Wanted to share this article on the ‘Legacy of Amy Winehouse: Youths heralding the rebirth of jazz age’ online in the Express.
” Believe it or not, despite being generations and an ocean apart, there is a direct link between Amy Winehouse and Frankie Laine: the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.
When Laine toured the UK in the late 1980s the young swingers were his first choice of backing band, while a teenage Winehouse was a regular at NYJO’s Saturday rehearsals before she rose to fame.
The band’s founder, Bill Ashton, has said “she had the best jazz voice of any young singer I had ever heard.
NYJO is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary with gusto, a string of live performances and a double album – NYJO Fifty.
Established by Ashton in October 1965 as the London Schools Jazz Orchestra, it quickly acquired a reputation for excellent musicianship belying its members’ tender years.
The list of musical luminaries who have come through the NYJO finishing school includes trumpeter and bandleader Guy Barker, Strictly Come Dancing musical director Dave Arch, pianist Joe Stilgoe and saxophonist Ben Castle, son of the great entertainer Roy Castle.”
Read more over on their website: now!
Wanted to take a moment to talk about the London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy (LCCCP). They have been working with disabled children and young adults since 1963 and it is an incredible service and after my recent visit on May 19th I wanted take a moment to highlight some of that incredible work.
It is the only Centre and independent school in London for children with cerebral palsy aged from birth to 14 years, which offers a specialised approach known as Conductive Education.
Their aim is to inspire children with cerebral palsy to develop independence, confidence and self-esteem and to achieve their full potential. Teaching children who come to the school and sessional activities how to develop and apply physical skills in everyday situations so they can be as independent as possible, now and in the future.
Some of the services run:
Their new site at Coppetts Road, Muswell Hill, has allowed them to expand the Centre and increase the services and facilities on offer:
- Increase the range of facilities and equipment for children who come to the Centre
- Double the number of children with cerebral palsy and other motor disorders who come to our school and early intervention sessions
- Provide Conductive Education support for adults with a range of conditions including Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s and people recovering from a stroke
- Build relationships with our neighbouring community by opening up the Centre.
Truly a remarkable institution and one that we honoured to support and work with via The Amy Winehouse Foundation helping children in Amy’s name.
Please take a moment to learn more about the LCCCP over on their website now.