Our partners

 

Artistic Partners

World Beaters works with a large circle of associated artists from across the world.  We work with early years music practitioners, world musicians and educators in arts and crafts.  All our artists have a sympathetic approach to sharing cultural experiences with all age groups, encouraging the everyone to find their voices and move with a groove! Here are a few of our artists and some reasons why we work with them…

Alison Blunt is one of our lead early years musicians.  Actively encouraging children to use their natural improvisation skills she explores the world using creative movement, music and story telling.   Alison helps early years practitioners to engage children in their first musical experiences using her wide repertoire of songs and stories to inspire children and families from diverse communities .

Yousuf Ali Khan was born in Comilla, Bangladesh. His special interest lies in Asian sub-continent traditional folk music and dance, Bollywood music and inter-cultural blending of Indian and other music, classical to contemporary. Yousuf has supported World Beaters for a number of years as our lead Asian musician, working with younger children many of whom are experiencing Asian music and instruments for the first time. He plays with the Grand Union Orchestra,  with musicians from virtually every part of the world to create and perform new work drawing on their  varied cultural and musical backgrounds. 

Freddy Macha brings his experience as poet, musician and journalist to World Beaters projects, encouraging participants to share their stories whether young or old.  Freddy toured and lived in Europe for several years and studied music in Brazil until 1994.   Freddy was named amongst 25 significant writers in East Africa; winning a BBC Poetry Prize in 1981 and as Commonwealth Short Story runner up in 1996. In summer 2010 Freddy Macha played percussion for the  Brazilian fusion band, Groove N Bossa, at the London O2.

 

Education and Community Partners

World Beaters has a holistic approach to our education programmes.  We work in partnership with early years settings, schools, local community organisations and leaders and local government agencies to ensure that our projects reach out to the widest possible audience.  Recent partnerships have included Norcot Early Years Centre, Lea Nursery and Kintore Way Children’s Centre.  

Funding partners

World Beaters work with our education and community partners to find financial support on a project by project basis.  We have received financial support from national trusts and local authorities including  Youth Music, European Social Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund.