), Everything Everything (RCA), Lianne La Havas (WBR) and Kodaline (RCA). His company’s current managed roster comprises of Skinny Living (RCA) and Face (WBR). Ellis’s management firm have now added ‘label’ and ‘publishing’ arms to the company’s creative output, with the recorded music side working in tandem with Sony’s Red Essential and the publishing company teaming up with Kobalt.

RSF School Workshops - Spring Term 2017

This term we've worked again with local  schools Bevington Primary and Ark Atwood Primary. Each week, the Year 5 pupils have visited The Rhythm Studio to learn to play instruments, sing in a Rock & Pop choir and use Garageband software on Apple Macs to create original compositions and soundtracks to videos. The highlight is always the live performance in front of parents, teachers and peers. This time the band treated us  to versions of songs by Little Mix, The Weekend and Taylor Swift whilst the Pop choir did an amazing mashup including dance moves.

RSF Friends of the Foundation Dinner at Dock kitchen

This year's fundraising Friends of The Foundation Dinner took place, once again, in Tom Dixon's glittering shop followed by dinner upstairs at Dock Kitchen, the renowned restaurant run by award-winning chef Stevie Parle. To start the evening, guests were treated to a fantastic acoustic set by a selection of The Rhythm Studio Foundation's scholarship students. Our "London calling" dress code was popular, and with flowing prosecco and canapés, the atmosphere was one of a cocktail party. Chris Hodges, Founder of The Rhythm Studio Foundation, took a moment to talk about how the  charity has grown since it's inception 5 years ago and particularly  the achievements of the last year.

“In the last 12 months we’ve delivered a 6-12 week music programme for 210 state primary school children, helped 18 young people to have individual tuition to develop their skills via our scholarship programme and led fortnightly music workshops on the pediatric wards of Chelsea & Westminster Hospital and St Mary’s Paddington, visiting over 800 children. None of this would be possible without the essential fundraising work that takes place throughout the year and in particular our annual gala dinner”.

The  fundraising auction, hosted by Jack Horner and quizmaster Simon London, was a  great success and in addition to our our silent auction, ticket sales and donations, The Rhythm Studio Foundation made over £20,000 from the event.

We'd like to thank all the RS staff, guests, auction lot donors, auctioneers, Dock Kitchen, Tom Dixon and Moncada Brewery as well as the members of our wonderful committee who helped to make this our most successful fundraiser ever!

RSF Local Legends II - Bella Freud & Don Letts

The second in the RSF Local Legends events was a fascinating evening of inspired conversation about fashion, music and street culture from two of our most influential Local Legends - London fashion designer Bella Freud and R6 DJ , Big Audio Dynamite founder and film producer  Don Letts. They also happen to be two of our local Rhythm Studio Foundation Patrons.

Set in the wonderfully intimate Moncada Brewery at the top of Ladbroke Grove the evening kicked off with an acoustic set played by the extraordinarily talented Myla Newell who has been supported by The Rhythm Studio Foundation's scholarship scheme for the last 3 years. This was followed by a fascinating and animated Q&A with Don and Bella, both veterans of the style and music scene over the last 30-40 years. Topics discussed were the evolution of the punk scene, underground sub cultures, why individuality isn't celebrated anymore, the role of the internet : Don "The internet's kinda cool but it's a double edged sword. It's killed the mystery of the planet" and " the insidious uniformity that has crept in in the 21st Century - it's as if punk never happened".

Bella talked about the importance of making your own style and the importance in her life of exploring all different creative fields and just getting on with making things. She also talked about her love of books and why young people should read them.

They both reminisced about their times hanging out with Vivian Westwood and Malcolm McLaren and working in possibly two of the most influential culture and style shops of the time - Vivian Westwood's Sex and Don Letts ACME Attractions.

The RSF raffle raised over £200 with the first prize a pair of VIP tickets to the X-Factor live show.

Twitter:

"Excellent #RSFLegends talk with an animated @RebelDread @BBC6Music & fashion designer @bellafreud hosted by @mrjackster @RSFoundation_UK"

Battle of the Bands - TBMH Final

The Rhythm Studio Foundation's scholarship students were once again well represented in the Triborough Music Hub Battle of The Bands Final. This took place at The Bush Hall on Wednesday 25th January. There were stellar performances from Maizie's band Six:45, Tiarnan, Myla and  Shamime. Judging on the night were Cerys Matthews (Catatonia/6Music), Steve Abbot (Decca), Paul Stewart (The Feeling), Will Doyle (Palma Violets) and our very own Chris Hodges from The Rhythm Studio. Huge congratulations to the winners Rudy's Theory from Sacred Heart High School and to Rhythm Studio Foundation's scholarship holder, Tiarnan, winner of the outstanding vocalist award. 

RSF School workshops - Autumn Term 2016

We've had our busiest term ever at The Rhythm Studio Foundation, working with 4 local primary schools over a twelve week period and including four performances for their teachers, school peers and parents at the end of the workshop programmes. During the first half of term, we worked with Year 5 groups from  St Peter's CE Primary and Ark Atwood Primary School. In the second half, we were joined by Year 6 pupils from Bevington Primary and Ark Brunel Primary. The sets included Coldplay's Adventures of a lifetime, Imagine Dragons Radio Active, Zara Larsson's Lush Life and Adele's Hello. The pupils also used garageband software and loops to make sound effects for cartoons as well as composing original music.

RSF Local Legends 001 - DJ's R6 Shaun Keaveny & Stanton Warrior's Dom Butler

The idea behind the Local Legends series is to showcase the pool of incredibly talented, successful and innovative men and women of the music industry who live in our neighbourhood and who are happy to share their thoughts with an intimate audience. It's also to inspire the younger members of our community and shed some light on what it's like to be a  successful performer, producer, DJ, label boss, technology innovator or promoter. The format is an informal fireside chat in the excellent local Moncada Brewery -  with RSF patron and FRUKT Founder Jack  Horner  inviting the guests to share stories of how it all began for them, the ups and downs of their journey to the top and what keeps them there. 

In the first of the series, we invited BBC Radio 6 DJ Shaun Keaveny and Stanton Warrior's DJ Dom Butler who gave us highly entertaining insights into their respective roles. Shaun has been the Radio 6 Breakfast show DJ for almost 10 years whilst  DJ and producer Dom has been releasing records since 1997 and has remixed The Chemical Brothers, Basement Jaxx and Jay-Z, tours the world and now runs a successful label Punks from Kensal Rise. The evening was rounded off by a spine-tingling acoustic set by Cold Red Light's Gaby Monaghan.

Twitter:

"Unexpectedly intimate evening with @shaunkeaveny & @StantinWarriors Dom #RSFLegends - pretending to be locals"

"Did not disappoint! The delectable @shaunwkeaveny and @StantonWarriors Dom chatting and being silly. @MoncadaBrewery #rsflegends"

 

Queen's Park Day 2016

Queen's Park Day is a regular fixture in the Rhythm Studio Foundation's calender. The Rhythm Studio's  own  mini-festival stage  in a corner of the park provides an opportunity for our many scholarship students to showcase their talent and this year we launched the inaugural Rhythm Studio Foundation's Outstanding Student Award to celebrate our fifth year of awarding scholarships.

Local resident Radio 6 DJ Shaun Keaveny presented the award to Shamime Ibrahim for her commitment, hard work, technical achievement as well as her development as a musician and a live performer. Shamime's prize included a Boss Loop Station peddle, festival tickets and a work experience opportunity. 

"The Rhythm Studio Foundation is a really brilliant, brilliant place - the kids have such a  wonderful time"  Shaun Keaveney

A big thank you to Simon London, RSF Trustee Jack Horner and Shamime for hosting the stage during the day.

 

Cock & Bull Festival, July 2016


The Cock & Bull Festival takes place in July each year at a stunning secret location near Bath. Over the weekend of 22nd-24th July, over 40 bands played over 3 stages including several of our star performers from The Rhythm Studio. The festival's programme included talks, debates, craft workshops, farmyard antics and a dedicated healing space. Cock & Bull is run by volunteers for the inspirational youth charity Jamie's Farm, a pioneering project to re-engage young people in education through a blend of farming, family and therapy.

This is the second year in a row that The Rhythm Studio Foundation Scholarship students have performed at this very special festival. Congratulations Shamime, Tiarnan and Myla.

The Rhythm Studio Foundation Color Run team have fun fundraising at Wembley

On Sunday 12th June, 13 members of The Rhythm Studio Foundation Color Run Team joined thousands of runners at Wembley to complete the 5k circuit and raise money for our charity. Dubbed the happiest 5k on the planet, the atmosphere was fantastic as runners were showered with coloured powder as each kilometre went by.  A huge thanks to everyone who came out to support our foundation, particularly our younger team members and our support team. If you would like to help us reach our sponsorship target, you can donate here.

"The Chosen Ones" headline at St Mary's RC Primary School

The Rhythm Studio' Doug spent 6 weeks with this group of "Gifted and talented" Year 5 pupils from St Mary's RC Primary. Each week the 5 pupils, Cres, Ella, Jerrimae, James and David came over to The Rhythm Studio to  spend an hour with Doug. After 6 weeks of hard work the band performed in front of their families and peers at school.

 "I’m so amazed by what our children have been able to achieve in the rock band projects – especially in such a short space of time!  (They) have had the most wonderful experience working with Doug, forming their band, rehearsing and performing for the school. "

"The projects have done wonders for our ‘more able’ and pupil premium pupils – giving them an incredible opportunity to discover and develop their musical talents. This is something we could only have achieved in partnership." 

- Anna McManus, Deputy Head, St Mary's RC Primary School

"I was so proud of them and they had the whole school rocking! This was achieved through the direction, inspiration and teaching of the amazing Rhythm Studio musicians who have worked with them throughout this programme."

 - Kristy Davis, Head Teacher, St Mary's RC Primary School

"(The best thing) was going to The Rhythm Studio . Not many children get the chance - it made us feel special"

"Doug's nice - he's a really good teacher"

- The Chosen Ones band members

Sell-out pub quiz and raffle raises over £1500

The wonderful Masons' Arms played host to The Rhythm Studio Foundation's May Pub Quiz. Live music is the key to any Rhythm Studio Foundation event and the evening kicked off with spell-binding performances from scholarship holders Tiarnan, Myla, Bruno and Cosima. Simon London kept us brilliantly entertained as ever which his fiendishly cunning quiz questions, with iphones not much use here.  Congratulations to the Madley Family and Guests for winning this hotly contested competition. The raffle was a huge success and the evening as a whole raised over £1500. Thanks to everyone who helped to make this such an enjoyable event.

Meet The Talent - Introducing scholarship award holder Myla Newell

The Rhythm Studio Foundation currently awards 18 means-tested scholarships to an incredibly talented group of hard-working and committed musicians who might otherwise be  prevented from pursuing their passion for music. 

Meet Myla

Myla is a 13 year-old singer songwriter currently having vocal lessons with Maja. Maja also helps her out with piano and guitar as Myla usually plays and sings at the same time. Myla has been with the RSF for a year and a half.

What are you working on at the moment?

"I just started the band practice with the Tri-borough Music Programme at The Lyric Hammersmith. I love working with other people because I'm usually a solo artist and it can sometimes get a bit boring....I was really proud to be part of a Youth Music Theatre production "Sweat Factory" and have re-auditioned again this year."

Favourite song?

"At the moment my favourite song is K.D Lang's cover of Hallelujah, originally by Leonard Cohen. I find it can be very emotional and it really inspires me to write my own music."

Your writing process?

"I write a lot and then keep a lot of ideas for later, sometimes I can find it really hard to find something to be influenced by and sometimes a tune just pops into my head and I need to get it down!"

"A song that I have written that I'm proud of is called "In No Paradise" which I started writing in Geography class around this time last year as we were learning about Blood Diamonds and that's what I decided to base it on"

Favourite gig?

"I think my favourite gig was probably at KPH - I performed The Zutons'/Amy Winehouse's version of Valerie with Ciao and Wilkie which was an awesome experience!".

Future plans/goals?

"I hope to keep writing music, doing what I love which is performing, and hopefully start a band!"

 

"Maja has really helped getting my singing stronger......It's just really awesome to be part of The Rhythm Studio, thanks so much!"
- Myla Newell

 

Meet the talent - introducing Scholarship Award holder Joel Gyesi

The Rhythm Studio Foundation currently awards 18 means-tested scholarships to an incredibly talented group of hard-working and committed musicians who might otherwise be  prevented from pursuing their passion for music. 

 

Meet Joel

Joel is a Year 13 student studying Maths, English and Philosophy. Joel composes music, has taught himself piano and has drum lessons with Kaja at The Rhythm Studio.

What are you working on at the moment?

"I'm learning Tank by the Seatbelts, a song from a show called Cowboy Bebop."

Favourite artists?

"Steve Gadd would be one of my favourite performers. I do enjoy listening to Snarky Puppy, Kendrick Lamar, Nas, Mumford and Sons and Ben Howard."

Favourite gig?

"I have performed at the The Dock Kitchen and KPH. The former would have to be my favourite because I real enjoyed meeting and playing with Maya and Caitlin; both are great at what they do."

Future plans/goals?

"In a year's time, I hoped to have significantly improved my skills and techniques, to push me closer to the level of other drummers at my church. As I'll be at Uni I may look to join a band or even teach other students to play the drums or piano."

   "The RSF Scholarship has allowed me to improve my drumming skills, as well as boosting my

    confidence" - Joel Gyesi

Ark Brunel Primary Academy

The Rhythm Studio Foundation and Ark Brunel Primary Academy have been making music together for 4 years,  Year 6 pupils are split into small groups of 4 and given the choice  to learn an instrument and be part of a "Rock Band" or join the new Creative Music Technology programme where composition and editing skills are taught with pupils composing ringtones for their phones or creating video soundtracks.

Rhythm Studio Tutors Ryan, Doug, Maja and James spent half a term teaching drums, guitar, vocals and music technology. After a huge amount of hard work, the pupils pulled off an amazing performance at the end of term. The band performed Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off " whilst the pupils doing music technology gave a wonderful presentation about their work before treating the audience to their original soundtracks to a short video of "Monsters Inc".